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]
Stephen Falk on the rise and premature fall of NBC’s “Next Caller”
Stephen Falk created and executive produced an NBC sitcom that you may never see on TV, Next Caller, starring Dane Cook and co-starring Collette Wolfe and Jeffrey Tambor. The show was more than halfway through production, scheduled to debut in early ... [Read More]
SNL’s “Oh S*it!” Thanksgiving sketch, cut after dress rehearsal
Saturday Night Live has posted more and more of its sketches that didn't make it past the live dress rehearsal. Last night's episode -- hosted by Jeremy Renner -- contained a whopper of a Thanksgiving sketch that included a loud, audible "Oh shit!" m... [Read More]
Chris Tucker on his comedy roots and his “comeback” stand-up comedy tour, film
Chris Tucker joked this past week that his new stand-up comedy tour is called his "IRS Tour," a reference to his owing the Internal Revenue Service more than $11 million. Tucker told Jimmy Fallon that he had taped a new stand-up comedy film last week... [Read More]
NYC comedy benefit shows for Cyclone/Hurricane Sandy
Several comedy benefit shows are happening in and around NYC to raise money for victims of the storm known as Sandy. Here are the ones we know about. If you know of others, please alert us to add them to the list. Thanks! Saturday, Nov. 17 Louis CK ... [Read More]
Meet Me In New York: Jessica Kirson
What do they say about New York City: There are eight million stories, and sometimes it seems as though eight million of the people telling them think they're comedians? No, that's not it. It is a fact, though, that America's biggest city is also its... [Read More]
The top 10 rated-R comedies at the box office
Seth MacFarlane's foul-mouthed teddy bear of a movie, Ted, has earned more than $500 million in box-office receipts around the world since hitting your nearby cineplex in June, despite its R rating by the MPAA. Remarkable? Certainly. But tops in the ... [Read More]
From The Lovemaster to my three sons: Craig Shoemaker on developing a case of “Daditude”
For many years, Craig Shoemaker proved that pervy was funny. Or at least sounding pervy could be very funny. His vocal impersonations of "The Lovemaster" filled comedy clubs with laughter across America, and in 1997, he won the American Comedy Award ... [Read More]
29 Steps to Getting Hollywood to Greenlight Your Feature Film
By Joshua Marston, writer/director of Maria Full of Grace, and director of recent episodes of Newsroom and The Good Wife. Neither that movie nor those TV shows were comedies, but this flow chart is just as applicable, and much more humorous. Via NPR'... [Read More]
Ellen DeGeneres addresses Kate McKinnon’s SNL impersonation of her, on “Ellen”
If you watched Saturday Night Live last weekend, then you saw Kate McKinnon impersonate Ellen DeGeneres in a sketch making light of the silliness that is daytime's popular talk show, Ellen. If you didn't see SNL on TV, then you missed out, because NB... [Read More]