Day: August 7, 2012

Mike Birbiglia’s “Sleepwalk With Me” movie leverages old and new media to expand distribution

Mike Birbiglia’s film adaptation of his one-man show, Sleepwalk With Me, debuted at Sundance at the beginning of the year and has screened to critical acclaim at other festivals such as SXSW and Montreal’s Just For Laughs. IFC Films has picked up the distribution rights to Birbiglia’s movie, with plans to roll out screenings nationwide beginning Aug. 24. Birbiglia and his screenwriting team — which includes radio host Ira Glass, co-director Seth Barrish and Birbiglia’s brother, Joe — already have taken steps to ensure that Sleepwalk With Me really does reach a nationwide audience. Over the past few weeks,...

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New York Comedy Festival announces headliners for 2012

The annual New York Comedy Festival, aka headliners headliners headliners all week across Manhattan, has announced the lineup of headliners for its 2012 edition, happening Nov. 7-11, 2012. Many more shows will be added between now and November, with performances — if past years are any guide — at the UCB Theatre, Caroline’s and other venues around the city. Highlights so far for 2012 include: Kevin Hart at Madison Square Garden. Aziz Ansari at the Apollo Theater and at Carnegie Hall. Bill Maher at the Beacon Theater. Robin Williams in conversation with David Steinberg at the 92Y. Ricky Gervais...

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Tragedy + time – time + comedy = Tig Notaro deals with a cancer diagnosis publicly

Comedians can process bad news like nobody’s business. Or rather, like it’s their job in show business. And in the new new world we live in now, with podcasts and YouTube videos and Web exclusives and Twitter and Facebook and Tumblr, everyone is sharing even more of themselves than ever. Not always for the best reasons. Tig Notaro, meanwhile, has shown amazing courage and comedic skill in talking about her own situation. Which, in addition to highs — multiple performances on Conan, a great CD, and a writing gig for Amy Schumer’s upcoming Comedy Central series — has included...

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Lynn Shawcroft talks about the writing process of her late husband, Mitch Hedberg

This week’s episode of Modern Comedian, the documentary webseries by Scott Moran, goes way back to a time before iPhones — when apps meant appetizers — and when we all had the opportunity to experience Mitch Hedberg in our lives. Lynn Shawcroft, who was married to Hedberg, shares stories about him as well as a look inside his writing process. Shawcroft recently wrote on Twitter about her desire to share his notebooks with the world. And in this video, she begins to do so. Just hearing his voice again makes me miss him. As well as every other great...

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