R.I.P. Jimmy Gunn
Comedians of and from San Francisco convened on Sunday night at the Punchline to remember Jimmy Gunn, who died earlier this month. Gunn was 50. There'll be another tribute event on Wednesday in Sunnyvale at Rooster T. Feather's to #BeMoreJimmy. But who was Jimmy Gunn? A young Andy Kaufman, sounding ... [Read More]
R.I.P. Jimmy Gunn
Comedians of and from San Francisco convened on Sunday night at the Punchline to remember Jimmy Gunn, who died earlier this month. Gunn was 50. There'll be another tribute event on Wednesday in Sunnyvale at Rooster T. Feather's to #BeMoreJimmy. But who was Jimmy Gunn? A young Andy Kaufman, sounding ... [Read More]
R.I.P. Bob Seibel
Bob Seibel was a fixture in the Boston comedy scene for decades, performing even into his 70s, when his signature bit about elderly drivers was now about his peer group. Seibel may not have performed as regularly in recent years, and when he did, it was in the suburbs -- which I must figure as [&hel... [Read More]
R.I.P. Ruhbin Mehta
Ruhbin Mehta died earlier this week, apparently from cardiac arrest. He was a comedian from Toronto who lived in New York City for the past several years, but continued to love the Maple Leafs more than anything except perhaps stand-up comedy and most definitely the possibility of a good night's sle... [Read More]
Comedy Central lays out its fall schedule including Moonbeam City, Nathan For You, and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Just as the leaves start to change colors, Comedy Central is changing the game up with their fall programming slate. Trevor Noah makes his debut as the host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show on Monday, September 28, and the new animated cop extravaganza series Moonbeam City premie... [Read More]
‘Archer’ Made a Woodhouse Clip Compilation in Memory of the Late George Coe
Last weekend, original SNL cast member George Coe — who also voiced Woodhouse on Archer — passed away in California at the age of 86, and today the Archer team released a sweet compilation in his memory. It’s a wonderful look back at Coe’s talent for bringing the heroin-addic... [Read More]
R.I.P. George Coe (1929-2015)
George Coe appeared in multiple episodes with the original cast of Saturday Night Live, but only credited as a 'Not Ready for Prime Time Player" in the very first episode in 1975. Which still counts for a lot. Coe, who also earned an Academy Award nomination for his 1968 short film De Duva (The Dove... [Read More]
Original ‘SNL’ Cast Member George Coe Dies at 86
Sad news: This past Saturday, Oscar-nominated actor George Coe — who was an original Not Ready for Prime Time Player on SNL and more recently known for his voice role as Woodhouse on Archer — died in Santa Monica, California at 86 after “battling a long illness,” according to... [Read More]
Audience interactions and crowd work gone awry: Is the customer always right?
Stand-up comedians need an audience to laugh at their jokes and pay for their services. Comedy clubs provide a direct conduit for both, and need a steady supply of both to survive. Audiences need to know their place is in the audience, laughing (or not) offstage. When comedians and clubs start bicke... [Read More]
Berkeley Breathed breathing new life into Bloom County comic strip
"A return after 25 years. Feels like going home." With those words, and the image of cartoonist Berkeley Breathed at his computer screen, working on his first "Bloom County" panels since 1989, another beloved newspaper comic strip from the 1980s has come back from the dead but dearly never forgotten... [Read More]