Review: Sasheer Zamata, “Pizza Mind” on Seeso
Shame on Saturday Night Live for barely giving us a chance to appreciate what Sasheer Zamata could do, and then not even letting us know she was leaving. Then again, that latter decision could have been Zamata’s own. As I wrote in my review for At least we have Pizza Mind, release... [Read More]
Laughable podcast app celebrates version 2.0 with an ‘Artists Collective’ live showcase
As the comedy boom enters its final explosive phases, more and more entrepreneurs are figuring out how to make the most out of it, if not also a bit of profit, too. I’m taking a look at some of these businesses this week… For years, I told people I didn’t have a podcast because th... [Read More]
Saturday Night Live bids fond farewell to Bobby Moynihan, Vanessa Bayer and Sasheer Zamata
After the final goodbyes at the end of the 42nd season finale of Saturday Night Live, after the NBC cameras turned off, the cast and guest stars paid one last tribute to departing cast members Bobby Moynihan, Vanessa Bayer and Sasheer Zamata. Moynihan, after nine seasons, will star in his own CBS si... [Read More]
Episode #154: Lavell Crawford
Lavell Crawford is best known for his portrayal of Huell, the bodyguard for Saul Goodman on Breaking Bad and now Better Call Saul. Originally from St. Louis, Crawford rose up the comedy ranks from Showtime at the Apollo to Comic View to Def Comedy Jam to runner-up on season five of Last Comic Standi... [Read More]
Al Madrigal on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Al Madrigal is half-Mexican and highly allergic. “I’m living the American dream!” Madrigal joked Friday night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Madrigal also explained what he did after mistakenly entering a black barbershop, and how to tell if you’re at an authentic... [Read More]
FOX to test out comedian-based daytime talk show “Punchline” during summer 2017
Daytime TV already has hourlong talk shows hosted by Ellen Degeneres and Steve Harvey, and panel discussions including the likes of Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood. But what about a half-hour whiz-bang of a show in which comedians just riff jokes about the day’s he... [Read More]
Maria Bamford commencement address to University of Minnesota class of 2017
Maria Bamford graduated from the University of Minnesota with a creative writing degree in 1993, and returned 24 years later to deliver a creative and meta commencement address to the class of 2017. In her speech, Bamford described exactly how she ended up getting invited and paid to speak. “W... [Read More]
Upfronts Follow-Up: The realities of pilot season and the odds of making a hit sitcom (2013-2017)
The annual song and dance of broadcast network Upfronts presentations sells advertisers on the need each May to book their 30 and 60-second commercials in primetime on their TV networks come September, with appearances by each network’s big stars and news personalities to make them feel all wa... [Read More]
Bobby Moynihan leaving Saturday Night Live after nine seasons
It’s official. Bobby Moynihan’s final episode as a cast member of Saturday Night Live happens this Saturday with the season finale hosted by The Rock. Moynihan appeared across Manhattan today at the CBS Upfronts to help introduce the new sitcom he’s starring in, Me, Myself & I.... [Read More]
Highlights from the 2017 Funniest Person in Austin finals
The 32nd annual Funniest Person in Austin contest would, like any proper marriage, feature something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. Or purple. Plus a round of Rum Runner shots on the house. Cap City Comedy Club bustled and burst forth with mixed emotions on Tuesday night.... [Read More]