R.I.P. Gary Marinoff (1958-2015)
Gary Marinoff held a bachelor's degree from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, but when he died last week suddenly from a brain hemorrhage at 56, Marinoff never quite achieved his dreams of becoming "the next Woody Allen or Groucho Marx," but as his sister, Janet, wrote on Face... [Read More]
Edinburgh Fringe 2015 awards go to Sam Simmons, Sofie Hagen, Karen Koren
Congrats to this year's winners of the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards, announced over the weekend at the tail end of the monthlong Edinburgh Fringe! 2015 Best Comedy Show award: Sam Simmons: Spaghetti for Breakfast 2015 Best Newcomer award: Sofie Hagen: Bubblewrap 2015 Panel Prize: Karen Koren Sim... [Read More]
UP in smoke: Rooftop fire at Piper’s Alley complex in Chicago home to The Second City
When there's smoke, there's often fire. And when that fire happens in the Piper's Alley complex in Old Town Chicago that's home to The Second City, all's well that ends well with a joke or two on social media. But even as Chicago firefighters arrived on the scene at 1612 N. Wells to put out [&hellip... [Read More]
Down the rabbit-hole of Internet aggregation: The Fat Jewish now openly taking from other thieves
Comedy Central may have gotten out of the "Fat Jew" business before the masses of protesting comedians got their way...but Josh Ostrovsky's own countermeasure reveals just how deep the problem of Internet "curation" and "aggregation" goes. To wit. Ahem. Ostrovsky changed the bio of his popular Insta... [Read More]
Here’s a Sneak Peek of Natasha Leggero’s Comedy Central Special ‘Live at Bimbo’s’
It’s a great month for Natasha Leggero at Comedy Central. First her series Another Period earned a season 2 renewal, and this weekend she hits the stage in her new standup special Natasha Leggero: Live at Bimbo’s. Check out a clip from the special above where Leggero breaks down why Burn... [Read More]
Keegan-Michael Key Looks Back on Performing with Obama at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner
Here’s a clip from Keegan-Michael Key’s visit to Friday’s Tonight Show, where he looks back on the decision to end Key and Peele after this season and what it was like to rehearse his White House Correspondents’ Dinner sketch with President Obama, who also happens to be a big... [Read More]
Twitter finally suspends profiteering joke imposters
This just in! Twitter has ramped up its policing of joke thieves, plagiarists and imposters of famous funny folks. A long-running Chris Rock imposter's account (@ChrisRockOZ): Suspended! A fake Bill Murray? Now just a string of RTs and some private Instagram photos. The @itsWillyFerrell account cont... [Read More]
Postscript: A father and former fan of Bill Cosby takes down his signed LP. “It’s over”
Longtime friend of the site Dan Pasternack has shared many stories behind his collection of signed comedy albums with McSweeney's online in a series titled, "My Signed Comedy LPs: One Comedy Nerd’s Obsessive Journey." Today, Pasternack -- head of Big Beach TV and former VP of development and p... [Read More]
Bill Burr at MSG; Kathy Griffin, Judd Apatow at Carnegie Hall; Trevor Noah topline 2015 New York Comedy Festival
Bill Burr will hit the big-time of Madison Square Garden, while Kathy Griffin, Judd Apatow and friends will play Carnegie Hall this November as headliners for the 2015 New York Comedy Festival, announced late today. The festival site will relaunch on Tuesday with the updated slate for 2015, which wi... [Read More]
They’re running for president: Yes, and? Chris Gethard finds room for improv-ment among GOP candidates
Friend of the site Katla McGlynn took an Improv 101 comedy class from Chris Gethard a decade ago at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Last night, McGlynn asked Gethard to watch the first of what will prove to be far too many debates among the Republican presidential candidates to winnow the GOP ... [Read More]