Archive for category: Film

/ November 21, 2016 12:17 pm

Why ‘Def Comedy Jam’ Gets No Respect

By Jason Zinoman, New York Times | Before “Veep,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Sex and the City,” there was “Def Comedy Jam,” one of the first hit comedies on HBO, often beating its network competition in ratings on Friday nights throughout much of the 1990s. That this trailblazing showcase for black comedy is routinely overlooked in discussions of the most […]

/ September 18, 2016 3:17 pm

In the 21st century, comedy is our greatest tool for progressive change

By Mary O’Hara, Quartz | Maeve Higgins once set herself a task. The Irish-born comedian wanted to see what life would be like if she stopped laughing at things that weren’t funny. Turns out it wasn’t as easy as she thought. “It was so effing hard,” she says. “Laughter is a lubricant and is expected, and it’s really hard not […]

/ August 15, 2016 10:51 am

Seinfeld, Take My Wife, and the Rise of Comedies About Comedy

By Jesse David Fox, Vulture | Early in the second, and by far the best, episode of Take My Wife — the new semi-autobiographical Seeso comedy created by and starring comedians and spouses Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher — Cameron and Rhea (note: first names mean the characters; last names mean the real people with the same name) are chatting […]

/ February 15, 2016 5:13 pm

Conan O’Brien on Women in Comedy and Life Lessons Learned

By Barb Darrow, Fortune.com| There is no woman anchoring a late-night comedy show, but that doesn’t mean women comedians haven’t made huge strides in the past decade, according to Conan O’Brien. “Diversity is established in daytime,” said the late night TV host and comedian. “There’ s no difference between Ellen Degeneres and the late night hosts,” he said. Degeneres could […]

/ February 7, 2016 2:43 pm

How Comedy Finally Caught Up to Female Comedians

By Yael Kohen, Vulture.com | Among club comics of the mid-1970s, Elayne Boosler was the queen bee. A funny lady from Brooklyn, Boosler started at the New York Improv as a waitress and singer, and it wasn’t long before she was onstage telling jokes like the guys of her generation. But as a woman, Boosler had to take more risks […]

/ 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, […]

/ 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 15, 2015 9:32 am

He’s Back! Tracy Morgan Does Stand-Up Comedy for First Time Since Accident

By Naja Rayne, People Magazine | Comedian Tracy Morgan made his return to the stage after nearly a year-and-a-half hiatus caused by a tragic car accident that temporarily put him in a coma last year. Morgan celebrated his triumph with a Twitter post, sharing a photo with fans from his Monday night stand-up show at the Comedy Cellar in New […]

/ October 10, 2015 2:06 pm

The golden age of women in comedy

          By Tracy Mumford, MPRNews.org | The question isn’t whether women are funny — that question has been asked, repeatedly, and answered. It’s how the current golden age of women in comedy developed. And it is a golden age — or at least a cubic zirconium age — according to actress and author Annabelle Gurwitch. Gurwitch and […]

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