1st 'The Late Show With Starring Stephen Colbert' Test Show (August 27, 2015) Report
On Thursday, August 27th, 2015, I, Bill Lehecka, made my first trip to see The Late Show With Starring Stephen Colbert at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City. About 3 weeks ago, Stephen Colbert tweeted a link to test show tickets. As much as I wanted to go on September 8th, I figured the first test show would be even more special. I was only able to secure one ticket.  Being that the trip was similar to my Letterman journeys through the years, the trip itinerary didn't change much. I... [Read More]
J.B. Smoove Says Chris Rock Should Do A New ‘Pootie Tang’
This morning, J.B. Smoove talked with The Breakfast Club to promote upcoming shows in New York City this weekend. Part of his talk J.B. spoke on Bill Cosby, and explained how many popular comedians over the years have had some type of vice. Starting off he talks about his own career, political corr... [Read More]
‘Live on Broadgay’ and the Scourge of “Adjective” Comedy
“In life and in representations of life,” writes theatre director Anne Bogart, “so much has been done before and said before that they have lost their original meanings and been transmuted into stereotype.” We’ve heard everything there is to hear, seen everything there ... [Read More]
Louis C.K. Reportedly Called in to WNYC to Defend Bill de Blasio This Morning
Over the past few weeks, Louis C.K. has been spotted shadowing NYC mayor Bill de Blasio for a mysterious new comedy project, and today C.K. returned the favor by defending de Blasio against “clickbait” journalism on public radio. C.K. called in to WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show, and whil... [Read More]
Trevor Noah Is Headed To This Year’s New York Comedy Festival
Image:GQ Every year New York City plays host to one of the biggest comedy festivals, The New York Comedy Festival. The line-up of comedians that perform are mixed between veterans and new faces. As he gets ready to officially move in as the host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show this Septembe... [Read More]
Sarah Silverman, Trevor Noah, Norm Macdonald, and More Are Headed to the 2015 New York Comedy Festival
The annual New York Comedy Festival returns this November from the 10th through the 15th, and today the festival announced its list of headliners. According to The Wrap, this year’s festival will feature Sarah Silverman, Trevor Noah, Bill Maher, Judd Apatow, Patton Oswalt, Nathan Fielder, Iliz... [Read More]
Confronting Tragedy with Comedy with Naomi Ekperigin
Savvy, smart, funny and politically active — it’s this great combination that’s making comedian Naomi Ekperigin an in-demand writer and performer. But getting to this level of success (appearing on such shows at Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, writing for Broad City and being na... [Read More]
Inside Cartoon Monsoon: An Animated Variety Show
Past the friendly forest, through the swamp of snacks and sweets Stands a paper-mache clubhouse, by the beach of poison treats. Follow the smell of fun and games, by the light of the smiling moon, Cuz boys and girls, the forecast calls for a big cartoon monsoon! When I look back on my childhood, car... [Read More]
Remembering Alan Shain, One of NYC’s Preeminent Open Mic Characters
The world’s largest standup comedy scene is in New York, and beyond the comedy clubs that dot the city are countless independent bar shows and open mics. The scene is so big you can go years without meeting some of the hundreds of amateur comics that hustle to mic after mic. There are so many,... [Read More]
review: Amy Schumer's ‘Trainwreck Comedy Tour’ at the Beacon Theater
Ms. Schumer’s “Trainwreck Comedy Tour,” features the stars of her movie doing stand-up across North America through Sunday. Besides promoting the movie, “Trainwreck,” opening on July 17 (and raising money for charity), it’s one of the best comedy lineups of the summer, with Dave Attell, Colin Quinn, Vanessa Bayer, Mike Birbiglia and Ms. Schumer. It’s an evening of New York comedy with some Hollywood thrown in, since the film director Judd Apatow, who returned to stand-up last year after a two-de... [Read More]