The conundrum of comedy criticism in 2017
This is my 11th consecutive year covering Montreal’s Just For Laughs, but the first in which I’ve experienced serious blowback while still at the festival. What’s going on here? A few different things, and I’ll try to clear the air on as many of them as I can. Usually, comedi... [Read More]
Comedy vs. Criticism
In the second of Dave Chappelle’s recent Netflix specials, there’s a moment in the middle of his performance where he makes a not-so-bold declarative statement. “I hate bloggers,” he says with conviction, angrily expressing his frustration related to an online backlash he&rsq... [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]
John Heffron cuts deep with comedians in new Comedy Bit List podcast series on Rhapsody
Just when you thought there were more than enough podcasts that involved comedians interviewing comedians, along comes another comedian-on-comedian podcast -- but this one offers a twist. Or two. For one thing, Comedy Bit List with John Heffron, hosted by the former Last Comic Standing winner, airs ... [Read More]
How 'The X-Files Files,' 'Mission Log,' and 'Go Bayside!' Are Introducing a New, Long-Overdue Breed of TV Critic
by Jimmy J. Aquino The recent launch of The X-Files Files, Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani's second comedy podcast, was both unsurprising and surprising. Fans of Nanjiani's standup act who follow his Twitter feed – one of the most consistently funny feeds written by a standup – have ... [Read More]
Dane Cook angers Boston fans by pulling his set from Boston Strong live stream (poll)
Last night several big acts that have close ties to the city of Boston, like Aerosmith, James Taylor, Jimmy Buffet and New Kids on the Block gathered for the Boston Strong concert held to raise money for One Fund Boston which is supporting victims of the Boston Marathon Bombings. Dane Cook, a comedi... [Read More]
It’d be nicer if you’d join in: Erin Judge on women making art vs. women critiquing it
Erin Judge is a stand-up comedian who appeared on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham. Judge tours everywhere with her Pink Collar Comedy Tour and also co-produces The Afterlife, a monthly comedy showcase in New York City. This is republished from her bl... [Read More]
VIDEO: Sarah Silverman Talks ‘Django Unchained’ Use of N-Word
“I think you can’t really tell art what to do,” comedian Sarah Silverman said to a TMZ crew that asked her about Django Unchained use of the n-word. The new Quentin Tarantino movie has received criticism from many different people, ... [Read More]
Sarah Silverman Slammed by Rabbi, Papa Silverman Shoots Back
Comedian Sarah Silverman is being attacked publicly by a rabbi who isn’t happy with her lifestyle, choice of words or political views. The rabbi, Yaakov Rosenblatt, author of two books, wrote an open letter to the Jewish Press denouncing her &#... [Read More]
Robert Kelly reviews his reviewer in person on his “You Know What Dude” podcast
In the documentary film, Heckler, Jamie Kennedy confronts some of the people who rightfully called him out for his shoddy stand-up comedy. This ain't that. This is the latest edition of Robert Kelly's funny, if oftentimes prone to tangents, podcast, ... [Read More]