Your essential guide to comedy at New York Comic Con and Super Week 2015
New York Comic Con has quickly become the epicenter to all things pop culture from comics, television, film, and books while housing some of the biggest names in entertainment from all of those said facets. And comedy is right there front and center with its presence only growing bigger. From appear... [Read More]
Bentzen Ball 2015 ends with a surprise guest from curator Tig Notaro
The Bentzen Ball, an annual comedy festival curated by Tig Notaro and presented by Brightest Young Things since 2009, was an unequivocal smash hit this past weekend in Washington, D.C. From the moment it began on Thursday with an all-star lineup sitting on the sofa with Dr. Katz (Jim Gaffigan, Janea... [Read More]
The New York Comedy Festival announces an additional 50 shows including panels from The Tonight Show and The Nightly Show
The New York Comedy Festival has up’d the ante yet again. They’ve just added 50 shows which now includes Brooklyn. Stand-up, panels, and musical comedy all have blanket coverage now. Now in its 12th year, the NYCF runs from November 10 – 15, taking place at many of New York City&rs... [Read More]
The 2015 New York Comedy Festival Adds Hannibal Buress, Natasha Leggero, Craig Robinson, and More
The 2015 New York Comedy Festival takes place next month, and today Comedy Central announced over 50 more shows added to the lineup. In addition to previously announced comedians like Sarah Silverman, Trevor Noah, Patton Oswalt, Norm Macdonald, Nathan Fielder, and Kathy Griffin, the festival will in... [Read More]
6th annual comedy fests in NJ: From Hoboken to Atlantic City
There are so many comedy festivals happening this weekend, this month and pretty much all the time across North America in the world now it's tougher to track them all. But this October, there are two happening on either end of New Jersey to hype you to, especially if you're on the East Coast. Right... [Read More]
JFL42 Highlights – Round 1
It's the time of year when Toronto gets both cooler and funnier, as JFL42 puts comedy nerds into overdrive The post JFL42 Highlights – Round 1 appeared first on Third Beat.... [Read More]
Sneaking Into the Mainstream: Three Days at the LA Podcast Festival
My alarm blares at 6:50am. I swipe it off and immediately turn on a podcast. I get in the shower, power on my Bluetooth speaker, and keep listening. I get in my AUX-less Hyundai and spend the next hour trying to stay awake with the help of a new show out of the tiny, tinny, […] [Read More]
Jim Gaffigan live at the Festival of Families in Philadelphia, warming up the audience for Pope Francis
What's more nerve wracking? Performing in front of the Pope? Or performing for a restless audience of tens of thousands of Catholics anxiously awaiting the Pope? It's a question only one comedian can answer, as Jim Gaffigan delivered about 16 minutes of stand-up comedy early Saturday evening in Phil... [Read More]
Sam Simmons: Spaghetti for Breakfast review – hits sublime heights of tomfoolery
Soho theatre, LondonIn a richly strange set, this year’s Edinburgh award-winner snorts cereal, obsesses over the audience’s legwear and acts out everyday annoyancesIt’s a rare feat to win both the Edinburgh Comedy award and Melbourne’s Barry Award for the same show. Sam Simmo... [Read More]
How do you direct a standup gig? Meet the experts behind the comics
On stage there’s just a comedian and a mic. But behind the scenes, directors such as John Gordillo and Phil Nichol can make or break the show. What exactly do they do?It’s one of the great secrets of standup: that behind almost every successful comic is a director you’ve never hear... [Read More]