Russell Brand wins British Comedy Award
Russell Brand's controversial exit from the BBC seems to have done the comedian no lasting harm -- the showman was voted best live standup act at the British Comedy Awards Friday night. Brand, who quit his BBC radio show after he and TV anchor Jonathan Ross broadcast lewd phone messages to "Fawlty Towers" actor Andrew Sachs, dedicated his award to Ross, whom he described as "the king-maker." Brand, who is filming in LA, sent a video message of himself accepting the award from Adam Sandler. Ot... [Read More]
"Last Comic" vet Rob Cantrell's offbeat humor in tune with rock venue - BostonHerald.com
"I didn't have a good, clean pair of pants," he said. "I was wearing jeans every day, and they were ratty. I need something fit for national television. It was a huge transition going from local clubs to prime-time television. I did get very hot very fast, and I was approached by a lot of different people. But it wasn't the route I wanted. I wanted to put more emphasis on the writing and become a higher-level comic." Cantrell passed on offers - including one from Dane Cook's manager - to inst... [Read More]
Maria Bamford, John Mulaney, more added to Comedy Central Records roster
As 2008 winds down and Comedy Central Records enjoys the success of another strong year of record sales, we hear that 2009 is going to find the comedy giants releasing another crop of huge names and rising stars. We can report that Comedy Central’s tentative list of albums for next year includes CDs by John Mulaney, Bo Burnham as well as a digital album by Greg Warren. Christopher Titus and Jim Gaffigan will release new albums in February and March respectively and will be followed in Apr... [Read More]
Jerry Seinfeld Los Angeles Times Interview: "Takes One to Know One"
Comedian David Steinberg continues in his role as “ear”â€"that is, a sounding boardâ€"to some of the funniest people working today. David Steinberg: Thank you for doing this. Jerry Seinfeld: This is one of my favorite things. The greatest thing about being a comedian is knowing other comedians. And you get to talk to them. It’s the most fun. DS: I was watching Comedian, your documentary about going on the road. Did you enjoy doing that? JS: When you’re in comedy,... [Read More]
Review: David Crowe: Crooked Finger (Showtime)
David Crowe's new 75-minute stand-up special, Crooked Finger, debuted late last night on Showtime. If you missed it, don't fret, as the pay channel rebroadcasts Crowe's special again tonight and throughout the month on TV and On Demand. Except the special isn't exactly new?! No, really. Crowe's own site reveals he recorded his set at Seattle's Triple Door Theater way back in 2005, but if takes three years to get it sold to Showtime, at least it got sold, right? And Amazon.com says you cannot ge... [Read More]
Middle East Sees "Explosion" Of Comedy, First Stand Up Festival In Arab World
1. Do Arabs actually laugh? 2. Do Arabs understand jokes? 3. Don't they hate you because you are American? Those are just a few of the actual questions I have heard when I tell people in the US that I'm performing stand up comedy in the Arab world. This week's historic Amman Stand Up Comedy Festival in Jordan - as well as the other recent shows I have performed in the Middle East - have answered those questions as follows: 1. Arabs do laugh (In fact, many are very funny themselves); 2. Arabs do... [Read More]
An interview with comedian Brian Regan
Brian Regan says he's not comfortable unless somebody is laughing. "I love the truthfulness of a laugh. You know whether people like something," Regan says over the phone. "People can fake applaud and fake it in other social interactions, but it's hard to fake a hearty laugh. You know when you're on stage and people are laughing, you think this is happening, this is real." Critics, fans and fellow comedians have been doing a lot of laughing at Regan's expense. Regan's brand of quirky, often ma... [Read More]
iTunes Lists Top 10 Comedy Albums of 2008
There's a great new technological advancement named iTunes. Apparently, it takes all our phonographical contraptions and transfers them to our computational adding machines. Thank God! I was sick and tired of lugging my player piano onto my horseless carriage for the biweekly hoedown. Anyway, iTunes compiled a list of the best recordings from funnymen (And funnywomen! What an age we live in!) for the year 2008. Amongst the comedians listed, Robert Kelly, Josh Sneed, and Dov Davidoff all had the... [Read More]
'Bob and Tom' comedy collage has audience in pieces - Peoria, IL
PEORIA - I like this concept of an all-stars comedy tour. It’s like a sampler platter of comedians. You get a little taste of each of them, and you can decide which ones you’d want to buy as a main entree when they filter back through town individually at places like Jukebox Comedy Club or Mason City Limits. Nearly 1,700 fans turned out to see six comedians and emcee Chick McGee at the “Bob and Tom Comedy All-Stars Tour” Saturday at the Civic Center Theater. Performance... [Read More]
A lawyer trying to trade briefs for standup finds it's tough getting an audience â€" even for free
Times are tough â€" in fact, so tough I’ve had family and friends tell me that, as much as they’d like to come see me perform, the cover charge and two-drink minimum at many clubs is a little rough on their recession-damaged wallets. Times are tough for me, too. Trying to switch to being a comic from a career in law has resulted in a sharp boost in my happiness and a sharp decline in my income, especially since I now rely on temporary legal work and most of my comedy gigs have ... [Read More]