'Fish in the Dark' is 'Seinfeld' on Stage and Vintage Larry David
by Daniel Kurland There's a moment in Fish in the Dark where Larry responds to a question about how grabbing a breast was and he answers with, "Pretty good. Prettayyyyy, prettayyyyy, prettayyyyy good.” The audience erupts into applause and you’re just like what is going on? This man has ... [Read More]
Can 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Ever Accurately Portray the NYPD?
by Harry Waksberg Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a fun, wacky, well-cast sitcom set in a Brooklyn police precinct. Since 2004, approximately seven unarmed people of color have been killed by real cops in real Brooklyn. It stands to reason that a network sitcom would be uncomfortable addressing something so h... [Read More]
From Screen to Stage: The Rise of the Parody Musical
by Alex Estrada At a small midtown studio, the producers and cast of UNAUTHORIZED! met to rehearse That 80’s Time Travel Movie, a musical based on the 1985 Robert Zemeckis classic Back to the Future. I arrived around hour four as the group workshopped a number called “Forgetting You.&rdq... [Read More]
Weird But True: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers dramatic reading of The Onion’s article about his blizzard declaration
On Monday, The Onion posted a satirical piece about New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's reaction to the oncoming blizzard. Headline: "NYC Mayor: 'Reconcile Yourselves With Your God, For All Will Perish In The Tempest.'" On Tuesday, after the snowstorm blew through the city and region, the mayor del... [Read More]
VIDEO: Laughspin Podcast with Robert Kelly, Rachel Feinstein, Kurt Metzger, Andrew Schulz
Since I started covering comedy in 2005 – when Laughspin was called Punchline Magazine – the world of comedy has exponentially grown in popularity. Back then there was a handful of comedy festivals in the United States; now, there’s well over 50. More comedians are headlining theat... [Read More]
Comedy and the New York City subway
The MTA runs New York City's subway system, for what that's worth. The funny things you may see or experience on a subway ride are another story, and NYC-based TV shows, movies and comedians have enjoyed this platform to share them with us over the years. Last week was a big week for subway comedy, ... [Read More]
Bridget Everett enters the “Dork Forest” and “Ding-Donger with Matt Braunger” has it’s live debut at NYC Podfest
The hardcore podcast listeners were out in full supporting regalia this past weekend at the 3rd Annual NYC Podfest. The festival ran this weekend (January 9-11) at various venues across New York City. The Todd Barry Podcast, The Daily Show Podcast without Jon Stewart, and Gilbert Gottfried... [Read More]
Incredible Line Up Announced For New York Comedy Club Crawl to Fight Parkinsons Disease - The Interrobang
To commemorate the 15th anniversary of Light of Day Winterfest, the New Jersey-based Light of Day Foundation has teamed up with the NYC Comedy Club Crawl for the global battle against Parkinson’s disease. The cause is led by Rick Shapiro (who publicly announced his Parkinson’s diagnosis in 2013), along with special guest Artie Lange and host Joey Gay. The crawl will begin on Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. and last for six hours, traveling from uptown to downtown. Stand Up NY, New York Comedy Club and Come... [Read More]
Cipha Sounds like a DJ, thinks like a comedian: Don’t Get Gassed; Take It Personal!
It’s never too late to get bit by the comedy bug. Cipha Sounds could have jumped headfirst into stand-up comedy a decade before he did. He told The Comic's Comic about hanging around with Dave Chappelle one night in 2002. “We were at some party, an Eminem album release party, and he was ... [Read More]
A Dead Presidents Podcast w/ George Washington? We talk to NYC Podfest founder Jeremy Wein about the 2015 editon
This year marks the 3rd Annual NYC Podcast Festival, now 3 days, which will take place Fri. Jan 9th-Sun. Jan. 11th. Things kick off at the Bell House with 2 staples in the podcasting universe. RISK! and The Flop House. Here’s our recent interview with the festival’s founder and co-produc... [Read More]