The New York Times thinks "Political Correctness Isn’t Ruining Comedy. It’s Helping."
"We are living in the age of the joke controversy. On the Internet, they seem to arrive with the frequency of subway trains. But despite what you might have heard, a new political correctness is not ruining the art of comedy. In some quarters, it may be helping." [Read More]
Stephen Colbert, the Late Night Hope | The New York Times
Mr. Colbert is approaching his own transformative moment, when he will become the second person to host “The Late Show,” CBS’s marquee late-night franchise, succeeding David Letterman, for whom it was created.. [Read More]
review: Amy Schumer's ‘Trainwreck Comedy Tour’ at the Beacon Theater
Ms. Schumer’s “Trainwreck Comedy Tour,” features the stars of her movie doing stand-up across North America through Sunday. Besides promoting the movie, “Trainwreck,” opening on July 17 (and raising money for charity), it’s one of the best comedy lineups of the summer, with Dave Attell, Colin Quinn, Vanessa Bayer, Mike Birbiglia and Ms. Schumer. It’s an evening of New York comedy with some Hollywood thrown in, since the film director Judd Apatow, who returned to stand-up last year after a two-de... [Read More]
David Letterman Reflects on 33 Years in Late-Night Television | The New York Times
"I’ll miss it, desperately. One of two things: There will be reasonable, adult acceptance of transition. Or I will turn to a life of crime." [Read More]
Tom Koch, Comedy Writer for Bob and Ray, Dies at 89
Tom Koch, a creator of the vexingly convoluted game 43-man Squamish for Mad magazine and unheralded author of thousands of comedy scripts for Bob and Ray radio programs that in his words parodied “pompous versions of real people,” died on March 22 at his home in Laguna Woods, Calif. He was 89. [Read More]
‘South Park’ Creators to Start Company, Important Studios
The new company is to be called Important Studios and hopes to be just that. With an estimated value of $300 million built on revenue from “South Park,” now in its 16th season on Comedy Central, and the Broadway megahit “The Book of Mormon,” the studio will have the power and money to approve television, movie and theater projects, including a big-screen version of “The Book of Mormon.” [Read More]
Maria Bamford’s ‘Special Special Special!’ | NY Times review
In her new stand-up special Maria Bamford performs for the toughest audience of her career: her parents. [Read More]
Jerry Seinfeld (Really!) Riffs About ... Something | NY Times
"Your Critic’s Notebook column about the overuse of the term “Really?” was so deeply vacuous that I couldn’t help but feel that you have stepped into my area of expertise. Really, Neil? Really? You’re upset about too many people saying, “Really?”? I mean, really. " [Read More]
‘Saturday Night Live’ Parodies Presidential Campaign | NY Times
Lorne Michaels, the creator of “Saturday Night Live,” gives a preview of the show’s satirical coverage of the presidential election: Fred Armisen has been the show’s President Obama since 2008, but Mr. Michaels said he would be relying on Jay Pharoah, who joined the cast in 2010. [Read More]
Judah Friedlander: Working a Crowd Is Part of the Act | NY Times
"Some of the most boisterous comedy audiences I’ve witnessed in this city have been at Mr. Friedlander’s shows. In an age when much stand-up comedy can seem like a meticulous accounting of personal anxieties and observations, Mr. Friedlander delivers jokes in character. He doesn’t gaze at his navel ... [Read More]