Anthony DeVito on Overcoming Shyness and Taping His Comedy Central Special
Every so often you hear somebody say something like “Oh, I would love to do standup comedy, I’m just too shy.” And more often than not, they never do. Luckily for us, Anthony DeVito managed to overcome his shyness — so effectively, in fact, that this year alone he performed o... [Read More]
Talking Standup, Podcasts, and ‘Stan Against Evil’ with Dana Gould
With well over three decades in the game, Dana Gould has experienced many of comedy’s highs and lows. From humble beginnings (“I started doing standup two weeks out of high school. I was taken to my first mic by my high school librarian and her husband”), he went on to survive boom... [Read More]
Translating Struggle into Standup with Felipe Esparza
Felipe Esparza’s story is a twisted, modern-day fairy tale: The son of immigrant parents learns English to help his parents, joins a gang, gets addicted to drugs, has his life threatened, then meets a spiritual advisor who pushes him to get clean and follow his dream of being a comedian. These... [Read More]
Janelle James on Her Debut Album ‘Black and Mild’ and Comedy’s Point of No Return
Janelle James is in too deep. Eight years ago she started down the difficult and objectively foolish path of standup comedy, and now it’s too late to turn back. “It’s the dumbest thing. It’s a needle-in-a-haystack-ass career. And I’m a woman. And I’m black. What? ... [Read More]
Talking Standup, Alone Time, and Why Comedy Is Bullshit with Jo Firestone
Jo Firestone spent the day before her Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents (her episode premieres tonight at 12:30) taping sitting by the pool doing Sudoku. “I like to be alone. I have some people here, so I might push them away. That’s my style, to push people away.” Alone time is imp... [Read More]
Talking Standup, Alone Time, and Why Comedy Is Bullshit with Jo Firestone
Jo Firestone spent the day before her Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents (her episode premieres tonight at 12:30) taping sitting by the pool doing Sudoku. “I like to be alone. I have some people here, so I might push them away. That’s my style, to push people away.” Alone time is imp... [Read More]
Talking Standup, Alone Time, and Why Comedy Is Bullshit with Jo Firestone
Jo Firestone spent the day before her Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents (her episode premieres tonight at 12:30) taping sitting by the pool doing Sudoku. “I like to be alone. I have some people here, so I might push them away. That’s my style, to push people away.” Alone time is imp... [Read More]
Casey James Salengo on the Importance of Just Enjoying Yourself
I spoke with Casey James Salengo fresh off his return from taping his Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents, set to premiere tomorrow. From what I’ve seen of him on shows over the last few years, Salengo has never been someone to either overestimate or underestimate his own comedic talents. He&rsqu... [Read More]
Netflix Adds a Standup Special from Marlon Wayans
Marlon Wayans is the latest comedian to get his own Netflix standup special. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wayans will tape a standup special for the streaming network sometime this fall in Washington DC. A premiere date for the special has not yet been revealed. Wayans, meanwhile, is current... [Read More]
Talking Standup, Acting, and Creative Control with Jenny Zigrino
I met Jenny Zigrino at New Orleans’ Civic Theater the day before her Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents (her half hour premieres tonight at 12:30) taping. We were sitting on a couch in the green room having a casual chat when her phone rang. “Do you mind if I take this?” she asked. I... [Read More]