Do You Have to Move to New York or LA to Make It in Comedy?
As a former comedy agent at UTA and WME, Priyanka represented numerous big-name writers and performers before leaving to start a TV production company with Jack Black. Now she writes and produces on her own, but she still encounters a tidal wave of comedy hopefuls looking for the advice, information... [Read More]
The Irrepressible Positivity of Katina Corrao
When listening to Katina Corrao’s recent debut album, Hot Date, adjectives like bubbly and cheerful come to mind, despite the fact that her material focuses heavily on self-deprecation and her perceived flaws. But it’s her ability to power through said flaws that makes up her onstage per... [Read More]
Highlights From the ‘Oh Hello’ Press Conference
George St. Geegland and Gil Faizon, two aging writer/performers, best known for their work on Comedy Central’s prank-show-within-a-sketch-show Too Much Tuna, made their off-Broadway debut on December 1st at the Cherry Lane Theater. I have not seen the play, nor am I totally clear the name of i... [Read More]
Inside New York’s Musical Comedy Boom
Musical comedy has been a popular comedic force for ages. The iconic “Weird Al” Yankovic debuted his self-titled album in 1983. And The Lonely Island — the brainchild of Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg, and Jorma Taccone — reinvented the wheel in the early 2000s. Yet, over the p... [Read More]
Dormtainment Sells Out New York City’s Gramercy Theater
Since the emergence of online comedic talent, debates have been ongoing wether that a mass amount followers can translate into crowds in seats. On Thursday Nov. 12, Dormtainment delivered and answered the question at hand following their show at New York City’s Gramercy Theater. For a crowd o... [Read More]
Hanging Out at the Intersection of Comedy and Art with Lorelei Ramirez
New York City has so much comedy that it’s nearly impossible to stand out, especially if all you’re doing is standup. However, some comedians are starting to think outside the stage, and they’re breaking new ground in the process. One such person is Lorelei Ramirez, a comic, actres... [Read More]
Hannibal Buress Breaks Silence On Cosby Coverage, Blames Media
(Photo: Rolling Stone) Hannibal Buress swore he was done talking about his involvement with Bill Cosby’s current allegations, but during a recent performance in New York City for their annual comedy festival, he lightly jumped back on the situation. While on stage, Hannibal went on to point fi... [Read More]
Inside the Comedy Factory
As the UCB empire has grown from a punk-rock upstart to an industry institution, the way it operates affects the comedy world more than ever before. A few years back, Terry Withers, star of the Terry Withers Mysteries at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York, and also the theater’s ... [Read More]
The Laugh Button Podcast #38: Sal Vulcano from “Impractical Jokers”
This week its all about the comedy at NY Comic Con and there is a lot. Including a panel from the cast of TruTV’s “Impractical Jokers” Mark and Matt welcome one of those cast members, Sal Vulcano onto the podcast to talk about how the Jokers came to be and what they have in store [... [Read More]
Dave Chappelle And Chris Rock Share The Stage In NYC, Re-Sparks Tour Rumors
A crowd of people were able to get a chance to see a preview of the talked about Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock tour. Over the last few years there have been reports of the stand-up comedians one day going on a tour together inspired by rappers Jay Z & Kanye West’s Watch The Throne in 2011... [Read More]