Day: March 1, 2016

“Trump vs Bernie” wins Fusion nomination for TV series, election specials

No matter what happens tonight in voting for the “Super Tuesday” states, Trump vs. Bernie will become a TV staple throughout the remainder of the 2016 presidential campaign — Fusion has ordered up a series, specials and more commentary from comedians and impersonators¬†Anthony Atamanuik and James Adomian. The Comic’s Comic spoke with Atamanuik and Adomian last month when their mock debate tour rolled through New York City (listen here), and they already were filming it all. Their tour, coincidentally or perhaps not so much now, kicked off just over a month ago at Fusion’s F-Comedy stage during the RIOT...

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Doug Smith’s “Secret Weapon” takes on slashers and more in self-defense webseries

Two months into 2016, New York City seems even safer than ever — and yet, there’s a curious, crazy uptick in slashing attacks. That’s not funny. And yet, the first thing I thought of was a comedian, Doug Smith. Smith has thought of this, too. In 2011, the stand-up comedian stepped in to stop a man from sexually assaulting a woman on a subway platform, only to get slashed in the face. With a lasting scar to show for it on his cheek, Smith eventually brought his unique New Face to Montreal’s Just For Laughs in 2013. And now,...

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Meet Me In New York: Drew Michael

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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Steve Martin reflects on stand-up comedy now versus the 1970s, and great opening lines

Steve Martin remains a great showman after all these years, and whether you want to nitpick about whether he has or hasn’t performed stand-up in the past 35 years and what constitutes stand-up exactly, but it’s great to see Martin entertaining the people live. And that’s exactly what he did when he showed up as the surprise opening act for Jerry Seinfeld at the February installment of Seinfeld’s monthly residency (Jesse David Fox filed a superfan report for Vulture). When Martin appeared with Edie Brickell on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday night, Martin even performed a...

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