A conversation with High Plains Comedy Festival co-founders Adam Cayton-Holland and Andy Juett
Denver, Colorado has one of the most underrated comedy scenes in the country. The scene has boomed in the past few years and has now become a destination city for up-and-coming comics to put down roots. A big part of this boom has been because of a handful of hardworking local comics, two of which [... [Read More]
Jake Weisman and the Love of the Struggle
by Phil Davidson Though it was only on for two years, Jake Weisman’s The Morning After Podcast, which he co-hosted with Eli Olsberg, was a must-listen and example of what a great podcast could be. Each week, Weisman and Olsberg would bring in a guest from the adult film industry to interview i... [Read More]
The Art of Holding Nothing Back with Chris Laker
by Philip Stamato Chris Laker has nothing to hide. For fans of comics like Marc Maron or Patrice O'Neil, that can only mean better comedy. Laker has cycled through multiple career aspirations, gone through rehab, been married, divorced, accepted, and rejected. On their podcast This Week in Jackin', ... [Read More]
Inside 'Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip' with Matt Albie
by Bradford Evans This fall, the long-running NBS sketch show Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is set to enter its 29th season, and no one has been a larger part of the program's success than its head writer and executive producer Matt Albie, who has been a major creative force behind the show since he... [Read More]
From Behind the Scenes to In Front of the Camera with Neal Brennan
by Phil Davidson With his new gig hosting The Approval Matrix on Sundance TV, Neal Brennan has completed his reverse transformation from behind-the-scenes writer-director to on-camera talent. Brennan co-created Chappelle’s Show, and for years was a go-to film and television writer and director... [Read More]
Neko White: The Intro of the Whole Story
At fourteen years old, a teenager is getting ready for high school.  Trying out for sports, joining after school clubs, and starting to date are things one does commonly at that age.  For Neko White, being fourteen also meant becoming a stand-up comedian.  After seven years in, the no... [Read More]
Becoming 'Jonah from Tonga' with Chris Lilley
by Emma Soren Chris Lilley is back. His newest show, Jonah from Tonga, premieres on HBO tomorrow night. The six-episode series follows Summer Heights High’s Jonah Takalua as he returns to school in Australia after being expelled from Summer Heights and sent to Tonga. As in his previous shows A... [Read More]
Balancing Standup and Writing for 'Late Night' with Michelle Wolf
by Phil Davidson Not many comics would close their New Faces Showcase at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival with a three-minute joke tying together men’s masturbation habits and JFK’s assassination. That one’s got a high degree of difficulty. Michelle Wolf made it look easy. Wol... [Read More]
Inside Just For Laughs, Morning Talk Shows, and the Future of Comedy with T.J. Miller
by Phil Davidson Of all the funny things T.J. Miller said during his many performances at the 2014 Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, one of his best lines came in his introduction of Andy Kindler for the State of the Industry address, which was part roast/part tribute. “I’m trying to mi... [Read More]
My Man is a Loser: a conversation with Bryan Callen
Comedian Bryan Callen is always staying busy. Between touring the country performing stand-up, he’s acted in many TV shows and films, including Entourage, How I Met Your Mother, MadTV, Death Valley, The Hangover films, Warrior, and many more. We got a chance to chat with Callen about his role ... [Read More]