Day: August 4, 2014

R.I.P. Rich Ceisler

Stand-up comedian Rich Ceisler died this morning, two weeks after contracting a rare illness while performing on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. Ceisler was 58. The love of his life, Catherine, was with him when he died, and she’d been posting updates to his Facebook page regularly since Ceisler’s health deteriorated suddenly. “We had a wonderful seven and a half years together,” she wrote this morning, informing friends of his death. “Thank you for all your support over the last two weeks. We are working on getting Rich home now for one last show.” Ceisler moved from Buffalo to...

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My Pod Week: Week ending 8/03/14

Mike Flinn (@realmikeflinn) isn’t just a podcast producer and engineer; he’s also an avid fan of the form. “My Pod Week” recaps and reviews the many varied comedy podcasts Flinn listened to or attended live tapings of during the previous week. Enjoy! THE CHURCH OF WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW: WITH JOEY COCO DIAZ (#198 Christina Pazsitzky) This two-hour discussion between Joey Diaz, producer co-host Lee Syatt, and Christina Pazsitzky covers everything from the power of “NO” to bathroom issues described with clinical precision but delivered in plain English. It gets colorful. Christina claims to not be skeeved out easily but I...

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First impressions, New Faces Unrepped at Montreal’s Just For Laughs 2014

For all of the artificial and natural word-of-mouth buzz that happens each July in Montreal, perhaps the most likely to produce buzz event of Just For Laughs is the New Faces Unrepped showcase. All of these stand-up comedians arrived in Montreal a week and a half ago without agents or managers, but would they remain unrepresented by the time they returned to America? John Heffron, who earlier in the week had hosted another New Faces showcase, vowed to show even less favoritism or enthusiasm for individual comics in the unrepped show. “I’m not even giving them intros,” Heffron quipped....

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