Day: February 18, 2016

Meet Me In New York: Doogie Horner

What do they say about New York City: There are eight million stories, and sometimes it seems as though eight million of the people telling them think they’re comedians? No, that’s not it. It is a fact, though, that America’s biggest city is also its biggest comedy mecca. Hollywood may be Hollywood, but New York City is where comedians are born funny, become funny or arrive to thrust their funny upon us. I think we should meet some of these people. This is a recurring feature, a mini-profile of newcomers, up-and-comers and overcomers of New York’s vibrant comedy scene....

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History Channel, truTV both jump into late-night comedy fray with multitude of Thursday offerings

What’s so special about 11 p.m. Thursdays? Thursdays are the new Fridays, or Must-See TV has shifted from primetime to late-night in 2016, because both the History channel and truTV are jumping into the comedy fray with weekly ventures in the 11 p.m. hour (Eastern/Pacific) that include throwing all sorts of short-form webseries length content together. Just as Adult Swim has been doing nightly since the turn of the century. At any rate, your comedy choices late-night Thursday on the TV now have multiplied exponentially. History debuts Join or Die with Craig Ferguson tonight with two back-to-back half-hour episodes. The series...

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The Art of the Surprise Release: Behind the Funny or Die Trump movie with screenwriter Joe Randazzo

Surprise, surprise, surprise! Beyoncé blew our minds when she released a full album in 2013 without advance warning, press or promotion. The release itself served as the hype machine. She did it again a day before performing at Super Bowl 50. Comedians have now began to embrace the concept, too. Louis CK at first flummoxed TV critics and perhaps the industry as a whole by making his own series without telling anyone outside of the production, releasing “Horace and Pete” only on his website, and charging $2-$5 per episode, all while assembling an all-star award-winning cast. And last week,...

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