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

    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 […]

  • Colbert wraps things up in style

    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 […]

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

    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.” […]

  • New comedy wave tests limits on criticism in Cuba

    New comedy wave tests limits on criticism in Cuba

    By Anne-Marie Garcia, Associated Press | Panfilo, the elderly protagonist in a weekly show on Cuban state television, has a broken water pipe in his house. When the city repair worker says it’ll take six months to fix, Panfilo bribes her with a bottle of shampoo and the repair is made the following day. The audience bursts into laughter when […]

  • Nick Offerman: A man’s man and comedian’s comedian

    Nick Offerman: A man’s man and comedian’s comedian

    By Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press | Nick Offerman is an actor, comedian and advocate for old-school American manhood. He’s best known for his role as Ron Swanson, the government-loathing city bureaucrat on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” who considers hamburgers, steaks and bacon a building block of the food pyramid and hides a heart of gold inside that gruff exterior. […]

  • Comedy world reacts to accusations against Bill Cosby

    Comedy world reacts to accusations against Bill Cosby

    By ET Online | With a successful career spanning six decades, Bill Cosby has influenced comics and actors for years, and the recent allegations of sexual assault, drugging and rape have fueled divisive debate and strong reactions. At the New York premiere of Chris Rock’s upcoming comedy “Top Five,” a number stars stopped to chat on the red carpet, where […]

 

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/ 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.” […]

/ December 11, 2014 10:43 am

New comedy wave tests limits on criticism in Cuba

By Anne-Marie Garcia, Associated Press | Panfilo, the elderly protagonist in a weekly show on Cuban state television, has a broken water pipe in his house. When the city repair worker says it’ll take six months to fix, Panfilo bribes her with a bottle of shampoo and the repair is made the following day. The audience bursts into laughter when […]

/ December 8, 2014 10:41 am

Nick Offerman: A man’s man and comedian’s comedian

By Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press | Nick Offerman is an actor, comedian and advocate for old-school American manhood. He’s best known for his role as Ron Swanson, the government-loathing city bureaucrat on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” who considers hamburgers, steaks and bacon a building block of the food pyramid and hides a heart of gold inside that gruff exterior. […]

/ December 5, 2014 11:42 am

Comedy world reacts to accusations against Bill Cosby

By ET Online | With a successful career spanning six decades, Bill Cosby has influenced comics and actors for years, and the recent allegations of sexual assault, drugging and rape have fueled divisive debate and strong reactions. At the New York premiere of Chris Rock’s upcoming comedy “Top Five,” a number stars stopped to chat on the red carpet, where […]

/ December 2, 2014 10:08 am

Chris Rock on Bill Cosby, White People and Women in Comedy

By Antoinette Bueno, Entertainment Tonight | Chris Rock is getting more candid — and serious — than ever. The 49-year-old comedian recently gave one of his most in-depth interviews ever to New York Magazine, not holding back on topics ranging from the recent rape allegations against Bill Cosby, his thoughts on female comedians and race relations in America. When asked […]

/ November 26, 2014 11:30 am

Comedy Central banned from Indian airwaves

By Rebecca Hawkes, RapidTVNews | Comedy Central will be taken off air on Indian pay-TV network Viacom18 for six days from 26 November 2014, as punishment for airing content deemed objectionable by the Delhi High Court. The show Stand Up Club, broadcast on 26 May 2012, included content that the court said “was not suitable for unrestricted public exhibition and […]

/ November 25, 2014 12:00 pm

John Cleese talks comedy and ‘things that really matter in life’

By David Adams, Reuters | British comedian John Cleese’s performing days may be waning, but he still enjoys writing, including a recently penned memoir, and “the things that really matter in life,” principally his three cats and a happy marriage to his fourth wife. Best known as a member of the famous comedy team Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Cleese closed […]

/ November 21, 2014 10:52 am

Comedy Central sets date for Colbert replacement

By Gary Levin, USA TODAY | Comedy Central has set a Jan. 19 start date for Stephen Colbert’s replacement, and changed the show’s title. Larry Wilmore, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’s “senior black correspondent,” will headline The Nightly Show, airing Monday through Thursday at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT. The show’s original title, The Minority Report, was scrapped due to similarity […]