Last year a group of Sacramento-based comics and I drove to San Francisco to hit some open mics and pizza shops. I’ve been to plenty of open mics, so I was more excited about the pizza. Not just because I’m a glutton, but because pizza places don’t usually stink of awkward desperat... [Read More]
Comedy about Dennis Rodman and North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un is happening, because what’s funnier than human rights violations?
What’s funnier than a dictator-led country, whose government enslaves hundreds of thousands of its citizens in labor camps – children included! – publicly executes people for owning a Bible and maintains no freedom of the press? Well, Tim Story, director of such hits like Ride Alon... [Read More]
Will Ferrell’s production company starts division for female comedies, but does the label help or hurt?
News surfaced today that Gary Sanchez Productions – that’s Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy – will establish a production division in charge of developing female-centic movies. The new arm of the wildly successful company will be lead by Jessica Elbaum, who’s been wi... [Read More]
Chris Hardwick has haters. I didn’t know this until @midnight became immediately massively popular, sparking the inevitable just-as-fast backlash. If you’ve had the pleasure of starting one of these conversations with me, you’ve already heard my impassioned response. If you haven&r... [Read More]
Moments before he was scheduled to perform for 5,000 fans on Thursday, French comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala learned his gig – the kickoff to a 22-city national tour – was canceled. After striking down a ban on the show, the highest court in France reversed the decis... [Read More]
Comedian Doug Stanhope is proving, that with hate in your heart, you can move mountains. Well maybe not hate, just some jerkiness and effort. Moore, Oklahoma was drastically hurt last year by a tornado, devastating many families. Individuals who were interviewed by Wolf Blitzer on site of the destru... [Read More]
A year ago, Josh Modell described the scene when Dave Chappelle, testing the waters with a few quietly announced stand-up appearances after the seven-year layoff that followed his abandonment of Chappelle’s Show, stepped onstage at the Chicago House Of Blues: “Signs inside and outside t... [Read More]
Patton Oswalt wrote "a closed letter" to himself yesterday on the Internet, which means we all can read it, hopefully identify with at least part of it and take away lessons ourselves from it. Oswalt's letter is an essay in three parts, covering, as the title suggests, joke thieves, heckling and rap... [Read More]
Patton Oswalt hasn't historically been shy when it comes to expressing his thoughts on comedy—he's an expert, after all. And he tends not to keep quiet when bullshit infects his world, like when a college valedictorian stole his bit, or when he got into a skirmish with a lady recording his sho... [Read More]
If television as a whole seemed a little obsessed with casting comedian Patton Oswalt last season — he appeared in no fewer than seven shows! — it’s because no one plays obsessives better. [Read More]
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