Day: October 19, 2015

This Is Stand-Up: Jim Gaffigan on tending to his crops of jokes

Jim Gaffigan is enjoying a stellar year: Performed for an audience awaiting Pope Francis, will perform at Madison Square Garden, too, and in between he and his wife successfully launched a TV Land series, The Jim Gaffigan Show, that’s coming back for season two in 2016. But as Gaffigan tells Jessica Pilot for her latest installment of “This Is Stand-Up” for The Village Voice, he just wants to keep improving and telling jokes that will make everyone laugh. “It’s very much like crops. You grow the material, and the material becomes ripe. So when is a joke done? You...

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Review: Amy Schumer, Live at the Apollo (HBO)

It may feel like 2015 is Amy Schumer’s year, and we’re all just living in it. But Schumer is living in it, too. It’s been such a whirlwind for her, you could set it to Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start The Fire” (and mash it up with a dash of REM’s “It’s The End of the World” for good measure): Milk milk lemonade, like Lenny Bruce she’s not afraid, feminism, gun control, Apatow, squad goals. Trailblazer, Trainwreck, Time 100, Oddball Fest, monologues and parodies for MTV and SNL. Amber Rose, J-Law, 12 Angry Men an Emmy win, book deal, book...

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Eddie Murphy receives his Mark Twain Prize: “Did y’all make Bill give his back?”

Dave Chappelle, Whitney Cummings, Kathy Griffin, Arsenio Hall, Sam Moore, Kevin Nealon, Trevor Noah, Jay Pharoah, Joe Piscopo, Chris Rock, JB Smoove and plenty of other comedians turned out last night to salute Eddie Murphy at the 18th Annual Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The Associated Press already released this video from the red carpet, talking to Murphy as well as Griffin and Smoove, plus a minute from the ceremony itself. Which includes Eddie Murphy making fun of Bill Cosby, a previous recipient of The Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize. “Did y’all make Bill give his back?”...

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Episode #27: Josie Long

Josie Long started performing comedy in Britain at 14 and was winning awards from the BBC by the time she was 17. Long took her first stand-up show to Edinburgh Fringe in 2006 and the festival named her Best Newcomer — she since racked up three consecutive nominations for Best Comedy Show at the Fringe, and she’s making her biggest splash yet in the United States with a two-week run of her 2014 show, “Cara Josephine,” at the SoHo Playhouse in New York City. I caught up with Josie between shows to find out if she’s a comedy genius, or...

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