Month: August 2014

Joan Rivers remains hospitalized in serious condition following complications during throat surgery

Melissa Rivers released this statement today about her mother, 81-year-old comedy legend Joan Rivers, who was rushed to Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City Thursday when she went into cardiac arrest during throat surgery at an Upper East Side clinic. “My mother would be so touched by the tributes and prayers that we have received from around the world. Her condition remains serious but she is receiving the best treatment and care possible. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts as we pray for her recovery.” Would be so touched, conditional tense, as in...

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Real talk from comedians about depression and mental illness

The suicide of Robin Williams, devastating as it was not just for his family and closest friends but also to millions of us fans around the world, has brought a new wave of attention to how we treat depression and mental illness. It’s not about sad clowns, either. We all get sad. No matter what your profession or vocation may be. As Dana Gould points out in a heartfelt column in Rolling Stone: Charles Darwin suffered clinical depression, yet he managed to come up with the theory of evolution. Mozart, Mark Twain, and Ernest Hemingway all lived in prisons of...

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In his own words: Alex Edelman on winning Best Newcomer at Edinburgh Fringe 2014, and advice for his fellow American comedians

Alex Edelman began immersing himself in the Boston comedy scene while still in high school. Edelman matriculated to New York University and graduated to the ever-present omnipotent New York City comedy community. But it wasn’t until he went overseas that he began to find success. First in Israel. And now this summer, most spectacularly, in Edinburgh, where Edelman won the Best Newcomer prize in the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards for his first Edinburgh Fringe show, “Millennial.” (John Kearns won Best Comedy Show for “Shtick” while “Funz and Gamz” won the Fringe’s Panel Prize). Here, in his own words, Edelman...

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Bonnie McFarlane on Letterman, and a plug for “Women Aren’t Funny”

Bonnie McFarlane and her husband, Rich Vos, made an entertaining documentary last year, Women Aren’t Funny. On Thursday night’s Late Show with David Letterman, McFarlane got the chance to prove the opposite is quite true with this set of jokes, plenty of which poke fun at her marriage. There’s lots of jokes here. Roll the clip! Letterman also gave the documentary a plug. It’s worth your while. Here’s my review of Women Aren’t Funny. And yes, it’s available now on iTunes. Check it...

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Maybe See TV? The week in pilots, script commitments and development deals (Aug. 28, 2014)

The Emmys may have celebrated the past year of television, and the new Fall TV series have yet to premiere, but Hollywood always keeps an eye to the future, and August still signifies the start to the following year’s development cycle. You’ll hear a lot in the trades and the trade winds from now through pilot season, which starts in earnest in January, all the way up to the cable Upfronts in the spring and the broadcast network Upfronts in May — when TV programmers present their new and returning lineups to impress and attract advertisers for 2015-2016. When...

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