Joan Rivers bumped off flight in Costa Rica when Continental gate agent finds passport suspicious | NY Daily News
Joan Rivers, 76, was deemed a danger to national security and booted from a Newark-bound flight in Costa Rica on Sunday by a jittery Continental Airlines gate agent who found the two names on her passport fishy. Her passport reads: Joan Rosenberg AKA Joan Rivers. Rosenberg was her late husband's last name. [Read More]
Flight of the Conchords' Arj Barker Releases Debut Comedy Album LYAO Jan 26 (video) | MVRemix
On January 26, Warner Nashville/Degenerate Records will release Arj Barker's debut comedy album LYAO. Arj, one of America's most offbeat observational comics, has appeared on several television comedy shows in addition to his well-known and hilarious character "Dave" on the hit HBO show, Flight of the Conchords. Available on both CD/DVD and standalone DVD, LYAO will also debut as a Comedy Central special January 24. [Read More]
Paul F. Tompkins interview | The A.V. Club
It's a gamble to have improvisational riffing account for a third of your album, but it's a testament to Tompkins' skill that it works so well. It also speaks to that newfound maturity, which allowed him to trust himself (and the audience) enough to go with it. On the day of Freak Wharf's release, Tompkins talked to The A.V. Club about changing his approach to stand-up, Best Week Ever, and not wanting to party. [Read More]
MC Mr Napkins says "ta ta for now" Boston (video) | Boston Comedy
At about 6AM New Year's Day, Zach Sherwin, a.k.a. MC Mr. Napkins, left Boston on a flight to Los Angeles. But before he left, he hosted one more show at The Comedy Studio, where he has honed his craft these past couple of years. I caught up with Sherwin in the stairwell of the Studio as he told Boston, ta ta for now. [Read More]
Kristin Key - 'Where the Cab Takes You…' album review | Punchline Magazine
Kristin Key, a Texas native and veteran of Last Comic Standing, has a comedic quality that is equally destructive and beneficial: she's a people pleaser. [Read More]
Martin Lawrence producing TV One comedy "Love That Girl!" | THR
Martin Lawrence is returning to TV, executive producing an African-American comedy for cable network TV One. The project is the latest effort by independent producers to serve an audience on cable that's been largely neglected by studios and broadcasters since the merger of the WB and UPN. Without so much as a pilot order, writer-director Bentley Kyle Evans ("Martin," "The Jamie Foxx Show") shot four episodes of "Love That Girl!" The comedy stars Tatyana Ali ("The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "TV O... [Read More]
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon cuts the "fax" line on freelancers, cites WGA? | the comic's comic
If you were one of the lucky ones, you got your name added to the fax lists, and you, too, could submit jokes on a daily basis to Johnny Carson, David Letterman, Jay Leno, and even Saturday Night Live. Well, that's no longer the case in 2010 for freelancers to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, because they all received this new year's mass rejection letter, which cited "WGA restrictions" for cutting them loose. [Read More]
Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, 'South Park' dragged into Viacom vs. YouTube row | CNET
Colbert was recently questioned by Google attorneys during a legal deposition as part of Viacom's $1 billion copyright lawsuit against Google and YouTube. Viacom argues that YouTube encouraged people to upload unauthorized video clips from films and TV shows. The case is nearly three years old but could finally go to trial sometime this year. [Read More]
Portrait of a Comedian - Featuring Rory Scovel and Neal Stastny | The Apiary
This episode features Rory Scovel and Neal Stastny. Tune in to hear Rory, one of the most innovative comedians working today, talk about his Southern heritage, playing with the conventions of comedy, and how 3-D movies are preventing him from quitting pot. You'll also hear Neal Stastny, an up and comer who you'll definitely be hearing more from, talk about growing up in the zoo business, witnessing future murders in pawn shops, and why New Orleans has fostered so many good comedians. [Read More]
Women In Comedy Festival Submission Deadline Extended | Boston Comedy
If you missed the first deadline for March's Women In Comedy Festival, I just got word from Festival co-creator Maria Ciampa that the submission deadline has been extended until Monday. For more, check the WIC Web site: [Read More]