2011 Emmy nominations in comedy include Parks and Recreation, Louis CK and even a McCarthy!
The 2011 Emmy nominations came out this morning and revealed a few surprises, and yes, a couple of snubs. Same ol' same ol'. Perhaps most surprising? That comedian Louis CK received the most individual Emmy nominations of anyone, with four:... [Read More]
How does an American comedian perform on Kenya's version of The Tonight Show? Ask John Ramsey
John Ramsey has enjoyed success as a comedian in America, among his credits having reached the late, great HBO U.S. Comedy Arts festival in Aspen and performing on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham. But for the past year, Ramsey has served as a volunteer in Kenya. Not so funny, right? That didn't stop him from trying, though. You can read about his experiences adapting his sense of humor for what Africans find funny on his personal blog -- and in many instances, he found out "Why My Jokes Don't Wo... [Read More]
Watch the trailer for Nick Swardson's movie, "Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star"
Feels like forever since Nick Swardson said he was going to star in a movie for Adam Sandler's production company as a guy whose life changes when he finds out that his parents once were porn stars. Well, now we have an official movie trailer. This is Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star. [Read More]
Margaret Cho's limited-time offer for a "sexting bundle" of her CD and unreleased songs: Pay what you want!
Earlier today, Margaret Cho kicked off a 72-hour "pay what you want" sale of her Grammy-nominated album, Cho Dependent, that includes two unreleased songs of hers, with 20 percent of the proceeds donated to Immediate Justice, a charity devo... [Read More]
R.I.P. Sherwood Schwartz (1916-2011), creator of Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch
Sherwood Schwartz, who created not only two of the biggest TV sitcoms of a generation but also two of the most famous TV theme songs in both Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch, died in his sleep early this morning.... [Read More]
Watch David Letterman joke about the break-in at the Ed Sullivan Theatre
In case you hadn't heard, a young man broke into the Ed Sullivan Theatre over the weekend and trashed the lobby where they film Late Show with David Letterman. Letterman got right to it in his Monday monologue, and yes,... [Read More]
A comedy fan's guide to San Diego's Comic-Con 2011
If you're a comedy fan, I've looked through the programming for Comic-Con International 2011 and tried to make it a bit easier for you to manage your schedule. This is an abridged look at those things of most concern to most discerning comedy fans. Even if you just want to see comedians, you'll find yourself busy enough to have to make some hard decisions. [Read More]
Watch the trailer for Kevin Hart's stand-up concert film, "Laugh at My Pain"
Kevin Hart has been taking his stand-up to the next level in the past year, embarking on a 90-city tour that brought in more than $15 million in ticket sales. The result is Laugh at My Pain, a concert movie/documentary... [Read More]
Public apology mends brief feud between classical music comedians. Guess who apologized?
Much ado about nothing? Perchance. But Jim Tavare learned a lesson this month about airing his grievances about another comedian online first before attempting a private solution, as he issued an apology on Twitter to Sid Bowfin (aka Adrian Garratt).... [Read More]
"Kate McKinnon on Ice,"A One-Woman Sketch-tacular!
Kate McKinnon earned a nomination for the ECNY's Emerging Comic Award in 2010, but how she hasn't emerged already as a comedy star is beyond me. Yes, McKinnon got to showcase her chops in Logo TV's The Big Gay Sketch Show, but odds are, you weren't watching Logo nor even know what channel that is on your cable/satellite provider. You do have the opportunity to see how brilliant McKinnon is, live onstage, in her new aptly-billed "one-woman sketch-tacular," Kate McKinnon On Ice, which just began i... [Read More]