South Beach Comedy Festival sets lineup
The fourth annual South Beach Comedy Festival has announced a lineup that includes Lewis Black, Cheech & Chong, Lisa Lampanelli, Jim Norton and Daniel Tosh. Event will run Jan. 21 through Jan. 24 at South Beach venues including The Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theater, Lincoln Theater, Colony Theater and the Lincoln Road Stage. Comedy Central has once again signed on to be the exclusive media partner of the Miami fest, which is organized by The William Morris Agency. Live Nation is handling ... [Read More]
Black-White Comedy Team Remembered for Building  Bridges Through Humor
The 1960s and '70s were times of changing race relations in the United States. A new book called Tim and Tom looks at the era through the eyes of two stand-up comics. Mike O'Sullivan spoke with authors Tim Reid and Tom Dreesen about their experience as the nation's first, and possibly last, black and white comedy team. [Read More]
New Blog About Boston Comedy
For the past ten years, I have been covering the Boston comedy scene for The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix, Boston Magazine, and every outlet I could find. For seven and a half years, I wrote a regular column for the Globe following comedy, one of the only of its kind in the country. But with belts tightening across the publishing world, I have suddenly found myself without that regular outlet at a crucial and exciting time in Boston comedy history. The Comedy Connection, the city's biggest c... [Read More]
Boston Comedy's New Hall of Fame To Induct Steven Wright
There is a hall of fame for just about everything these day. Every sport has one, every form of music. So why not Boston comedy? Boston City Councilor John Tobin asked a similar question in a conversation with his friend, Spark Capital’s Todd Dagres. The two decided to create the Boston Comedy Hall of Fame, which will induct its first member, Steven Wright, at a local all-star ceremony at Showcase Live on December 15. Wright was an obvious choice. The Boston scene was already swinging w... [Read More]
Stella's Farewell Tour Kicks Off
Darn tootin' holidays forced us to miss Stella's late announced secret warm-up shows at Union Hall the past two weekends. That and the fact tickets sold out IN BASICALLY LESS THAN A SINGLE SECOND. Bumpershine covered the first one. In case one was thinking of catching Stella some other time, Michael Ian Black gave this ominous threat concerning the urgency of now on his blog: "Here's the thing. This is probably the last time Stella ever tours together so if you want to see us together, this is ... [Read More]
Peter Farrelly to Produce Kentucky Fried Mimic
Overture Films and A Bigger Boat are going short, developing an untitled feature produced by Peter Farrelly and Charles Wessler consisting of two dozen short comedy films in the vein of "The Groove Tube" and "Kentucky Fried Movie." Directors already in talks include Brett Ratner, Todd Phillips, Mike Judge, Josh Gordon and Will Speck. Farrelly also will direct two of the shorts. [Read More]
Interview w/ Patrick Borelli ("Holy Headshot")
Patrick Borelli started his career in stand-up at The Comedy Studio a decade ago before moving to New York, where he works for a book publisher by day and works the stand-up clubs by night. Today, he’s back in Boston at PA’s Lounge for a “reading” of his new book, Holy Headshot: A Celebration of America’s Undiscovered Talent, which he co-wrote with Douglas Gorenstein. Essentially a collection of headshots from aspiring actors, the book provokes a lot of laughter ... [Read More]
Bill Engvall Interviewed by Boston Globe
Blue Collar Comedy's Bill Engvall heads to the North Shore Music Theatre November 30. I spoke with him about the Blue Collar Comedy phenonenon and his TBS sitcom, "The Bill Engvall Show" for the Boston Globe. Read the interview here. [Read More]
Bob Lazarus Update
Last year at this time, I was writing about Stoughton resident and veteran comic Bob Lazarus’s fight with leukemia and a benefit thrown for him at Giggles with Steven Wright, Tony V., Jimmy Tingle, and a host of other local luminaries. Lazarus had one more hospital stay left in his treatment, and felt good enough to show up at Giggles and perform a bit at his own benefit. (There was also a benefit at the Regent Theatre in May, a Ding Ho reunion show that featured the above as well as Bar... [Read More]
PHILLY COMEDY NEWS: Bedtime Stories leaving the Shubin Theatre
Folks, sometimes good things have to come to an end. And it with this in mind that we report that the monthly topical sketch/monologue show BEDTIME STORIES hosted by Gregg Gethard will no longer be seen at the Shubin Theatre after this Wednesday's show. The reason for the departure is a positive one, however, as the show has simply outgrown the 50 or so seats of the Shubin. Over the past two years, Gethard's show has grown from an audience of just a few to a packed house. "I can't believe ho... [Read More]