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]
Gad Elmaleh Takes America
Unless you’re a French speaker, odds are very low that you have heard Gad Elmaleh’s standup. However, he is very well known among at least five million French speakers worldwide. He has hosted the Ceremonies de Cesar (France’s Academy Awards) three times, performed seven consecutiv... [Read More]
Open call auditions for 2015 New York’s Funniest Stand-Up competition
Last year's winner of New York's Funniest Stand-Up, Ricky Velez, was hired this year as a correspondent for Comedy Central's The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. What's in store for the 2015 winner of New York's Funniest Stand-Up? And could it be you? Carolines on Broadway (1626 Broadway between 49t... [Read More]
Aaron Berg, Jessica Delfino set out to break Steve Byrne’s record for stand-up comedy sets in one night
Aaron Berg is known for his muscles and muscling his way through any crowd work that comes his way, whether he's working a guest spot at a comedy club, headlining a show or hosting his popular free Frantic showcase Monday nights at The Stand in New York City. This Saturday will be the most frantic [... [Read More]
1st 'The Late Show With Starring Stephen Colbert' Test Show (August 27, 2015) Report
On Thursday, August 27th, 2015, I, Bill Lehecka, made my first trip to see The Late Show With Starring Stephen Colbert at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City. About 3 weeks ago, Stephen Colbert tweeted a link to test show tickets. As much as I wanted to go on September 8th, I figured the first test show would be even more special. I was only able to secure one ticket.  Being that the trip was similar to my Letterman journeys through the years, the trip itinerary didn't change much. I... [Read More]
J.B. Smoove Says Chris Rock Should Do A New ‘Pootie Tang’
This morning, J.B. Smoove talked with The Breakfast Club to promote upcoming shows in New York City this weekend. Part of his talk J.B. spoke on Bill Cosby, and explained how many popular comedians over the years have had some type of vice. Starting off he talks about his own career, political corr... [Read More]
‘Live on Broadgay’ and the Scourge of “Adjective” Comedy
“In life and in representations of life,” writes theatre director Anne Bogart, “so much has been done before and said before that they have lost their original meanings and been transmuted into stereotype.” We’ve heard everything there is to hear, seen everything there ... [Read More]
Louis C.K. Reportedly Called in to WNYC to Defend Bill de Blasio This Morning
Over the past few weeks, Louis C.K. has been spotted shadowing NYC mayor Bill de Blasio for a mysterious new comedy project, and today C.K. returned the favor by defending de Blasio against “clickbait” journalism on public radio. C.K. called in to WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show, and whil... [Read More]