'SNL' Review: Dwayne Johnson, Man for the Job
by Erik Voss Here's a question I never thought I'd ask: does SNL need more men? Of course not, right? Only recently has SNL begun to shake off its "boys club" reputation, with a cast of seven men and six women (not counting the two male Weekend Update hosts), and a writers room still predo... [Read More]
Dwayne Johnson hosted Saturday Night Live: Could he be the best host of season 40?
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson returned for the forth time as the host of Saturday Night Live. While we wouldn’t call him a great comedic force, the man does posses a tremendous amount of charisma that can be traced all the way back to his camera promos in the WWE all the way to his cur... [Read More]
Seeing Other People: Hilarious web series probes the awkwardness of a BFF breakup
It’s hard to think of anyone more qualified than a comedian to shed funny light on the painful process of enduring a friendship breakup. Luckily, with the launch of the new web series Seeing Other People, we get not one comedian, but four of them to mend our broken hearts while tickling our fu... [Read More]
Review: “Get Hard” a big formulaic comedy, heightened and hardened
Start with an introduction reminiscent of Trading Places, shift into a reverse Pygmalion/My Fair Lady, then add an unhealthy amount of graphic visuals, racial conflict and homophobia, and shazam! You've got yourself a hard-R box-office hit in Get Hard. Get Hard, which premiered Monday night at the S... [Read More]
Work-in-progress? “Trainwreck” a triumph for Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow
Trainwreck -- presented Sunday night at SXSW in Austin as a "work-in-progress" -- is a triumphant two-hour big-screen comedy that's the best thing that could have happened right now for its star and writer, Amy Schumer, as well as its director, Judd Apatow. If timing remains the secret to succe... [Read More]
Bo Burnham, Brian Posehn at Gilda’s LaughFest deliver from opposite ends of the spectrum (Review)
GRAND RAPIDS — By Saturday night’s end here at Gilda’s LaughFest I was happily bathed in classically executed musical comedy theatrics set inside a gorgeous 1,500-seat venue and alternatively a persistent stream of dick-and-fart jokes delivered from a stage housed in a gritty, few-... [Read More]
Patton Oswalt at Gilda’s LaughFest delivers a pristine, memorable performance (Review)
GRAND RAPIDS — Before launching into his closing bit — a story about a disinterested, lazily-costumed clown at a child’s birthday he attended with his five-year-old daughter — Patton Oswalt admitted to an audibly appreciative crowd last night at the Fountain Street Church, &l... [Read More]
Jim Jefferies at Gilda’s LaughFest: Bill Cosby, infant death, gun control all fair game for comedy (Review)
GRAND RAPIDS — “Turns out Bill Cosby is a rapist….If I was going to be raped, I’d like to be raped by Bill Cosby. I’ve been a fan of his for years. And how else are you going to meet him?” And so began an evening with Jim Jefferies at the Fountain Street Church (... [Read More]
Tommy Ryman named Best of Midwest at Gilda’s LaughFest (Review)
GRAND RAPIDS — Minnesota comedian Tommy Ryman was crowned Best of the Midwest — and was handed a check for $2,500 — late last night here as he edged out nine other comedians in what has become an annual highlight of Gilda’s LaughFest, now in its fifth year. A semifinalist dur... [Read More]
Chris Hemsworth hosted Saturday Night Live: there was avenging and a chicken romance
Here we are people! Chris Hemsworth is our host. Thor himself is on hand to do Thor things. Obviously Hemwsworth does other things so if we were to guess the themes of this episode going in, chances are we’ll see at least one sketch about his good looks, one about his accent, something related... [Read More]