Talking Standup and ‘Hood Adjacent’ with James Davis
Kevin Hart Presents: The Next Level on Comedy Central. Following that, his new Comedy Central series Hood Adjacent premieres next Wednesday at 9:00/8:00c. Hood Adjacent is Davis’ move to bridge the gap between urban and mainstream comedy by exploring topics through his point of view, a point o... [Read More]
@CarinaHsieh on Engagement Tests and Barnes & Noble Flashbacks
Carina Hsieh is a writer and comedian living in Delethisburg, Brooklyn. She’s currently a Sex & Relationships Editor for Cosmopolitan.com (Candace Bushnell once called her the Samantha Jones of Tinder—a comparison she feels she doesn’t deserve, but brags about anyways). In her ... [Read More]
Doug Stanhope on Festivals, “Industry Tools,” and Other Things He Hates
Doug Stanhope has been called all sorts of things like depraved, rude, hostile, and raunchy. All of those are fitting descriptions, but one trait stands out above all others: honesty. His candor extends from the stage to his everyday interactions. Take this interview, for instance. The goal was to p... [Read More]
This Week in Comedy Podcasts: ‘Comedy Bang! Bang!’ Womps It Up
The comedy podcast universe is ever expanding, not unlike the universe universe. We’re here to make it a bit smaller, a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the exceptional, the noteworthy. Each week our crack team of... [Read More]
Inside ‘The Big Sick’ with Kumail Nanjiani
After years of outstanding ensemble work in acclaimed television series like Silicon Valley, Portlandia, and Burning Love —as well as unforgettable scene-stealing cameos in films like Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates and Central Intelligence — comedian Kumail Nanjiani has been long overd... [Read More]
Why Seeso Is Worth Saving
Last Friday, it was revealed that Seeso, the comedy-oriented streaming site owned by NBCUniversal, was issuing a series of layoffs. If that weren’t troubling enough, it was also revealed that the service had yet to accumulate an impressive number of subscribers, currently operating in the low ... [Read More]
Why Seeso Is Worth Saving
Last Friday, it was revealed that Seeso, the comedy-oriented streaming site owned by NBCUniversal, was issuing a series of layoffs. If that weren’t troubling enough, it was also revealed that the service had yet to accumulate an impressive number of subscribers, currently operating in the low ... [Read More]
Here Are Two Vastly Different, Similarly Fun Videos
What do Jared Kushner and a trio of Greasers have in common? Yes, loved ones who obsessively groom their ridiculous hair but also: this week’s column! We’ve highlighted two contributions that don’t seem to share much DNA at surface level. Upon digging a little d... [Read More]
Emily V. Gordon Wants to Make You Laugh and Cry at the Same Time
Author, producer, screenwriter, and GWAR fan Emily V. Gordon is no stranger to the philosophical principle that comedy equals tragedy plus time. And not just because she traffics in the business of being funny, although that certainly helps. Gordon, years before she became a successful author (Super... [Read More]
What It’s Like to Take Steve Martin’s Comedy MasterClass
You must have seen it: the commercial/trailer for “Steve Martin Teaches Comedy.” Facebook tells me it surfaced in early March, when my brother excitedly posted it to my wall. And it was quite the trailer to be sure, with its lush production values, zippy pacing, and promise of quality&nb... [Read More]