Day: May 12, 2015

Meet Me In New York: Sue Smith

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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This SNL sketch has 22 seconds in common with This Hour Has 22 Minutes sketch #DrawMuhammad

When Saturday Night Live presented a Win, Lose or Draw game show spoof that perplexed a contestant with the dilemma of drawing the Islamic prophet Muhammad, I noted simply: Topical. After all, the Muslim-haters in Texas had just incited a shooting the week before with a “Draw Muhammad” contest. What others noted: That SNL sketch looked and felt a lot, premise-wise, to a sketch Canada’s CBC-based This Hour Has 22 Minutes show produced back in January. Premise-wise, yes, it’s exactly the same. Using the old game show Win, Lose or Draw, and the idea of a million dollars on...

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Brian Regan will headline Comedy Central’s first-ever live stand-up special, announced during his final Letterman appearance

Brian Regan has performed on 28 separate episodes of Late Show with David Letterman, but on his final appearance Friday night, he announced his stand-up trick will be pulled off just a few blocks away. On Sept. 26, 2015, Regan will headline Comedy Central’s first-ever live stand-up comedy special — Brian Regan: Live — from Radio City Music Hall. I’m proud to say I’ll be doing Comedy Central’s first ever live stand-up special. It will be from Radio City Music Hall, Sat, Sep 26th. — Brian Regan (@BrianReganComic) May 11, 2015 For his final Letterman gig, Regan joked about...

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Amy Schumer to film HBO special at The Apollo directed by Chris Rock

Amy Schumer is about to film her first HBO stand-up special later this month, and Chris Rock will get behind the camera to direct her. “Amy is one of the most inspired comics working today, and we hope her first HBO special marks the start of a long and beautiful relationship,” said Michael Lombardo, president of HBO Programming. “This event is even more special because our good friend, the incredibly talented Chris Rock, is directing.” Schumer will record her hour May 29 at the Apollo Theater in New York City. No air date is announced yet. Comedy Central already...

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Conan O’Brien and Team Coco filming “Conan” at Comic-Con 2015 from Wednesday-Saturday

Conan O’Brien has taken his late-night TV show on the road before, most recently in 2014 to Dallas in conjunction with the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four. Topping that feat this summer, Conan not only will film a week’s worth of shows in July from Comic-Con in San Diego, but do so from Wednesday through Saturday, and change the broadcast schedule to those nights. “We’ve never done anything like that before. It’s very cool,” O’Brien said, announcing the changes. Conan O’Brien will host the show from San Diego’s historic Spreckels Theater, with the episodes slated to air on TBS...

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