An oral history of A Special Thing, the comedy message board that begat a record label and more
You're likely familiar with the comedians who've released stand-up albums in recent years on AST Records: Jimmy Pardo, Karen Kilgariff, Max Silvestri, Sean O'Connor, Liam McEneaney and Dan St. Germain among them. But before comedy nerds took over the mainstream entertainment scene, a few hundred of ... [Read More]
An oral history of A Special Thing, the comedy message board that begat a record label and more
You're likely familiar with the comedians who've released stand-up albums in recent years on AST Records: Jimmy Pardo, Karen Kilgariff, Max Silvestri, Sean O'Connor, Liam McEneaney and Dan St. Germain among them. But before comedy nerds took over the mainstream entertainment scene, a few hundred of ... [Read More]
Drennon Davis & Karen Kilgariff perform “Dumb Tattoo Song” on Conan
Drennon Davis and Karen Kilgariff returned to Conan on Monday night to perform another song off of their EP, "I Don't Care, I Like It." And this song takes a moment to build toward its fun reveal. Although since you read the headline, perhaps you already know where it's going. Roll the clip! You can... [Read More]
Comedy Album of the Year Grammy nominees for 2014-2015
The 58th annual Grammy Awards announced the full slate of nominations this morning, and somewhere Nikki Cox is telling her husband told you so. Cox wrote Jay Mohr's latest stand-up special, Happy. And A Lot. Which is up for Comedy Album of the Year. I've written plenty about the Grammys and their pe... [Read More]
Ben Stiller, Bob Odenkirk, Janeane Garofalo, and William Shatner Invite You to ‘Wake Up Your Smile!’
In the more than 150 From the Archives articles I’ve written, I’ve looked at a wide variety of genres of comedy: variety shows, late night talks shows, interviews, radio programs, musicals, and sketch. Today I am proud to say that we are venturing into a genre of comedy that has never be... [Read More]
Season 3 of “Inside Amy Schumer” gave us judge, jury, and butts
Inside Amy Schumer has officially been woven into the fabric that is not only pop culture, but political culture by flawlessly shining light on the hot button issues of today. Comedy more so now has become the gateway that allows us to tackle such issues reflecting back on society the truth of what ... [Read More]
Cool thing to buy this week: “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” limited edition castle catapult gift set
Monty Python and the Holy Grail” limited edition castle catapult gift set Purchase There are few films as timeless as Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It is a movie that should be enjoyed by comedy fans for generations to come. As you are well aware, the classic flick celebrates its 40th anniv... [Read More]
Jonnie W launches crowdsourcing campaign to record DVD 11/14 at The Franklin Theatre | NashvilleStandUp.com
"I looked at other venues in other cities as option for taping my new special, but it just feels right to be doing it in Nashville, since it’s the place that gave me my start in comedy. I moved here 8 years ago, and there’s such a unique energy to this town- creativity, music, desperation, and pain. The same qualities that made it a great city for innovation in music have contributed to a thriving new comedy scene. I’m honored to be a part of it." [Read More]
How would Bill Cosby treat “Bill Cosby” around his daughters? Already considered, recorded on 1971’s “For Adults Only”
Before Bill Cosby became known as America's Dad in the 1980s and America's alleged serial rapist in retrospect in 2014-2015, he let us into his world a little deeper back in 1971. No. I'm not talking about Bill Cosby Talks to Kids About Drugs, the 1972 Grammy Award winner for Best Recording For Chil... [Read More]
Review: Jay Pharoah, “Can I Be Me?” on Showtime
Despite portraying the President of the United States for several years on network television via Saturday Night Live, and singlehandedly winning the MTV Video Music Awards by impersonating Kanye West, Jay-Z and Drake, Jay Pharoah may still be an unknown to many American viewers. So he asks in the t... [Read More]