Talking to Colin Quinn About Standup, Twitter Hate, and 'Girls' Season 3
by Meera Jagannathan SNL veteran Colin Quinn, who sarcastically hails himself as “one of the great writers in the entertainment industry,” will host the 66th annual Writers Guild Awards in New York Saturday. Quinn is currently touring his one-man show Colin Quinn: Unconstitutional (nickn... [Read More]
Talking to Beth Stelling About Gender in the Standup World and Getting Her Start in Comedy
by Blair Socci Beth Stelling has been making people laugh professionally for almost seven years with her signature quirky, laid-back style. Having moved from Chicago to LA a few years ago, Stelling has since appeared on Conan, @midnight, and all over the LA standup scene. She released her debut albu... [Read More]
Hannibal Buress's New Hour Special Premieres on Comedy Central March 29th
by Bradford Evans Hannibal Buress's new standup special is on its way real soon. Splitsider has learned that it's called Hannibal Buress: Live from Chicago; the hour-long special will debut on Comedy Central on Saturday, March 29th. Live from Chicago was recorded at The Vic Theatre in Buress's nativ... [Read More]
Talking to Patton Oswalt about His New Special 'Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time' and the Accomplishments of Alternative Comics
by Jeremy Popkin If there’s a name in standup that qualifies for the “needs no introduction” treatment, it’s Patton Oswalt. The man who describes himself as “America’s comedy goblin” is an A-list comic whose specials – the latest of which, Tragedy Plu... [Read More]
Patton Oswalt Slams EPIX for Screwing Up His Special
by Megh Wright It looks like the partnership between Patton Oswalt and EPIX has come to a quick end. The network was supposed to premiere Oswalt's newest standup special Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time exclusively online last night ahead of tonight's television airing, but that didn't happen. Predic... [Read More]
Rory Scovel Is Filming His First Hour Special
by Bradford Evans One of the funniest and most unpredictable standups going, Rory Scovel is getting ready to shoot his first one hour special. Scovel announced via Twitter that he's taping the special in Charleston in his home state of South Carolina on February 21st and 22nd. There's no word on whe... [Read More]
Science Confirms That Comedians Are Psychotic
by Megh Wright In one of the most obvious findings ever, a study in the British Journal of Psychiatry has confirmed that comedians possess more psychotic characteristics compared to their non-comedian peers. The researchers asked 523 comedians from Australia, Britain, and the U.S. to complete an onl... [Read More]
Here's a Clip from Patton Oswalt's New Standup Special
by Bradford Evans Patton Oswalt's new standup special, Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time, premieres on cable network Epix January 17th, and here's the first clip from it in which Oswalt rags on the state of Florida. Check out the forwards and backwards promos for the special below: 0 Comments... [Read More]
11 Uniquely Brilliant Standup Specials of 2013
by Elise Czajkowski As with most years, 2013 saw an overwhelming amount of excellent standup, far too much to ever catalogue. But the greatest specials of the year were unique and inventive; many played with the very idea of a special itself, while others featured profoundly personal stories spun in... [Read More]
Here's a Promo for Patton Oswalt's New Standup Special, Forwards and Backwards
by Bradford Evans Patton Oswalt's new standup special, Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time, premieres on cable channel Epix January 17th, and here's a new promo for it in which Oswalt, self-proclaimed "America's comedy goblin," knocks over a kids' tower and hits an old man in the face with a pie. Check... [Read More]