How the DIY Stella Shorts Somehow Introduced the Future of Mainstream Comedy
The Stella shorts, which were filmed as companion pieces to their NYC live show and later collected on the rare Stella Shorts 1998-2002 DVD, are legendarily funny. They’re constant bit factories, firing jokes like a minigun. The shorts will upend their own narratives at a moment’s notice... [Read More]
Jon Benjamin and Leo Allen Developing ‘Jon Benjamin’s 100 Erotic Nights’ at IFC
Jon Benjamin has a new comedy in the works at IFC. The network announced today that it’s currently developing Jon Benjamin’s 100 Erotic Nights, a comedy from Benjamin and Leo Allen (Nathan for You, Review, Jon Benjamin Has a Van) that shoots a pilot presentation this week in New York Cit... [Read More]
Inside Whiplash, 'Review,' and 'SNL' with Leo Allen
by Bradford Evans Two decades into his comedy career, Leo Allen is both the host of one of New York's most popular standup shows (Whiplash) and a busy writer who's worked for shows like Saturday Night Live, Jon Benjamin Has a Van (which he co-created), Comedy Bang! Bang!, and most recently, And... [Read More]
The Inside Story of Whiplash, One of New York's Best and Most Influential Standup Shows
by Elise Czajkowski "Whiplash is like a magical kingdom where laughs run free and jelly beans are the main form of currency," says comedian Aparna Nancherla, of UCB's late night standup show. For half a decade, Whiplash has consistently proven itself as an exciting and eclectic show that stands out ... [Read More]
Splitsider Presents: “A Night At Whiplash,” a stand-up concert film
The website Splitsider has released its second movie today, this one a stand-up concert film documenting one of New York City's best weekly comedy shows -- "Whiplash," hosted by Leo Allen and produced by Jeremy Levenbach each Monday at 11 for free at the UCB Theatre in Chelsea. A Night At Whiplash c... [Read More]
All of the stars for All-Star Andy Daly, who shines in Review with Forrest MacNeil
Forrest MacNeil doesn't review food, books or movies. "I review life itself," he declares. Which, in tonight's debut episode of Review with Forrest MacNeil on Comedy Central, means reviewing stealing, addiction and prom. In that order. It's the first starring vehicle for Andrew "Andy" Daly, who... [Read More]
Bo Burnham, Eric Slovin, and Leo Allen Make This Year's Black List
by Bradford Evans The Black List, an annual ranking of the best-liked unproduced screenplays from a survey of studio and production execs, was released today, and as usual, the list is full of comedies. This year's list featured a few scripts from known comedians, like Eric Slovin and Leo Allen's Su... [Read More]