Month: January 2016

Picture This! with Brandie Posey illustrates stand-up comedy while also commenting upon it

There’s a fine line between heckling and helping, and it’s drawn via invitation. A shout from the audience? Unwarranted. No, thank you. You don’t have a microphone or a spotlight on you, nor audience members paying to see you, so please, do keep your comments to yourself. Replace those word noises with giggles and laughs and we’re all happy. Some shows deflect any negative impulse by incorporating feedback into their very structure, either from the host or from other performers. Think of The Benson Interruption on Comedy Central or in theaters, where Doug Benson sat onstage with microphone still in hand...

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Brad Wenzel on Conan

“I wear a lot of flannel, ’cause I’m pretty butch for a lady.” Or because he’s the weak paper towel version of Brawny. Find out more about young Brad Wenzel from his first stand-up comedy performance on Conan. He was a finalist for the “Conan Just Sayin Contest” back in 2012, and he’s made it now in 2016. Roll the...

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JB Smoove recollects his rejected SNL pitches for Seth Meyers

For as much as we think we know about the making of each Saturday Night Live episode, we still don’t get to see the magic of those early Monday pitch meetings, when the cast and writers meet with that week’s host and offer up ideas for sketches. I imagine JB Smoove would have been great at those, working the room and illustrating his premises to full effect. Smoove was a writer when Seth Meyers was there during the early 2000s, and on Wednesday night’s Late Night with Seth Meyers, Meyers asked Smoove to recall and re-pitch some of his...

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Episode #56: Roy Wood, Jr.

When Roy Wood Jr. started interning in morning radio and working in his native Birmingham, Ala., he initially thought he might be the next Ricky Smiley. Wood’s determination and hustle, as well as his talent for prank calls, led him on a slightly different path slowly but surely up the show business ladder. From MC and feature in one comedy club after another through the South, Wood built up his brand and his comedy material, and by 2010, he was ready for Last Comic Standing, where he finished third in the NBC contest’s seventh season. After a year of...

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Zach Galifianakis tells Conan the one question he wouldn’t ask President Barack Obama on “Between Two Ferns”

“Yeah, that was a weird thing,” Zach Galifianakis told Conan O’Brien, almost two years after he had sat down with President Barack Obama for an installment of his Funny or Die series, Between Two Ferns. “I went to the White House before we shot it,” Galifianakis told O’Brien on Tuesday’s Conan. While there, he noticed the White House’s in-house restaurant menu featured a dessert called Chocolate Freedom. “I say to them, not trying to be funny, ‘You guys call the president this, right?’ They all said, ‘You have to ask him that!'” Nope. Not gonna do it. And he...

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