Kristen Schaal: Indie comedy goddess
New York-based comedian Kristen Schaal has quickly moved from bar room comedy gigs, to the national comedic elite. Starring on Flight of the Conchords and the Daily Show will do that. [Read More]
review - Nick Di Paolo: Funny How?
A lot of comics who claim to fight against political correctness tend to fall short in doing so. Rule of thumb is this: If they protest too much, there's a reason. That reason? They're not all that cutting edge. That's not to say veteran comic Nick Di Paolo is cutting edge; in fact, he's a throwback to the time stand-up comedy was politically incorrect in a much more organic way. On Funny How? - recorded at the Acme Comedy Club in Minneapolis — the former Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn mainstay... [Read More]
Making science funny: Brian Malow
For two seasons, the CBS hit sitcom "The Big Bang Theory" has demonstrated that science - in a geeky sort of way - can be funny. But this is hardly a revelation to Brian Malow. For more than a decade, the Bay Area comedian has been showcasing his science-centric stand-up humor in comedy clubs, at conventions and for corporate clients across the country. [Read More]
Comedy wannabes soar -- or go down in flames
For would-be performers, last week's open mic competition was a chance to show their comedic skills. [Read More]
NCCAF Announces Comedian Lineup
The 9th annual North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival will showcase improv groups, and for the first time ever, stand-up comedians. NCCAF will highlight some of the best performers in the alternative comedy scene. [Read More]
San Francisco Sketchfest books big talent -- Fred Willard, Janeane Garofalo, Dana Carvey
San Francisco Sketchfest this year could boast its biggest lineup yet. Willard will be back, this time with Martin Mull to perform a "reunion" of their classic TV comedy "Fernwood 2Night." The Upright Citizens are also returning, along with another famed New York troupe, the State, which is reuniting for Sketchfest. [Read More]
Celebrating Anchorman's Brick Tamland
If you're the lead in a comedy, you absolutely need to watch your back, as more and more it's the supporting characters, without the pressure of carrying the film, who appear to be having the most fun. But is there a finer supporting comedy character in recent times than weatherman Brick Tamland? [Read More]
Quincy Newell, 'Why We Laugh': Comedy, Race, and Positive Representation
‘Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy' is a sweeping account of the evolution of black comedy in America. Inspired by comedian Darryl Littleton's book, directors Robert Townsend and Quincy Newell have crafted a no-holds-barred documentary that is both an insider's take and a critical examination of the cultural influence of black comedy. [Read More]
review - Jimmy Fallon, Much Improved
The new year means new opportunities, even for web content you've previously dismissed. And so in today's Station Conversation, Jill Weinberger and Liz Shannon Miller revisit future Late Night host Jimmy Fallon's ongoing web prelude to his on-air series - which definitely gets their vote for Most Improved. [Read More]
"Make 'Em Laugh" on PBS, dvd this week
It is the exploration of the unexpected thematic connections across generations of comedians — from Bob Hope to Woody Allen; from Buster Keaton to Lucille Ball; from Phil Silvers to Paul Lynde to Redd Foxx — that provides the structure of "Make 'Em Laugh" and gives it an excuse to showcase some of the funniest American performers of the past century. The series is released on dvd Tuesday and premiers on PBS Wednesday. [Read More]