Day: January 15, 2015

Simon Amstell on Conan

Simon Amstell returned to Conan on Wednesday night’s show to report that he’s in a great relationship with his current boyfriend. The only potential downsides to that? What didn’t happen in his previous relationships, and what’s happening in his dreams. Amstell is on tour, and will hit up some American spots this spring. Roll the...

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Under The Radar: Reggie Watts sits with you for “Audio Abramović”

Five years ago, performance artist Marina Abramović sat and received many visitors for brief face-to-face sessions at MoMA, documented and captured in a subsequent HBO documentary about her. Last night, Reggie Watts began his own face-to-face experience with visitors to NYC’s Public Theater as part of the Under the Radar Festival. His “Audio Abramović” performances are described: “The performer is present. In an attempt to channel the illusory presence of the artist, avowed disinformationist Reggie Watts invites you to sit across from him. But just for five minutes.” Holy cats. Anyone wondering what the line for @reggiewatts @UTRFestival looks...

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Cedric the Entertainer, Mike Epps, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez and Charlie Murphy mount “Black & Brown Comedy Get Down” tour

Back in November, George Lopez got Cedric the Entertainer, Mike Epps, Eddie Griffin and D.L. Hughley together for a fund-raiser in Peoria, Ill., to erect a statue in the hometown of the late, great Richard Pryor. Charlie Murphy was there, too. The six stand-up comedians had so much fun performing all together in one show that they’ve decided to do it again and again and again some more — in the form of the Black and Brown Comedy Get Down Tour. The first four dates happen in arenas later this month over the next two weekends: July 23, Tampa...

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Scene work from The Late Show with David Letterman’s “Improv” troupe

In case you missed it, Wednesday night’s episode of Late Show with David Letterman found our host Dave complimenting the great schools of improv comedy at The Second City in Chicago and Toronto, as well as The Groundlings in Los Angeles. It was all just a set-up, though. The punchline: Letterman now, in his final year hosting late-night TV, has allowed his staffers to form their own improv troup, The Late Show Players. Their initial scene work is open to your interpretation. Sure seems like Letterman’s troopers need to brush up on their comedy skills. Or maybe they just...

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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart explains comedy, freedom of expression to France following Charlie Hebdo, Dieudonne

French comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, whose comedy frequently takes a dramatically anti-Semitic turn, was arrested once again by French officials — this week for allegedly condoning terrorists. Diedonne had written on Facebook, “je me sens Charlie Coulibaly,” combining the first name of the French satirical magazine where shooters killed at least 12 people, along with the last name of a guy who shot up a Kosher market afterward. Jon Stewart tried to make sense of it all, as well as give the French some perspective on how comedy and freedom of expression should work, in Wednesday’s episode of The...

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