Punchline Mag analysis: Late night stand-up comedy spots not the career changer they used to be
Late night talk shows used to be the break every comedian wanted. Five minutes on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson or the Late Show with David Letterman could catapult you from working comic to household name. And though it’s nearly impossible to find a comedian who would turn down an opportunity to be on TV, performing on the late night stages just doesn’tt hold as much weight as they used to. [Read More]
Guests We'd Love to Hear on Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast
He's done a fine job of recruiting comedic minds from all over the spectrum, from road comics to sitcom creators, novelists to comedic actors, beloved comedy legends to up-and-comers. Marc Maron has been building up a library of interviews that serve as the definitive statements on the private lives of some of the biggest players in comedy. Hopefully, he won't be too offended if this list of promising potential guests comes to his attention, as he's doing well without it. Are we good? Are we goo... [Read More]
Sarah Silverman live in Tel Aviv, Israel (Review)
Last week Sarah Silverman was invited to participate in Israel’s third annual Presidential Conference, after which she performed two shows in Tel Aviv. All in all it was obvious that Silverman was slightly out of her element, and a bit overwhelmed to be such a famous Jewish woman performing for the first time in the Jewish state. Expectations were high, but she delivered.. [Read More]
This May Be Something Completely Different: Graham Chapman's "A Liar’s Autobiography: Volume VI" in development for 3D film
Graham Chapman will soon be back in what might be the next best thing: he will star in a 3-D animated version of his absurdist memoir, “A Liar’s Autobiography: Volume VI,” with most or all of the surviving Python members performing roles that are cut together with Chapman’s voice from a taped reading made shortly before he died. [Read More]
Interview with Blake Anderson of Workaholics
Blake Anderson is a workaholic. Or at least he plays one on TV. Star and co-creator of everyone’s favorite new slacker comedy show, Comedy Central‘s Workaholics, this mustachioed, large-haired gentleman has, along with his co-stars, emerged as one of the funniest and most successful comedians of the year. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started watching the show, but as the season progressed it grew from funny to downright hysterical. The triumphant first run just ended, and luckily they wer... [Read More]
In an excerpt from his new book, "Comedy and Error" Simon Day recalls his first stand-up gig
Mark Swan told me straight out, ‘You’re funnier than them. You should do a stand-up show.’ It seemed like a great idea. The minute he said that I was off and running. I immediately told him of my various ideas and he joined up the dots for me: I’d start doing a character and he’d laugh and add some bits and his own ideas. For whatever reason, he believed in me – and that was what I needed. Left to my own devices I’d always give in to negative thoughts eventually and I’d never persist with my dr... [Read More]
Kurt Metzger’s New Comedy Album, “Talks to Young People About Sex”
Without a doubt there are going to be some people who don’t appreciate Metzger’s talent. The chances of anyone in the social security age group enjoying him discuss Jersey Shore, blowjobs, and Facebook is zilch. But for comic purists, youngsters, and people who enjoy comedians talking about some of the disgusting awkwardness of real life – as well as up-to-date pop culture -Metzger is your guy. Think Denis Leary, only more liberal and less angry. [Read More]
Warner Bros Buys Pitch For "Truth North" Starring Ed Helms
Warner Bros has acquired a feature film pitch from scribe Rob Pearlstein as a starring vehicle for Ed Helms. The plot of the comedic drama, titled True North, centers on pompous travel-show host Brian North (Helms), whose obsessive pursuit of fame and constant travel has alienated his wife and two kids. His plane crashes when on assignment in India, and he awakens from a coma two years later to discover everyone back in New York thinks he's dead, and he's had reconstructive surgery that has comp... [Read More]
The Marriage Ref’s Tom Papa on Why People Had It Out for the Show Last Year
"I think it was all the hype, all the weird expectations created for it. We were supposed to be this little Sunday comedy show on at eight o'clock. And then the whole Leno thing happened. And then all of a sudden we were thrown into Panic Box Thursday, then the Leno spot, then all the Olympic promotions. By the time we hit the air people were like, “This better be the greatest thing on earth or you just tortured us for a month and a half."" [Read More]
Bobby Slayton offends gay audience member, suspended with pay!
"He was very upset and yelling that he was going to call G.L.A.A.D. and, after what happened with Tracy Morgan, he would get Bobby fired. Then, another woman came out. She’s angry about the show, but says to the first guy, “I’m not sure I approve of what you did in there [apparently he got on stage and went into a tirade], but I’m from San Francisco and we don’t condone gay bashing”. Howie was patiently trying to explain that Bobby Slayton makes fun of all races and sexual orientations and i... [Read More]