Day: December 31, 2015

In Memoriam: The Year in R.I.P. in Comedy, 2015

Let us take one more look back at the comedians we still love and miss so dearly, who left us in the past year. Jason R. Chin (died Jan. 8, 2015), 46 Taylor Negron (died Jan. 10), 57 Harris Wittels (died Feb. 19), 30 Jenna McMahon (died March 2), 89 Sam Simon (died March 8), 58 Anne Meara (died May 23), 85 Rick Ducommun (died June 12), 62 Jack Rollins (died June 18), 100 Phil Austin (died June 18), 74 Dick Van Patten (died June 23), 86 Pam Matteson (died June 23), 61 Jack Carter (died June 28), 93...

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Mike Epps: “Don’t Take It Personal” on Netflix

Mike Epps is the life of the party this Friday, the Next Friday, the Friday After Next, and so on and so forth. You get it. But does that make his stand-up worth watching? Well, that’s a different question and answer than wondering, is Mike Epps funny? Yes and no. From my review today of his new Netflix stand-up special, Don’t Take It Personal, published today on Decider.com: Now 45, Epps has four children from previous relationships, and he’s two decades removed from his first big break as a stand-up on Def Comedy Jam. He doesn’t sound all that...

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Episode #48: 2015 Comedy MVPs with Jason Zinoman of the New York Times

New York Times critic Jason Zinoman joined me for a special year in review of 2015. Instead of just glossing over the headlines like most year-end retrospectives, Jason and I debated what it means to be the comedian of the year and who deserves to be considered in that discussion for 2015. Which means we talk quite a bit about Amy Schumer, obviously, but also Tig Notaro, Aziz Ansari, Kevin Hart, Louis CK, Jim Gaffigan and a lot of other names and highlights — not just this year, but digging into the past. Is the best comedian the Humor...

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