Day: March 4, 2008

Sneak peek: The Root of All Evil

Lewis Black’s new Comedy Central series, The Root of All Evil, debuts March 12. Here’s a sneak peek at an episode in which Black presides over a debate between Oprah and the Catholic Church (series premise, in case you’re not playing along, is which one of these things is the root of all evil) with Greg Giraldo and Paul F. Tompkins taking...

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Laugh Factory no more in NYC?

DEVELOPING! In case you missed it, the "world famous" Laugh Factory no longer lists New York City among the club locations on its home page. A fellow comedian told me the other night that he had done a gig at Funny Biz. When I replied, "Funny Biz?" he informed me that it was the club that used to be the Laugh Factory. So I headed down to take a look for myself. Funny Biz at the Laugh Factory?Uploaded by thecomicscomic The colorful Laugh Factory marquee remains lit up across from the Port Authority, but several smaller signs say either Funny Biz or the Times Square Arts Center. They’re still doing comedy. The lineup posted at the box office the other night had Todd Lynn, Laurie Kilmartin and Ryan Reiss performing two shows. Hmmm. Curious. While still living in Boston, I came down here two years ago to participate in a "funny reporter" contest at this multi-room venue and afterward talked shop with Jamie Masada himself, who flew in to oversee the gig. Things have certainly changed. A press release from Jan. 29, 2008, lists a different name and owner, with intentions to book the five different theater spaces with more types of shows. In related news, the MySpace for the Laugh Factory Times Square displays a last login date of 4/13/2007. Updated: The club has a new online presence...

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In other blogs…

Attempting to get you caught up on what everyone else is saying about comedy (you can catch up with them via the More On Comedy links on my page). The Bastion interviews Kumail Nanjiani, who recently left Chicago for New York City. The Coming is back in blogging business, apparently, and talks to Paul Rust about his comedy background and burgeoning movie career. Punchline Magazine interviews the most recent winner of Last Comic Standing, Jon Reep. The Apiary finds more examples of NYC-based comedians getting "commercial" success. Shecky Magazine continues to get spies reporting in with results from the Last Comic Standing auditions, and by the way, the Male Half is auditioning for Montreal’s Just For Laughs tonight at Helium in Philadelphia. Good luck, Brian! Comic Vs. Audience caught Bill Cosby in action in New Jersey and filed this report. SFstandup interviewed Al Madrigal, who appears in the new CBS midseason sitcom, Welcome to the...

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