Day: May 20, 2015

Billy Crystal on HBO’s Real Sports, explaining fallen heroes to his grandchildren

The 20th anniversary of HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel continues to bring in stand-up comedians for their sports-related commentary, and this week, Billy Crystal reminds us he was on Gumbel’s first season, too! Two decades after his 1995 appearance, though, Crystal wonders how he’ll ever explain fallen sports heroes to his grandchildren. “The truth is, in this age of Instagram and Facebook and Snapchat, we know way too much about athletes – and it’s their fault. They push a button and they self destruct. I love Mickey Mantle. Would I have felt the same if I had known...

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Mark your calendars: Comedy Central’s specials and series for summer 2015

Comedy Central has released its summer 2015 plans for new and returning programming, which will see the debuts of period-piece-parody Another Period starring Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome, Why? With Hannibal Buress, hour-long stand-up specials from Leggero, Jeffrey Ross, Bridget Everett and Nick Swardson, and new seasons from Key & Peele, Tosh.0, Drunk History, Review and The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail. Here are the premiere dates and descriptions, straight from Comedy Central. Saturday, May 30: Nick Swardson: Taste It Saturday, June 13: Jeff Ross Roasts Criminals: Live at Brazos County Jail To be scheduled/titled: Hours from Bridget Everett and Natasha Leggero Tuesday, June 23: Another Period (Series Premiere) –...

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Meet Me In New York: Alex Edelman

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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