MIke Epps - Las Vegas Sun Interview
Mike Epps was a class clown who went from entertaining his classmates to entertaining millions. Epps began performing stand-up comedy as a teenager and became a regular at the Comedy Act Theater in Atlanta. From there he went to New York and joined the Def Comedy Jam on tour and on HBO. He talks with the Las Vegas Sun about growing up poor and making movies with Ice Cube. [Read More]
For Chris Bliss, comedy work is hands-on - The Denver Post Interview
Being an overnight Internet sensation is great — as long as you don't mind being labeled "that guy from that video" for a few years afterward. Just ask Chris Bliss. The stand-up comedian and former rock-star juggler (yes, there is such a thing) first gained international notice when a video of him juggling at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal went viral, generating tens of millions of views in less than a month. [Read More]
Onion writer selling joke on eBay
John Harris, staff writer at The Onion, is auctioning an unknown original joke on ebay with the auction ending Jan. 5. The bidding is currently over $360. Even Harris is taken aback by it all, answering a prospective bidder this way today: "It was just something funny I was doing for the benefit of my friends. It's making me a bit uncomfortable, to be honest with you." [Read More]
Brian Regan - Florida Times-Union Interview
Brian Regan talks to The Florida Times-Union about working clean, bombing, opening for Seinfeld and sitcoms. [Read More]
Book Review - Sammy Shore: "The Man Who Made Elvis Laugh"
Veteran comedian Sammy Shore forged a career as the go-to opening act for a slew of show business legends, chief among them Elvis Presley. And while it's those years with Elvis that are the ostensible focus of Shore's new memoir, "The Man Who Made Elvis Laugh: A Life in American Comedy" (TCB JOE Enterprises, $34.99), that admittedly memorable gig just scratches the surface. [Read More]
Auditions to be held in Coconut Grove for South Beach Comedy Festival
The South Beach Comedy Festival will hold tryouts in Coconut Grove, FL with the winner getting a chance to perform during the late-January event. [Read More]
Todd Barry Orders Wine at Dive Bars - New York Magazine Interview
Todd Barry talks to New York Magazine about his favorite New Yorker, the best meal he's eaten in NY, Broadway, panhandlers, booze, haircuts, bedtime and his mortal enemy. [Read More]
Time Warner Cable threatens to go dark on Viacom (incl. Comedy Central)
Viacom has asserted that negotiations for a new licensing deal with Time Warner cable have broken down, with just more than 24 hours until 2009 and the possibility that cable subscribers in New York City, Los Angeles, Orange County (Calif.), Raleigh, N.C., and elsewhere around the country will not have Comedy Central -- or any of the other Viacom cable channels such as VH1, MTV, Nickelodeon and more than a dozen others. [Read More]
Dane Cook's business-manager brother accused of stealing
Comedian Dane Cook's business-manager brother has been arrested and charged with embezzling millions of dollars from the Arlington-raised entertainer. Darryl J. McCauley, 43, of Wilmington, will be arraigned at Woburn District Court this morning. There, he'll answer to charges that he forged his younger brother's signature on a $3 million check and then deposited it into his personal account. [Read More]
album review - Andy Daly's "Nine Sweaters": BEST COMEDY ALBUM OF 2008
Recorded over a ten-week residency at the UCB-L.A. show COMEDY DEATH RAY earlier this year, Nine Sweaters finds Daly exploring these different characters. The characters are unique in that instead of just explaining themselves, something usually happens to them and we learn who they really are, like what would happen in a sketch. Most of the time it is revealed that while the character seemed like a likable person at first, they aren't quite that clean. [Read More]