Humor Sickness: What Makes Comedians Tick?
by Meredith Haggerty Announcing your innermost insecurities and self-aggrandizing fantasies in public would generally be considered a strong indicator of mental illness — but when you add a mic and a drink minimum, we call it comedy.  Conventional wisdom (admittedly the least cool kind of... [Read More]
 
Jon Stewart Announces He Wants to Buy CNN Through Kickstarter
by Megh Wright During last night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart covered the news that Rupert Murdoch apparently wants to buy Time Warner, though CNN would have to be sold off due to the media mogul's ties to Fox News. Stewart jumped on the opportunity by announcing his $10 billion "Let's Buy CNN" Kicksta... [Read More]
 
The Inside Story of The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail
by Samantha Pitchel “I’ve always been fascinated with the moment people go from being a just a group in a room to one unit – for me, that’s the most interesting thing on the planet,” says Emily Gordon, co-producer of The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail. “Movies do ... [Read More]
 
Sheng Wang on New York and San Francisco's Standup Scenes
by Bradford Evans Over a decade into his standup career, Sheng Wang has amassed a list of credits that includes Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show, and his own Comedy Central Presents special. Wang, who came up via San Francisco... [Read More]
 
Just For Laughs Chooses Its 2014 New Faces
by Megh Wright Every year, Montreal's Just For Laughs comedy festival chooses a bunch of up-and-coming comedians to highlight in their "New Faces" showcase, and this year's list has been released. Last year's list featured a bunch of comedians who enjoyed a breakthrough year including SNL's John Mil... [Read More]
 
John Oliver Calls Out ‘Broken’ American Prison System! ‘Last Week Tonight’ Video Includes Puppets To Discuss Drug Laws And More
How do you make Americans care about the country’s terrible prison system? If you’re John Oliver, you use adorable puppets, of course. John Oliver tackled this issue on Sunday’s episode of Last Week Tonight. The former Daily Show correspondent began by noting just how crowded Ameri... [Read More]
 
Comedy Dynamics uploading entire stand-up comedy archives to new Hulu channel
Hulu is getting a stand-up comedy boost as its streaming options soon will boast the archived collection from New Wave Entertainment's stand-up special catalogue. The Comedy Dynamics channel will debut July 29 on Hulu, with specials both on the free service as well as the paid Hulu Plus subscription... [Read More]
 
New Wave Entertainment is launching a comedy channel, Comedy Dynamics, on Hulu
New Wave Entertainment has produced stand-up specials for nearly a decade, and now its launching a brand new comedy channel on Hulu called Comedy Dynamics. Comedy Dynamics is a streaming video on demand service that and will bring its impressive library of stand-up comedy to the masses. Founded in 2... [Read More]
 
Brooks Wheelan Is Going on the "Brooks Wheelan Falls Back on Stand Up Comedy (sorta) Tour"
by Megh Wright Since news broke last week that SNL had fired three featured players, none of them have responded and bounced back from the bad news quite like standup Brooks Wheelan. In addition to his string of hilarious tweets following the big announcement ("Whats the protocol on length of depart... [Read More]
 
John Oliver and his puppet pals explain America’s broken prison system
John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight has been a brilliant addition to late night television. On Sunday, Oliver discussed something that is not often talked about: America’s broken prison system. So many Americans are incarcerated every year that Sesame Street feels the need to teach children ... [Read More]