Day: April 1, 2015

This Is Not Happening: What’s in a name-check, Ari Shaffir?

Imagine you’re a woman and you’re funny, so you decide to pursue a career in comedy. Imagine that even just in making that decision, you’ve unintentionally invited lifetimes of structurally built-in gender bias against you. Sometimes subtle and subconscious, you’re ignored or overlooked when it comes to forming improv teams or lineups large and small for booked stand-up showcases. Sometimes a bit more sinister, as show hosts will remark upon your gender and your looks while introducing you and perhaps even after you’ve performed, as if your very existence is a novelty to be objectified. Sometimes you’re summarily dismissed,...

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Jeffrey Ross recorded his upcoming Comedy Central special in a Texas county jail

After thriving through another Comedy Central Roast — this time of Justin Bieber — “The Roastmaster” Jeffrey Ross stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live and talked about his next trick, which already has been recorded for posterity. Ross taped his next Comedy Central stand-up special before an audience of inmates at the Brazos County Detention Center in Texas. He performed three shows, two for the male inmates and one for the women, a month ago. Ross told Kimmel that “Jeff Ross Roasts Criminals” will air June 13, 2015, on Comedy Central. Roll the...

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Aasif Mandvi’s speech at the 2015 Congressional Radio and TV Correspondents’ Dinner

“Listen, I don’t care how this goes tonight, because tomorrow it’s going to say Muslim Bombs or Muslim Kills. It’s bad for me, either way.” That was Aasif Mandvi, speaking at the Congressional Radio and Television Correspondents’ Dinner last weekend in Washington, D.C. Mandvi, 49, was born in India, grew up in England, moved to Tampa at 16, where he studied at the University of South Florida. He joined Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart as a correspondent in 2006. Watch his whole speech now, which skewers both the media and our perceptions of Washington, D.C., Islam and...

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