Academy Awards hoping to become more popular by adding Oscar category for “popular film”
It just got a little bit easier for a comedy to win a major Academy Award. No, the Oscars aren’t considering great comedies as potential Best Picture nominees, nor are they creating a specific Best Picture (Comedy) category. But the Academy did announce today that they’re adding a new ca... [Read More]
Samuel J. Comroe becomes second comedian to survive Judges Cuts on America’s Got Talent 2018
It has been a rough summer for stand-up comedians hoping to make the cuts on America’s Got Talent in 2018. But Samuel J. Comroe has “swagger.” Among other things. So we’ll see more of Comroe on the live shows! And yes, that’s Chris Hardwick sitting in as a guest judge. ... [Read More]
Julie Seabaugh and Troy Conrad document “Ringside at Roast Battle” in a new book!
My colleague on the West Coast, freelance comedy journalist Julie Seabaugh, has turned many late Tuesday nights at The Comedy Store into a brand-new book documenting the rise of Roast Battle from open mic experiment in the Belly Room to Comedy Central TV series and countless official and unofficial ... [Read More]
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah visiting Miami for the midterms
In the week before the 2018 elections, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah is hitting the beach. Miami Beach. A special week of “undesked” shows will film from The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater, airing nightly from Monday-Thursday, Oct. 29 to Nov. 1. Tickets to... [Read More]
Chris Gethard announces the end of The Chris Gethard Show
What started in the basement under a supermarket almost a decade ago has run its course. The final episode of The Chris Gethard Show that aired at the end of May 2018 on truTV was the final episode of TCGS. Gethard confirmed the news today. The Chris Gethard Show is no more. Thank you all […]... [Read More]
Highlights from the Grand Opening of the National Comedy Center
The National Comedy Center finally opened its doors last week with a triumphant Grand Opening weekend in Jamestown, NY, the birthplace of the late great comedy icon Lucille Ball. “My mother would be over the moon with joy that her hometown decided to follow her advice and, instead of erecting ... [Read More]
New York Comedy Festival announces 2018 headliners
The New York Comedy Festival turns 15 this November, and its quinceañera will celebrate with headlining performances by Bill Burr, Jimmy Carr, David Cross, Desus & Mero, Dan Harmon’s Harmontown, Gabriel Iglesias, Jim Jefferies, Anthony Jeselnik, Jo Koy, Bert Kreischer, Marc Mar... [Read More]
Episode #219: Zainab Johnson
Zainab Johnson had other plans for her life, perhaps professional basketball or teaching, before a tragic accident changed her life and her worldview. Johnson tells me how she absorbed the lessons of the comedians she hung out with before jumping into comedy herself. So far, so good. After being nam... [Read More]
Episode #219: Zainab Johnson
Zainab Johnson had other plans for her life, perhaps professional basketball or teaching, before a tragic accident changed her life and her worldview. Johnson tells me how she absorbed the lessons of the comedians she hung out with before jumping into comedy herself. So far, so good. After being nam... [Read More]
Americans performing at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe
August means comedy has taken over Edinburgh, Scotland. This year, more than 60 of the 3,972 shows playing nightly across the city will feature American comedians. They include college troupes from Cornell and Stanford, the always popular musical improv from Baby Wants Candy, the return of Brendon B... [Read More]