Review: “Dying Laughing”
“We’re the last philosophers. Everybody now that talks is reading from a pre-approved script. Even our alleged smart people are corporately controlled. So there’s only one group of people that can kinda say what they want to say: Stand-ups.” So says Chris Rock, in the opening... [Read More]
Review: “Dying Laughing”
“We’re the last philosophers. Everybody now that talks is reading from a pre-approved script. Even our alleged smart people are corporately controlled. So there’s only one group of people that can kinda say what they want to say: Stand-ups.” So says Chris Rock, in the opening... [Read More]
Barry Crimmins: The hottest 63-year-old comedian in showbiz (Laughspin Interview)
Barry Crimmins is one of the best comedians you’ve never heard of. The 40-plus year veteran came up with many names you know quite well: Steven Wright, Lenny Clark, Kevin Meaney, Bobcat Goldthwait, Paula Poundstone. He even ran two comedy clubs, The Ding Ho and Stitches, in the 1980s. Stand-up... [Read More]
The next season of “Gotham Comedy Live” for AXS will be taped before a live audience, not air live on TV
A quick programming note. Gotham Comedy Live, which had broadcast new seasons of live stand-up comedy straight from the stage at New York City's Gotham Comedy Club to wherever you're watching the AXS-TV channel, will no longer air live. At least not for the upcoming season. New episodes begin with a... [Read More]
Fuse gets into Friday night late-night comedy game for summer 2016
Fuse is setting aside the music as Fridays turn to Saturdays this summer, launching a weekly "Fresh Baked Comedy" block in late-night, starting July 8, 2016. Each Friday at 11 p.m. Eastern/Pacific (10 p.m. Central), Fuse will broadcast a stand-up comedy special, followed by shorter showcase bits&nbs... [Read More]
There’s an Apple Patent for that: This technology could stop audience members from hijacking video from live comedy shows
What if stand-up comedians -- or any performers -- no longer had to worry about audience members surreptitiously recording their sets and then putting them on blast online? That's the aim of a new patent Apple has secured from the U.S. Patent Office. Filed in September 2014 and approved June 28, 201... [Read More]
Addicted to Comedy: A New Level of Confidence
My stagnate position needed to change, so I examined my comedy roots. I was raised on underground comedy. My favorite radio show as an adolescent was The Dr. Demento Show. He played a list of obscure artists (and up-and-coming people including Weird Al Yanokic) each week that would leave me in stitc... [Read More]
Rekindling his love affair with stand-up, Judd Apatow tells SiriusXM about his summer sets at The Comedy Cellar
For the first half of this summer, one of the most regular fixtures of The Comedy Cellar's stand-up showcases also was one of the most surprising: successful movie producer/director/writer Judd Apatow. Apatow was in New York City directing Amy Schumer's upcoming movie, Trainwreck, which just wrapped... [Read More]
Stand-up comedy advice from Jimmy Fallon
While Jimmy Fallon and his Tonight Show crew filmed a week of shows in Orlando last month, they took out some time to open up the ol' viewer mailbag, and Fallon answered a question about his biggest fears when he was just starting out as a stand-up comedian. Would you believe he said bombing? Fallon... [Read More]