• Comedy Review: John Oliver at Tower Theater

    Comedy Review: John Oliver at Tower Theater

    By David Hiltbrand, Philadelpha Inquirer | For an Englishman who lives in New York, John Oliver is remarkably conversant with the foibles of Philadelphia. And he got right to it during the second of his two shows at the Tower Theater on Friday night. “Thank you for being here,” he greeted the audience, “and not out on the streets punching […]

  • Colin Quinn is Ready to Teach a Masterclass on Comedy

    Colin Quinn is Ready to Teach a Masterclass on Comedy

    By Amy Hawthorne, The Interrobang | You may know Colin Quinn from his recent one man show Unconstitutional. Or one of his other one man shows Long Story Short and Colin Quinn: An Irish Wake. Or from his stint as Weekend Update anchor on Saturday Night Live. Or from his time at the helm of the much beloved Tough Crowd. […]

  • This is Happening: Ari Shaffir on His Comedy Central Show and Stand-Up Special

    This is Happening: Ari Shaffir on His Comedy Central Show and Stand-Up Special

    By Anita Flores, PasteMagazine | Maybe you’ve stumbled onto one of Ari Shaffir’s Amazing Racist videos, a series in which Shaffir shocks and offends through his insane pranks. One sketch has Shaffir walking into a convenience store dressed as a KKK member with a wooden cross. He asks the black cashier, “Do any of your people have a front lawn?” […]

  • George Wallace’s Lawsuit: A Million-Dollar Lesson at the Bellagio

    George Wallace’s Lawsuit: A Million-Dollar Lesson at the Bellagio

    By Carl Unegbu, Comedybeat | This past April, something nice happened to George Wallace: A friendly nod from a Las Vegas jury made the funnyman more than a million dollars richer and sent him smiling to his bank. And for working comics everywhere who either travel for gigs around the country or do their gigs locally, Wallace’s win is certainly […]

  • Killing the Jester

    Killing the Jester

    By Diane Vacca, VBIblog.com | Cartoons, punch lines and biting satire, the stuff of “Charlie Hebdo,” do more than evoke a chuckle or even a belly laugh. The French magazine, like most jokes, was deliberately provocative and irreverent, too much so for the murderers who gunned down its staff. They believe the blasphemy of ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad empowered them […]

  • Comedy characters find their voice on Twitter

    Comedy characters find their voice on Twitter

    By John Welch, BBC News | Twitter has broken major news stories and prompted countless controversies, as well as keeping users up to date with the minutiae of friends’ and strangers’ lives. But it is also giving voice to a whole range of new comedy characters from unknown writers who now attract thousands of followers. The year is 2019. Earth […]

 

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/ January 25, 2015 4:30 pm

Comedy Review: John Oliver at Tower Theater

By David Hiltbrand, Philadelpha Inquirer | For an Englishman who lives in New York, John Oliver is remarkably conversant with the foibles of Philadelphia. And he got right to it during the second of his two shows at the Tower Theater on Friday night. “Thank you for being here,” he greeted the audience, “and not out on the streets punching […]

/ January 20, 2015 8:34 pm

Colin Quinn is Ready to Teach a Masterclass on Comedy

By Amy Hawthorne, The Interrobang | You may know Colin Quinn from his recent one man show Unconstitutional. Or one of his other one man shows Long Story Short and Colin Quinn: An Irish Wake. Or from his stint as Weekend Update anchor on Saturday Night Live. Or from his time at the helm of the much beloved Tough Crowd. […]

/ January 16, 2015 12:48 pm

This is Happening: Ari Shaffir on His Comedy Central Show and Stand-Up Special

By Anita Flores, PasteMagazine | Maybe you’ve stumbled onto one of Ari Shaffir’s Amazing Racist videos, a series in which Shaffir shocks and offends through his insane pranks. One sketch has Shaffir walking into a convenience store dressed as a KKK member with a wooden cross. He asks the black cashier, “Do any of your people have a front lawn?” […]

/ January 13, 2015 11:43 am

George Wallace’s Lawsuit: A Million-Dollar Lesson at the Bellagio

By Carl Unegbu, Comedybeat | This past April, something nice happened to George Wallace: A friendly nod from a Las Vegas jury made the funnyman more than a million dollars richer and sent him smiling to his bank. And for working comics everywhere who either travel for gigs around the country or do their gigs locally, Wallace’s win is certainly […]

/ January 7, 2015 9:56 pm

Killing the Jester

By Diane Vacca, VBIblog.com | Cartoons, punch lines and biting satire, the stuff of “Charlie Hebdo,” do more than evoke a chuckle or even a belly laugh. The French magazine, like most jokes, was deliberately provocative and irreverent, too much so for the murderers who gunned down its staff. They believe the blasphemy of ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad empowered them […]

/ January 6, 2015 11:08 am

Comedy characters find their voice on Twitter

By John Welch, BBC News | Twitter has broken major news stories and prompted countless controversies, as well as keeping users up to date with the minutiae of friends’ and strangers’ lives. But it is also giving voice to a whole range of new comedy characters from unknown writers who now attract thousands of followers. The year is 2019. Earth […]

/ December 23, 2014 12:42 am

Sarah Silverman and Sarah Jessica Parker Developing New Comedies for HBO

By Inkoo Kang, Indiewire.com/Women and Hollywood | Two TV comedy veterans are creating starring vehicles for themselves at HBO. Last week brought news that Sarah Silverman and Sarah Jessica Parker are developing new series around the under-explored topic of the female midlife crisis. Silverman will star and is executive-producing an untitled comedy with Lucy Prebble (Diary of a Call Girl) about a “pathologically […]

/ December 19, 2014 10:09 am

How a nice Jewish girl became comedy’s ‘dirty nerdy’

By Stephie Grob Plante, The Times of Israel | “I feel like I’m barely a human, and unworthy of being interviewed for any publication,” says Jessi Klein with a laugh. A professional comedian, Klein is the head writer of Comedy Central’s enormously successful sketch comedy show, “Inside Amy Schumer.” Klein, a double threat as both a stand-up comedian and a […]

/ December 16, 2014 8:53 am

Colbert wraps things up in style

By Michael Hewitt, OC Register | The weeks-long going away party for “The Colbert Report” has been stuffed with great TV moments, from President Obama taking over the set to the special effects team from “The Hobbit” creating a breathtaking CGI “interview” with Smaug the Dragon. That such events could happen on anywhere TV, let alone a late-night show on […]

/ December 11, 2014 11:01 pm

Sarah Silverman on Joan Rivers: She Was Punished “for the Crime of Getting Her Own Show”

By Inkoo Kang, IndieWire, Women and Hollywood | Three months after Joan Rivers’ premature passing in September, Sarah Silverman paid tribute to the comedy pioneer at a Women in Entertainment event yesterday.  “Joan Rivers was not done,” Silverman said. “At 81, she lived a life that could jam-pack ten lifetimes. She wasn’t the average person. She wasn’t done. She left us unfinished.” […]