Day: July 18, 2014

Summer Reads: Comedy Writing for Late-Night TV, by Joe Toplyn

Any time is a good time to pick up a book, but summertime sure feels like the right time to lounge poolside or on the beach, or anywhere you feel most comfortable, really, with a great read to pass the carefree day away. On weekends this summer, The Comic’s Comic will showcase an excerpt from a worthy hardcover or paperback in the world of comedy. This week, it’s “Comedy Writing for Late-Night TV,” by Joe Toplyn. If you’re looking for one guy to write the book on writing for late-night TV, Toplyn’s your guy. He started his career back...

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Last Comic Standing 8: The Universal Studios tour challenge and a head-to-head that goes “sudden death”

If there ever were a challenge that I know I could have won on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, then this week’s Universal Studios Tram Experience challenge showed me the way. Back in the late 1990s, while living in Seattle as a young stand-up comedian and improviser myself, I got hired on at the Space Needle as an elevator operator when the tourist attraction recruited myself and a group of improvisers from TheatreSports (Unexpected Productions). Even landed my audition on NPR! Anyhow. This is not about me, is it? This is about the seven remaining finalists — Nikki Carr, Rocky...

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Tommy Johnagin on Late Show with David Letterman

Tommy Johnagin was back on Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday night for his fifth stand-up comedy performance on the big show. Johnagin joked about how his love for his daughter is much different than that for his girlfriend, and yet how unmanly he has become that he needs to call in a handyman to do the simplest of errands around their home. This is a man’s world, and Johnagin’s just living in it. Would you like some hot tea? Roll the clip! Johnagin’s latest stand-up comedy album, his third, has much more where this came from. Buy...

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