Ali Siddiq goes back to prison, this time as a performer to inspire the convicts with his comedy conviction
Ali Siddiq spent six years in prison, serving time in various jails and penitentiaries after an arrest at 19 for drug possession. Twenty years later, Siddiq went back. It’s Bigger Than These Bars, premiering Friday night on Comedy Central, finds Siddiq performing for and talking to inmates at ... [Read More]
Doo-doo or do not, that is the question of this “Poop Talk” documentary
Everyone Poops is a very popular children’s book. And yet. Everyone poops, and nobody wants to talk about it. Despite the long history of fart jokes, we don’t generally discuss our excretory habits, or usually even acknowledge them. A brisk, bright 68-minute documentary fronted by t... [Read More]
This Week in Comedy Podcasts: ‘R U Talkin’ R.E.M. RE: ME?’
The comedy podcast universe is ever expanding, not unlike the universe universe. We’re here to make it a bit smaller, a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the exceptional, the noteworthy. Each week our crack team of... [Read More]
The Fighter from comedy/sports podcast “The Fighter & The Kid” gets Showtime digital talk show
Showtime announced today that Brendan Schuab will host a sports and pop culture talk show, Below The Belt, which will present 30-minute episodes twice a month, starting Feb. 28, 2018, on YouTube and Facebook. The launch is timed to preview and promote Showtime Boxing’s next main event, a ... [Read More]
Do Open-Mics Still Matter For Comedians? – A Eulogy
Last night I drove on the dimly-lit Orlando highways, muttering jokes under my breath and faintly pantomiming for thirty-five minutes to perform at a Hookah Lounge with a grand total of about 6 audience members. The comics outnumbered the audience and the show was supposed to start at 10 o’clo... [Read More]
Inside the Evolution of ‘2 Dope Queens’ with Phoebe Robinson
Comedian, television writer, actress, and New York Times best-selling author are enviable titles to have associated with your name by the young age of 33. Phoebe Robinson, ever the consummate multi-hyphenate, has not only achieved all of those aforementioned high-water marks, but she’s current... [Read More]
What odds do comedians have on winning an Oscar at the 90th Academy Awards?
Many people thought, or at least hoped that Tiffany Haddish would receive an Oscar nomination for her breakout performance in last year’s movie, Girls Trip. Haddish didn’t make the cut, although The Academy knew well enough to invite her not only to read the nominations, but also sh... [Read More]
Michelle Wolf will deliver the keynote at the 2018 White House Correspondents Dinner
What a year for Michelle Wolf! After releasing her first stand-up special over the winter on HBO, Wolf has earned her own talk show series on Netflix, and today, she’s announced as the 2018 keynote speaker for the annual White House Correspondents Dinner. This is true news. [Read More]
Comedy Central Renews ‘Drunk History’ for a Sixth Season
More Drunk History is in the works. Comedy Central just announced it’s handed out a 16-episode renewal to Derek Waters and Jeremy Konner’s series, which debuted its fifth season last month and is currently airing Tuesday nights at 10:00pm. “They say history is written by the victor... [Read More]
Michelle Wolf Will Host This Year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner
Michelle Wolf is having a very busy 2018 – in addition to landing a weekly late night series at Netflix, she also just landed the toughest annual political comedy gig there is: the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. White House Correspondents’ Association president Margaret Talev ... [Read More]