Day: August 2, 2012

Louis CK, on “Louie,” is so sorry

Louis CK might not be apologetic about what he says onstage during his stand-up routines, but on his critically-acclaimed FX series, Louie, he’s always so, so sorry. All the time. Seemingly. My partners in online comedy over at Slacktory provide the evidence of Louie’s apologetic nature in this mash-up video from the TV show. Who knows what he’ll be sorry about in tonight’s episode? Roll the clip!...

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American comedians at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012

Eddie Izzard began his comedy career there as a rogue street performer. Demetri Martin made a name for himself there before becoming big in America. And even today, popular up-and-coming stand-up Hannibal Buress is going back there for a second consecutive summer to develop his next hour of material. There is Edinburgh, Scotland. Home to the craziest month in comedy — Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Hundreds of comedians descend upon this city in the north of the United Kingdom to put on shows for four weeks in August. It must seem like madness, so many shows going on at the...

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Steve Harvey’s retirement from stand-up comedy

With more than 27 years of stand-up comedy touring under his belt — and gigs as host of Family Feud, a morning radio program, plus a daytime syndicated talk-show starting up after Labor Day — Steve Harvey is calling it quits, at least as far as the stand-up portion of his career is concerned. He’s going out with a pay-per-view bang tonight with a “Grand Finale” performance in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand. The Vegas show tonight culminates a cross-country finale tour for the former member of “The Original Kings of Comedy” tour and movie. Harvey said: “The road...

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Somali comedian killed who made fun of Islamist fighters

Hecklers are nothing compared to the threats comedians face in other parts of the world — the latest example of such occurring earlier this week in Somalia, where comedian and radio presenter Abdi Jeylani Malaq Marshale was shot dead. Marshale (pictured above left) often impersonated Islamist fighters and had recently retreated into exile, prompted by threats from al-Shabab. He was shot in the head and chest after leaving a local radio station. “This is a black day for the entire entertainment industry, he was a leader in Somalia comedy and everybody liked his performance,” said Yusuf Keynan, a presenter at...

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