Newfie Octopus
Derek Seguin is an original. Not only because he is a Quebecois comic doing stand-up in English but because there is something different about how he believes life approaches him. The first thing you will notice about Seguin is he sounds like the Looney Tunes' Blacque Jacque Shellaque. It makes ...... [Read More]
Maya Rudolph’s tribute to a fallen hero: Princess performs Prince songs at the 2016 Moontower Comedy Festival
On TV last night, NBC broadcast a special tribute episode of Saturday Night Live for Prince -- who died unexpectedly Thursday at 57 -- including sketches of Fred Armisen impersonating Prince alongside Maya Rudolph as Beyonce. Over on HBO, Beyonce was dropping a surprise album of music... [Read More]
Review: Amy Schumer Presents Rachel Feinstein, “Only Whores Wear Purple” (Comedy Central)
When Amy Schumer presents Rachel Feinstein tonight to Comedy Central, she really presents. Schumer not only gives Feinstein advice backstage in a pre-taped green room bit, but also walks onstage first, introducing her to the New York City crowd last November (I was at the taping) by saying of Feinst... [Read More]
Review: Patton Oswalt, “Talking For Clapping” (Netflix)
My latest review for Decider is up, covering the new Patton Oswalt special, Talking For Clapping -- his fifth hour of stand-up recorded on video and first exclusively for Netflix. Here's an excerpt of my review: “If I want three Vicodin, I have to do the ‘Coffee is for closers’ spe... [Read More]
‘Silicon Valley’ Levels Up with a New CEO in Season 3
Within a few minutes of Silicon Valley’s third season, bearded ego Erlich Bachman (T.J. Miller) fights a robot deer named Bambot in the middle of the road. He kicks it, repeatedly, but it won’t fall down. His frustration grows. It’s perfect. Or at least, it’s a perfect encaps... [Read More]
Comedy and Oddity at the 2016 Moontower festival in Austin
It's one thing to say you're going to "keep Austin weird." It's another to call your festival the Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival, and five years in, be able to not only look back on all of the big names you've attracted and celebrate it via sizzle reel, but also launch your 2016 edition in [... [Read More]
The Second Season of ‘Catastrophe’ Finds Laughter in the Darkest Corners of Parenthood
The nice thing about a six-episode season is that you’re less likely to hit a sophomore slump. In fact, if Amazon’s Catastrophe is any indication, you may end up outdoing yourself. Season one of the BBC import, which stars (and is co-written by) American comedian Rob Delaney and Irish wr... [Read More]
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Brought the Yada, Yada, Yada to ‘SNL’
Before she was Selina Meyer, before she was Elaine Benes, even before she was Jeanette the Nymph, Julia Louis-Dreyfus was a cast member on Saturday Night Live. This weekend, JLD relived her less-than-eventful three seasons on the show by hosting for the third time — a number she quickly called... [Read More]
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Brought the Yada, Yada, Yada to ‘SNL’
Before she was Selina Meyer, before she was Elaine Benes, even before she was Jeanette the Nymph, Julia Louis-Dreyfus was a cast member on Saturday Night Live. This weekend, JLD relived her less-than-eventful three seasons on the show by hosting for the third time — a number she quickly called... [Read More]
Julia Louis-Dreyfus hosted “Saturday Night Live” with VEEPs and Seinfeld homages
Well Julia Louis-Dreyfus returns for the 3rd time hosting Saturday Night Live and the first since she became Selena Meyer. Her hosting job this week came with high expectations, particularly after last week’s dismal episode with Russell Crowe. While this evening put out more laughs, it wasn&rs... [Read More]