• Canada Goes Rogue on Free Speech in Comedy

    Canada Goes Rogue on Free Speech in Comedy

    By Carl Unegbu, Comedybeat | Political correctness (PC) these days is losing its shine and clout as the harsh spotlight of incoming fire continues to gather around the phenomenon. In the comedy world, the gripe against PC remains unrelenting and Canada’s profile seems to be rising as a poster child of PC gone bunkers. The victim this time is a […]

  • Hillary Clinton’s Sisterhood of Comedy

    Hillary Clinton’s Sisterhood of Comedy

    By Will Leitch, Bloomberg | Hillary Clinton will never—never, ever—be confused with a natural performer on a debate stage, at a rally, or in front of a camera. Even in the context of politicians, she’s not much of a thespian. President Barack Obama could comfortably banter with Zach Galifianakis on Between Two Ferns, Donald Trump acquitted himself just fine in […]

  • Humorist offers 100 years of comedy history

    Humorist offers 100 years of comedy history

    By Mort Mazor, SunSentinel | Humorist Lenny Dave traces the roots and branches of American Comedy in his fast-paced trip down memory lane. At one of his recent speaking engagements for seniors in Palm Beach County, he reminded the audience of the early days of listening to Jack Benny, Fred Allen, Bob Hope, George Burns, Gracie Allen and others on […]

  • Why Richard Pryor Marks the Beginning of the Modern Comedy Era

    Why Richard Pryor Marks the Beginning of the Modern Comedy Era

    By Wayne Federman, Vulture.com | Comedy is generational. It’s always changing and adapting. What made your great-grandmother laugh will probably be a bit different from what tickles you. More fans today are listening to Jim Gaffigan than Will Rogers. Does that mean Gaffigan is funnier than Rogers? Not necessarily. Usually, after a couple generations, most comedy loses a good deal […]

  • Conan O’Brien on Women in Comedy and Life Lessons Learned

    Conan O’Brien on Women in Comedy and Life Lessons Learned

    By Barb Darrow, Fortune.com| There is no woman anchoring a late-night comedy show, but that doesn’t mean women comedians haven’t made huge strides in the past decade, according to Conan O’Brien. “Diversity is established in daytime,” said the late night TV host and comedian. “There’ s no difference between Ellen Degeneres and the late night hosts,” he said. Degeneres could […]

  • How Comedy Finally Caught Up to Female Comedians

    How Comedy Finally Caught Up to Female Comedians

    By Yael Kohen, Vulture.com | Among club comics of the mid-1970s, Elayne Boosler was the queen bee. A funny lady from Brooklyn, Boosler started at the New York Improv as a waitress and singer, and it wasn’t long before she was onstage telling jokes like the guys of her generation. But as a woman, Boosler had to take more risks […]

  • Comedy Central Renews ‘Inside Amy Schumer,’ ‘Broad City,’ Orders ‘Time Traveling Bong’

    Comedy Central Renews ‘Inside Amy Schumer,’ ‘Broad City,’ Orders ‘Time Traveling Bong’

    By Cynthia Littleton, Variety | Comedy Central has renewed its scripted stalwarts “Inside Amy Schumer” and “Broad City” and ordered the limited series “Time Traveling Bong.” “Amy Schumer” is renewed for season 5 while “Broad City” is getting the vote of confidence of a two-season renewal. Both shows were picked up prior to the premieres of their most recent seasons — […]

 

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/ March 23, 2016 9:55 pm

Canada Goes Rogue on Free Speech in Comedy

By Carl Unegbu, Comedybeat | Political correctness (PC) these days is losing its shine and clout as the harsh spotlight of incoming fire continues to gather around the phenomenon. In the comedy world, the gripe against PC remains unrelenting and Canada’s profile seems to be rising as a poster child of PC gone bunkers. The victim this time is a […]

