Steve Agee Weighs in on SF Sketchfest | pop rock candy mountain
For the better half of the month of January SF Sketchfest will be taking place all over the city of San Francisco with acts like Conan O'Brien, Terry Jones, The Whitest Kids You Know, the cast of Reno 911 and many more. Our buddy Steve Agee gave us his thoughts on playing the festival this year. [Read More]
Meet Me In New York - Harrison Greenbaum | the comic's comic
When I wrote about comedian Harrison Greenbaum co-hosting the first-ever official Times Square live New Year's Eve webcast, perhaps a few of you said, who's this kid? But if you lived in New York City's comedy scene in 2009, you probably knew exactly who he was, because he performed seemingly everywhere last year. Did you know, however, that he really is still a kid, fresh out of college? Did you know that he interned for the Internet's Julia Allison and NonSociety and lived to tell about it? Di... [Read More]
Paul F. Tompkins interview | The A.V. Club
It's a gamble to have improvisational riffing account for a third of your album, but it's a testament to Tompkins' skill that it works so well. It also speaks to that newfound maturity, which allowed him to trust himself (and the audience) enough to go with it. On the day of Freak Wharf's release, Tompkins talked to The A.V. Club about changing his approach to stand-up, Best Week Ever, and not wanting to party. [Read More]
Portrait of a Comedian - Featuring Rory Scovel and Neal Stastny | The Apiary
This episode features Rory Scovel and Neal Stastny. Tune in to hear Rory, one of the most innovative comedians working today, talk about his Southern heritage, playing with the conventions of comedy, and how 3-D movies are preventing him from quitting pot. You'll also hear Neal Stastny, an up and comer who you'll definitely be hearing more from, talk about growing up in the zoo business, witnessing future murders in pawn shops, and why New Orleans has fostered so many good comedians. [Read More]
Glennis McMurray ("I Eat Pandas" @ UCB NY) interview | funny not slutty
When it comes to making fart jokes with a pretty smile on your face, few do it better than funny woman Glennis Mcmurray. With a gorgeous voice, quick wit, and talent for hilarious poop jokes, Glennis is a force to be reckoned with. Recently FnS got to pick her brain about her beginnings in NY, work with improv and voice over, and where she is headed. [Read More]
Finesse Mitchell found 'boos' as motivation | Zoiks! Online
"I just want to be happy, with whatever comes up next. I don't have to be Will Smith, thinking this is a great time in my life so I have to get a sitcom or movie or something," said Mitchell. "I don't think about capitalizing on this great time I'm in. That stuff is handed to you on the way if you're good or stand out. I'm just trying to stand out." [Read More]
Todd Phillips on "The Hangover" and the importance of casting actual comedians in movies | the comic's comic
I had met The Hangover's director, Todd Phillips, on a hotel rooftop for a one-on-one chat in Montreal last summer during the 2009 Just For Laughs fest. I had talked to him a few years ago when I was a newspaper reporter in Boston and he was helming School for Scoundrels. He casted several up-and-coming comedians in that film, and also put a bunch of stand-up and improv guys in The Hangover, too. Let's talk about it. Oh, we did! [Read More]
Interview - Jen Kirkman gets debriefed for 2009, but what has she done for Chelsea lately? | the comic's comic
Of all of the comedians who are part of Chelsea Handler's writer/roundtable circle, Jen Kirkman is perhaps the most interesting. Not just because I'd actually heard of her and heard her stand-up before seeing her on Chelsea Lately, but also because when I saw her more recently in Los Angeles, her stand-up offered something a little different from the rest. As 2009 comes to an end, I sat down at my computer and asked Kirkman some questions. [Read More]
Comedian Lizz Winstead on the politics of humor (audio interview) | Minnesota Public Radio News
Comedy writer and performer Lizz Winstead (co-creator of The Daily Show and Air America Radio) explains how she broke into the elite boys club of late-night comedy writing. [Read More]
Will Judah Friedlander still be "World Champion" in 2010? | the comic's comic
Judah Friedlander, who plays Frank on the Emmy-winning NBC sitcom 30 Rock, gave The Comic's Comic a peek into his own plans for 2010. [Read More]