3rd Annual Patrice O’Neal Comedy Benefit scheduled for Feb. 11, 2015
With all of the news surrounding other comedians, it's amazing and sad to remember that it has been almost three years since we lost Patrice O'Neal. O'Neal was only 41 when he died on Nov. 29, 2011, cut down by complications from a stroke he had suffered less than a month earlier. Oh, the things he ... [Read More]
Tracy Morgan recovering from trautmatic brain injury from New Jersey Turnpike crash
A court hearing Tuesday in New Jersey brought with it an update, however vague, about the recovery of Tracy Morgan from a fatal crash this June on the New Jersey Turnpike. Benedict Morelli, Morgan's lawyer, told reporters outside the courthouse in Trenton that Morgan had suffered a traumatic brain i... [Read More]
Tig Notaro hospitalized following triumphant topless New York Comedy Festival performance
Just 24 hours after another remarkably buzzworthy performance -- this time triumphantly onstage at New York City's Town Hall for the New York Comedy Festival -- Tig Notaro faced perhaps her most dangerous health scare yet. As Notaro tells it today to her Facebook friends, she had gotten offstage at ... [Read More]
Reader’s Digest paying for funny Tweets after comedian catches magazine using his jokes without permission
Did you know that Reader's Digest will pay to publish your funny Twitter jokes? Did you know that Reader's Digest is still publishing print magazines? Before you answer the second question, know that the first question wasn't affirmed until just recently, thanks to NYC-based comedian Dan Wilbur -- a... [Read More]
All-star comedy and music benefit for Doctors Without Borders relief in West Africa
The Ebola epidemic may have only begun to hit New York City and America, but NYC is fighting back with a fund-raiser. Specifically, a collection of New York comedians and musicians are putting on a benefit show -- Nov. 19, 2014, at Irving Plaza -- with all of the proceeds going to MSF International.... [Read More]
The Amazing Johnathan announces retirement due to failing health
For his next to last trick, The Amazing Johnathan stunned a crowd in Las Vegas last week by saying goodbye to his performing career and announcing he has less than a year to live due to a failing heart. The comedy magician who was huge in the 1980s and performed for President Ronald Reagan already h... [Read More]
Kabir Singh wins 2014 San Francisco Comedy Competition
If not for the San Francisco Giants returning to the World Series, I might not have remembered to check up on the annual San Francisco Comedy Competition. It's not as if the Bay Area's once-prestigious monthlong comedy contest even wants us to know who won, or who even competed. The San Francisco Co... [Read More]
Billy Eichner Will Guest Star on 'New Girl' in December
by Megh Wright Billy Eichner just landed a very Billy Eichner-esque guest role on New Girl. THR reports that the Billy on the Street host and recurring Parks and Recreation star will appear on the holiday-themed December 9th episode of New Girl, where he'll play "a beleaguered airline representative... [Read More]
UCB confirms opening date for Los Angeles training center, fourth theater
The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre recently opened a brand-new training center in New York City, and they're about to open their first legitimate training center in Los Angeles, too, which also will include an 85-seat cafe theater -- the UCB's fourth performance space. UCB Theatre Sunset, 5419 W. ... [Read More]
Betabrand employs comedians and comedy writers to model 2014 fall fashion collection
San Francisco-based online fashion retailer Betabrand launched its spring line with models who held PhDs. For its fall collection, Betabrand has lined up 14 funny women, plus an original design modeled by Margaret Cho and voted upon by shoppers. Betabrand founder Chris Lindland think... [Read More]