Day: July 25, 2016

Meet Me In New York: Emma Willmann

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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Here are your New Faces of Comedy 2016 for Montreal’s Just For Laughs

Of all of the lists websites post regarding comedians, this is the one list that actually matters most to up-and-coming stand-ups, improvisers and sketch comedians. It’s Montreal’s Just For Laughs New Faces! This year, most of the New Faces will perform in a new venue for JFL — moved out of Place Des Arts Cinquieme Salle space and around the corner to the historic Monument-National theater. But you want to know…who made the cut for New Faces in 2016??? Congrats to these 41 comedians making their first trip as performers to Montreal for JFL this week! NEW FACES OF COMEDY...

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Episode #105: Chris Gethard

Of all of the characters in Mike Birbiglia’s wonderfully true and funny film, Don’t Think Twice, Chris Gethard’s runs closest to his own. Gethard began taking improv classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade when he was only 20, and quickly became a darling of the UCB community, eventually starting a beloved improv team that saw one of its members — his friend Bobby Moynihan — leave for Saturday Night Live. Unlike both the movie and the title of Gethard’s one-man show, Career Suicide, Chris has continued to flourish. He has a stand-up comedy album, a book, and hosts a...

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MST3K revival will debut on Netflix with 14 episodes

Over the weekend at Comic-Con in San Diego, the cast of the new edition of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and creator Joel Hodgson announced that their 14-episode revival — funded via a massive $5.7 million Kickstarter campaign — will debut on Netflix in the “not-too-distant-future.” The new cast includes host Jonah Ray, Felicia Day as Kinga, Patton Oswalt as TV’s Son of TV’s Frank, Hampton Yount as Crow T. Robot,  and Baron Vaughn as Tom Servo. Former cast members Mary Jo Pehl (“Pearl Forrester”), Bill Corbett (“Crow T. Robot”) and Kevin Murphy (“Tom Servo”) will make appearances as themselves, too. Hodgson...

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Chelsea Handler’s advice regarding jealousy

Here’s an insightful video from Chelsea Handler for Elle magazine, in which Handler describes an event in her 20s when she asked a friend to join her on a stand-up showcase for an agency. Her friend got representation. Handler didn’t. “I hated the way that I felt. That I was jealous and that I wanted to be chosen, and there must have been some mistake. How could she get something that I didn’t? It wasn’t fair, because I was the one that convinced her to do stand-up in the first place. And I had all of those thoughts,” Handler...

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