William Knoedelseder talks to Craig Ferguson about his book and The Comedy Store strike of 1979
Not sure about the timing of this booking, since his book has been out for more than a year and went paperback in July, but author William Knoedelseder went on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson to talk with Ferguson about his book, "I'm Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-Up Comedy's Golden Era," which features mugs of Ferguson's boss, David Letterman, alongside Jay Leno, Richard Lewis and the late Andy Kaufman on the cover. [Read More]
SNL eyes a fourth new hire to the featured cast! Meet Jay Pharoah | The Comic's Comic
The Comic's Comic has learned that Jay Pharoah, a young stand-up comedian from Virginia's Tidewater who has a full arsenal of impersonations -- including one of President Barack Obama (and yes, he'd likely do it instead of Fred Armisen!) -- is just about a done deal to become the fourth new cast member to join the on-air ranks when SNL's 36th season begins on Sept. 25, 2010. [Read More]
Eugene Mirman talks about things you can do, but won't see at his third annual "comedy festival"
In its third consecutive year, it's beginning to be difficult to call the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival the anti-festival. Actually, it's been difficult all three years. Despite the fact that some of Mirman's festival features are clearly fake and satirical, there's an even truer fact -- it's even more factual, that is, to say, that the sheer depth of talent in the shows curated by Mirman and his colleagues rivals most of the comedy festivals that other cities and organizations throw each year. ... [Read More]
"Love Can Suck..." but this show doesn't, thanks to Leslie Meisel and Megan Neuringer
Warning: The show "Love Can Suck a Dick...and So Can I," does not feature any actual acts of fellatio. Double warning: Leslie Meisel and Megan Neuringer will make you double over with laughter as they rewrite whatever notions you have of a show that revolves around heartbroken woman. [Read More]
What do you mean it's not called Team CoCo A GoGo?
Despite what the folks at The Hollywood Reporter say, or my best intentions to get Conan O'Brien to name his new show Team CoCo A GoGo, the talk-show host's new talk show on TBS will be called exactly what the ads already have been calling it.. [Read More]
Sketch, improv, jokes, it's all part of Philadelphia's first-ever "Comedy Month" in November 2010
New York City and Boston may be hosting their annual comedy festivals in November 2010, but only Philadelphia is trying to make November "Comedy Month." Or at least the first three weeks of the month. [Read More]
Which apartment building plays host to its very own comedy show, and soon its own comedy festival?
In Brooklyn's Bushwick neighborhood, however, there's an apartment building that not only hosts its very own weekly comedy show for its residents and friends, but also is about to throw a weeklong comedy festival in a variety of spaces open and not-so-open throughout the building. Welcome to CastleBraid. [Read More]
Meet two more new writers for SNL
Saturday Night Live continues to add new people to the roster in advance of its upcoming 36th season, which begins Sept. 25, 2010. We learned a few days ago that Chicago comedian Tom Flanigan got hired as a writer, and now I can also tell you that Los Angeles comedian Heather Anne Campbell also will be joining the writing staff this fall. [Read More]
Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2010: Russell Kane, Roisin Conaty, Bo Burnham walk away winners
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe just announced its winners of the top prizes for 2010, aka the Edinburgh Comedy Awards, and Russell Kane took home the top prize for best show for "Smokescreens and Castles." Roisin Conaty won best newcomer hon... [Read More]
Meet Me In New York: Jesse Popp
What do they say about New York City: There are eight million stories, and sometimes it seems as though eight million of the people telling them think they're comedians? No, that's not it. It is a fact, though, that America's biggest c... [Read More]