What’s on TV This Week: Loads of Comedians on Late Night
by Stephanie Simon This week Chris Pratt takes to the late night circuit to promote Guardians of the Galaxy, which opens on Friday — he'll be appearing on both The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Seth Meyers. Comedians Josh Wolf and Ron Funches, who frequent the Round Table ... [Read More]
 
Chris Gethard and more will headline The Fest 13
Independent underground music festival, The Fest, hits Gainesville, FL this fall for its thirteenth year. For the past four years, The Fest has included a comedy element and announced its 2014 line-up last week. This year, NY comedian and host of The Chris Gethard Show, Chris Gethard will headline. ... [Read More]
 
Mike Birbiglia and the Importance and Power of Jokes
by Philip Stamato Mike Birbiglia has a very unique ability: the ability to tell any story, like the story of jumping out of a hotel window in Walla Walla, Washington, and make it relatable. To a certain extent, this is one of the primary goals of standup comedy. Although Birbiglia saw great success ... [Read More]
 
This Week in Comedy: Weird Al Hits #1 and 'The Meltdown' Premieres
by Adam Frucci -Former SNL cast member Gary Kroeger wrote about what it's like to be hired and then fired by the show. -Seinfeld writer Andy Cowan told us about writing "The Opposite," one of the best Seinfeld episodes ever. -We dug up Dratch & Fey, Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch's old pre-SNL stage... [Read More]
 
Cat Group [Video]
Cat Group from Jeremiah Watkins and Dude City Films is incredibly silly. Now that you’ve watched it, you should know that Jake Weisman is actually obsessed with cats for real. Like, to the point where I can’t help but wonder if he already had some of these songs written, off in a co... [Read More]
 
Harnessing Absurdity to Help Others with Kurt Braunohler
by Emma Soren You can catch Kurt Braunohler’s new episode of The Half Hour this Friday, July 25, but he’s been focused on a lot more than just standup lately. In June, the comedian jet skied the Mississippi River from Chicago to New Orleans as part of his Indiegogo campaign to raise $50,... [Read More]
 
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]