Maria Bamford, John Mulaney, more added to Comedy Central Records roster
As 2008 winds down and Comedy Central Records enjoys the success of another strong year of record sales, we hear that 2009 is going to find the comedy giants releasing another crop of huge names and rising stars. We can report that Comedy Central’s tentative list of albums for next year includes CDs by John Mulaney, Bo Burnham as well as a digital album by Greg Warren. Christopher Titus and Jim Gaffigan will release new albums in February and March respectively and will be followed in Apr... [Read More]
The Comedy Death Ray 2009 Calendar
The world's greatest comedy show is coming to a wall near you! This gorgeous, hand-numbered, collector's piece is not only informative, containing the correct dates for 2009, but features your favorite CDR stars in unique theme photos taken exclusively for this collection! With photos of: SARAH SILVERMAN, ZACH GALIFIANAKIS, PATTON OSWALT, BOB ODENKIRK, PAUL F. TOMPKINS, HUMAN GIANT, JIMMY PARDO, BRIAN POSEHN, DOUG BENSON, HARD 'N' PHIRM, MATT BESSER, THE FUN BUNCH, TODD GLASS, JAMES ADOMIAN, NI... [Read More]
Jerry Seinfeld Los Angeles Times Interview: "Takes One to Know One"
Comedian David Steinberg continues in his role as “ear”â€"that is, a sounding boardâ€"to some of the funniest people working today. David Steinberg: Thank you for doing this. Jerry Seinfeld: This is one of my favorite things. The greatest thing about being a comedian is knowing other comedians. And you get to talk to them. It’s the most fun. DS: I was watching Comedian, your documentary about going on the road. Did you enjoy doing that? JS: When you’re in comedy,... [Read More]
51st Annual Grammy Award nominations (comedy)
For the 51st annual Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy went with a live, primetime announcement/mini-concert. But you want to know who got nominated, don't you? While putting American Idol's star judge Simon Cowell up for Record of the Year (he produced "Bleeding Love" for Leona Lewis along with Clive Davis and Ryan "Alias" Tedder) certainly contains some comedic value because you wonder if he'll show up in a tight black V-neck or a tight black tuxedo, we do have some other actual comedy honor... [Read More]
Comedians in the 2009 Sundance Film Festival
The Sundance Film Festival has announced its slate of films for the 2009 celebration of cinema in Park City, Utah, and more than a few feature and/or star stand-up comedians during the Jan. 15-25 run in the ski hills. [Read More]
Review: David Crowe: Crooked Finger (Showtime)
David Crowe's new 75-minute stand-up special, Crooked Finger, debuted late last night on Showtime. If you missed it, don't fret, as the pay channel rebroadcasts Crowe's special again tonight and throughout the month on TV and On Demand. Except the special isn't exactly new?! No, really. Crowe's own site reveals he recorded his set at Seattle's Triple Door Theater way back in 2005, but if takes three years to get it sold to Showtime, at least it got sold, right? And Amazon.com says you cannot ge... [Read More]
Ron White says his arrest is a joke
When comedian Ron White performs Friday and Saturday at The Mirage, he'll be showing up as a low-level criminal suspect. I was talking with him on the phone Monday when he dropped this in my ear: "You saw my drug bust the other day, didn't you?" No, I did not. I must have missed the news on Sept. 11, the day after White -- the funniest of the "Blue Collar" stand-ups -- got arrested by Vero Beach police in Florida. He was carrying just enough for "a little skinny twisted-up joint," he says. "T... [Read More]
Michael Showalter Twin Cities Interview
Don't ask Michael Showalter about the flu unless you want to hear the history of the virus. The New York-based comedian confesses he has a thing for books about influenza, along with plagues, various diseases and mental illness. But, hey, let's not forget the guy is funny. As one-third of the comedy trio Stella â€" along with Michael Ian Black and David Wain â€" Showalter, 38, has found various outlets for making people laugh whether it's on stage (he'll be with his fellow Stella mates a... [Read More]
Lewis Black's Flyaway Sweepstakes
if you enter and win Lewis Black's Flyaway Sweepstakes you'll be ringing in 2009 in Phoenix with Lewis Black: Celebrate the New Year with Lewis as he recaps the best and worst of 2008. The winner will also get to hang out with Lewis at the show! Enter now for your chance to win this incredible New Year's experience! Grand prize package includes: * Two (2) roundtrip tickets to Phoenix * Two (2) nights of hotel accommodations * Two (2) great seats to watch Lewis Black at the Dodge Theatre * $... [Read More]
Michael Ian Black Time Out New York Interview
Michael Ian Black is back on the road with Stella, the sketch-comedy trio he formed in 1995 with David Wain and Michael Showalter, and he’s not at all worried about it. “We know how to do it in a way that provides not a lot of stress,” says the 37-year-old. “We do it economically and so that we’re not driving 14 hours a day. So it’s pretty chillâ€"aside from all the BJs.” Black, best known as a VH1 talking head and for his earlier comedy group the St... [Read More]