'Improv saved my life': the comedy classes helping people with anxiety
Once the domain of aspiring performers, improv courses are increasingly being attended by students experiencing mental health problems“Your heart’s beating faster, you feel all these eyes on you, your body reacts with panic.” No, it’s not the discarded first line of Eminem&rs... [Read More]
Why the World of Standup Is Both the Best and Worst Place to Battle Mental Illness
The initial scenes of the pilot episode of I’m Dying Up Here – Showtime’s new dramedy set in early 1970s Los Angeles about the toils of emerging stars in the local standup comedy scene – are a con job. The audience is hijacked by cameras in love with a beautiful, brooding-but... [Read More]
Episode #35: Iliza Shlesinger
The industry trade publications broke news about Iliza Shlesinger’s newest gig just minutes before we sat down in her hotel room to talk during the New York Comedy Festival. Schlesinger is making and starring in a comedy series of minisodes for ABC’s new streaming app. But Iliza has been... [Read More]
Episode #35: Iliza Shlesinger
The industry trade publications broke news about Iliza Shlesinger’s newest gig just minutes before we sat down in her hotel room to talk during the New York Comedy Festival. Schlesinger is making and starring in a comedy series of minisodes for ABC’s new streaming app. But Iliza has been... [Read More]
Iliza Shlesinger to Host Relationship Game Show ‘Separation Anxiety’ on TBS
Standup and Last Comic Standing winner Iliza Shlesinger is headed to TBS to host a new game show. THR reports that the network has hired Shlesinger to host an hourlong series called Separation Anxiety, which is described only as “a relationship-based game show featuring a unique twist that isn... [Read More]
The Altruism of Comedy
by Sydney Parker Maria Bamford tested out a brilliant new set on a Thursday night in January at UCB Sunset’s bicoastal standup comedy show, Fresh Out!, hosted by Emily Heller and Adam Conover. Bamford’s material on mental illness has undergone a hilarious and heartwarming evolution from ... [Read More]
Ask Maria Bamford about her new God on July 16th
If you caught the new season of Arrested Development, you will recognize Maria Bamford as DeBrie, Tobias’s drifter/junkie/Invisible Woman/girlfriend. If not, you can get acquainted with her unique brand of surreal, occasionally self-deprecating humor in her upcoming album Ask Me About My ... [Read More]
Rich Vos Fills the Void
“This is Richard Ira Vos.” Those are the first, slow, deliberate words from a man wrapping up a breakneck week.  When we got a chance to talk, the 54-year-old stand-up comic/iTunes chart topper/writer/Opie and Anthony regular/Woodstock 99 host had ju... [Read More]