Jen Kirkman doesn’t want your marriage or your kids on her latest special, I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)
Jen Kirkman’s new Netflix special, I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine), is bookended by sketches in which she has conversations with people whom she has little to nothing in common with. At the beginning of the special, the interaction is with an overly permissive mom and her drooling,... [Read More]
 
‘Silicon Valley’ is Almost Too Much Like the Real Silicon Valley — Almost
Silicon Valley might be too compelling for its own good. Whenever anyone asks me what I think of Silicon Valley, I tell them I like it but I don’t really think of it as a comedy. This is a dumb statement — Silicon Valley is a comedy through-and-through. It’s got the pedigree (it wa... [Read More]
 
Pretty From the Back
I really enjoyed Pretty From The Back by Phil Johnson and the Roadside Attraction. Johnson, who looks like he unsuccessfully escaped from an eighties hair band cover group is a very funny guy who can tell a story and has quite a few original observations to share. This is a ... [Read More]
 
Frank Garcia-Hejl presents “Oh No!”
That Frank Garcia-Hejl is showcasing his characters and impersonations to audiences of hundreds on weeknights in a basement, instead of to millions live on Saturday nights, really owes more to happenstance and turns of fate. For now. Watching Garcia-Hejl's current one-man show, "OH NO!", at the Upri... [Read More]
 
The Friars Club celebrated in PBS “Treasures of New York”
Enjoy this Throwback Thursday with a look back across a century of laughs and comedian-on-comedian ribbing as PBS premieres a new half-hour documentary on The Friars Club as part of the "Treasures of New York" series. The special debuts at 10 tonight on WLIW21, and 10 p.m. Friday on WNET-THIRTEEN. I... [Read More]
 
It Was OK, Stand Up! Records
I was not surprised when Stand Up! Records picked up David Heti's indie release It Was Ok. The label, a personal fave, has a long history of very unique comics like Dylan Brody or Marc Maron. It also has an excellent ear for new talent as its signing of Jamie ... [Read More]
 
Sean White laughs in the face of death on his debut album Dead & Gone (review)
Many comedians come to a point in their lives when they have to decide whether to relocate to New York or LA. The move is considered an inevitable and necessary step to advance their careers. While it’s not impossible to achieve big things in a smaller, secondary scene, it’s no... [Read More]
 
Louis C.K. hosted Saturday Night Live: Season 40 ended on a high note
Season 40 of Saturday Night Live must’ve been a particularly grueling one for the cast and writers of the show. Not only managing to actually churn out the show every week, but the super grand SNL 40 episode that by the time this season came to an end, it’s very easy to see them gas [&he... [Read More]
 
Grace, Frankie, and the Difference Between Hijinks and Jokes
by Meredith Haggerty Grace and Frankie, created by Marta Kaufman of Friends’ fame and Howard J. Morris, is the Nancy Meyers sitcom of my personal dreams. It has top-quality kitchens, AARP romance, the absurdly-named children of hippies, beautiful sweaters, uppity people getting their due at fa... [Read More]
 
'SNL' Review: Mother's Day with Reese Witherspoon
by Erik Voss Despite having only hosted SNL once before last weekend, Reese Witherspoon occupies a significant footnote in the show's history: she hosted the first post-9/11 episode. It was a pivotal moment in modern American comedy that historians remember less for Witherspoon than for the cold ope... [Read More]