Month: July 2015

Off-Broadway review: Colin Quinn, “The New York Story”

A summer heat wave seems almost too perfect a time to experience New York City through Colin Quinn’s eyes. You think this is something?! Shoulda been here for the Summer of Sam. Quinn was. Then again, you could pick any season and Quinn would find a way to put it all into perspective as how much this big city has changed over the generations and centuries. And that’s exactly what he does in “The New York Story,” which opened its Off-Broadway run last week at The Cherry Lane Theatre. If “Long Story Short” (which jumped to Broadway and an...

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Storytime: Maria Bamford’s institutionalization in a psych ward is Above Average

What happens if you’re committed to a mental institution for psychiatric evaluation on a 5150 hold for 72 hours? What happens once the psych ward staffers find out you’re great comedian Maria Bamford? What happens once they realize Bamford’s act already includes channeling different voices and personalities? Do they need to Google her first? Do they need to Google her right then and there? And what’s a psych ward stay like, anyhow? Bamford tells her tale in the latest installment of director Chioke Nassor’s “Storytime” webseries for Above Average. Prepare yourself for real talk, and… Roll the clip! Don’t...

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Jon Stewart’s return to stand-up at The Comedy Cellar

As Comedy Central viewers watched Jon Stewart on The Daily Show concocting a fun story about why he’d ever have a secret meeting with President Barack Obama, patrons at The Comedy Cellar in New York City were privy to an even rarer treat Wednesday night — watching Stewart onstage doing stand-up comedy. Stewart followed Louis C.K. in a twin killing of twin-unbilling, as neither comedy star was listed on the comedy club’s announced lineup Wednesday. “I took this guy to the @nyccomedycellar tonight and he couldn’t resist the mic,” wrote Rory Albanese, former longtime executive producer for Stewart on...

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Episode #8: Billy Crystal and Josh Gad, from FX’s “The Comedians”

Billy Crystal and Josh Gad played themselves in the FX comedy series, The Comedians, which wrapped its first and only season this summer. FX announced last week it would not renew The Comedians for a second season. So what’s next for Crystal and Gad? I asked them what they did for work before they could call themselves comedians, and a bit more in this special minisode, a Throwback Thursday (#TBT) special recorded this spring when the comedians and the executive producers of The Comedians appeared at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. With such a meta concept — a...

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Meet Me In New York: Mehran Khaghani

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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