Day: July 25, 2013

First look: Montreal’s New Faces of Comedy, Groups 1-2, 2013

We make a big deal in the comedy industry about “New Faces” in Montreal because the comedy industry makes a big deal about it. TV credits are nice, but “getting Montreal” still feels like the prize aspiring comedians are reaching for, whether or not the development deals (six figures or even less) are there to be won. Not that anyone wins New Faces, anyhow. Despite what you heard from last night’s host of New Faces, Neal Brennan, there’s no reason to tell the audience that you’re “going to keep it fair” for all of the stand-ups by giving them...

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Don’t call it a comeback? Famous comedians and stand-up legends coming back on tour

Is 2013 the year that every famous comedian decided to get back into stand-up, or does it just seem that way? There’s definitely something in the water enticing them all to wade back into the scene. Just in the past couple of weeks, we’ve heard word of the first stand-up tours in several years from the following: Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Dane Cook, Bob Odenkirk and David Cross. Chappelle began the first of 10 shows last night of a weeklong run at Montreal’s Just For Laughs, and he’ll co-headline a major tour next month — his first official stand-up...

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Jason Sudeikis announces his SNL retirement on Late Show with David Letterman

We thought we knew Jason Sudeikis had performed for his last time as a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live back in May. But we couldn’t tell you for sure, positively, definitively, 100 percent certainly until last night — because that’s when Sudeikis finally announced he had left SNL after 10 years, two as a writer and eight as a cast member. He broke the news while appearing as a guest on Late Show with David Letterman. Letterman eased Sudeikis into breaking the news, asking him how long of a tenure cast members have on SNL. “A person...

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