Bill Hicks reissued on Comedy Dynamics
Stand-up fans who have yet to discover the genius of Bill Hicks, labeled by me as the Tupac of comedy for his ability to release recordings after his death, will be please to hear the entire Hicks audio and video catalogue is being reissued by Comedy Dynamics. A DVD box ... [Read More]
Tetherball
With such renowned thespians as Ron Jeremy (Terms of Endowment, 21 Hump Street) and Dustin Diamond (the original Chia head model and Screech in Saved by the Bell) and leads that do not have their picture on IMDB, you know Tetherball has to be something just too weird not to ... [Read More]
Colin Quinn Is the Best Person to Tell ‘The New York Story’
If there are two topics that Colin Quinn loves to discuss, they’re race and New York City, so his new one-man show might be the best use of his talents to date. The New York Story, which opened Friday at the Cherry Lane Theater, is an ode to Quinn’s hometown, told through the various imm... [Read More]
This Week on TV: Review returns, Staten Island and Wet Hot are having a summer, and Jay Pharoah’s special premieres
An exciting week on television if you are a fan of summer, that’s for sure. The wait is over and the return is finally upon us. Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp hits netflix this Friday. The eight-episode sequel to the 2001 cult film returns the original cast including Amy Poehler, B... [Read More]
First impressions: 2015 New Faces of Comedy, Characters
Don't know how you feel yet about self-fulfilling prophecies, but it certainly seems as though Montreal's Just For Laughs successfully read "The Secret" when it comes to its New Faces Characters showcase. JFL created the Characters showcase a few years ago with boasts that you might find the next Sa... [Read More]
First impressions: 2015 New Faces of Comedy, Unrepped
There may have been stronger individual stand-ups to emerge out of Montreal's New Faces showcases in years past, but as an overall class, 2015's crop of comedians has proven themselves already as one of the strongest, most unique and full-of-potential groups in years. Here are my first impressions o... [Read More]
First impressions: 2015 New Faces of Comedy, Group 2
Very impressed by the number of strong, unique voices Montreal's Just For Laughs has plucked for New Faces in 2015. Please note, as the headline suggests, these are my first impressions from this group, and your impressions may vary. Vladimir Caamano: Conveys vivid pictures of life with his father i... [Read More]
First impressions: 2015 New Faces of Comedy, Group 1
Very impressed by the number of strong, unique voices Montreal's Just For Laughs has plucked for New Faces in 2015. Please note, as the headline suggests, these are my first impressions from this group, and your impressions may vary. Also: Side Note: How about two of these comedians developing cleve... [Read More]
One year in: The Goddamn Comedy Jam rocks, raps and rolls through Montreal #JFLMTL
The Goddamn Comedy Jam began life on July 21, 2014, in Los Angeles, another of the themed comedy showcases that strive to wake up the tired, cynical Hollywood crowds and get them focused on stand-up comedians and not their own g-d careers in show business. Every month at the Lyric Theatre in Los Ang... [Read More]
Jeff Ross brings the Roastmasters Invitational to Montreal
For the past year and more, comedians have squared off in head-to-head competitions to match wits and trade insults at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood, Calif., in what have become hugely popular Roast Battles. Jeffrey Ross, aka "The Roastmaster General," has overseen the Roast Battles in Los Ange... [Read More]