Mark Normand on indie comedy, bombing and the secret to getting laughs (Laughspin interview)
Mark Normand, one of the fastest rising and most versatile comedians in the country, cut his teeth at open mics, bar shows and by performing in loft apartments. It’s that work ethic — and his joke writing prowess — that helped the Louisana native earn the respect of his fellow come... [Read More]
 
The Inside Story of The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail
by Samantha Pitchel “I’ve always been fascinated with the moment people go from being a just a group in a room to one unit – for me, that’s the most interesting thing on the planet,” says Emily Gordon, co-producer of The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail. “Movies do ... [Read More]
 
Chris Rock’s “Top Five,” Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater” both will premiere at 2014 TIFF
The Toronto International Film Festival announced its slate of world premieres, gala screenings and more this morning, and both Jon Stewart's directorial debut as well as Chris Rock's latest both will make their world premieres there this September. Rosewater rose straight from a guest's appearance ... [Read More]
 
Joe Zimmerman on His Comedy Central 'Half Hour' and Staying in NYC
by Isaac Kozell Self-proclaimed "ambassador of joy" Joe Zimmerman is in a New York state of mind. The comedian is putting down serious roots in what he calls “the place to go if you want to be a standup comic.” And who can blame him? The city is treating him and his career quite well. Af... [Read More]
 
Mark Normand: Relatably Edgy
Mark Normand is a hilarious comedian with a unique voice.  Literally, he has a very unique voice. Comedically as well, that old-timey tone and his innocent looking face let him get away with a lot of things other comedians can’t. He’s recently been seen on Last Comic Standing and Co... [Read More]
 
This week on TV: with comic book store comedy
This week, The Meltdown with Jonah & Kumail will make its premiere on Comedy Central. The stand-up show, hosted by Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani takes place in the back of LA’s Meltdown Comics. It’s been a staple of the LA comedy scene for some time now, so the folks at Comedy Centra... [Read More]
 
Joe Wengert on His 'Half Hour' Special and Writing for Three Very Different TV Shows
by Emma Soren With a half hour special under his belt, Joe Wengert's standup career is taking off, so it’s not hard to believe that he's also an accomplished improviser. Wengert ran the UCB Theatre's school in New York and then in LA and still regularly performs improv at the LA theater with t... [Read More]
 
Mark Normand on Conan and The Half Hour this week: Still Got It!
Mark Normand returned to Conan on Wednesday night to defend sluts, of all people. Sluts, he tells ya! It's a big week for Normand. The stand-up comedian, based in New York City but originally from New Orleans, also just released his first stand-up comedy album and will see his first half-hour TV spe... [Read More]
 
Former 'Daily Show' Showrunner Rory Albanese Joins 'The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore'
by Bradford Evans Comedy Central's new Colbert Report replacement, The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore, just added The Daily Show's former showrunner. Rory Albanese will be an executive producer on Minority Report, which is set to launch in January 2015 after Colbert Report concludes its nine-yea... [Read More]
 
Learn more about Mark Normand and Joe Wengert behind-the-scenes of “The Half Hour”
Season 3 of Comedy Central’s The Half Hour is winding down for the summer. For it’s penultimate week, Mark Normand and Joe Wengert’s specials will takeover the airwaves. Mark Normand’s special will air first on Friday at midnight, coming right on the heels of his album releas... [Read More]