Five Years a Comedian's Assistant: What It's Like Working for the Most Neurotic Bosses Around
by Stephie Grob Plante Hi, I’m Stephie, and I’m a recovering assistant-aholic. For the past five-plus years, I’ve had the incredible fortune of working for a whole slew of professional funny people. Many of my jobs were in film/TV production: as a personal assistant, production ass... [Read More]
Mark Normand on His Eventful Comedy Central 'Half Hour' Taping and Bad Advice from Other Comedians
by Philip Stamato Mark Normand has slogged his way through the New York comedy scene since 2006. For years now, he's labored through open mics all across the city, played shows to half-filled rooms and drunk, distracted patrons, spent hours enticing passers-by to free comedy shows in the West Villag... [Read More]
Finding Controversy by Accident with Kurt Metzger
by Isaac Kozell After 15 years of performing standup, New York comic Kurt Metzger's career is gaining momentum, all without the help of business cards and t-shirts. But hey, it's never too late to try something new. "My income’s been getting kind of better, so it’s just a matter of if I ... [Read More]
Damien Lemon on His Comedy Central 'Half Hour' and How He Became a Comedy Cellar Regular
by Phil Davidson For years Damien Lemon was known as much for his comedic skills as his legendary beater Toyota Corolla. With the way his career is going now, he’s probably due for an upgrade if he hasn’t done so already. Lemon is one of the rising stars in the NYC comedy scene and has b... [Read More]
Rachel Feinstein on Her Comedy Central 'Half Hour' and the Other Rachel Feinstein
by Philip Stamato Rachel Feinstein came to New York when she was 17. She did not go to college. She lived in Brooklyn. She shared her apartment with a band that called itself "Dicksister." When Feinstein entered comedy, however, she found an outlet and crowd that she grew to love. Since then, she's ... [Read More]
Lewis Black Will Take Your Suggestions for What to Rant About This Weekend
by Bradford Evans Comedian Lewis Black will be yelling about whatever topics his audience want him to this weekend. Variety reports that for his show, Lewis Black: The Rant is Due, in Napa Valley this Friday and Saturday, he'll take suggestions for what to rant about from the live audience and from ... [Read More]
Maria Bamford On How She Develops Her Act
by Jenny Nelson When she’s not touring, playing open mics and festivals, making web series, or recording an album, Maria Bamford finds things to keep her busy—in the past couple years, she’s appeared on Louie, Kroll Show, and Arrested Development, and she does voiceover acting for ... [Read More]
Jimmy Fallon Offers Some Solid Advice on Fear and Bombing in Standup
by Megh Wright Here's a Tonight Show web extra featuring Jimmy Fallon answering a fan's question about bombing and being scared back when he started out as a standup, including a fun story about a time he bombed with a Catskills resort audience that included his grandfather/ride home. 0 Comments... [Read More]
Eugene Mirman on The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival and WhiteHouse.Gov Petitions
by Bradford Evans Eugene Mirman is a master of incorporating his absurd humor into places you wouldn't expect to find it. Whether he's making silly WhiteHouse.gov petitions, like one in which he requested Barack Obama call the Ugandan president a "ding dong boob poopy," or coming up with amazin... [Read More]
Burn It Down and Start Again: 4 Comics Who Threw Out Their Material and Reinvented Themselves
by Ian Goldstein Throwing out material is a frightening prospect for any entertainer. For some performers it can take years to compile a half-hour show. Especially in comedy, recycled material can feel reheated quickly; it ends careers of comedians who refuse to change their once popular, soon ... [Read More]