The economy melts down, and stand-up comics joke - Los Angeles Times
Rather than shrinking from the hardship afflicting their audiences, many comedians are tackling a pervasive sense of angst, schadenfreude and disgust head on -- and hitting a vein. [Read More]
2009 Bonnaroo Comedy Tent Line-up
Scheduled: Jimmy Fallon, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog Presents Bonnapoo 2009, An Evening (or Afternoon) with the Daily Show featuring John Oliver & Rob Riggle, Michael Ian Black & Michael Showalter, Aziz Ansari, Kristen Schaal, Arj Barker, Todd Barry, Rory Albanese, Wayne Federman, Nick Thune, Nick Kroll, Kurt Braunohler, Amy Schumer, Kumail Nanjiani, Pete Homes. [Read More]
Comedy Foot Soliders: Shaun Landry - The Comedy Nerds Interview
For this week's Comedy Foot Soldier we head out to the west coast to meet improv goddess Shaun Landry. She has been an unstoppable force in the San Francisco comedy scene for years and a mainstay at every improv festival out there. This week she is making the big move to LA so if you are out there be on the look out. I had the pleasure of meeting her when I did the San Francisco Improv Festival and I can tell you that her energy and excitement are infectious (insert awkward STD joke here). ... [Read More]
RENO 911: Season Six, Y'all! - Pop-Rock Candy Mountain interviews Ben Garant
The venerable comedy RENO 911 returns next week for its sixth season. Show creator, ex. producer, writer, director and star Ben Garant gave Pop-Rock Candy Mountain an exclusive first look. [Read More]
Daily Show and Colbert Report Replacing Traditional News Sources?
Here's some kind of depressing news about The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Apparently, an unsettlingly high number of people think they're capable of replacing traditional news sources.. Thirty-two percent (32%) of adults ages 30-39 believe this to be true, while 42% disagree, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Thirty percent (30%) of those ages 18-29 say programs like the two Comedy Central shows that feature news reports with a comic twist are replacing tradi... [Read More]
Woody Allen: Tails of Manhattan
Woody Allen writes a New Yorker piece about Bernie Madoff; Lobsters; Reincarnation; Attacks; Fraud;Ponzi Schemes; Investments. [Read More]
David Wain - The Rumpus Interview
"Labeling is always hard, but I guess "absurdist" is fair and sounds kind of cool. Like I'm part of a movement in Paris or something. I don't think that word covers a whole voice, but no word could. My kind of comedy is just the alchemy of all my particular tastes, interests, thoughts, and experiences." [Read More]
Comedy Meltdown - Won't Get You Laid, But Will Get You All the Free Beer You Can Pour Past Your Braces
one of my favorite comedy venues in town is not actually a comedy venue, but rather a comic book store. Once a month, the legendary Meltdown Comics shines like a nerdly beacon in a sea of hesher-filled guitar stores on Sunset Blvd. [Read More]
"Stand-up 360" comedy films set to hit theaters
The programming network arm of cinema advertising firm Screenvision has partnered with production firm Waggingtail Entertainment for seven original stand-up features set to hit theaters across the U.S. starting in May under the series title "Stand-Up 360." Caroline Rhea serves as the lead host of the live-recorded features, which typically include 100-plus minutes each of stand-up from six headline and up-and-coming comedians as well as behind-the-scenes footage. [Read More]
Sean Penn to play Larry in Three Stooges movie
From the we-wouldn't-believe-it-if-it-weren't-in-Variety file: Sean Penn has signed on to play Larry Fine in the Farrelly Brothers long-in-the-works Three Stooges project. Jim Carrey looks likely to play Curly, with all the weight-gain that would involve, and Benicio Del Toro may play Moe. [Read More]