• The best cruise lines for comedy

    The best cruise lines for comedy

    By Fran Golden, USA TODAY | Cruise ship comedy used to be a joke. No more. Today top-rated comics and comedy acts vie for the steady work, good money and solid crowds. Cruise lines typically have some family friendly comedy shows that are expletive free. But that rule doesn’t necessarily apply at late-night, adults-only shows – which feature more or […]

  • ‘Bill Maher: Live From DC’ HBO’s Most Watched Comedy Special In 5 Years

    ‘Bill Maher: Live From DC’ HBO’s Most Watched Comedy Special In 5 Years

    By The Deadline Team | Bill Maher: Live From DC became HBO’s most watched comedy special in nearly five years, when 1.1 million people watched at 10 PM and a second played cumed it out at 1.6 million Friday night. That makes it HBO’s most-watched comedy special premiere since Robin Williams: Weapons of Self Destruction logged 1.9 million viewers on […]

  • Michael Che to be new ‘Weekend Update’ co-anchor on ‘SNL’

    Michael Che to be new ‘Weekend Update’ co-anchor on ‘SNL’

    By Veronica Linares, UPI.com | Comedian Michael Che has been chosen to anchor Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update segment in the series upcoming season, joining fellow writer Colin Jost. Che will replace Update co-host Cecily Strong, who took over the news segment for Seth Meyers, who left the show one year ago. Strong will remain on the show as a […]

  • Mel Brooks: funny moments and facts

    Mel Brooks: funny moments and facts

    By Emily Bootle, The Telegraph | Mel Brooks’s way with words shouldn’t go unrecognised. Here are a few snippets of wisdom: “Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.” “I have always been a huge admirer of my own work. I’m one of the funniest and most entertaining writers I […]

  • Joan Rivers’ biting humor blazed a trail from late-night TV to the red carpet

    Joan Rivers’ biting humor blazed a trail from late-night TV to the red carpet

    By Bill Ervolino, The Record | She was loved, despised, laughed at, laughed with, and seemed — or so we thought — indestructible. Legendary comedian Joan Rivers, who died Thursday at the age of 81, a week after she went into cardiac arrest during an outpatient procedure in New York City, was also one of the hardest-working women in the […]

  • Read Bill Hader’s List of 200 Movies Every Comedy Writer Should See

    Read Bill Hader’s List of 200 Movies Every Comedy Writer Should See

    By Ethan Anderton Firstshowing.net | Now you don’t have to be a comedy writer to appreciate great comedic filmmaking, but “Saturday Night Live” veteran Bill Hader has an impressive list of 200 Essential Movies Every Comedy Writer Should See. Thankfully, this is also just a great list of comedies that any cinephile with a penchant for good comedy should check […]

 

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/ September 21, 2014 11:56 am

The best cruise lines for comedy

By Fran Golden, USA TODAY | Cruise ship comedy used to be a joke. No more. Today top-rated comics and comedy acts vie for the steady work, good money and solid crowds. Cruise lines typically have some family friendly comedy shows that are expletive free. But that rule doesn’t necessarily apply at late-night, adults-only shows – which feature more or […]

/ September 16, 2014 9:19 am

‘Bill Maher: Live From DC’ HBO’s Most Watched Comedy Special In 5 Years

By The Deadline Team | Bill Maher: Live From DC became HBO’s most watched comedy special in nearly five years, when 1.1 million people watched at 10 PM and a second played cumed it out at 1.6 million Friday night. That makes it HBO’s most-watched comedy special premiere since Robin Williams: Weapons of Self Destruction logged 1.9 million viewers on […]

/ September 12, 2014 9:30 am

Michael Che to be new ‘Weekend Update’ co-anchor on ‘SNL’

By Veronica Linares, UPI.com | Comedian Michael Che has been chosen to anchor Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update segment in the series upcoming season, joining fellow writer Colin Jost. Che will replace Update co-host Cecily Strong, who took over the news segment for Seth Meyers, who left the show one year ago. Strong will remain on the show as a […]

/ September 10, 2014 9:21 am

Mel Brooks: funny moments and facts

By Emily Bootle, The Telegraph | Mel Brooks’s way with words shouldn’t go unrecognised. Here are a few snippets of wisdom: “Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.” “I have always been a huge admirer of my own work. I’m one of the funniest and most entertaining writers I […]

/ September 5, 2014 1:34 am

Joan Rivers’ biting humor blazed a trail from late-night TV to the red carpet

By Bill Ervolino, The Record | She was loved, despised, laughed at, laughed with, and seemed — or so we thought — indestructible. Legendary comedian Joan Rivers, who died Thursday at the age of 81, a week after she went into cardiac arrest during an outpatient procedure in New York City, was also one of the hardest-working women in the […]

/ September 1, 2014 2:01 pm

Read Bill Hader’s List of 200 Movies Every Comedy Writer Should See

By Ethan Anderton Firstshowing.net | Now you don’t have to be a comedy writer to appreciate great comedic filmmaking, but “Saturday Night Live” veteran Bill Hader has an impressive list of 200 Essential Movies Every Comedy Writer Should See. Thankfully, this is also just a great list of comedies that any cinephile with a penchant for good comedy should check […]

/ 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” […]