• How Can You Make Stand-up Comedy Out of Sexism?

    How Can You Make Stand-up Comedy Out of Sexism?

    By Jaime Lutz, New York Magazine | There are times when being a grown-up woman is like walking around with a sign that says “I’m part of a marginalized group and therefore my life has political, emotional, and personal obstacles that you will never experience, assuming you’re a straight white guy.” If you’re a female comedian, as I am, most […]

  • The Oddball Comedy Festival returns

    The Oddball Comedy Festival returns

    By Alex Gordon, Pittsburgh City Paper | Don’t be fooled by the name: There’s nothing particularly fringe about the comics on the Oddball Comedy Festival. Far from it. Topping this year’s bill are names like Sarah Silverman, Bill Burr, Jim Jefferies and Hannibal Buress (not to mention Louis CK, Aziz Ansari, Amy Schumer and others not on the Pittsburgh date). […]

  • Can Conservatives Be Funny?

    Can Conservatives Be Funny?

    By Frank Rich, New York Magazine | You would have thought that President Obama had nominated Eric Holder to succeed John Roberts as chief justice, not that Les Moonves had named a successor to David Letterman. When Stephen Colbert was promoted to the Late Show throne last month, Rush Limbaugh called in the dogs: “CBS has just declared war on […]

  • Is Jon Stewart the Most Trusted Man in America?

    Is Jon Stewart the Most Trusted Man in America?

    By Michiko Kakutani, New York Times | IT’S been more than eight years since “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” made its first foray into presidential politics with the presciently named Indecision 2000, and the difference in the show’s approach to its coverage then and now provides a tongue-in-cheek measure of the show’s striking evolution. In 1999, the “Daily Show” […]

  • “This is Comedy”: Tom McCaffrey tells classic underdog story in upcoming movie

    “This is Comedy”: Tom McCaffrey tells classic underdog story in upcoming movie

    By Carl Unegbu, Comedybeat | Comedian and filmmaker Tom McCaffrey is a man with a mission. And his mission is one that couldn’t come at a better time than now when not a few people think of comedy as the new rock ‘n’ roll. In his upcoming film, This is Comedy, McCaffrey tells an underdog story of the ups and […]

  • “I don’t do easy” -Robin Williams

    “I don’t do easy” -Robin Williams

    Shocked. That’s how everybody reacted to the news of the suicide of Robin Williams, the comic genius who so brilliantly made us laugh. Comedy so easily turns into tragedy. My most vivid recollection of Williams the comic actor is watching him play the ghost of a tiger, slaughtered in the first scene of “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.” The […]

 

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/ August 29, 2014 11:31 am

How Can You Make Stand-up Comedy Out of Sexism?

By Jaime Lutz, New York Magazine | There are times when being a grown-up woman is like walking around with a sign that says “I’m part of a marginalized group and therefore my life has political, emotional, and personal obstacles that you will never experience, assuming you’re a straight white guy.” If you’re a female comedian, as I am, most […]

/ August 27, 2014 9:09 am

The Oddball Comedy Festival returns

By Alex Gordon, Pittsburgh City Paper | Don’t be fooled by the name: There’s nothing particularly fringe about the comics on the Oddball Comedy Festival. Far from it. Topping this year’s bill are names like Sarah Silverman, Bill Burr, Jim Jefferies and Hannibal Buress (not to mention Louis CK, Aziz Ansari, Amy Schumer and others not on the Pittsburgh date). […]

/ August 22, 2014 9:39 am

Can Conservatives Be Funny?

By Frank Rich, New York Magazine | You would have thought that President Obama had nominated Eric Holder to succeed John Roberts as chief justice, not that Les Moonves had named a successor to David Letterman. When Stephen Colbert was promoted to the Late Show throne last month, Rush Limbaugh called in the dogs: “CBS has just declared war on […]

/ August 20, 2014 9:10 am

Is Jon Stewart the Most Trusted Man in America?

By Michiko Kakutani, New York Times | IT’S been more than eight years since “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” made its first foray into presidential politics with the presciently named Indecision 2000, and the difference in the show’s approach to its coverage then and now provides a tongue-in-cheek measure of the show’s striking evolution. In 1999, the “Daily Show” […]

/ August 13, 2014 9:19 pm

“This is Comedy”: Tom McCaffrey tells classic underdog story in upcoming movie

By Carl Unegbu, Comedybeat | Comedian and filmmaker Tom McCaffrey is a man with a mission. And his mission is one that couldn’t come at a better time than now when not a few people think of comedy as the new rock ‘n’ roll. In his upcoming film, This is Comedy, McCaffrey tells an underdog story of the ups and […]

/ August 13, 2014 8:21 pm

“I don’t do easy” -Robin Williams

Shocked. That’s how everybody reacted to the news of the suicide of Robin Williams, the comic genius who so brilliantly made us laugh. Comedy so easily turns into tragedy. My most vivid recollection of Williams the comic actor is watching him play the ghost of a tiger, slaughtered in the first scene of “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.” The […]

/ August 13, 2014 7:27 am

Robin Williams, Comedy Genius: His 50 Greatest Jokes

By Gregory E. Miller and Robert Rorke, New York Post | In memory of Robin Williams’ passing, here are 50 of his greatest jokes. 1. “If it’s the Psychic Network, why do they need a phone number?” 2. “The Second Amendment: It says you have the right to bear arms, or the right to arm bears, whatever the hell you […]

/ August 8, 2014 10:24 am

Comedian Reggie Watts part of first touring Oddball Comedy festival

By Courtney Devores, Charlotte Observer | In 2003, the last time the Observer spoke with Reggie Watts, he was fronting a jazz-inflected soul-rock combo called Maktub. The jam-friendly group was known for seriously stirring tracks like the R&B-tinged single “Just Like Murder” and a psychedelic version of Led Zeppelin’s “No Quarter.” But in 2004 Watts moved to New York’s Lower […]

/ August 6, 2014 8:28 am

Larry David Headed to Broadway in His Own New Comedy

By Matt Wilstein, Mediaite | Earlier this year, Larry David revealed that he was writing a play that could possibly star Jerry Seinfeld and appear off-Broadway. Now, according to Showbiz411.com, that play, titled Shiva, is headed to Broadway with David in the lead role. Broadway and film producer Scott Rudin, who helped shepherd The Book of Mormon to its wild […]

/ July 31, 2014 9:22 am

Jay Leno Talks Women in Comedy and the Word He Absolutely Hates as ‘Last Comic Standing’ Mentor

By Victoria Leigh Miller, YahooTV |Jay Leno might have said goodbye to NBC when he left his post as longtime host of The Tonight Show in February, but the legendary comedian is back where he belongs — at least for a night. Leno returns as a guest mentor for the July 31 episode of the NBC hit Last Comic Standing, […]