Lily Tomlin, Amy Schumer, and SNL’s original cast/writers to headline 2018 Lucille Ball Comedy Fest and the opening of the National Comedy Center
Years in the making, the National Comedy Center will celebrate its grand opening this August in Jamestown, New York — just time for the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, which will include appearances and performances by Lily Tomlin, Amy Schumer, and Dan Aykroyd with other original members ... [Read More]
2017 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival includes all-star shows, preview of National Comedy Center’s George Carlin Archives
This year’s edition of the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, traditionally held the week following Montreal’s Just For Laughs in upstate New York, will feature a week of performances and panels, “Comedy and the Human Condition,” which partners the new National Comedy Center ... [Read More]
Review: “The Last Laugh” documentary explores humor, the Holocaust and taboos
The Last Laugh opens with a quote onscreen from the noted non-comedian, German novelist Heinrich Mann, who wrote: “Whoever has cried enough, laughs.” Mann fled Nazi Germany while Hitler’s soldiers burned his books in public. The documentary then cuts to a Nazi-uniformed figure... [Read More]
Review: “The Last Laugh” documentary explores humor, the Holocaust and taboos
The Last Laugh opens with a quote onscreen from the noted non-comedian, German novelist Heinrich Mann, who wrote: “Whoever has cried enough, laughs.” Mann fled Nazi Germany while Hitler’s soldiers burned his books in public. The documentary then cuts to a Nazi-uniformed figure... [Read More]
Your guide to the 2016 New York Comedy Festival
Everybody loves a comedy festival. And in this year of 2016, it doesn't just feel as though every city has its own comedy festival, because not only do they, but oftentimes, several cities have recruited all-star comedy lineups to their region on the same weekend. And New York City can feel like a c... [Read More]
Your guide to the 2016 New York Comedy Festival
Everybody loves a comedy festival. And in this year of 2016, it doesn't just feel as though every city has its own comedy festival, because not only do they, but oftentimes, several cities have recruited all-star comedy lineups to their region on the same weekend. And New York City can feel like a c... [Read More]
Conan O’Brien, other comedians and colleagues remember Garry Shandling
The shocking sudden death of Garry Shandling shook up the comedy community, with many comedians owing more than debts of gratitude to the 66-year-old. Conan O'Brien devoted much of his monologue and early program of Thursday's Conan to talking about Shandling. A GQ profile of Shandling in 2010 opens... [Read More]
Alan Zweibel in conversation with Martin Short at the 92Y
In case you missed it, Alan Zweibel sat down with Martin Short for the better part of an hour last month at the 92Y in New York City to discuss their comedy careers. Mostly Zweibel's, but there's also a bit of backstory for who inspired Short to create the characters of Ed Grimley and Nathan [&helli... [Read More]
The Friars Club celebrated in PBS “Treasures of New York”
Enjoy this Throwback Thursday with a look back across a century of laughs and comedian-on-comedian ribbing as PBS premieres a new half-hour documentary on The Friars Club as part of the "Treasures of New York" series. The special debuts at 10 tonight on WLIW21, and 10 p.m. Friday on WNET-THIRTEEN. I... [Read More]
Saturday Night's Children: Alan Zweibel (1979-1980)
by Megh Wright Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 38 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member every other week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure. Th... [Read More]