Day: September 14, 2012

Fall 2012 Guide to Comedy Festivals

With the fifth annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival underway in Brooklyn this weekend, and more festivals such as the first-ever RIOT Los Angeles coming in the next few days, weeks and months, perhaps it’s best to look forward to Fall 2012 and all of the comedy festivals, confabs and celebrations we can muster. Mark your calendars, comedy fans! Or simply bookmark this site and come back and visit whenever the time feels right. SEPTEMBER 2012 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, Sept. 13-16, 2012 (story and overview): The Brooklyn-based festival that started out mocking show business and comedy industry festivals has...

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Meet Me In New York: Thomas Dale

What do they say about New York City: There are eight million stories, and sometimes it seems as though eight million of the people telling them think they’re comedians? No, that’s not it. It is a fact, though, that America’s biggest city is also its biggest comedy mecca. Hollywood may be Hollywood, but New York City is where comedians are born funny, become funny or arrive to thrust their funny upon us. I think we should meet some of these people. This is a recurring feature, a mini-profile of newcomers, up-and-comers and overcomers of New York’s vibrant comedy scene....

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Abbey Londer on planning RIOT, an alternative comedy festival for Los Angeles

If you live and/or work in Hollywood, then you know — or at least have heard the joke — that everyone there is in show business, wants to be in show business, or used to be in show business but now just sits on the beach and stares out at the Pacific Ocean, wondering about what once was and what could have been. But maybe that’s just me. Spoiler alert: That’s not me. What about you, though? Yes, you there. You like comedy. Perhaps you do comedy. And you’re in Los Angeles, where comedy is just another part of...

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America’s Got Talent goes to the dogs in 2012: Stand-up comedian Tom Cotter finishes runner-up

For many years, David Letterman presided over a late-night TV segment called “Stupid Pet Tricks.” Letterman’s show would fly in pet owners and their pets to have them show off their, well, stupid tricks they had learned. Simple. Stupid. Fun. In 2012, however, television viewers in both the United Kingdom and the United States of America have elevated the stupid pet trick to a level that’s somehow more impressive and more worthy of fame and fortune than any “talent” a human being may possess. Earlier this year, the viewers of Britain’s Got Talent awarded the top prize to a...

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