• Comedy Central Renews ‘Inside Amy Schumer,’ ‘Broad City,’ Orders ‘Time Traveling Bong’

    Comedy Central Renews ‘Inside Amy Schumer,’ ‘Broad City,’ Orders ‘Time Traveling Bong’

    By Cynthia Littleton, Variety | Comedy Central has renewed its scripted stalwarts “Inside Amy Schumer” and “Broad City” and ordered the limited series “Time Traveling Bong.” “Amy Schumer” is renewed for season 5 while “Broad City” is getting the vote of confidence of a two-season renewal. Both shows were picked up prior to the premieres of their most recent seasons — […]

  • Will Ferrell: ‘Ignorance is a key part of comedy’

    Will Ferrell: ‘Ignorance is a key part of comedy’

    By Tim Adams, The Guardian | Half an hour before I interviewed Will Ferrell I made the mistake of watching a clip of him interviewing himself. In one of Ferrell’s many Saturday Night Live (SNL) incarnations he did a celebrated spoof of the long-running American arts show Inside the Actors Studio, in which James Lipton presents cerebral interrogations of Hollywood […]

  • Comedy booms in 2015

    Comedy booms in 2015

    By David Sims, TheAtlantic.com | From Amy Schumer to late night’s new guard to Obama on ‘WTF,’ the medium proved it can thrive both in and outside the traditional network model. In 2015, comedy underwent its biggest upheaval in more than a decade—or at least it did on late-night TV, its supposed hub of talent. Comedy Central lost its bedrock pair, […]

  • Scientists learning improv?

    Scientists learning improv?

      By Elizabeth Shockman, Public Radio International PRI.org | Improv is something you expect to find on Saturday Night Live, not in the science lab. A couple of acting teachers, however, are beginning to introduce improv acting and communication techniques to the science syllabus. “JRN 503: Improvisation for Scientists” is a course now on offer at New York’s Stony Brook […]

  • ‘Nathan for You:’ How Cringe Comedy Doesn’t Have to Offend to Make Us Laugh

    ‘Nathan for You:’ How Cringe Comedy Doesn’t Have to Offend to Make Us Laugh

    By Ryan Anielski, Indiewire | Nearing the wrap-up of its third season, Comedy Central’s “Nathan for You” continues to be some of the most original comedy currently on TV. Each episode, comedian-cum-financial advisor Nathan Fielder travels to various privately-owned businesses that are caught in a slump. Fielder provides advice that, if it weren’t for his loophole-finding comedic genius, would probably […]

  • Greg Godbout Gives Rising Stars a Stage

    Greg Godbout Gives Rising Stars a Stage

    By Emily Codik, The Washington Post | Greg Godbout had an unusual problem. A few years after launching the comedy program at the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse with business partner Tim Clark, he was selling out the 275-seat club with big-name acts like Trevor Noah, Jay Pharoah and Amy Schumer. But those shows left little room for rising stars. “The […]

  • Jim BELUSHI: Sticking Up for a Name and a Brand

    Jim BELUSHI: Sticking Up for a Name and a Brand

    By Carl Unegbu, Comedybeat | Lately, comedian/actor Jim Belushi seems to be spending quite a bit of time in court trying to protect a prized asset: his name and its brand. In show business, there can be plenty to a name, especially if money is riding on it. Obviously, this knowledge isn’t lost on Belushi as he makes his adventures […]

 

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/ January 6, 2016 8:11 pm

Comedy Central Renews ‘Inside Amy Schumer,’ ‘Broad City,’ Orders ‘Time Traveling Bong’

By Cynthia Littleton, Variety | Comedy Central has renewed its scripted stalwarts “Inside Amy Schumer” and “Broad City” and ordered the limited series “Time Traveling Bong.” “Amy Schumer” is renewed for season 5 while “Broad City” is getting the vote of confidence of a two-season renewal. Both shows were picked up prior to the premieres of their most recent seasons — […]

