R.I.P. Jack Carter (1922-2015)
Before anyone else could claim to be "the pit bull of comedy," before anyone else turned anger directly into laughs, Jack Carter stood tall amongst all comers in the comedy game, ever ready with a bitter supply of hilarious one-liners and bits. Carter died over the weekend at his home in Beverly Hil... [Read More]
R.I.P. Jack Carter (1922-2015)
Before anyone else could claim to be "the pit bull of comedy," before anyone else turned anger directly into laughs, Jack Carter stood tall amongst all comers in the comedy game, ever ready with a bitter supply of hilarious one-liners and bits. Carter died over the weekend at his home in Beverly Hil... [Read More]
R.I.P. Pam Matteson
Pam Matteson, a stand-up comedian and impersonator who performed in the 1988 movie Punchline, has died after her third bout with cancer in the past decade. Matteson was 61. Born Sept. 23, 1953, the Brooklyn native made her way toward Hollywood by the early 1980s, where she scored bit parts in episod... [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]
TripTank spinoff series Jeff And Some Aliens gets an order from Comedy Central
Comedy Central is upping their animation game by ordering 10 episodes of the animated series Jeff and Some Aliens. The series, set to premiere in 2016, follows average guy Jeff and his three alien roommates who were sent to study him to determine if humankind should be destroyed. This includes forci... [Read More]
R.I.P. Phil Austin, Firesign Theatre’s “Nick Danger”
Phil Austin, writer/comedian, founding member of Firesign Theatre and creator of the character, "Nick Danger," has died. Austin was 74. This obituary was provided by fellow Firesign member Philip Proctor. Phil Austin was born in Denver, April 6, 1941 and grew up in Fresno, California. He passed away... [Read More]
In Memoriam: The late Dick Van Patten remembers meeting Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner
Dick Van Patten, famously known as the TV dad on Eight is Enough in the late 1970s, died on Tuesday. Van Patten was 86. Van Patten started as a child actor on stage productions in his native New York City He really began to show off his comedic touch, though, in the 1970s, thanks to Carl Reiner, who... [Read More]
R.I.P. Jack Rollins (1915-2015)
At 100 years old, Jack Rollins survived and thrived through all of the comedy booms, and rightly could take at least partial credit for the great talents of at least two peak periods in the funny business as a manager and producer. Starting in the 1950s, Rollins represented and fostered the young ca... [Read More]
R.I.P. Rick Ducommun
Rick Ducommun began and ended his life in Canada, but in between, the comedian became one of those character actors you'd see in many movies and sitcoms through the late 1980s and early 1990s. Ducommun died June 12 in a Vancouver hospice, surrounded by family, due to complications from diabetes. He ... [Read More]
Eat Drink Laugh, The Story Of The Comic Strip documentary is now available
Vimeo just launched a new documentary on its VOD platform about the legendary NYC Comic Strip comedy club called, Eat Drink Laugh. For the unfamiliar, the Comic Strip (and later Comic Strip Live) is the oldest stand-up comedy club in New York. If you can think of a comedian that’s risen throug... [Read More]