/ March 17, 2016 3:06 pm

Hillary Clinton’s Sisterhood of Comedy

By Will Leitch, Bloomberg | Hillary Clinton will never—never, ever—be confused with a natural performer on a debate stage, at a rally, or in front of a camera. Even in the context of politicians, she’s not much of a thespian. President Barack Obama could comfortably banter with Zach Galifianakis on Between Two Ferns, Donald Trump acquitted himself just fine in […]

/ February 29, 2016 11:04 am

Humorist offers 100 years of comedy history

By Mort Mazor, SunSentinel | Humorist Lenny Dave traces the roots and branches of American Comedy in his fast-paced trip down memory lane. At one of his recent speaking engagements for seniors in Palm Beach County, he reminded the audience of the early days of listening to Jack Benny, Fred Allen, Bob Hope, George Burns, Gracie Allen and others on […]

/ February 21, 2016 3:14 pm

Why Richard Pryor Marks the Beginning of the Modern Comedy Era

By Wayne Federman, Vulture.com | Comedy is generational. It’s always changing and adapting. What made your great-grandmother laugh will probably be a bit different from what tickles you. More fans today are listening to Jim Gaffigan than Will Rogers. Does that mean Gaffigan is funnier than Rogers? Not necessarily. Usually, after a couple generations, most comedy loses a good deal […]

/ February 15, 2016 5:13 pm

Conan O’Brien on Women in Comedy and Life Lessons Learned

By Barb Darrow, Fortune.com| There is no woman anchoring a late-night comedy show, but that doesn’t mean women comedians haven’t made huge strides in the past decade, according to Conan O’Brien. “Diversity is established in daytime,” said the late night TV host and comedian. “There’ s no difference between Ellen Degeneres and the late night hosts,” he said. Degeneres could […]

/ February 7, 2016 2:43 pm

How Comedy Finally Caught Up to Female Comedians

By Yael Kohen, Vulture.com | Among club comics of the mid-1970s, Elayne Boosler was the queen bee. A funny lady from Brooklyn, Boosler started at the New York Improv as a waitress and singer, and it wasn’t long before she was onstage telling jokes like the guys of her generation. But as a woman, Boosler had to take more risks […]

/ January 6, 2016 8:11 pm

Comedy Central Renews ‘Inside Amy Schumer,’ ‘Broad City,’ Orders ‘Time Traveling Bong’

By Cynthia Littleton, Variety | Comedy Central has renewed its scripted stalwarts “Inside Amy Schumer” and “Broad City” and ordered the limited series “Time Traveling Bong.” “Amy Schumer” is renewed for season 5 while “Broad City” is getting the vote of confidence of a two-season renewal. Both shows were picked up prior to the premieres of their most recent seasons — […]

/ December 20, 2015 5:06 pm

Will Ferrell: ‘Ignorance is a key part of comedy’

By Tim Adams, The Guardian | Half an hour before I interviewed Will Ferrell I made the mistake of watching a clip of him interviewing himself. In one of Ferrell’s many Saturday Night Live (SNL) incarnations he did a celebrated spoof of the long-running American arts show Inside the Actors Studio, in which James Lipton presents cerebral interrogations of Hollywood […]

/ December 14, 2015 12:23 pm

Comedy booms in 2015

By David Sims, TheAtlantic.com | From Amy Schumer to late night’s new guard to Obama on ‘WTF,’ the medium proved it can thrive both in and outside the traditional network model. In 2015, comedy underwent its biggest upheaval in more than a decade—or at least it did on late-night TV, its supposed hub of talent. Comedy Central lost its bedrock pair, […]

/ December 14, 2015 11:50 am

Scientists learning improv?

  By Elizabeth Shockman, Public Radio International PRI.org | Improv is something you expect to find on Saturday Night Live, not in the science lab. A couple of acting teachers, however, are beginning to introduce improv acting and communication techniques to the science syllabus. “JRN 503: Improvisation for Scientists” is a course now on offer at New York’s Stony Brook […]

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