The Boston Comedy Q&A: Robert Kelly
Robert Kelly is looking forward to a busy 2011. He’s touring and working on material for a new one-hour special. He’s amazed to have a book deal with Joe DeRosa and fellow former Boston comic Bill Burr that sprang from a film the trio self-produced called Shooting Angles. They are currently waiting to hear back from several festivals about screenings. Kelly first came to the attention of national audiences when his buddy, Arlington native Dane Cook, put him on the HBO stand-up series Tourgasm. H... [Read More]
Things you might not see on HBO in March: Notes from Pee-wee Herman's gran Broadway finale
At least one review of Pee-wee Herman's Broadway run this winter complained that his show was, in essence, preaching to a choir of lifelong fans. If you loved Pee-wee then, you'd love him now. [Read More]
Featured review: Louis C.K. — ‘Hilarious’
There has, arguably, been no other comedy album that has gained so much buzz before its actual release than Louis C.K.’s newest gift to comedy nerds—Hilarious. And there’s good reason for that. It’s not that just about any C.K. effort is highly antic... [Read More]
A Somewhat Obsessive Guide to the Addition of SNL Seasons 26-30 to Netflix Streaming
When I put together the first Somewhat Obsessive Guide to All 36 Seasons of SNL Streaming on Netflix, Netflix had yet to post seasons 26-30. That has since been corrected! So here's my guide to those five seasons, featuring Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon's first episodes on the... [Read More]
NASCAR star Michael Waltrip tries comedy; Henry Cho, Jon Reep show support
Move over, Positive K: a new stand-up comedian who’s not a stand-up comedian is joining the circuit. Michael Waltrip, a two-time Daytona 500 winner, will be debuting a stand-up comedy act in Kansas City, Missouri, later this month.. [Read More]
Patton Oswalt's Surprisingly Haunting Memoir
..in his memoir Zombie Spaceship Wasteland, Patton Oswalt, who has racked up impressive achievements in stand-up, movies, and television, not to mention his status as the standard-bearer for alternative comedy, abstains from even the mere hint of self-satisfaction. Rather than just dully chart the path that led him out of obscurity and into startling professional success, the comedian instead focuses the gaze of his memory on the days before stand-up was even a glimmer of a dream to examine exac... [Read More]
Jimmy Fallon's Big Adventure | Rolling Stone interview excerpt & video
This is an excerpt from the January 20, 2011 issue of Rolling Stone. Includes a video from Fallon's Rolling Stone cover shoot.. [Read More]
Interview: SNL's Terry Sweeney was the First Openly Gay Regular on Network Television (and Lived to Tell About It!)
In the 1985-86 season of Saturday Night Live, comedian Terry Sweeney made history by becoming the first (and still the only) openly gay cast member of the landmark late-night comedy show. But the achievement was more notable even than that: Sweeney was also the first out actor with a regular role on broadcast television ever. He also co-wrote the 1989 cult classic Shag and worked on MADTV and the outrageous animated comedy show Tripping the Rift. Sweeney also found occasional acting work, most n... [Read More]
Johnny Knoxville, Andy Samberg, Shane Jacobson on 'Three Stooges' Shortlist | TheWrap
"Jackass" prankster Johnny Knoxville, "Saturday Night Live" star Andy Samberg and Australian comic Shane Jacobson are on the shortlist to play Moe, Larry and Curly, respectively, in 20th Century Fox's "Three Stooges," TheWrap has learned from an agency insider. [Read More]