Day: July 30, 2015

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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