Month: June 2016

Hyper reality: The Comedy Vérité of “The Jim Gaffigan Show” on TV Land

Fans of Seinfeld love to visit the iconic places and people featured on the hit NBC sitcom, from the diner where Jerry hung out with George, Elaine and Kramer, to the Soup Nazi, and everywhere Upper West Side in between. Except Seinfeld hardly ever shot in New York City. Most of its New York street scenes took place on a studio lot in Los Angeles. More recently, FX’s Louie enjoyed shooting some stand-up comedy scenes at The Comedy Cellar and Caroline’s, among other places, and even opened its early seasons by showing Louis CK’s walk from the West 4th Street subway...

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Atlanta Improv finds new home in Buckhead, will reopen winter 2016

An update to my story from last month rounding up the comings and goings of comedy clubs around America… The Atlanta franchise in the Improv comedy club chain reports today that it has found a new home in the upscale Buckhead neighborhood north of the city. Atlanta Improv representatives told The Comic’s Comic: The Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theatre will be relocated in the winter by the former owner to inside Tower Walk shopping center at 3365 Piedmont Road N.E in Buckhead. The centrally located space with plenty of parking will have a brand new kitchen providing dinner...

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Pandora Comedy celebrates five years in streaming stand-up

Pandora launched its first-ever comedy station five years ago, and while a lot has changed in terms of how we listen to comedy or music since then, Pandora Comedy remains in a niche of its own. Whereas SiriusXM satellite radio gives you a variety of comedy channels to choose from, and Spotify’s streaming app lets you seek out specific comedians and albums, Pandora continues to drive right down the middle. Pandora’s selling point is and always has been the concept of a curated algorithm. You tell Pandora what comedian, or even what type of stand-up comedy you enjoy, and...

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Fuse gets into Friday night late-night comedy game for summer 2016

Fuse is setting aside the music as Fridays turn to Saturdays this summer, launching a weekly “Fresh Baked Comedy” block in late-night, starting July 8, 2016. Each Friday at 11 p.m. Eastern/Pacific (10 p.m. Central), Fuse will broadcast a stand-up comedy special, followed by shorter showcase bits from its Stand Up & Deliver: 2 Minutes or Less series. Announced specials to air on Fuse this summer so far include: (July 8) Michael Loftus: You’ve Changed – In his comedy special debut, Michael Loftus takes you on the thrill ride that is modern marriage. (July 15) Loni Love: America’s Sister – Detroit-native Loni...

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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s writing packet submission process for 2016

Cannot remember ever seeing a late-night TV writing job actually posted in the wild like a regular job opening — and definitely don’t recall ever seeing an industry site grabbing and posting the entire submission packet instructions before. But that’s what happened this past week. The official CBS job posting for “Comedy Writer” appeared earlier this month — with at least one Late Show source promoting the job opening via Twitter, and another source (not affiliated with the network) trying to convince me to apply for it (for reals?). Here’s what the official job opening post said: The Late...

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