Former Bankers Turn to a Creative Plan B
With Wall Street hemorrhaging jobs, bonuses disappearing and the financial sector going through a seismic shift, some bankers and lawyers are switching lanes to more creative career paths. They are putting down their Wall Street Journals and picking up Variety as they try their hands at comedy, filmmaking and writing. [Read More]
Jay Mohr Takes Wife's Name.
Following in the footsteps of John Ono Lennon, the Gary Unmarried star filed a petition a week ago to legally add his wife's surname to his own, thereby making his full appellation Jon (his birth name) Ferguson Cox Mohr. [Read More]
For Carlos Mencia, it's mind over matter
Comedian Carlos Mencia is fueled by frustration. (..and other people's jokes!?) [Read More]
Don Rickles interview: Hey, hockey puck, it's just a role he plays.
An Emmy-winning veteran of stage and screen for more than 45 years, Rickles now finds himself entertaining through the written word. After the success of 2007's "Rickles' Book," the comedian has released "Rickles' Letters" (written with David Ritz, Simon & Schuster, $25), a collection of unsent letters that take issue with living, dead and fictitious characters such Jimmy Carter, Benjamin Franklin, Santa Claus and Mr. Potato Head (for whom he did the voice in the "Toy Story" films). Here he dis... [Read More]
Lily Tomlin still holding a laugh-in at 69: Straight.com Interview
Lily Tomlin has been one of the top comedic voices for 40 years, and has won almost every award in show business, from Emmys to Tonys to Grammys and more. (The only one missing is an Oscar, but she has a nomination for a supporting role in 1975's Nashville.) Given all that, you might expect the 69-year-old to have little patience for the endless phone interviews she must do to promote her diverse work. The truth is, Tomlin is a giving and engaging subject who admits, "I digress very easily." So... [Read More]
Penn State's Rich Ohrnberger does stand-up
If Penn State offensive guard Rich Ohrnberger doesn't make the NFL, he might have a future in standup comedy. Even Budd Friedman thinks so. ''Yeah, I'd book him,'' the owner of The Improv said via telephone. ''Absolutely.'' Penn State had a team-only function Sunday night at The Improv in Hollywood, where comedians Joe Rogan and Pablo Francisco entertained the team. As did Ohrnberger, the Lions' in-house comic. [Read More]
Judy Gold's gay twist on Jewish mother jokes
Maybe it's a sign of progress in society that Jewish mother jokes just sound like Jewish mother jokes, even when they're told by a 6-foot-tall, very-much-out lesbian comedian. Friday night at the Calderwood Pavilion, "Judy Gold Is Mommy Queerest" sometimes seemed like two shows. One was a my-mother-drives-me-crazy standup routine that you might have heard on Johnny Carson 30 years ago, except for the F words. And the other was an edgier one-woman show about Gold's life as a lesbian and a mom he... [Read More]
Down The Foxhole: F**K THE PUPPETS
I think it's important that the first thing I say is this is not about Jeff Dunham. I have nothing against Jeff. I'm actually a fan of Jeff as a man. A hu-man. Jeff knows not what he does at this point. My mission is to simply stop the puppets that seem to be controlling him. We have all done things in life that we are not proud of. I too have fallen victim to that voice in my head that says, "just do it." What can it hurt in the long run? But when that voice is being given to puppets, and we ca... [Read More]
'Flight of the Conchords' online buzz takes off
In an encouraging sign for the upcoming second season of HBO's offbeat comedy "Flight of the Conchords," the premiere episode has raked in some 250,000 streams in its first 10 days on FunnyOrDie. [Read More]
10 Favorite Comedy Central Clips of 2008
"The time between Christmas and New Years is a special time. It's when we all stop, reflect, and look our loved ones in the eye to say, "Here are the top 10 things you did this year that stopped me from calling the cops on you." It's list time and we can all make lists about anything we want. And we here at Comedy Central put together a great list of our 10 Favorite Comedy Central Clips of 2008." [Read More]