Month: January 2013

Looking for the Big Laugh with Professor Ritch Shydner: “Two Jokes Over the Line”

Two Jokes Over the Line By Ritch Shydner In 1962, when Johnny Carson made his debut as host of The Tonight Show, there were three channels on the TV. Pick one, read a book or stare at each other. In no time, Carson was “The King of Late Night,” and for the next 30 years the most powerful man in the world of stand-up comedy. Cable TV started to bite into the broadcast pie in the late 1970’s and early ’80s, but nobody touched Johnny’s slice. A young stand-up comedian of this era heard the overnight success stories while...

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Comedian Portrait-A-Day for 2013, courtesy of Dan Dion

Do you need a funny face to brighten up your days in 2013? Photographer Dan Dion is here to help. Whether you already have a calendar or not for this year, Dion has a new photo for each of the next 365 days. His Comic Portrait-A-Day kicks off this Jan. 1. As Dion wrote in announcing his social media project on Facebook: “Meanwhile, who to post on the first day? Who else? Paul Provenza. Yes, Paul Provenza, of The Green Room with Paul Provenza, SET LIST, and SATIRISTAS. #ComedianPortraits #ComicPortraitADay @PaulProvenza” (shown above) If you’re not connected to Dion on Facebook, then you can...

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