Autobiography of a Young Comedian: Woody Allen’s resume, circa 1965
They don't make resumes like they used to. Picture this. It's 1965. You're in the position to hire a young comedian. I know, I know. You must be old by now if you could hire a kid way back in 1965, but try not to think about that right now. Focus on 1965. You've got a stack of resumes on your desk b... [Read More]
First look: IFC sets October debut for The Birthday Boys, sends them on national tour with Comedy Bang! Bang!’s Scott Aukerman, Paul F. Tompkins
It's going to be a busy fall for The Birthday Boys. The L.A.-based sketch comedy troupe will earn their TV debut all together now on IFC, debuting the first of 10 half-hour episodes at 10:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. The Birthday Boys will be paired with Comedy Bang! Bang!, not just on the la... [Read More]
Why did the comedian cross the road? A teaser from “I Am Road Comic”
Why did the comedian cross the road? Wait a second. This isn't a chicken joke. Why do comedians go on the road? That's one of many questions posed by comedian and filmmaker Jordan Brady (I Am Comic) in his upcoming follow-up documentary, I Am Road Comic. And here are some of the answers from some of... [Read More]
Maximum Fun on the high seas: The Atlantic Ocean Comedy & Music Festival
Today is the final day to buy tickets for the first-ever Atlantic Ocean Comedy & Music Festival, happening in September with two stops in the Bahamas on its four days and three nights at sea. It's not the first comedy cruise and certainly not the last. But it's your last chance to be part of thi... [Read More]
James Adomian as Louis C.K., Freddie Mercury, Madonna, Kate Upton and Rihanna; on “Childrens Hospital
In case you missed it, last night's episode of Childrens Hospital on Adult Swim featured comedian James Adomian performing several impersonations onstage all at the same time. Here he was, and is, and ever shall be, remembered together as Louis C.K., Rihanna, Madonna, Kate Upton and Freddie Mercury.... [Read More]
What Jealousy and Bitterness Can Do For Your Comedy Career
What Jealousy And Bitterness Can Do For Your Comedy Career By Andy Sanford Jealousy and bitterness exist in just about every pursuit, and especially artistic ones. I can only speak from a comedian’s perspective, but I’ve watched it ruin people. I believe that if you are going to pursue s... [Read More]
Virgin Atlantic to offer live comedy on UK flights to Edinburgh and Manchester
From the announcement via Virgin: Virgin Atlantic have unveiled the next level of in-flight experience on their Little Reddomestic service. Get ready for live (yes you read that correctly, LIVE) in-flight entertainment. Passengers on selected Little Red flights will be... [Read More]
North American comedians at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013
Another August, another onslaught of comedians converged upon Edinburgh, all vying for the attention of Scots and the comedy fans who come there each summer for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. And here is this year's crop of North American acts making hey, hay and ha-has across the pond: Abigoliah Sc... [Read More]
How To Hire a Comedian For Your Private Function or Party
Grandma Kashian’s guide to Hiring a Comedian for your function By Jackie Kashian Andy showed me this article about some comic who did an LA County Sheriff’s Luncheon for “600 or 700 people." : http://www.salon.com/2013/07/26/sheriffs_department_in_hot_water_over_race_jokes/ Andy s... [Read More]
Jim Meskimen’s quarterfinal performance on America’s Got Talent 2013
For his quarterfinal appearance/performance on America's Got Talent, Jim Meskimen took a page out of 2012 runner up Tom Cotter's playbook and invited the judges and the audience into his act -- asking them to help decide which jokes he'd tell. In Meskimen's case, as a celebrity impersonator, he put ... [Read More]