Day: February 19, 2015

The Road to Stand-Up Stardom, circa 1989, via LaughTrack mag

LaughTrack’s Road To Stand-Up Stardom, from our Premiere Issue: March 1989. LaughTrack was like the Rolling Stone for comedy, handed out at almost every comedy club in the country during stand-up’s golden age. — Courtesy of LaughTrack’s Founding Editor/Editor-in-Chief, Rick Siegel Siegel told The Comic’s Comic that when LaughTrack launched that spring 26 years ago, “My art director was David Kaestle, who is in the AD Hall of Fame for his Lampoon “Kill this Dog” cover and his overall work. Sean Kelly was my contributing editor. We had a 550,000 circulation to every comedy club in the country.” As...

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Comedy Bang! Bang! names Kid Cudi as Scott Aukerman’s new musical foil

Scott Aukerman will lose his Comedy Bang! Bang! bandleader Reggie Watts when this fourth season of their IFC series ends, but this week’s couch guest is ready to take the musical comedy sidekick reins. Presenting Kid Cudi. Cudi, who has worked with the likes of Jay-Z, Kanye West and Mary J. Blige, will join Aukerman full-time starting Friday, July 10, in the show’s regular 11 p.m. timeslot on IFC. “I can’t wait to start this new chapter of Comedy Bang! Bang! with Kid Cudi,” said Scott Aukerman. “When he was on the couch, I knew he had charisma and...

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Exclusive “Man-on-the-street” interview with Boston’s Tony V.

Tony V has headlined comedy clubs and remained a fixture of the Boston comedy scene since it boomed in the early 1980s, as depicted in the documentary When Stand Up Stood Out. You may have seen him in movies such as The Heat or One Crazy Summer. His most recent onscreen credit, though, could most easily be captioned: One Crazy, Cold Winter: When a Stand-Up Stood Outside, Sat Down in amid Boston’s Historic Snowfall and Saved a Parking Space. As captured in a photo and shared with the world via Twitter by The Boston Globe to promote a story...

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Jackie Kashian on Conan

Jackie Kashian returned to perform on Conan again, and on Tuesday night’s episode, the idea that Native American casinos don’t have Native American restaurants allowed her to explore the idea that our idea of a melting pot really has changed the way most Americans look at ethnic cuisine. “Once it’s frozen, it’s ours,” she joked. She has a lot of ideas for how our Indian tribes could get in on this action, though. Dozens of ’em. Kashian also joked in this set about how Americans in Los Angeles and New York City have created some rather weird websites that allow...

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