UCB Theater- A place for the in-jokesters | la times
For a while, UCB felt like their little secret. For $5, anybody can see a couple of hours of some of the best improv, sketch or stand-up comedy in the country. But now, the L.A. theater -- an offshoot of the original UCB in New York, both founded by Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh -- is a regular clubhouse for celebrity comics. [Read More]
Harvey Boyd gives Jackson, TN laugh room new name, management | Jackson Sun
South Street Comedy Club is now Harvey's South Street Comedy. The comedy room, which has been in Jackson for nearly 45 years, is now under the management of Harvey Boyd. The former Hoppin' Harvey of local radio fame has bought the naming rights to the club. "That gives me the right to do comedy at the river, at the civic center, at hotels," Boyd said, "all under the same name." He did not say how much he paid for the right to the club's name: "but it was more than $1.75." [Read More]
Lewis Black and the Boston Comedy Festival | Boston Comedy
"It used to be you could just work Boston and make a living," says Black. "And so many good comics came out of there. And my affinity to it is, I kind of feel like that's where I came into my own." [Read More]
The biggest publicity stunt at the Edinburgh Fringe - Lewis Schaffer | Chortle
Lewis Schaffer has won the Cunning Stunt award for the best publicity stunt at the Edinburgh Fringe. The American comic scooped the title, awarded in memory of Malcolm Hardee for issuing a press release saying he was sponsoring the Edinburgh Comedy Awards - formerly ther Perriers - for £99. The List magazine believed him, and reported that the awards would now be called The Lewies in his honour. [Read More]
SNL Hires New Writing Talent for 2009-2010 Season | AST
As SNL gets ready for its 35th season premiere (with host Megan Fox), several new writers have been hired by the show in recent weeks. Michael Patrick O'Brien, a member of the Second City mainstage cast in Chicago, has been added to the show's writing staff (Interestingly, it appears he auditioned for the show with a typical 5 minute cast member-style audition - the standard set of characters and impersonations sketch comedians usually prepare for the show. However, he was hired only as a writer... [Read More]
Tim Key wins Edinburgh Comedy Award for "The Slutcracker" | Chortle
Tim Key has won this year's main Edinburgh Comedy Award. Jonny Sweet was named best newcomer, and Peter Buckley Hill won the panel prize for best encapsulating the spirit of the Fringe, for his work organising the Free Fringe movement. Key won the award for his show, The Slutcracker, a mix of poetry, unconventional stand-up and film. [Read More]
Interview with Bobcat Goldthwait & Daryl Sabara | The Texas Travesty
Up until a few years ago, Bobcat Goldthwait made a living by screaming at audiences and having mental breakdowns on stage that would get the average person thrown into an intense psychiatric rehabilitation facility. Best known for his roles in the "Police Academy" movies and the cult hit, "Shakes the Clown," Goldthwait has moved on to direct darker comedies such as "Sleeping Dogs Lie" and his most recent and highly rated work, "World's Greatest Dad," starring Robin Williams and Daryl Sabara. Gol... [Read More]
Boston Comedy Festival gives local comics the chance to make a name, or come home | The Boston Globe
Listen in as five players on this year's roster reflect on comedy in Boston circa 2009. They range from Tom Dustin, host of the profane "Dark Blue'' show, who remains based here while starting to tour nationally; to Erin Judge, who will move on to New York to further her career after hosting the style-conscious "Dress Up Show''; to Jim McCue, who organizes the whole event. [Read More]
Lewis Black New Comedy Special to Hit Theaters, Premiere on EPIX | STAGE TIME Magazine
EPIX announced its first partnership for an original comedy event, Stark Raving Black, featuring Lewis Black. Filmed live at the Fillmore Theater and premiering on EPIX in December 2009, Black takes both Republicans and Democrats to task for everything from the state of the economy to alternative energy. Following the comedy special, fans will be invited to join Black online in the EPIX Event Theater at www.epixHD.com. [Read More]
Chance Langton headed to Nashville for Just Plain Folks | Boston Comedy
A month ago, Chance Langton would have been hard pressed to tell you about the Just Plain Folks Awards. Now, with his album I'm Better Than Them nominated for the music organizations Comedy Album award (along with fellow Boston comedians Jim Colliton's Stories from the Suburbs and Paul Nardizzi's Sucking A Cow's Udder During A Solar Eclipse), Langton is heading down to Nashville for the Just Plain Folks Music Awards. [Read More]