• “Rape is good fodder for comedy”: Amy Schumer makes a case for the feminist rape joke

    “Rape is good fodder for comedy”: Amy Schumer makes a case for the feminist rape joke

    By Jenny Kutner, Salon.com | Amy Schumer gets that rape is not funny. That’s why she’s so good at making rape jokes. During a talk at the Tribeca Film Festival on the third season of her hit series “Inside Amy Schumer,” the Comedy Central star explained how her show has evolved to become one of television’s premier feminist comedies — […]

  • Camera Phones and Comedy Today: Time for Reality Check!

    Camera Phones and Comedy Today: Time for Reality Check!

    By Carl Unegbu, Comedybeat | Thanks to the aggressive advances in modern technology, comedy today faces a pretty serious problem that it didn’t have to deal with before. These days, comedians are literally feeling the heat from folks who are using camera phones to record comedians’ acts in comedy clubs and similar settings where comedians had previously expected that what […]

  • ‘Louie’ Is Back and Better Than Ever

    ‘Louie’ Is Back and Better Than Ever

    By Melissa Leon, The Daily Beast | In the first scene of Louie’s fifth season, Louie (Louis C.K.) muses onstage at the Comedy Cellar about life on other planets. There’s no happy ending to a scenario in which humans find aliens, he says. Plus, the aliens are probably “way ahead of us,” which would make Earth look bad anyway. As […]

  • Getting To Know Tig Notaro, Comedy’s Cancer Survivor

    Getting To Know Tig Notaro, Comedy’s Cancer Survivor

    By Shawn Thomas, CBS Local | You may have heard of her, you may not have, but one thing is for sure: Once you’ve heard Tig Notaro’s stand-up comedy, you’re world will be completely different. It’s almost surprising that more people don’t know who Tig Notaro is with her slew of comedy friends like Louis C.K., Ed Helms and Bill […]

  • Trevor Noah to Succeed Jon Stewart on ‘The Daily Show’

    Trevor Noah to Succeed Jon Stewart on ‘The Daily Show’

    By Dave Itzkoff, New York Times | In December, Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old comedian, made his debut as an on-air contributor on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” offering his outsider’s perspective, as a biracial South African, on the United States. “I never thought I’d be more afraid of police in America than in South Africa,” he said with a smile. […]

  • ‘Late Late Show’ Bandleader Reggie Watts on Dual Role, ‘Comedy Bang! Bang!’ Influence

    ‘Late Late Show’ Bandleader Reggie Watts on Dual Role, ‘Comedy Bang! Bang!’ Influence

    By Bryn Elise Sandberg, Hollywood Reporter | The Late Late Show’s Reggie Watts already has experience as a bandleader — on a faux talk show, thaWatts has spent the past three years starring on Comedy Bang! Bang!, a podcast turned TV series on IFC that riffs on the traditional late-night talk show format, parodying everything from celebrity appearances to comedy […]

 

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/ April 22, 2015 10:43 am

“Rape is good fodder for comedy”: Amy Schumer makes a case for the feminist rape joke

By Jenny Kutner, Salon.com | Amy Schumer gets that rape is not funny. That’s why she’s so good at making rape jokes. During a talk at the Tribeca Film Festival on the third season of her hit series “Inside Amy Schumer,” the Comedy Central star explained how her show has evolved to become one of television’s premier feminist comedies — […]

/ April 15, 2015 4:54 pm

Camera Phones and Comedy Today: Time for Reality Check!

By Carl Unegbu, Comedybeat | Thanks to the aggressive advances in modern technology, comedy today faces a pretty serious problem that it didn’t have to deal with before. These days, comedians are literally feeling the heat from folks who are using camera phones to record comedians’ acts in comedy clubs and similar settings where comedians had previously expected that what […]

/ April 9, 2015 7:19 pm

‘Louie’ Is Back and Better Than Ever

By Melissa Leon, The Daily Beast | In the first scene of Louie’s fifth season, Louie (Louis C.K.) muses onstage at the Comedy Cellar about life on other planets. There’s no happy ending to a scenario in which humans find aliens, he says. Plus, the aliens are probably “way ahead of us,” which would make Earth look bad anyway. As […]

/ April 2, 2015 8:08 am

Getting To Know Tig Notaro, Comedy’s Cancer Survivor

By Shawn Thomas, CBS Local | You may have heard of her, you may not have, but one thing is for sure: Once you’ve heard Tig Notaro’s stand-up comedy, you’re world will be completely different. It’s almost surprising that more people don’t know who Tig Notaro is with her slew of comedy friends like Louis C.K., Ed Helms and Bill […]

/ March 30, 2015 10:58 am

Trevor Noah to Succeed Jon Stewart on ‘The Daily Show’

By Dave Itzkoff, New York Times | In December, Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old comedian, made his debut as an on-air contributor on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” offering his outsider’s perspective, as a biracial South African, on the United States. “I never thought I’d be more afraid of police in America than in South Africa,” he said with a smile. […]

/ March 25, 2015 7:42 pm

‘Late Late Show’ Bandleader Reggie Watts on Dual Role, ‘Comedy Bang! Bang!’ Influence

By Bryn Elise Sandberg, Hollywood Reporter | The Late Late Show’s Reggie Watts already has experience as a bandleader — on a faux talk show, thaWatts has spent the past three years starring on Comedy Bang! Bang!, a podcast turned TV series on IFC that riffs on the traditional late-night talk show format, parodying everything from celebrity appearances to comedy […]

/ March 22, 2015 12:15 pm

Trey Parker Talks ‘South Park’; How Did The Hit Comedy Central’s Animated Sitcom Start?

By Conviron Altatis, Yibada.com | “South Park” co-creator Trey Parker has recently shared how the hit adult animated sitcom of Comedy Central started. In an Entertainment Weekly oral history, Parker said he and his “South Park” co-creator Matt Stone were at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1992. While spending weekends on set in the film school, the two […]

/ March 16, 2015 8:45 am

Margaret Cho on comedy, sex and rage

By Alex Biese, Daily Record | With her latest set of material, comedian Margaret Cho is simultaneously honoring the past while raging at the present. “In this show, I talk a lot about my heroes, Robin Williams and Joan Rivers, that’s a big part of it,” Cho said in a recent interview. “I’m talking a lot about the new Asian-American […]

/ March 14, 2015 1:47 pm

Sarah Silverman’s ‘I Smile Back’ and Two Other Female-Centric Films Land Distribution

By Inkoo Kang, Women in Hollywood blogs.indiewire.com | Three female-centric dramas are heading to the big screen. “I Smile Back,” which stars Sarah Silverman as a self-destructive wife and mother, will be distributed by Broad Green Pictures. “Sarah’s raw and vulnerable performance will astonish audiences and define her as an incredible dramatic talent,” commented Gabriel Hammond, CEO of BGP, and […]

/ March 10, 2015 10:36 am

Larry Come Nightly: Larry Wilmore hosts The Nightly Show

By Diane Vacca, ComedyBeat | When he named The Nightly Show, Larry Wilmore made clear his strong connection to The Daily Show, where he was Jon Stewart’s “Senior Black Correspondent.” Nightly follows Daily in several ways. Most obvious is the literal: night follows day and the two shows are broadcast back to back. Wilmore reprises the role he played on […]