Month: April 2016

This Week in Kamau: W. Kamau Bell’s CNN series (“United Shades of America”) and Showtime stand-up special (“Semi-Prominent Negro”) both debut

W. Kamau Bell‘s second chance to make a big first impression on American audiences is off to a hot start. Literally, figuratively, metaphorically. His CNN series, United Shades of America, debuted Sunday night and closed the hour with the stand-up comedian standing face-to-hooded-face with a group of Ku Klux Klansmen as they set fire to a giant cross in the rural South. It was the Cable News Network’s highest-rated show of the night. Now Bell’s first hourlong stand-up special, Semi-Prominent Negro, premieres tonight on Showtime. Both the series and the special place Bell in a more prominent light than his...

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Episode #84: Greg Behrendt

Greg Behrendt gets introduced to the stage these days as a best-selling author, which is true, but there’s more to Behrendt than meets the eye of anyone who read He’s Just Not That Into You. Or the follow-up books he has written with his wife. Or who saw him host a daytime TV show. Or who listened to him podcast Walking The Room with Dave Anthony. Or who hear his surf, ska and punk band, The Reigning Monarchs. Or rock out with him and other comedians on his musical comedy showcase, Bring The Rock. Behrendt met up with me...

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Netflix goes back to the future, orders Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later

Getting the gang back together proved so much fun last year, why not do it all again? That’s the spirit! Netflix announced today that Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later will come to its streaming screens much sooner than later — with an eight-episode order set to premiere in 2017. Netflix teased it perfectly, using a scene from the end of the original 2001 film in which Bradley Cooper’s character suggests the 10-year reunion. Roll the clip! Of course, the movie itself imagined what that reunion would look like in a bonus post-credits scene. And the First Day...

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Watch Chaotic Moon’s heckler-destroying robot from Moontower

I told you last week that the audiences at the 2016 Moontower Comedy Festival in Austin loved the pre-show videos that screened before every live showcase, and here’s the video local sponsors Chaotic Moon Studios made for the occasion. It features a stand-up comedian getting back at a heckler with the help of his flying pocket robot. The video seemed to do the trick, at least for most of the shows I attended, in preventing hecklers from shouting out during the shows. Curious to know what you think works best — in my experiences either onstage or as an...

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Steve Gillespie on Conan

Steve Gillespie comes to us from Minnesota by way of Wisconsin, or is it the other way around? Either way, Gillespie made his first stand-up appearance on Conan on Monday. He jokes that he’d much prefer being a step-dad to someone than being the dad. He doesn’t even have his own Netflix password, so having his own kid? Baby steps. First he’s got to learn to floss on days he’s not going to see his dentist. Roll the...

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