Catching Up with Jim Norton
Jim Norton’s current act finds its focus in two areas: his personal failures and the failures of our country, both politically and socially. The Kneeling Room Only tour is in full swing, running through at least March, as Norton refines what will eventually become his next special. I recently ... [Read More]
All Are Welcome in the Church of Maria Bamford
2017 has been a bumper crop year for Maria Bamford. First she released Old Baby, her hilariously heartfelt hourlong Netflix special that not only packed an emotional punch but also pushed the envelope by toying with the structure of standup specials (the venues in which she performs change and grow,... [Read More]
Inside ‘Snowy Bing Bongs Across the North Star Combat Zone’ with Cocoon Central Dance Team
In their new film, Snowy Bing Bongs Across the North Star Combat Zone, the ladies of Cocoon Central Dance Team execute the daintiest fart joke I’ve ever seen. Sunita Mani, Tallie Medel, and Eleanore Pienta stretch out luxuriously on a soundstage beach, their graceful movements undercut by exag... [Read More]
Talking Standup with the Stars of HBO’s ‘All Def Comedy’
After the success of last year’s All Def Comedy one-hour special, HBO ordered up a six-episode run of the All Def model, which premieres last Friday. The original Def Comedy Jam of the ‘90s shaped an entire generation of comics, including most of the roughly two dozen comedians chosen fo... [Read More]
Talking Standup with the Stars of HBO’s ‘All Def Comedy’
After the success of last year’s All Def Comedy one-hour special, HBO ordered up a six-episode run of the All Def model, which premieres last Friday. The original Def Comedy Jam of the ‘90s shaped an entire generation of comics, including most of the roughly two dozen comedians chosen fo... [Read More]
Eden Sher on Growing Up on TV and Moving on from ‘The Middle’
Eden Sher has spent her entire adult life playing Sue Heck on The Middle. After stints on Weeds and the short-lived Sons & Daughters, Sher was cast in The Middle in 2009 when she was 17, and eight years later the show is nearing it’s series finale. What will she do next? It’s fair to... [Read More]
Michelle Wolf’s Comedy Marathon
They say that nice guys finish last, but what about nice ladies? That’s one of the many themes comedian and Daily Show writer/contributor Michelle Wolf explores in her new special Nice Lady, which premieres tomorrow night at 9:00pm on HBO. The hour is full of sharp and relevant observations &n... [Read More]
Talking Funny or Die and ‘Not Quite a Genius’ with Nate Dern
From humble beginnings as a participant in season 3 of The CW’s Beauty and the Geek to becoming the artistic director of UCB’s New York theater to his current position as senior writer at Funny or Die, Nate Dern has had quite the media journey. As a writer, his work has appeared in McSwe... [Read More]
Catching Up with Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy
My first exposure to what would become branded as Blue Collar Comedy was when I was a little kid attending a church talent show in Moundsville, West Virginia. There was a guy who donned a tucked-in flannel and just went up and read a bunch of Jeff Foxworthy’s “You might be a redneck&rdqu... [Read More]
Brian Regan’s Evolution
I’m not a big fan of comedy classes. I think anybody who is starting out and wants to learn should save their money and just watch one of Brian Regan’s specials. Each one — including Nunchucks and Flamethrowers, which dropped today on Netflix — is a near perfect blueprint on ... [Read More]