Where are they now? Where will they be someday? New York City improvisers captured in The Mug Shot Journals
Keith Huang studied improvisation at The People's Improv Theater and trained at New York City's other two primary theatrical homes for improv comedy in the 21st century: The UCB and The Magnet. Huang later became an instructor at The PIT, house team performer there, and since 2012, served as The PIT... [Read More]
RIP Otto Petersen, ventriloquist of Otto & George (1960-2014)
Otto Petersen, whose foul-mouthed ventriloquist dummy George made his act "Otto & George" a popular friend of the Opie & Anthony radio program, reportedly died in his sleep. He was 53. The sad news was reported this morning on SiriusXM's The Opie & Anthony Show. Petersen almost died last... [Read More]
Have you seen Jiwon Lee? Columbia dental student, co-founder of 50 First Jokes goes missing
Have you seen Jiwon Lee? Do you know where she is? If so, please call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips on the Crime Stoppers site at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering the information via TIP577. Lee,... [Read More]
RIP John Pinette (1964-2014)
Say it nay nay. Sad but true: Stand-up comedian John Pinette died Saturday from a pulmonary embolism. Pinette was 50. On Friday, Pinette was on Twitter telling fans to come see him next weekend at the Improv in Ontario, Calif. On Saturday, he was in Pittsburgh for a family wedding. He was found dead... [Read More]
Not Fooling Around. A PSA for Comedians: How to Read Contracts
I’m either a comedian who moonlights as a union organizer or a union organizer who moonlights as a comedian; I kind of can't tell anymore. Consequently, other comedians often ask me how we can form a union. The question they’re really asking is not “How do I pay dues and get a unio... [Read More]
Attention Comedians: Apply for health insurance. It’s the law! And it’s good for you!
For far too long, I've heard about the plight of comedians who don't have health insurance because they're not in a union such as SAG or the WGA that can subsidize the costs or offer a plan they can afford. I've shared far too many stories about benefit shows and fund-raisers for comedians who fell ... [Read More]
Dave Chappelle playing Radio City Music Hall, first announced NYC gig in almost a decade
Dave Chappelle set ticket-sales records last July at Just For Laughs in Montreal, then crossed the United States in a rollercoaster of an outdoor arena tour that put the oddballs in Oddball Fest. North America went crazy for Chappelle. As did Australia. For almost a decade, though, the only time you... [Read More]
Contest: Open for Funny or Die’s Road 2 Oddball Tour and Oddball Fest
Funny Or Die is heading out on tour for a second straight summer with its Oddball Comedy Festival to an outdoor amphitheater near you, but this time, you can get in on the act as one of the acts. So to speak. In May, FoD will sponsor a Road 2 Oddball Tour and Contest to comedy clubs across America, ... [Read More]
Michael Malone’s 8 Rules to Emcee’ing
So many comedy shows -- whether they're in a comedy club chain, a one-nighter or an alternative theater space -- focus so much on the headliner or marquee drop-in names on the lineup that they overlook the one person onstage that audiences will see first, last and most during the show. The MC. An em... [Read More]
This just in! 2014 American Comedy Awards adds “Concert Comic” category to differentiate from “Club Comics”
Just hours after voting closed overnight for the 2014 American Comedy Awards, the event has added a new category: CONCERT COMIC. And it's a good thing, too. Because if you looked at the American Comedy Awards nominees for "CLUB COMIC" for more than a hot second, you quickly would have asked how in t... [Read More]