Day: February 6, 2015

Matt Braunger: Big Dumb Animal (Comedy Central)

Matt Braunger was 39, single, no kids, renting an apartment when I saw him record this hour-plus set last summer at The Bell House in Brooklyn. “I think I’m fucking killing it, you guys,” Braunger told the audience then, and now as his stand-up special, Big Dumb Animal, debuts tonight on Comedy Central. “I don’t know if I’m being sarcastic. At all.” Which is precisely why he describes himself as the titular big dumb animal. At least now he’s a much “cooler” 40 and no longer a “lame” 39. Either way, though, Braunger worries about being creepy, because that...

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More than a woman: The Late Late Show monologues of Whitney Cummings

Five weeks into the two-month experiment by CBS to rotate guest hosts in and out of The Late Late Show, we’ve seen plenty of different techniques to introduce viewers to their new hosts for a night (or two or three). Drew Carey already had taken the Late Late desk for a spin once before last year, so his learning curve wasn’t quite so steep. The women from daytime talker The Talk pretty much did what they do. Jim Gaffigan used his own jokes — as well as his wife and children — to add some extra flavor to his...

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