Comedy Central orders stand-up series from The Comedy Cellar, sketch series with Arturo Castro
Comedy Central released its development slate today for 2018-2019, and topping the list are two new series: Alternatino with Arturo Castro and This Week at the Comedy Cellar. “With an exciting mix of established and emerging talent, our current development slate continues Comedy... [Read More]
Chris Gethard on the importance of interacting with fans of The Chris Gethard Show
The Chris Gethard Show prides itself on having as much loyalty to its fans as the fans do to the show. On last week’s live broadcast on truTV, Gethard locked himself in a clear box for a stunt in which guest Matt Walsh (Veep) had to convince fans to answer revealing questions via phone and [&h... [Read More]
Kat Radley on Women in Comedy Festivals, and in the writer’s rooms
Kat Radley spent the better parts of 2016 and 2017 submitting writer’s packets to late-night comedy shows. “I think I lost count at one point, but if you name a show, I pretty much sent a packet for it,” Radley told me. Last August, the first packet she’d submitted turned int... [Read More]
Starz has acquired several former Seeso series and specials
Good news for fans of Seeso programming! Starz, a cable channel/network still in operation and continuing into the foreseeable future, has acquired several series and specials launched during the brief era of Seeso, NBCUniversal’s short-lived hope for a comedy streaming platform. We already kn... [Read More]
Maria Bamford filed a restraining order against President Donald J. Trump
On Friday, April 13, 2018, comedian Maria Bamford went to her local courthouse to file a restraining order. Not against an ex. But against the president. Of the United States. Ok! Going to local courthouse to file restraining order against Donald Trump. I'll let you know what happens. It may just be... [Read More]
R.I.P. Harry Anderson (1952-2018)
Harry Anderson, best known for starring in the NBC Must-See TV sitcom Night Court from 1984-1992, has died at his home in North Carolina. He was 65. Born Oct. 14, 1952, in Newport, R.I., Anderson and his family moved to Chicago, where he discovered card games, magic tricks and hustling. He took thos... [Read More]
R.I.P. Floyd J. Phillips
Floyd J. Phillips grew up in Michigan and died there, but his comedy influence also spread to the Pacific Northwest. Phillips died April 6, after more than 35 years on and off of dialysis. He’d posted a GoFundMe just last month to try to defray his medical expenses and help get him back on his... [Read More]
Episode #202: Brandon Rogers
Brandon Rogers is a YouTube star with four million subscribers and one Streamy Award to his credit. He has starred in two webseries, Sam and Stuff for Facebook, and Magic Funhouse for Fullscreen. Brandon was a New Face at Just For Laughs in 2017, and he stopped by my studio while he’s on his f... [Read More]
15th annual StandUp NBC comedian search kicks off, will allow video submissions, too
NBC’s annual StandUp NBC nationwide search for stand-up comedians of diverse backgrounds, has launched, and for its 15th anniversary, the event not only is expanding to five regional audition sites instead of four, but also is allowing video submissions for each of the regionals. Details: The ... [Read More]
John Mulaney hosted Saturday Night Live. Watch his monologue!
Forget about his live Mulvaney intro from Darrell Hammond (they fixed it in post!), stand-up comedian and former Saturday Night Live writer John Mulaney made a triumphant return to the sketch comedy showcase on April 14, 2018. “Some of the best years of my life. To be hosting here is just surr... [Read More]