R.I.P. Taylor Negron (1957-2015)
Taylor Negron -- stand-up comedian, actor, painter, poet and muse -- died Saturday from cancer. Negron was 57. Born Brad Stephen Negron on Aug. 1, 1957, in Glendale, Calif., young Taylor already was performing stand-up comedy and appearing in episodes of The Dating Game by the time he matriculated a... [Read More]
R.I.P. Jason R. Chin, iO Chicago instructor and former artistic director
Longtime Chicago improv actor and teacher Jason R. Chin died suddenly Thursday night. Chin would have turned 50 this year. Improv Olympic founder Charna Halpern passed along the devastating news overnight. "I am heart broken. Our Jason Chin passed away," Halpern wrote to friends. "He was a wonderful... [Read More]
The Comedy Legends We Lost in 2014
by Erica Lies We lost several funny people of note in 2014, but the year was a real doozy for comedy legends in particular, including writer/directors, TV announcers, critical mentors, and legendary performers we grew up watching. Many of the people below had careers so vast and influential that the... [Read More]
Maybe See TV? The month in pilots, script commitments and development deals (Dec. 27, 2014)
You'll hear a lot in the trades and the trade winds from now through pilot season, which starts in earnest in January, all the way up to the cable Upfronts in the spring and the broadcast network Upfronts in May -- when TV programmers present their new and returning lineups to impress and attract ad... [Read More]
Minneapolis comedian Bill Young dies but won’t be forgotten by supportive Twin Cities comedy community (Essay)
We just lost a dear friend of the Minneapolis/St. Paul comedy scene. He passed away sometime between Thursday night and Friday morning. This was the second huge death the scene has had in less than two weeks and we are beyond devastated. The entire landscape of our community has changed. Bill Young ... [Read More]
Comedian Gus Lynch’s death devastates Minneapolis comedy community
Real comedy nerds know Minneapolis has, for the past five years or so, become one of the most vital burgeoning comedy cities in the country. Along with a few other cities like Denver, Austin and Portland, Minneapolis has proven you don’t necessarily need to move to Los Angeles or New York in o... [Read More]
Garden of Laughs announces all-star lineup for 2015 MSG benefit
After taking a year off, the Garden of Laughs all-star benefit show will return in 2015, with Lewis Black, Bill Burr, Dane Cook, Billy Gardell, and J.B. Smoove already confirmed to participate on March 28, 2015, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Steve Schirripa will host. It's executive-... [Read More]
Image of Minneapolis comic Gus Lynch dies after fall from ruins in Mexico
Minneapolis comic Gus Lynch dies after fall from ruins in Mexico
Comedian and actor Gus Lynch fell while walking among ruins on the Yucat√°n Peninsula of Mexico and died. He was vacationing with his wife and their two children in Akumal, home to a comedy festival he founded. Lynch, born Jason Michael Gustine, was 42. [Read More]
Comedy Central developing ‘TripTank’ spinoff ‘Jeff & Some Aliens’
Comedy Central is developing a new series, a spinoff from freshman animated series TripTank. According to THR, duo Sean Donnelly and Alessandro Minoli are set to man the new animated/live-action hybrid comedy Jeff & Some Aliens. The show follows “Jeff (voiced by Brett Gelman) and three ext... [Read More]
Comedy Central Is Developing a 'TripTank' Spin-Off 'Jeff & Some Aliens'
by Megh Wright Comedy Central's animated show TripTank might get its own spin-off series. THR reports that the network is currently developing a spin-off from duo Sean Donnelly and Alessandro Minoli that will be an animated series based on their TripTank series Jeff & Some Aliens, which follows ... [Read More]