Jon Stewart to Make History Special | Broadcasting & Cable
Jon Stewart, who knows a thing or two about irony, will create a two-hour special on a perfect target—the U.S. naturalization process—for History Channel, to air in the fourth quarter. Stewart's show, The Naturalized, is among the highlights of History's most substantial programming investment ever. The network's robust slate of specials and series, to be announced May 14 at History's upfront presentation, ranges from a sweeping 12-part series about the creation of America, to a critical exa... [Read More]
Robby Roadsteamer creates a comedy monster | Boston Comedy interview
Robby Roadsteamer has created a franchise in Boston with his Greater Boston Alternative Comedy shows, gathering his favorite comedians and a band or two and putting on shows at venues like the Paradise and the Middle East (see my interview with Roadsteamer from the first show in December). Tonight, he brings the Greater Boston Alternative Mayday! Mayday! Comedy Show to the Middle East Upstairs with Joe Wong, Mehran, Erin Judge, Ken Reid, Chris Coxen, Anderson Comedy, and Sean Sullivan. The shows... [Read More]
Jim Jeffries becomes Jim Jefferies?! | the comic's comic
Jim Jeffries has his first HBO hour stand-up special debuting on Saturday, May 16, and the network has graciously fed the Internets with a few glimpses from the set, taped earlier this year in NYC. Jeffries, an Australian who made his comedy name in the U.K., is unabashedly not safe for work. Also, typo alert? Nope. My sources tell me that Jim Jeffries has added the extra "E" to become Jim Jefferies because of the existence of another "Jim Jeffries" in the show business here in America. [Read More]
Dane Cook: The Isolated Interview (video) | Punchline Magazine
"I didn't want to be derivative of myself and do just another big grandiose, broad show, because I did that. And I wanted to challenge myself to take on a completely different element. And one thing you haven't seen, because I know you only heard the audio, and it's a surprise. But visually, the way you're going to finally see this presented is going to be very, very different from what you've experienced before. Which is part of why it's commercial free. I don't want to give it away, but it was... [Read More]
Wrap-up: Janeane Garofalo, Rob Riggle, Eugene Mirman at AltCom | Punchline Magazine
Opening the second AltCom show on Friday night in Somerville — that's in the Greater Boston area — Eugene Mirman skewered the debate over what's "alternative" perfectly as he read from a manifesto strictly defining the rules of alternative. The list included items like "art before commerce" and "smash old items and make new ones out of the bones of the status quo, human hair, and glue, and then smash that again." The reading concluded with the requirement that every time an alternative comed... [Read More]
Comedy Ahead of Its Time - Dana Carvey's 1996 Flop | NYTimes
Though he hasn't had a recurring television role since his notorious ABC series, Mr. Carvey said he was happy that he spent the intervening years focusing on raising his teenage sons. Besides, he added, the next opportunity to reinvigorate his career or fall on his face could come at any time. Noting that Jack Benny was in his 60s when he hosted "The Jack Benny Program," he said, "we'll see what happens." "If you don't need money, and you don't need fame, then you're free," he said, happily tri... [Read More]
Dana Gould | A.V. Club interview
"I've often been accused of being the comic's comic. It's a bad business model when your fans are the people who get in free. To use the musical analogy again, it's like Captain Beefheart. Ah, musicians love him! Or Yo La Tengo would be the ultimate example of that. One of my favorite Onion headlines was something like, "24 record-store clerks injured in roof collapse at Yo La Tengo concert." Part of being an "alternative" comic is an intrinsic honesty and lack of pretension to your self-express... [Read More]
Jenny Slate: Dead Millionaire | Comedy Central Insider interview
The premise of Jenny Slate's "one lady show" is simple. Jenny, a dead millionaire, leaves $300 million to her dog, played by her's adorable real-life dog, Reggie. At the end of her funeral party, Jenny's video will is going to reveal the millionaire dog's new owner. [Read More]
Daniel Tosh's 'Tosh.O' Premiers June 4th on Comedy Central
With razor sharp wit and biting commentary, comedian Daniel Tosh delves into all aspects of the Internet from the absolutely absurd to the incredibly ingenious in this new weekly, topical series, "Tosh.0" debuting on Thursday, June 4 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. "Tosh.0" goes deep into the Web, spinning commentary about blogs and vlogs both popular and obscure, tweets and pokes, popular sites and new technologies. In addition, the series will feature viral clips of the week, premiere its own original vi... [Read More]
Samantha Bee, Dane Cook, Mo'Nique, George Lopez to Appear on Oprah's Comedy Hour | Comedy Central Insider
The Oprah show always has its funny moments, whether it's Dr. Oz talking about diarrhea for an hour or those awkward times when Oprah realizes not everyone has a bidet made of polished free-range unicorn bones. But this Wednesday, the whole show is going to be about comedy. That's right, you get a comedy hour! And you get a comedy hour! And you get a comedy hour! Everybody gets a comedy hour! [Read More]