Dan Harmon’s keynote address to the XOXO Festival
Dan Harmon, the creator and former showrunner of NBC's Community -- as well as co-founder of Channel 101 -- delivered the keynote address in September for XOXO, an arts and technology festival in Portland, Ore. The fest celebrates independent artists... [Read More]
A song for comedy snobs
Allie Goertz was one of six winners announced last week in Arrested Development's contest giving fans a chance to appear on the upcoming Netflix season in walk-on roles for their fan art contributions. I'll post her music video for "Maeby One Day" in... [Read More]
Skinja: The movie that started out as a joke. Literally.
"Meet Skinja. She's a stripper by night, ninja by later that night." That's a joke. Well, it started out as a joke in a longer bit of stand-up comedian Dan Goodman's in which he imagines other movies. Only Skinja might actually become a real feature ... [Read More]
Michael Malone wins 2012 Seattle International Comedy Competition
Congratulations to Michael Malone, who edged out four other finalists and a couple of dozen other stand-up comedians to emerge victorious last night as winner of the 33rd annual Seattle International Comedy Competition. The final standings: Michael ... [Read More]
“The Subculture of Improv,” a short documentary on the UCB
Thrash Lab has released a new 11-minute documentary on improvisation in comedy -- specifically set in the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Hollywood, and speaking with Matt Walsh, Jason Mantzoukas, Paul Scheer, Ellie Kemper, Kay Cannon and others ... [Read More]
What’s old is new again: Lost classic Johnny Carson reel is found; movie in works; TCM to air clips
On Oct. 1, 2012 -- the 50th anniversary of Johnny Carson's debut on The Tonight Show on NBC -- a military base in California turned up footage long thought lost of the legendary late late-night TV host. The find is just one of the more remarkable eve... [Read More]
Review: Stephen Lynch, “Lion”
Stephen Lynch is a gifted musician. On top of having a great singing voice and being an excellent guitarist, Lynch has also consistently shown that he can adapt to a variety of music genres and styles. In the past, Lynch has used such musical talent ... [Read More]
Anthony Anderson and Royale Watkins reflect on almost four years of their “Mixtape Comedy Show”
I went to a comedy show and a freestyle rap battle broke out. But not before the audience also bore witness to a live DJ breaking down beats, singing and/or rapping from a classic name in old-school hip-hop, a funny Internet video you'd like to email... [Read More]
Review: Paul F. Tompkins, “Laboring Under Delusions: Live in Brooklyn”
Paul F. Tompkins is the gentleman’s comedian. He speaks with a kind of eloquence that lends itself to a degree of class not present in most of stand-up comedy, almost as though every joke is offered up with Tompkins sporting a top hat, cane, and mono... [Read More]