/ December 20, 2015 5:06 pm

Will Ferrell: ‘Ignorance is a key part of comedy’

By Tim Adams, The Guardian | Half an hour before I interviewed Will Ferrell I made the mistake of watching a clip of him interviewing himself. In one of Ferrell’s many Saturday Night Live (SNL) incarnations he did a celebrated spoof of the long-running American arts show Inside the Actors Studio, in which James Lipton presents cerebral interrogations of Hollywood […]

/ December 14, 2015 12:23 pm

Comedy booms in 2015

By David Sims, TheAtlantic.com | From Amy Schumer to late night’s new guard to Obama on ‘WTF,’ the medium proved it can thrive both in and outside the traditional network model. In 2015, comedy underwent its biggest upheaval in more than a decade—or at least it did on late-night TV, its supposed hub of talent. Comedy Central lost its bedrock pair, […]

/ December 14, 2015 11:50 am

Scientists learning improv?

  By Elizabeth Shockman, Public Radio International PRI.org | Improv is something you expect to find on Saturday Night Live, not in the science lab. A couple of acting teachers, however, are beginning to introduce improv acting and communication techniques to the science syllabus. “JRN 503: Improvisation for Scientists” is a course now on offer at New York’s Stony Brook […]

/ November 25, 2015 11:45 am

‘Nathan for You:’ How Cringe Comedy Doesn’t Have to Offend to Make Us Laugh

By Ryan Anielski, Indiewire | Nearing the wrap-up of its third season, Comedy Central’s “Nathan for You” continues to be some of the most original comedy currently on TV. Each episode, comedian-cum-financial advisor Nathan Fielder travels to various privately-owned businesses that are caught in a slump. Fielder provides advice that, if it weren’t for his loophole-finding comedic genius, would probably […]

/ November 20, 2015 8:36 pm

Greg Godbout Gives Rising Stars a Stage

By Emily Codik, The Washington Post | Greg Godbout had an unusual problem. A few years after launching the comedy program at the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse with business partner Tim Clark, he was selling out the 275-seat club with big-name acts like Trevor Noah, Jay Pharoah and Amy Schumer. But those shows left little room for rising stars. “The […]

/ November 11, 2015 11:20 am

Jim BELUSHI: Sticking Up for a Name and a Brand

By Carl Unegbu, Comedybeat | Lately, comedian/actor Jim Belushi seems to be spending quite a bit of time in court trying to protect a prized asset: his name and its brand. In show business, there can be plenty to a name, especially if money is riding on it. Obviously, this knowledge isn’t lost on Belushi as he makes his adventures […]

/ October 29, 2015 9:13 pm

After comedy, Jon Stewart to start animal sanctuary

By AFP | After signing off as host of “The Daily Show,” comedian Jon Stewart has revealed a new vocation — starting a sanctuary for abused farm animals. Stewart, who ended his influential show on the Comedy Central network in August, was honored with his wife Tracey at a gala Saturday night of Farm Sanctuary, which provides shelter to animals […]

/ October 26, 2015 10:02 am

Sarah Silverman on censorship and PC

For Sarah Silverman there are no taboos. In a recent interview for NPR’s Fresh Air, Sarah Silverman told interviewer Terry Gross: “I like talking about things that are taboo, because it makes them not taboo anymore. I grew up in a house where there were no taboos, so it came originally from a pretty innocent place, where I was shocked […]

/ October 23, 2015 11:00 am

Showtime developing comedy by and about women

by Nellie Andreeva, Deadline | Showtime is developing 36-24-36, a half-hour comedy executive produced by author/screenwriter/playwright Delia Ephron (You’ve Got Mail) and producer Debra Martin Chase (Sparkle). Written by Ephron, 36-24-36, whose title refers to what had been considered “ideal” female model measurements, is about the first black TV model, Kathleen Bradley (above), to be featured on a major game show in 1990. Celebrity […]

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