R.I.P. “The Riv,” The Riviera Comedy Club in Las Vegas, Nevada
The Riviera Comedy Club died tonight* after fighting a lengthy battle with economics. The club is survived by hundreds of mourning comics: Some great, some hacks, some geniuses, some frauds, some journeymen and women, some who became successful, some who did not, some who went on to write ... [Read More]
Charm City Comedy Festival adjusts schedule to accommodate Baltimore curfew
If any American city could use a charm offensive right about now, it's Baltimore. And yet, the second annual Charm City Comedy Festival -- set to begin Wednesday and run through Sunday in Baltimore -- has been forced to scrap and/or move several of its shows this week due to the city's curfew. Maryl... [Read More]
Nashville StandUp’s comedians set new world record for continuous show at 184 hours, 16 minutes
Congrats go out to all of the Nashville comedians and stand-ups who dropped in while visiting the Wild West Comedy Festival last weekend, as Nashville StandUp’s “Broken Record Comedy Show” indeed broke the Guinness Book of World Records and set a new mark for Longest Stand-Up ... [Read More]
Groundhog Day will become a Broadway musical in 2017
Mark your calendars for January and March 2017 and circle Feb. 2, 2017, while you're at it. Because the folks who turned the Roald Dahl story (and movie) Matilda into a Broadway hit musical are hoping to repeat history and improve upon it when they get the chance to adapt the 1993 film Groundhog Day... [Read More]
DIY for women in comedy = Bad Assery, the first “women and comedy” conference
For the coming three nights and two days, funny women will gather not only to celebrate their various styles of performing comedy but also to share their experiences in making their voices heard -- and perhaps most importantly, move the conversation forward instead of rehashing old, already-decided ... [Read More]
Of course Jason Alexander is replacing Larry David on Broadway
Toupee or not toupee. That is the question. Whether or not you're surprised at the news that Jason Alexander will replace Larry David on Broadway this summer in David's play, Fish in the Dark -- you're not surprised, how could you be surprised, seriously, since Alexander's most famous role came play... [Read More]
Limited-time offer! The Humble Comedy Bundle 2015
Starting now (now being 2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific on Thursday, March 26, 2015) and lasting for exactly one week, you'll have the opportunity to pick up a 15-pack of stand-up comedy videos and audio recordings for the low, low price of whatever you want to pay -- or, for that matter, as much as ... [Read More]
Penn & Teller returning to Broadway for summer 2015 run
Some 30 years after the magician team of Penn Jillette and Raymond Teller first mounted an off-Broadway show, the dynamic duo will return to New York City for a summer run at the Marquis Theatre on Broadway from July 7 through Aug. 16, 2015. Penn & Teller currently are enjoying a residency at Th... [Read More]
Walmart pays $10 million settlement to children of “Jimmy Mack,” killed in 2014 NJ Turnpike crash
Walmart will pay out a $10 million settlement to the children of comedian James "Jimmy Mack" McNair, killed when a Walmart tractor trailer crashed into the SUV limo McNair was riding in last summer with Tracy Morgan and Ardie Fuqua along the New Jersey Turnpike. The Associated Press reported the fin... [Read More]
Take Arsenio Hall’s word for it? Begging for Eddie Murphy to return to stand-up at The Comedy Store (ahem)
The Comedy Store's lineup for Thursday night included a 15-minute window for a "Special Guest." Turns out that guest may have been a very special two-fer, as Arsenio Hall took the stage first, then afterward declared that Eddie Murphy -- yes, the Eddie Murphy who has teased us for more than 25 years... [Read More]