Blame Society for "Chad Vader"
Borne from the minds of Aaron Yonda and Matt Sloan, founders of Blame Society Productions, ( Chad Vader - Day Shift Manager is a series of eight webisodes (so far) that follow Darth Vader's younger sibling, Chad, (played by Yonda and voiced by Sloan) through the day to day on goings as the Day Shift Manager of Empire (Super) Market. [Read More]
Former ‘SNL' Writer Opens Comedy Club
Veteran comedian and former Saturday Night Live writer Rich Francese is the proud new owner and designer of Manhattan Comedy Club, the latest upscale venue to open in the New York area. The 172-seater celebrated its grand opening December 12 with Frank Santorelli (The Sopranos) and Marc "Coop" Cooper. [Read More]
The Tears of a Clown | Psychology Today Studies Comedians
Samuel Janus and his colleagues studied the intelligence, educational level, family background, and personality of 69 comedians, all of whom were said to be famous and successful. Data were collected using a variety of methods: clinical interviews, accounts of early memories, dreams, handwriting analyses, projective tests, and the Weschsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS). Janus concluded that comedians tended to be superior in intelligence, but also felt misunderstood, angry, anxious, suspicio... [Read More]
7 Questions with.. Comedian Denis Leary
Denis Leary's new book, Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid, is a rant with something to offend just about everyone. But in an interview during his recent visit to Chicago, he came across as thoughtful and even a bit soft-spoken. [Read More]
Rascals Comedy club's former CEO charged with fraud
Federal prosecutors have charged Eduardo Rodriguez, former chief executive of Headliners Entertainment Group which owned and ran the Rascals Comedy Clubs in New Jersey, with securities fraud, The Star-Ledger reports. Rodriguez is accused of participating in schemes to inflate the prices of penny stocks earlier this year. [Read More]
Rob Corddry - The Sound of Young America Interview
Rob Corddry is an actor and comedian who's appeared in many films, including Semi-Pro, What Happens in Vegas, Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay, and W... in 2008 alone. For four years, he was a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, cultivating a brash, idiotic persona that made him one of the most popular contributors in the show's history. His most recent project is a web series, which he wrote, directed and in which he stars, called Children's Hospital. [Read More]
show review - Jerry Lewis' live one-on-one interview / show
The evening was promoted as "The King of Comedy: Jerry Lewis in Conversation with Peter Bogdanovich," presented by the Museum of the Moving Image, at The Times Center in Manhattan. Instead of a conversation between showbiz buddies, we witnessed some passive aggressive behavior, two major denials, some tension-breaking laughs, and only a peek into the contradictions that are still churning inside the original Nutty Professor. But we wouldn't have missed it. [Read More]
book review - "Chaplin - A LIFE" by Stephen Weissman (Washington Times)
Of writing books about Charlie Chaplin there is no end, and much study of them is a weariness after the flesh. But this wonderful work is different. [Read More]
Contest - Who's funnier: Christians or Jews?
Who's funnier: Christians or Jews? is offering $250 for the funniest Christmas or Hannukah holiday story submitted by 11:59 pm EST on December 20, 2008. [Read More]
dvd review - SNL's Classic Coke Year (4th Season)
"SNL: The Complete Fourth Season." It was the original SNL's most famous year, 1978-79, a season where comedy was rock and roll, drug humor at its peak, cocaine the main engine. I don't know if another American comedy show ever referenced coke use the way SNL did that year. You certainly wouldn't see that now, which dates these episodes in a weird nostalgic way. [Read More]