• Late-night comedy needs to get over Jon Stewart

    Late-night comedy needs to get over Jon Stewart

    By Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, theweek.com | I miss Jon Stewart — particularly every time I try to watch a late-night comic not named Jon Stewart. Jon Stewart was truly special. It’s not often that a talented person finds the instrument that is just perfect for him. You see this sometimes with kids. You have a child who has an obvious gift […]

  • Could a College Degree in Comedy Be Anything Other Than a Joke?

    Could a College Degree in Comedy Be Anything Other Than a Joke?

    By Luke O’Neil, New York Times Magazine | There’s a maxim about comedy typically attributed to Lucille Ball, although it’s one whose essence you hear echoed by almost any professional comedian: “People either have comedy or they don’t,” the saying goes. “You can’t teach it to them.” On a Tuesday morning at Emerson College last September, Erin Schwall was trying […]

  • Is Comedy a Crime?

    Is Comedy a Crime?

    By Patralekha Chatterjee, Deccan Chronicle | Most people think of Siberia as one of the coldest, most inhospitable places on earth. It also has accomplished groups of “laughtivists”, activists whose trademark is hilarity, famous political activist Srdja Popovic tells us in his seriously funny book Blueprint for Revolution. These laughtivists were not born so; they were made. And Vladimir Putin’s Russia has […]

  • George Carlin’s Belongings Find New Home at National Comedy Center

    George Carlin’s Belongings Find New Home at National Comedy Center

    By Dave Itzkoff, New York Times | Onstage, George Carlin was a rebellious performer who delighted in reminding audiences that as much as we try to keep our lives organized, the universe is ultimately a chaotic place. Behind the scenes, however, Mr. Carlin was a surprisingly methodical person. Over a career that spanned almost a half-century, this pioneering stand-up saved […]

  • 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 […]

 

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/ June 27, 2016 9:46 am

Late-night comedy needs to get over Jon Stewart

By Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, theweek.com | I miss Jon Stewart — particularly every time I try to watch a late-night comic not named Jon Stewart. Jon Stewart was truly special. It’s not often that a talented person finds the instrument that is just perfect for him. You see this sometimes with kids. You have a child who has an obvious gift […]

/ June 22, 2016 11:28 am

Could a College Degree in Comedy Be Anything Other Than a Joke?

By Luke O’Neil, New York Times Magazine | There’s a maxim about comedy typically attributed to Lucille Ball, although it’s one whose essence you hear echoed by almost any professional comedian: “People either have comedy or they don’t,” the saying goes. “You can’t teach it to them.” On a Tuesday morning at Emerson College last September, Erin Schwall was trying […]

/ June 1, 2016 4:38 pm

Is Comedy a Crime?

By Patralekha Chatterjee, Deccan Chronicle | Most people think of Siberia as one of the coldest, most inhospitable places on earth. It also has accomplished groups of “laughtivists”, activists whose trademark is hilarity, famous political activist Srdja Popovic tells us in his seriously funny book Blueprint for Revolution. These laughtivists were not born so; they were made. And Vladimir Putin’s Russia has […]

/ May 11, 2016 8:16 pm

George Carlin’s Belongings Find New Home at National Comedy Center

By Dave Itzkoff, New York Times | Onstage, George Carlin was a rebellious performer who delighted in reminding audiences that as much as we try to keep our lives organized, the universe is ultimately a chaotic place. Behind the scenes, however, Mr. Carlin was a surprisingly methodical person. Over a career that spanned almost a half-century, this pioneering stand-up saved […]

/ 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 […]

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