Day: July 24, 2013

A Year After Aurora: Recovery continues for Caleb Medley

Hugo Medley turns one year old today. That’s hardly big news in baby news globally — certainly the possible future King of England’s birth and naming (George) dominated both mainstream and social media discussions. But for the Medley family, it’s a significant milestone. And a significant reminder of how far they’ve come since surviving the movie theater massacre that happened a year ago last weekend in Aurora, Colo. We reported about it here and are giving you an update because Caleb Medley, Hugo’s father, is an aspiring stand-up comedian. Or, at least he was until July 20, 2012, when...

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It’s not JFL; it’s Off-JFL. Get to know the solo shows through “Bedtime Stories” from the performers

The scene at Montreal’s Just For Laughs can seem a bit overwhelming, whether it’s your first trip to the comedy festival or you’re a native who has lived through three decades of hahaha dot comedy. Your attention naturally may be drawn to the Galas, the biggest-venue, biggest-staged events with the biggest names in comedy, televised for later consumption in the comfort of wherever you watch TV these days. But what of all of the one-person shows headlining the French Canadian city’s black box theaters? JFL used to call them “Flying Solo”; more recently, “Zoofest.” This year, it’s Off-JFL. And...

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Sinbad to release his “Make Me Wanna Holla” special as concert film

Sinbad sees what Kevin Hart’s stand-up concert films have done at the box-office in the past two years, and he’d like to be in the new wave of stand-up specials to be special enough to be seen on the big screen. Too soon? Too cute? Regardless, it’s happening as sure as Sinbad titled his new special, “Make Me Wanna Holla.” It’s his first stand-up film since 2010’s “Where U Been?” and the first for New Wave Entertainment in its new deal with NCM Fathom Events to bring stand-up onto movie screens — SINBAD: Make Me Wanna Holla is expected to hit...

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In Their Own Words: Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh on writing “The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual”

After several years in the planning, talking and writing, the co-founding leaders of the Upright Citizens Brigade finally accomplished the publishing stage of their effort to write their own book on improv comedy. Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh, alongside “UCB Four” co-founder Amy Poehler, unveiled “The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual” to an eager crowd at the opening of the 15th annual Del Close Marathon last month. The first printing of 10,000 books won’t be available for purchase and shipping until Aug. 5, but Besser said they rushed a special order of 200 copies just to...

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Kevin Downey Jr.’s quarterfinal performance on America’s Got Talent 2013

Kevin Downey Jr. was the first of the six comedians to perform in the quarterfinals of 2013’s edition of America’s Got Talent. A pre-taped package on Downey showed him at home with a Howie Mandel record (!), and him saying: “You play it safe and no one’s ever going to know who you are. So, I’m here to swing for the bleachers. Hope I don’t suck!” His act, portrayed with giant light-bulb letters of his initials KDJ behind him onstage at Radio City Music Hall, was heavy on sexual innuendo. There even was a chloroform-as-cologne joke (spoiler alert!) for...

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