SNL’s Vanessa Bayer offers up media coaching in new web series ‘Sound Advice’
Saturday Night Live cast member Vanessa Bayer has a new web series, Sound Advice. In it, she portrays the character Janessa Slater, a media coach who works with bands. But is her help really that sound? Probably not. In the first episode of the series, the band FUN. comes in for some media coaching.... [Read More]
 
High Plains Comedy Festival
Denver has been in desperate need of a national-quality stand-up festival for years. The explosion of open mics and alternative showcases, plus the city’s growing reputation as an incubator of new talent has nevertheless failed to put it on the same footing as similar scenes in Austin, Minneap... [Read More]
 
Image of The Muppets consider re-taking Manhattan with Broadway musical
The Muppets consider re-taking Manhattan with Broadway musical
On May 31, over 85 Muppets convened at the New Amsterdam Theater to put on a proof-of-concept show for Disney Theater Productions, performing existing material under the direction of Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Pee-Wee Herman Show). Initial audience reaction wasn't terrific, as two unnamed elderly critics declared it “wasn’t half-bad—it was all bad!” before chortling to themselves. [Read More]
 
Supreme Court to rule on whether comedian can keep his job as a judge
Vince August has been a well-established comedian for years, working as a warm-up comic for the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and as a regular performer at Carolines on Broadway, one of the most respected comedy venues in the country. During the same t... [Read More]
 
CBS Sunday Morning revisits the Catskills “Borscht Belt” era in comedy
In the 1950s and 1960s, the Catskills attracted the crowds and the comedians alike. Several decades later, it's a much different story. CBS Sunday Morning profiled the upstate New York conclave, and how "Borscht Belt" comedy has survived the changes ... [Read More]
 
Ana Gasteyer lied to Lorne Michaels about her age during Saturday Night Live interview
We’ve all lied on our resumes or job applications. But lying to Lorne Michaels during your Saturday Night Live interview takes some serious balls. But that’s what Ana Gasteyer did before she landed her spot on the iconic show in 1996. In a new interv... [Read More]
 
Music videos, political spoofs and a bar full of UCB/SNL sidekicks get the “Above Average” treatment
Lorne Michaels has several TV productions in addition to his mainstay, his bread and butter, his original creation, Saturday Night Live. 30 Rock. Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Up All Night. Portlandia. What's left? The Web. Broadway Video, Michaels' ... [Read More]
 
11 Things Even Jeff Dunham Fans Might Not Know About Jeff Dunham
Jeff Dunham's latest special, Minding the Monsters, debuted on Comedy Central on Sunday night, and became available for purchase as a DVD on Tuesday. You may have known that already. Dunham's fans almost certainly did. You also may have known that Du... [Read More]
 
New York Comedy Festival announces headliners for 2012
The annual New York Comedy Festival, aka headliners headliners headliners all week across Manhattan, has announced the lineup of headliners for its 2012 edition, happening Nov. 7-11, 2012. Many more shows will be added between now and November, with ... [Read More]
 
Image of Lewis Black to Vent About Politics on Broadway
Lewis Black to Vent About Politics on Broadway
Just in time for the election this fall, Lewis Black is bringing his latest one-man show, Running on Empty, to Broadway. It'll run at the Richard Rodgers Theater from October 9th to the 14th. His last show, Black on Broadway, was also broadcast as a special on HBO, so there's a good chance that this... [Read More]