Archive for category: sitcom

/ March 23, 2017 11:36 am

Why Sexism Is The One Thing The Comedy World Can’t Laugh At

By Brittany Leitner, Elite Daily | A harsh light was shed on the comedy world last summer, when comedian Aaron Glaser was accused of rape by multiple women.Although no charges against Glaser were filed, women in the New York City comedy community quickly joined the conversation. They had either experienced similar assault from Glaser firsthand, or knew someone who had.When […]

/ February 16, 2017 11:01 am

‘History of Comedy’ probes a dark side of stand-up

By Brian Lowry, CNN | The most important hour of “The History of Comedy” — an eight-part CNN documentary devoted to stand-up — might be the most serious and sobering: the high toll comedy exacts on its practitioners, from depression to substance abuse. The tears of a clown almost sounds like a cliché, but given the high-profile examples of comics […]

/ January 15, 2017 11:51 am

Political Comedy is Killing the Absurdity of Late-Night

By Samantha Allen, Paste Magazine | At the start of his New Year’s Eve Late Night special, Seth Meyers launched into a long segment called “A Closer Look Back at 2016: The Year in Politics.” I could not have changed the channel faster. It’s not that I don’t share Meyers’ politics; if anything, I’m further left than his show typically skews. […]

/ 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 […]

/ July 17, 2016 12:48 pm

Louis C.K.’s stand-up comedy challenges growing fan base

By Peter Hartlaub, SFGate.com | Louis C.K. has had a string of recent successes — upending the economic landscape of stand-up comedy, receiving adulation on multiple platforms and even voicing the alpha dog in the just-released PG-rated box office juggernaut “The Secret Life of Pets.” And yet he still paces the stage with the hesitant vibe of a man on […]

/ May 11, 2016 8:16 pm

George Carlin’s Belongings Find New Home at National Comedy Center

By Dave Itzkoff, New York Times | Onstage, George Carlin was a rebellious performer who delighted in reminding audiences that as much as we try to keep our lives organized, the universe is ultimately a chaotic place. Behind the scenes, however, Mr. Carlin was a surprisingly methodical person. Over a career that spanned almost a half-century, this pioneering stand-up saved […]

/ March 23, 2016 9:55 pm

Canada Goes Rogue on Free Speech in Comedy

By Carl Unegbu, Comedybeat | Political correctness (PC) these days is losing its shine and clout as the harsh spotlight of incoming fire continues to gather around the phenomenon. In the comedy world, the gripe against PC remains unrelenting and Canada’s profile seems to be rising as a poster child of PC gone bunkers. The victim this time is a […]

/ February 29, 2016 11:04 am

Humorist offers 100 years of comedy history

By Mort Mazor, SunSentinel | Humorist Lenny Dave traces the roots and branches of American Comedy in his fast-paced trip down memory lane. At one of his recent speaking engagements for seniors in Palm Beach County, he reminded the audience of the early days of listening to Jack Benny, Fred Allen, Bob Hope, George Burns, Gracie Allen and others on […]

/ February 21, 2016 3:14 pm

Why Richard Pryor Marks the Beginning of the Modern Comedy Era

By Wayne Federman, Vulture.com | Comedy is generational. It’s always changing and adapting. What made your great-grandmother laugh will probably be a bit different from what tickles you. More fans today are listening to Jim Gaffigan than Will Rogers. Does that mean Gaffigan is funnier than Rogers? Not necessarily. Usually, after a couple generations, most comedy loses a good deal […]

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