Day: April 16, 2013

Bengt Washburn on Conan, to Germany and back

Bengt Washburn performed on Conan last night. But a few years ago, Washburn’s comedy career was on hold. With a wife in the Air Force, the 2001 winner of the San Francisco Comedy Competition left comedy and American gigs behind to join her in Germany when the military transferred her to a base there for a few years. He’s back in the States now. Did Washburn learn German? Sort of. Let him explain it. Roll the...

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Meet Me In New York: Paul Hooper

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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