Comedy fests, clubs struggle
Organizers of the South Beach Comedy Festival hope that this year, despite economic woes, people will spend up to $67.50 per ticket to laugh. The fourth annual festival, which began Wednesday, features Lewis Black, Cheech & Chong, Lisa Lampanelli and Dave Barry, among others. Raul Mateu, the festival's director, said it's impossible to compare public interest in the festival to previous years because attendance depends on which comedians the festival books, but he hopes comedy will still draw pe... [Read More]
F.B.I. Kept Tabs on George Carlin
While countless comedy fans spent the 1960s and '70s poring over the rebellious routines of George Carlin, above, so too did J. Edgar Hoover, according to F.B.I. records released by the comedian's family and reported by The Associated Press. [Read More]
Review - Make ‘Em Laugh, episodes 3 & 4
PBS's six-part series Make ‘Em Laugh continued tonight with parts 3 & 4. First up? Slapstick, which host Billy Crystal says is "the oldest and most universal form of comedy that we have." Part 4 was about the "groundbreakers" of comedy, kicking off with the FCC song from the Family Guy. I have to admit, I was heavily schooled in this episode. I knew a bit about Mae West, Moms Mably, and Mort Sahl. But not this much, and not in the way it was framed. [Read More]
Trevor Moore Has a Deer Head Named Carl - New York Magazine Interview
Trevor Moore is the founder of sketch-comedy troupe the Whitest Kids U Know. A new season of their show starts on IFC January 27. He also wrote, directed, and acted in the upcoming movie Miss March. [Read More]
Variety Celebrates 10 Years of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Variety is celebrating the 10 years of Jon Stewart-y amazingness with a series of articles. [Read More]
Cheech & Chong "Light Up America" At South Beach Comedy Festival Performance
"I truly believe pot can save the world," said Tommy Chong, one half of the famed comedic duo, Cheech & Chong, who proved that creed with their heavily drug-tinged "Light Up America" tour stop at the Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theater. The duo, who are touring for the first time in 25 years, were the first comedians to perform as part of this year's 4th Annual South Beach Comedy Festival. [Read More]
Miller High Life guy tries out one-second comedy
Even Windell Middlebrooks, the Miller High Life delivery guy, has trouble being funny in just one second. He's asked to do so in MillerCoors' new campaign from Saatchi & Saatchi. The idea is to poke fun at Anheuser-Busch for shelling out so much cash for its Super Bowl slots. In contrast to A-B's big outlay, Miller will run just a single one-second ad on game day—and a :30 all next week advertising the :01. [Read More]
Tim and Eric The A.V. Club Interview
When Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim started out making awkward, off-topic film-school projects (like saluting the lobster's contribution to cinema), they really didn't consider what they were doing "comedy." That's long-since changed, though: They've made a cottage industry out of their surreal, polarizing sketches. The fourth season of their bizarre live-action, sketch-based Tim And Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! premières on Feb. 8, and the second season comes out on DVD on Feb. 10. They're w... [Read More]
Funny how different South Beach Comedy Festival is
It should come as no surprise that the fourth annual South Beach Comedy Festival, which runs through Saturday, is breaking tradition in terms of how it presents the funny. [Read More]
'Tim and Eric' back in KC -- awesome!
If you skipped last year's Tim and Eric Awesome Tour because tickets sold out almost immediately, good news: Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim are back on tour. If, however, you skipped last year's show because you were afraid of getting sprayed by fake vomit or pelted with hot dogs and pizza from the stage, well, you'd better sit in the back row. [Read More]