• Comedybeat Kicks Off “Comedy Dialogue” Series

    Comedybeat Kicks Off “Comedy Dialogue” Series

    By Carl Unegbu, Comedybeat | This week Comedybeat debuts its new panel discussion series which aims to address on a regular basis the biggest hot button issues in the contemporary comedy industry. The quarterly program dubbed “Comedy Dialogue” is a collaboration between Comedybeat and tony Upper West Side bookstore BOOKCULTURE and will be housed at the bookstore’s location at 536 […]

  • John Oliver’s Complicated Fun Connects for HBO

    John Oliver’s Complicated Fun Connects for HBO

    By David Carr, New York Times | Every once in a while, it’s nice to be wrong about something. When HBO announced last fall that John Oliver, a British comedian I very much admire, would be hosting a weekly show focused on current events, I remember thinking, “That will never work.” Given that the news cycle is measured in fractions […]

  • Will Ferrell’s Funny Or Die Seeks Serious Money in Sale

    Will Ferrell’s Funny Or Die Seeks Serious Money in Sale

    By Lucas Shaw and Alex Sherman, Bloomberg News | With video skits such as Will Ferrell’s “The Landlord” and Zach Galifianakis’ deadpan interview spoof “Between Two Ferns,” the comedy website Funny or Die has earned a reputation as a destination for unconventional laughs. Now it’s looking for some serious money. Funny or Die, founded by Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris […]

  • Marc Maron Plus Adam Carolla: When Patent Trolls Rain on Comedy’s Podcasting Parade

    Marc Maron Plus Adam Carolla: When Patent Trolls Rain on Comedy’s Podcasting Parade

    By Carl Unegbu, Comedybeat | In the comedy industry these days, it seems like more and more people are talking about podcasting. In the new book Comedy Under Attack: the Golden Age and the Headwinds (http://comedyunderattack.com), podcasting was portrayed as one of the hot new things in modern comedy and thanks to his WTF podcast Marc Maron was toasted as […]

  • John Leguizamo tackles growing up ‘Fugly’ in new comedy

    John Leguizamo tackles growing up ‘Fugly’ in new comedy

    By Gregory E. Miller, New York Post | When it came time to title the movie based loosely on his life, comedian John Leguizamo settled on a word he was very familiar with: Fugly. “It wasn’t difficult,” he tells The Post, laughing. “Unfortunately, I had plenty of experience with it growing up.” In the anti-romantic comedy “Fugly!” — which hits […]

  • Bill Cosby, Louis C.K., Amy Schumer headline the New York Comedy Festival

    Bill Cosby, Louis C.K., Amy Schumer headline the New York Comedy Festival

    By Hal Bienstock, amNewYork | Every November, the New York Comedy Festival brings more than 200 comedians, ranging from legendary to unknown, to venues around the city. This year’s lineup is led by Bill Cosby, who will perform Saturday at Carnegie Hall. Other big names on the bill include Amy Schumer, Bill Maher, Hannibal Buress, Dane Cook, Maria Bamford and […]

 

Other News

/ November 19, 2014 10:12 am

Comedybeat Kicks Off “Comedy Dialogue” Series

By Carl Unegbu, Comedybeat | This week Comedybeat debuts its new panel discussion series which aims to address on a regular basis the biggest hot button issues in the contemporary comedy industry. The quarterly program dubbed “Comedy Dialogue” is a collaboration between Comedybeat and tony Upper West Side bookstore BOOKCULTURE and will be housed at the bookstore’s location at 536 […]

/ November 17, 2014 10:48 am

John Oliver’s Complicated Fun Connects for HBO

By David Carr, New York Times | Every once in a while, it’s nice to be wrong about something. When HBO announced last fall that John Oliver, a British comedian I very much admire, would be hosting a weekly show focused on current events, I remember thinking, “That will never work.” Given that the news cycle is measured in fractions […]

/ November 13, 2014 10:19 pm

Will Ferrell’s Funny Or Die Seeks Serious Money in Sale

By Lucas Shaw and Alex Sherman, Bloomberg News | With video skits such as Will Ferrell’s “The Landlord” and Zach Galifianakis’ deadpan interview spoof “Between Two Ferns,” the comedy website Funny or Die has earned a reputation as a destination for unconventional laughs. Now it’s looking for some serious money. Funny or Die, founded by Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris […]

/ November 9, 2014 3:07 pm

Marc Maron Plus Adam Carolla: When Patent Trolls Rain on Comedy’s Podcasting Parade

By Carl Unegbu, Comedybeat | In the comedy industry these days, it seems like more and more people are talking about podcasting. In the new book Comedy Under Attack: the Golden Age and the Headwinds (http://comedyunderattack.com), podcasting was portrayed as one of the hot new things in modern comedy and thanks to his WTF podcast Marc Maron was toasted as […]

/ November 7, 2014 9:48 am

John Leguizamo tackles growing up ‘Fugly’ in new comedy

By Gregory E. Miller, New York Post | When it came time to title the movie based loosely on his life, comedian John Leguizamo settled on a word he was very familiar with: Fugly. “It wasn’t difficult,” he tells The Post, laughing. “Unfortunately, I had plenty of experience with it growing up.” In the anti-romantic comedy “Fugly!” — which hits […]

/ November 5, 2014 7:22 am

Bill Cosby, Louis C.K., Amy Schumer headline the New York Comedy Festival

By Hal Bienstock, amNewYork | Every November, the New York Comedy Festival brings more than 200 comedians, ranging from legendary to unknown, to venues around the city. This year’s lineup is led by Bill Cosby, who will perform Saturday at Carnegie Hall. Other big names on the bill include Amy Schumer, Bill Maher, Hannibal Buress, Dane Cook, Maria Bamford and […]

/ October 31, 2014 9:39 am

Seth Rogen in talks to play Steve Wozniak in Steve Jobs biopic

By Esther Zuckerman, Entertainment Weekly | Seth Rogen may soon have his big dramatic break, perhaps joining Aaron Sorkin’s upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, as Jobs’ Apple co-founder. A source confirmed to EW that Rogen is in talks to play Steve Wozniak. Sony had no comment. Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin recently confirmed that Christian Bale is set to play Jobs, saying, “We […]

/ October 27, 2014 10:53 pm

Best comedy clubs in Los Angeles

By Jordan Rane, CNN | Los Angeles is a funny place. And not just in an ironic sense. Also literally. More funny business happens every day in the world’s entertainment capital than anywhere else. Home of blooming talents, top headliners and celebs showing up unannounced on small stages for a quick set, L.A. is where the country’s top comic talent […]

/ 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 […]