Review: “I Am Battle Comic” by Jordan Brady
Jordan Brady, a former (and still) stand-up comedian turned filmmaker, has found a renewed love for comedy a generation after he first entertained audiences in person and on TV with his own reimagining of what porn films should sound like (whether you say “Bow-chicka-bow-wow” or “w... [Read More]
Robert Klein Still Can’t Stop His Leg, from SXSW to Starz, from The Second City to today
Ask any stand-up comedian today who the best stand-up of all time is or was, and they’ll likely tell you Richard Pryor, George Carlin, or want to make cases for both equally as the top of the tops. Ask any Jewish comedian from the Baby Boomers through Generation X that same question, and they&... [Read More]
Humor In Hindsight: Trevor Noah in “You Laugh But It’s True”
My latest Humor In Hindsight column for Decider looks back at the start of Trevor Noah’s rapid rise through the stand-up comedy ranks, which began in his native South Africa. You Laugh But It’s True followed Noah at 25, directed and produced by David Paul Meyer (now a producer for Noah&r... [Read More]
SiriusXM broadcasting Garry Shandling documentary tribute on the first anniversary of his death
Garry Shandling died a year ago today at the age of 66. A consummate comic’s comic and a television pioneer not once but twice, Shandling left a permanent legacy for us to behold and celebrate. Tonight, SiriusXM will pay tribute to the late great comedian with an audio documentary, “Garr... [Read More]
SiriusXM broadcasting Garry Shandling documentary tribute on the first anniversary of his death
Garry Shandling died a year ago today at the age of 66. A consummate comic’s comic and a television pioneer not once but twice, Shandling left a permanent legacy for us to behold and celebrate. Tonight, SiriusXM will pay tribute to the late great comedian with an audio documentary, “Garr... [Read More]
We need to talk about black women in comedy: VH1’s “All Jokes Aside”
If you think it’s still tough out there in the comedy trenches for a woman wanting to make it as a stand-up, then just imagine what it must be like for a black women. Heck, don’t imagine it. Go out and talk to some black women in comedy. That’s what the new short documentary, All [... [Read More]
Review: “Dying Laughing”
“We’re the last philosophers. Everybody now that talks is reading from a pre-approved script. Even our alleged smart people are corporately controlled. So there’s only one group of people that can kinda say what they want to say: Stand-ups.” So says Chris Rock, in the opening... [Read More]
Review: “Dying Laughing”
“We’re the last philosophers. Everybody now that talks is reading from a pre-approved script. Even our alleged smart people are corporately controlled. So there’s only one group of people that can kinda say what they want to say: Stand-ups.” So says Chris Rock, in the opening... [Read More]
Review: “The Last Laugh” documentary explores humor, the Holocaust and taboos
The Last Laugh opens with a quote onscreen from the noted non-comedian, German novelist Heinrich Mann, who wrote: “Whoever has cried enough, laughs.” Mann fled Nazi Germany while Hitler’s soldiers burned his books in public. The documentary then cuts to a Nazi-uniformed figure... [Read More]
Review: “The Last Laugh” documentary explores humor, the Holocaust and taboos
The Last Laugh opens with a quote onscreen from the noted non-comedian, German novelist Heinrich Mann, who wrote: “Whoever has cried enough, laughs.” Mann fled Nazi Germany while Hitler’s soldiers burned his books in public. The documentary then cuts to a Nazi-uniformed figure... [Read More]