Day: January 16, 2015

Jenny Slate wins Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actress in a Comedy for “Obvious Child”

Congrats to Jenny Slate, who won the Critics’ Choice Awards prize last night for Best Actress in a Comedy for her performance in Obvious Child, where she played a stand-up comedian who has to decide what to do after an unplanned pregnancy. Slate’s acceptance speech is great. Even though she wrote something down to be prepared (thanks, Ron Slate!) she was willing and able to speak off the cuff, too. Total pro. “Activism and creative expression can go together,” Slate said. “See you in the future!” Speaking of which, Slate’s performance in Obvious Child also has her still in...

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Comedy can never be cool, according to Colin Quinn

“Comedy is not cool. It shouldn’t be cool, in my opinion. Every time it gets cool, that’s bad…it should never be cool. Comedy is not the winner. Comedy is not the guy that gets laid. It’s the guy that doesn’t get laid. Comedy is not the gorgeous girl, comedy is the girl that’s next to the gorgeous girl, and she’s left alone while her friend is in the back with some guy. You know what I mean? That’s comedy. It’s not the tough guy that wins the fight. It’s the guy that loses the fight.” — Colin Quinn, in...

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Meet Me In New York: Ari Shaffir

What do they say about New York City: There are eight million stories, and sometimes it seems as though eight million of the people telling them think they’re comedians? No, that’s not it. It is a fact, though, that America’s biggest city is also its biggest comedy mecca. Hollywood may be Hollywood, but New York City is where comedians are born funny, become funny or arrive to thrust their funny upon us. I think we should meet some of these people. This is a recurring feature, a mini-profile of newcomers, up-and-comers and overcomers of New York’s vibrant comedy scene....

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Phoebe Robinson on Late Night with Seth Meyers

Phoebe Robinson made her debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Thursday, and lets us know what it was like to meet her boyfriend’s white family. More importantly, perhaps, Robinson wants to reinforce for us the point of interracial dating — it’s not about answering cultural questions, but about the hot multiracial babies. Look out, Jon Hamm! Roll the clip! For more on Phoebe Robinson, check out her Meet Me in New York...

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