“Road Comics,” a documentary that looks at headliners in the middle
Living only about a mile away from a comedy club in Bloomington, University of Indiana professor Susan Seizer loved seeing live stand-up comedy shows but wondered why the performers she enjoyed so much weren't enjoying so much attention on the nation... [Read More]
“They weren’t offended. They hired me.” Ana Gasteyer Tweets her way to Weight Watchers ad campaign
Social media allows comedians to share idle thoughts, observations and wisecracks with the world immediately, instead of writing them down in a notebook to dig up later onstage. Flight delays and other airport mishaps. Down time between takes on set.... [Read More]
BET revives Comic View, renews Kevin Hart’s “Real Husbands” and Tony Rock’s “Apollo Live”
After a five-year absence, BET's stand-up showcase is coming back at the end of 2013 and into 2014 with the revival of Comic View. The announcement came during BET's annual upfront presentation on Tuesday to advertisers. ComicView originally ran from... [Read More]
Are you a veteran stand-up comic? Read the #VeteranComic Twitter feed and find out
Are you or have you ever been a stand-up comedian who has put in your time, paid your dues and continues to work in clubs, colleges and anywhere else you can get gigs? Would you consider yourself a "veteran comic"? Here's one new way to find out. Rea... [Read More]
In Their Own Words: Dick Cavett, Louie Anderson, Ophira Eisenberg, J.R. Berard, Andy Sandford
And now, for some words of wisdom about comedy from comedians. In their own words. In contemplating a possible return of The Tonight Show to New York City and 30 Rockefeller from Los Angeles and Burbank, Dick Cavett reflects on Johnny Carson's tenure... [Read More]
Here is one video to dispel all of the rumors that NBC is going to screw up the Leno-Fallon “Tonight” transition, in song
The calendar may have read April 1 when Jay Leno opened his Tonight Show monologue with an April Fool's crack about his relationship with his employers at NBC, but after midnight, 'twas April 2 when Leno gave Jimmy Fallon the most seamless transition... [Read More]
Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s On First” 75 years later: The perfect comedy sketch?
It's Opening Day for Major League Baseball, and also the 75th anniversary of Abbott and Costello's classic baseball comedy sketch, "Who's On First?" ESPN's Chris Connelly looked back at "Who's On First" with help from Jimmy Fallon and Steve Higgins -... [Read More]
Watch the original and second unaired pilots for “Three’s Company”
"Come and knock on my door" wasn't the original opening for Three's Company, the 1970s hit sitcom adaptation for ABC. Nope. Try "doo-dee-doo-dee-doo-dooo" instead. The first taped pilot for Three's Company didn't have the lyrics you came to know and ... [Read More]
Kathleen Madigan, Earthquake and Retha Jones on an all-comedy episode of The View
Performing stand-up comedy on live morning television sounds thrilling enough until you stop on the word "morning" and realize, ohhhhh, stand-up comedy on TV in the morning doesn't sound much fun. Who's ready to laugh first thing in the morning? Is i... [Read More]
From Brooklyn to Bonnaroo: David Cross announces 2013 comedy lineup, Rob Cantrell launches “Universally Speaking”
When you think of Bonnaroo, you think of Brooklyn, don't you? Sure, New York City's borough of choice seems even chosen more now, but it's a long way from the actual summer festival of comedy and music held on 700 acres of rural Tennessee. That's not... [Read More]