Day: October 16, 2015

Josie Long: Cara Josephine (at SoHo Playhouse)

Josie Long has mounted six one-person shows since 2006 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, with three of them nominated for Best Comedy Show in consecutive years (2010-2011-2012), and her first extended New York City run comes courtesy of SoHo Playhouse’s Fringe Encores series — which had the theater’s director audibly over the moon introducing her Thursday night. “She said yes!” Long will soon have you smitten, too. Despite the fact that her show here, “Cara Josephine,” revolves around her heartbreak over the course of six months in 2013, when she was 31, and not even knowing she’s 33 now...

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Anthony Jeselnik: “Thoughts and Prayers” (Netflix)

Anthony Jeselnik’s Comedy Central series only lasted six months, but he remains unapologetic as his means (and his sometimes mean-spirited jokes) always justify the end goal: Making you laugh. Whether it’s in discomfort or in agreement, it’s all good by him. His audience here eats up his persona so quickly and eagerly they’re already laughing at his first set-up, merely mentioning he had seen a baby. What will happen to this baby? What horrible thing(s) will befall baby?!? Don’t worry. Baby be falling. “See, that joke – that joke is a test. To see if you guys are cool...

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HBO picks up Issa Rae’s “Insecure” to series

The long wait for Issa Rae has been rewarded. HBO has ordered Insecure to series. Co-created and written by Rae and Larry Wilmore, the half-hour comedy had been in the works with HBO since 2013. It’ll follow Rae and Molly (Yvonne Orji) through their friendship and lives. “Dreams come true,” Rae said. “From words written on a page with (Larry Wilmore) to being executed by an amazing team — I am BEYOND happy and so thankful to HBO for believing in the vision.” Rae built up a following of more than 200,000 subscribers on YouTube for her webseries and...

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