Punchline Magazine's ‘Comedy Central's Stand-up Showdown' madness contest!
Comedy Central's Stand-up Showdown 2009 has begun. My fantasy football team was a bust this year and March Madness is a long time coming, so we have come up with a new contest. Punchline Magazine presents The "Comedy Central's Stand-up Showdown" Madness! To enter, download the Madness bracket and complete list of comics who have appeared on Comedy Central Presents. You will select which comic you think will be in the Top 10 and Bottom 10 of the showdown for each week. For every box you guess rig... [Read More]
Deep Secrets of ‘The Daily Show'
You'd think that hundreds of people would have better things to do on a Friday night than go to a panel discussion at a museum. But the auditorium at the Paley Center for Media was packed elbow-to-elbow for the panel discussion "Writers Speak: A Potentially Regrettable Evening with the Writers of ‘The Daily Show,'" part of the fifth annual New York Comedy Festival. [Read More]
A Conversation with Jonathan Katz : poprockcandymountain.com
Jonathan Katz is a stand-up comedian, musician, writer, producer, host of a talk radio show entitled Hey We're Back on his own Internet radio station, WKATZ, the voice of Erik Robbins on the animated series "Home Movies", a person living with Multiple Sclerosis, and one of the funniest, most impossible-to-read human beings I've ever met. What I thought was going to be me interviewing him for PRCM, turned out to be him interviewing me as I sat doe-eyed wondering when exactly I'd lost control of ... [Read More]
Will Ferrell site, Funny Or Die, raises $3 million
Internet comedy site Funny Or Die, supported by actor Will Ferrell and seeded by Sequoia Capital, has raised $3 million in cash from a single, undisclosed investor. The financing also includes an additional $3 million commitment for "in-kind contributions for marketing, publicity and promotional support for programing," according to a regulatory filing. [Read More]
19 Random Questions with The Bammer!
Maria Bamford talks to "The Set List Online" about her pugs, Duluth, "Unwanted Thought Syndrome," Comedians of Comedy, "The Maria Bamford Show" and her advise for aspiring comedians. [Read More]
Blame Society for "Chad Vader"
Borne from the minds of Aaron Yonda and Matt Sloan, founders of Blame Society Productions, (www.blamesociety.net) Chad Vader - Day Shift Manager is a series of eight webisodes (so far) that follow Darth Vader's younger sibling, Chad, (played by Yonda and voiced by Sloan) through the day to day on goings as the Day Shift Manager of Empire (Super) Market. [Read More]
Former ‘SNL' Writer Opens Comedy Club
Veteran comedian and former Saturday Night Live writer Rich Francese is the proud new owner and designer of Manhattan Comedy Club, the latest upscale venue to open in the New York area. The 172-seater celebrated its grand opening December 12 with Frank Santorelli (The Sopranos) and Marc "Coop" Cooper. [Read More]
The Tears of a Clown | Psychology Today Studies Comedians
Samuel Janus and his colleagues studied the intelligence, educational level, family background, and personality of 69 comedians, all of whom were said to be famous and successful. Data were collected using a variety of methods: clinical interviews, accounts of early memories, dreams, handwriting analyses, projective tests, and the Weschsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS). Janus concluded that comedians tended to be superior in intelligence, but also felt misunderstood, angry, anxious, suspicio... [Read More]
7 Questions with.. Comedian Denis Leary
Denis Leary's new book, Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid, is a rant with something to offend just about everyone. But in an interview during his recent visit to Chicago, he came across as thoughtful and even a bit soft-spoken. [Read More]
Rascals Comedy club's former CEO charged with fraud
Federal prosecutors have charged Eduardo Rodriguez, former chief executive of Headliners Entertainment Group which owned and ran the Rascals Comedy Clubs in New Jersey, with securities fraud, The Star-Ledger reports. Rodriguez is accused of participating in schemes to inflate the prices of penny stocks earlier this year. [Read More]