Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein go goth in preview for ‘Portlandia’ season 5
One the greatest sketch shows on TV returns Janurary 2015. Although that’s still a bit away, IFC has released a sneak peak of season five of Portlandia. Just in time for Halloween, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein pose as a goth couple making a will. Just a few of their demands for their res... [Read More]
 
Pretty Fly
Pretty Fly is a pretty fly comedy album from a white British guy. At a time when everybody is releasing a comedy album, we get one a day or so, Chris Turner's stand up stands out. This godawful play on words is my tip of the hat to some of ... [Read More]
 
Comedy Monster
Donzilla does to good taste what Godzilla did to Tokyo but more thoroughly. Don Tjernagel's idea of comedy is “a Voltaire reference in a butt fuck joke” or the American Gothic couple at a swinger's party. This is not stand-up for the weak of heart. As a matter of fact, ... [Read More]
 
Friends of the People premieres on truTV
We're overflowing from so much comedy on our electronic screens, there's even a sketch TV boom exploding from within the current comedy boom. While Saturday Night Live celebrates its 40th season this year, Comedy Central is bringing the buzz and the heat with Key & Peele, Inside Amy Schumer, Kro... [Read More]
 
Amy Poehler's 'Yes Please' Is the Best Non-Self-Help Self-Help Book Ever
by Erica Lies Before I can start my thoughts on Amy Poehler’s Yes Please (Dey Street Press, out today), I have to put aside Professional Writer Voice and make a confession: I love self-help books. I’m not talking about the ones that promise if you just think positively piles of money wil... [Read More]
 
'SNL' Review: Jim Carrey Dances Like Everybody's Watching
by Erik Voss When Jim Carrey last hosted SNL in 2011 (the first episode I reviewed for this site), I worried the 1990s comedy icon best known for playing manic cartoons from In Living Color, three comedy blockbusters in 1994, and a well regarded SNL stint, would fail to connect with t... [Read More]
 
Jim Carrey hosted “Saturday Night Live” and fancy danced with Iggy Azalea
It was his third go ’round as host of Saturday Night Live last night. Make no mistake about it, Carry is a comedy genius who helped define sketch comedy for a generation of people. But a large boombastic episode was not what we got last night. It’s been nearly 20 years since Carrey was o... [Read More]
 
A Good Catholic Boy
1997's A Good Catholic Boy is my favorite of the five releases or re-releases Richard Jeni's estate has arranged for on the New Wave Dynamics label. The other titles are  Platypus Man (HBO 1992), A Big Steaming Pile of Me (HBO 2005) as well as 1997's Greatest Bits and a ... [Read More]
 
Scaredy Cat
Scaredy Cat is a decent stand up performance by Tony Sam.  It is the equivalent of listening to a good middle act at a club. The material is good but there is nothing you will really remember at the end of the evening.Sam has a high-pitched voice. He is smart ... [Read More]
 
Same Sex Symbol
Cameron Esposito’s “Same Sex Symbol” is the third comedy release from independent recording label Kill Rock Stars -- with the first two releases from Kurt Braunohler and the great Hari Kondabolu.  It goes without saying that the number one criterion for any successful comic is... [Read More]