Day: December 24, 2013

Showtime presents “House of Lies” LIVE and improvising from the UCB Theatre

Improv comedy fans received an early Christmas and New Year’s present when Showtime announced it’s airing a long-form comedy special with Ben Schwartz and his cast mates from the network’s House of Lies for New Year’s Eve. Schwartz executive produced the project HOUSE OF LIES LIVE!, and wrote on Monday: “I have been performing improv comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in both NY and LA for the past ten years and it has been a dream of mine to get long form on television to show off the kind of stuff the UCB Theatres do on a...

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Steve Martin and the problem with everyone deputizing themselves as “journalists” and the “Comedy Police”

Six years ago, I left behind a career as a newspaper reporter — working beats from City Hall to police, utility districts, general assignments, features and entertainment in newspapers across the country  — to start The Comic’s Comic because nobody cared enough to devote full-time resources to covering comedy as a beat and an art on par with the other performing arts. How times have changed. And how technology has changed the times. The other cliche I’m looking for right now is I should have been careful for what I had wished. While we all joked nervously about how...

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Welcome to J-L Cauvin’s “Louis C.K.’s Comedy Academy,” with professors Anthony Jeselnik, George Lopez and Gary Gulman

J-L Cauvin found funny earlier this year by impersonating Louis C.K. telling and selling classic jokes, so here he is once more as 2013 turns into 2014, Cauvin one-ups himself by producing and starring in a webseries, “Louis CK’s Comedy Academy.” You want to be a comedian, you say? Watch as Headmaster C.K. (Cauvin) and professors Anthony Jeselnik, George Lopez (Cauvin again) and Gary Gulman (still Cauvin!) teach you how to turn anything into what seems like a joke. The webseries debuts in January 2014. Roll the...

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