Former ‘SNL' Writer Opens Comedy Club
Veteran comedian and former Saturday Night Live writer Rich Francese is the proud new owner and designer of Manhattan Comedy Club, the latest upscale venue to open in the New York area. The 172-seater celebrated its grand opening December 12 with Frank Santorelli (The Sopranos) and Marc "Coop" Cooper. [Read More]
The Tears of a Clown | Psychology Today Studies Comedians
Samuel Janus and his colleagues studied the intelligence, educational level, family background, and personality of 69 comedians, all of whom were said to be famous and successful. Data were collected using a variety of methods: clinical interviews, accounts of early memories, dreams, handwriting analyses, projective tests, and the Weschsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS). Janus concluded that comedians tended to be superior in intelligence, but also felt misunderstood, angry, anxious, suspicio... [Read More]
7 Questions with.. Comedian Denis Leary
Denis Leary's new book, Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid, is a rant with something to offend just about everyone. But in an interview during his recent visit to Chicago, he came across as thoughtful and even a bit soft-spoken. [Read More]
Rascals Comedy club's former CEO charged with fraud
Federal prosecutors have charged Eduardo Rodriguez, former chief executive of Headliners Entertainment Group which owned and ran the Rascals Comedy Clubs in New Jersey, with securities fraud, The Star-Ledger reports. Rodriguez is accused of participating in schemes to inflate the prices of penny stocks earlier this year. [Read More]
Punches only in punch lines
Azhar Usman, co-founder of the Allah Made Me Funny comedy tour, and Rabbi Bob Alper, who bills himself as "the world's only practicing clergyman doing standup comedy - intentionally," will bring their "Laugh in Peace Tour" to Milwaukee on Wednesday. [Read More]
New Jersey picks its college comedy king
On Saturday, Dec. 6, Monmouth University hosted the Championship Finals of the "New Jersey King or Queen of Campus Comedy." The contest featured contestants from 40 of the state's colleges competing for laughs in front of a live audience. [Read More]
A Night Of "Funny People" In LA January 13th
A one-time-only comedy performance that will be filmed for use in Universal Pictures' upcoming "Funny People." Judd Apatow hosts, performing live as their characters in the film are Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and Aziz Ansari, as well as Patton Oswalt and other surprise special guests in the line-up. [Read More]
Jimmy Pardo: Comic Vs. Audience Interview
Jimmy Pardo is a L.A.-based, Chicago-raised stand-up comedian and host of the widely successful podcast Never Not Funny. Known for his (really) quick-wit and stream of conscious style, Pardo's live material consists mostly of crowd work. Here, Jimmy talks about his career in the record industry, coming up in Chicago, his "Never Not Funny" podcast, clicking with an audience and his influences. [Read More]
Are You There Todd Barry? It's Me, Amanda. : pop-rock candy mountain interview
After years of waiting for an email response from Todd Barry, Pop-Rock Candy Mountain's Amanda Brumfield gave up on interviewing him. Finally she received an email which included an apology from Todd and the answers to her questions. Todd talks about camaraderie among comedians, being hyper-aware, the interwebs, and his agenda. [Read More]