In Memoriam: The year in RIP in comedy, 2014
A lot of Oscars viewers were upset Sunday night by who the Academy Awards had snubbed and otherwise ignored during its annual "In Memoriam" montage segment, and most of those snubs just happened to be comedic actors and actresses: Joan Rivers, Elaine Stritch and Taylor Negron. Truth is, 2014 was bru... [Read More]
 
The Road to Stand-Up Stardom, circa 1989, via LaughTrack mag
LaughTrack's Road To Stand-Up Stardom, from our Premiere Issue: March 1989. LaughTrack was like the Rolling Stone for comedy, handed out at almost every comedy club in the country during stand-up's golden age. -- Courtesy of LaughTrack's Founding Editor/Editor-in-Chief, Rick Siegel Siegel told The C... [Read More]
 
Louis CK’s ode to comedy clubs, in honor of his new special “Live at The Comedy Store”
In case you missed it, Louis CK sent out a mass email yesterday -- separate from the short missive notifying fans that his new stand-up special was now available for sale on his website, "Louis CK Live at The Comedy Store." Here are the relevant parts, in which the 47-year-old comedian describes the... [Read More]
 
Get Empowered by Abbi Jacobson's Naked "Edge of Glory" Performance
by Megh Wright What do you do when you have an apartment all to yourself and a thirst for some Lady Gaga hits? Just take a hint from Broad City's Abbi Jacobson: Get naked, blast "Edge of Glory," then soak up all the freedom and pleasure that arrives when your annoying roommate is nowhere to be found... [Read More]
 
Victoria Jackson Plays Six Roles in a New Movie Called 'Campin' Buddies'
by Megh Wright Curious what SNL alum Victoria Jackson is up to these days? Aside from performing courageous political songs like "There's a Communist Living in the White House," Jackson worked on a film last year called Campin' Buddies starring Tom Lester and Ray Stevens that's now available to purc... [Read More]
 
Cedric the Entertainer, Mike Epps, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez and Charlie Murphy mount “Black & Brown Comedy Get Down” tour
Back in November, George Lopez got Cedric the Entertainer, Mike Epps, Eddie Griffin and D.L. Hughley together for a fund-raiser in Peoria, Ill., to erect a statue in the hometown of the late, great Richard Pryor. Charlie Murphy was there, too. The six stand-up comedians had so much fun performing al... [Read More]
 
Join tonight’s NYC Comedy Club Crawl and raise money to fight Parkinson’s
Rick Shapiro has left an indelible mark in even the briefest of appearances on Louis CK's past two series, HBO's Lucky Louie and FX's Louie. In the former, Shapiro proudly went buck naked. That was then. Shapiro has been battling Parkinson's disease for the past couple of years. Tonight, several of... [Read More]
 
R.I.P. Jason R. Chin, iO Chicago instructor and former artistic director
Longtime Chicago improv actor and teacher Jason R. Chin died suddenly Thursday night. Chin would have turned 50 this year. Improv Olympic founder Charna Halpern passed along the devastating news overnight. "I am heart broken. Our Jason Chin passed away," Halpern wrote to friends. "He was a wonderful... [Read More]
 
Gunmen massacre in Paris at Charlie Hebdo, French weekly satirical magazine
At least 10 journalists and two police officers were killed today in a massacre launched by multiple gunmen at Charlie Hebdo, a weekly satirical magazine in Paris that frequently lampooned Islam and its prophet Muhammad. Perhaps five others were seriously wounded in the terror attack. The magazine's... [Read More]
 
Gunmen massacre in Paris at Charlie Hebdo, French weekly satirical magazine
At least 10 journalists and two police officers were killed today in a massacre launched by multiple gunmen at Charlie Hebdo, a weekly satirical magazine in Paris that frequently lampooned Islam and its prophet Muhammad. Perhaps five others were seriously wounded in the terror attack. The magazine's... [Read More]