• Comedy Show Preview: Gottfried’s bold jokes earn him respect of colleagues

    Comedy Show Preview: Gottfried’s bold jokes earn him respect of colleagues

    By Neil Baron, Reno Gazette-Journal | Comedian Gilbert Gottfried isn’t afraid to take a risk to get a laugh. It’s the main reason he’s known as a “comic’s comic.” But not everyone appreciates Gottfried’s humor, particularly when it comes to the content and timing. For instance, there was the now-infamous appearance in 2001 at the Friars Club in New York […]

  • Kennedy Center adds comedy series with $5M gift

    Kennedy Center adds comedy series with $5M gift

    By Brett Zongker, Associated Press | Laughter will be a permanent part of the repertoire at the Kennedy Center as the arts center plans to host a new standup comedy series beginning in 2015, officials said Thursday. The new series will present three top acts each year, beginning with Jay Leno and Kathy Griffin. The center also is home to […]

  • Comedy Central Names Robin Thede Head Writer of ‘The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore’

    Comedy Central Names Robin Thede Head Writer of ‘The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore’

    By Tambay A. Obenson, Indiewire.com | At a time when, year-after-year, WGA reports highlight the lack of writers of color in TV series writing rooms, this could be considered a step in the right direction by Comedy Central. The network has named Robin Thede Head Writer of the network’s upcoming, new late-night franchise “The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore.” The […]

  • Comedian says Lorne Michaels should fire ‘Saturday Night Live’ writers who steal material

    Comedian says Lorne Michaels should fire ‘Saturday Night Live’ writers who steal material

    By Oli Coleman, New York Daily News | A comedian who has accused “Saturday Night Live” of plagiarizing a sketch on the latest episode of the show is calling for Lorne Michaels, the show’s executive producer, to fire writers who steal material. Ian Gary, a member of L.A.’s famed Groundlings sketch comedy troupe, blasted “SNL” on Facebook this week, claiming […]

  • The Comedy Inn

    The Comedy Inn

    By J. J. Colagrande, Huffington Post | The comedy scene in Miami is on life support. It’s turmoil. We’ve lost ten pro comedians to L.A. or N.Y. in the last two years. Most of that talent hosted an Open Mic mid-week keeping the local scene vibrant. Straights are dire. The main headlining room, the Miami Improv, is a joke since […]

  • Comedy programs are reinventing news broadcasting

    Comedy programs are reinventing news broadcasting

    By Vidette Features | Whatever happened to predictability — the milkman, the paperboy and a wide-reaching, attentive audience for the nightly news? With the introduction of on-demand TV and easily accessible news via the Internet, the nightly news just does not cut it anymore, especially if you are a busy college student. This new era of unorthodox news sources seems […]

 

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/ October 24, 2014 10:33 am

Comedy Show Preview: Gottfried’s bold jokes earn him respect of colleagues

By Neil Baron, Reno Gazette-Journal | Comedian Gilbert Gottfried isn’t afraid to take a risk to get a laugh. It’s the main reason he’s known as a “comic’s comic.” But not everyone appreciates Gottfried’s humor, particularly when it comes to the content and timing. For instance, there was the now-infamous appearance in 2001 at the Friars Club in New York […]

/ October 19, 2014 7:32 pm

Kennedy Center adds comedy series with $5M gift

By Brett Zongker, Associated Press | Laughter will be a permanent part of the repertoire at the Kennedy Center as the arts center plans to host a new standup comedy series beginning in 2015, officials said Thursday. The new series will present three top acts each year, beginning with Jay Leno and Kathy Griffin. The center also is home to […]

/ October 16, 2014 9:03 am

Comedy Central Names Robin Thede Head Writer of ‘The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore’

By Tambay A. Obenson, Indiewire.com | At a time when, year-after-year, WGA reports highlight the lack of writers of color in TV series writing rooms, this could be considered a step in the right direction by Comedy Central. The network has named Robin Thede Head Writer of the network’s upcoming, new late-night franchise “The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore.” The […]

/ October 8, 2014 8:39 am

Comedian says Lorne Michaels should fire ‘Saturday Night Live’ writers who steal material

By Oli Coleman, New York Daily News | A comedian who has accused “Saturday Night Live” of plagiarizing a sketch on the latest episode of the show is calling for Lorne Michaels, the show’s executive producer, to fire writers who steal material. Ian Gary, a member of L.A.’s famed Groundlings sketch comedy troupe, blasted “SNL” on Facebook this week, claiming […]

/ October 3, 2014 8:54 am

The Comedy Inn

By J. J. Colagrande, Huffington Post | The comedy scene in Miami is on life support. It’s turmoil. We’ve lost ten pro comedians to L.A. or N.Y. in the last two years. Most of that talent hosted an Open Mic mid-week keeping the local scene vibrant. Straights are dire. The main headlining room, the Miami Improv, is a joke since […]

/ September 30, 2014 8:04 am

Comedy programs are reinventing news broadcasting

By Vidette Features | Whatever happened to predictability — the milkman, the paperboy and a wide-reaching, attentive audience for the nightly news? With the introduction of on-demand TV and easily accessible news via the Internet, the nightly news just does not cut it anymore, especially if you are a busy college student. This new era of unorthodox news sources seems […]

/ September 26, 2014 9:06 am

Oliver Adds Journalism to His Comedy

By David Bauder, AP | In poking fun at the Miss America pageant on the most recent episode of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver reached for the comedic equivalent of low-hanging fruit. Then he veered into something wholly unexpected — investigative journalism. His subsequent report questioning the pageant’s scholarship program was the latest example of how Oliver has quickly […]

/ September 24, 2014 9:39 am

Kenan Thompson leaving ‘Saturday Night Live’? Not so fast

By Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times | Is “Saturday Night Live” about to lose Kenan Thompson? TMZ is reporting that Thompson will be leaving the long-running late-night show at the end of thisA repertory player since 2003, Thompson is the most senior of the four African American cast members currently at “SNL,” which has weathered criticism for its lack of […]

/ September 21, 2014 11:56 am

The best cruise lines for comedy

By Fran Golden, USA TODAY | Cruise ship comedy used to be a joke. No more. Today top-rated comics and comedy acts vie for the steady work, good money and solid crowds. Cruise lines typically have some family friendly comedy shows that are expletive free. But that rule doesn’t necessarily apply at late-night, adults-only shows – which feature more or […]

/ September 16, 2014 9:19 am

‘Bill Maher: Live From DC’ HBO’s Most Watched Comedy Special In 5 Years

By The Deadline Team | Bill Maher: Live From DC became HBO’s most watched comedy special in nearly five years, when 1.1 million people watched at 10 PM and a second played cumed it out at 1.6 million Friday night. That makes it HBO’s most-watched comedy special premiere since Robin Williams: Weapons of Self Destruction logged 1.9 million viewers on […]