Review of Latitude 2009 Festival | Chortle
Latitude is the festival you get when you do everything right. It's a manageable size, in a glorious wooded location around a picturesque lake, and everything from the good cheer of the security staff to the zeal to recycle everything - leading to a near litter-free site - makes the whole experience a joy, A better class of festival attracts a better class of punter, too; there may be a touch of Guardianista smugness to it all, but that's a small price to pray for the very low drunken twat index... [Read More]
Variety Releases 10 Comics to Watch List | Comedy Central Insider
Variety's 10 Comics to Watch list is a pretty good barometer for which comedians are on the verge of blowing up (not literally) to the big time, which is why I'm glad a lot of my personal favorite comedians were listed. Since Variety didn't write one comprehensive piece listing all the comedians, but a different written article for each comic, I've assembled the list complete with links to the full articles: [Read More]
SF Sketchfest 2010 call for entries | AST
SF Sketchfest, the San Francisco Comedy Festival, has begun accepting applications to perform at their 9th Annual festival running January 14-31st, 2010. SF Sketchfest accepts submissions from sketch comedy groups, solo sketch/character performers, one-person shows, improv groups, short sketchy self-produced plays, alternative comedy acts, musical comedy acts and stand-up comedians. [Read More]
Jim Breuer - Positive comedy vibes | Punchline Magazine interview
JIm Breuer's brand new hour comedy special airs on Comedy Central July 25 and is out in stores on DVD three days later. He's also recently been cast in Adam Sandler and Kevin James' upcoming flick The Zookeeper, a live-action comedy. So, comedy fans- get used to having Breuer around a lot more. Punchline Magazine recently talked with Breuer about his new movement of stand-up comedy, why he tours with his father and much more. [Read More]
"Papa CJ is just his witness protection name. Oops!" | Zoiks! Online interview
Papa CJ is an established international comedian. As his website states, "rumored to be a direct descendant of the Maharaja of Merebaapkaraj (pronounced Mere-baap-ka-raj) in India, in 2008 he was chosen as one of the top ten acts in the world on NBC's hit TV show "Last Comic Standing." The direct descendant took time out of his busy schedule to chat with Zoiks! Online. [Read More]
Tim Meadows credits the Talking Heads for his comedy career | Digital Journal Mobile
"I went to see the concert movie Stop Making Sense by the Talking Heads, at the Art Institute in Detroit. I remember watching it and thinking ‘Those guys are artists and they are living the lives that they want to live. And I don't have anyone to blame but myself if I don't do this. I don't want to ever look back and regret not trying. I really want to do this. I want to be an actor. I want to an artist. So, I'm going to do it.' As I walked out of the theater, I said out loud, ‘I'm moving to... [Read More]
Zoofest shows offer alternative side to Just For Laughs | The Canadian Press
Zoofest is the brainchild of Gilbert Rozon, founder of the Just for Laughs festival, which is running at the same time as Zoofest. Both events wrap up on July 26. While Zoofest is an independent entity, Just for Laughs is supporting it by sending it some shows that used to be part of the annual comedy festival. Audience favourites such as the New Faces of Comedy, the Homegrown Comic Competition, the Flying Solo series of individual acts and the Sketch Show are among the Just for Laughs staples n... [Read More]
Jon Stewart aiding leukemia patient | The Money Times
Comedian Jon Stewart, host of "The Daily Show," says he has been trying to lighten the spirits of a Washington man suffering from leukemia. Stewart said after hearing about 32-year-old software engineer Jonathan Haupt's battle with leukemia, he sent "Daily Show" DVDs to help lift the man's spirits and offered him a tour of the set of the Comedy Central show, the New York Daily News reported Sunday. [Read More]
Comics just want to be taken seriously | Los Angeles Times
"Funny People" is simultaneously a comedy wrestling with serious issues and a film whose characters are comedians struggling with problems far beyond the ken of their stand-up. As such, it marks a turning point in the evolution of this now-80-plus-year-old trend: the self-aware stab at drama. "I'm trying to make a very serious movie that is twice as funny as my other movies," Apatow has said of his film. "Wish me luck." [Read More]
Review: Sarah Silverman & Friends, Just For Laughs Toronto | from the Back of the Room
Friday night at Toronto's Massey Hall, Sarah Silverman summed up every audience member's thoughts in six words: "Can you believe this lineup? Seriously." Just For Laughs Toronto indeed blew its alt-comedy load in twin 90-minute shows with Silverman as host, and featuring John Mulaney, Arj Barker, Todd Glass, David Cross, and Louis CK. It's the kind of freakish cosmic event that you imagine only happens once a century. [Read More]