Month: July 2016

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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Roast Battle week on Comedy Central kicks off with “Road to Roast Battle” special: Highlights!

It’s Roast Battle Week on Comedy Central, with a full-scale competition going down at Montreal’s Just For Laughs — and you’ll be seeing the highlights each night on Comedy Central, culminating with a live broadcast of the finals next Sunday from Montreal. But first, how did this summer’s massive Roast Battle tournament come together? We find out in part through a special tonight on Comedy Central, Road to Roast Battle, which follows producer and Roastmaster General Jeff Ross, Roast Battle host Brian Moses, “The Wave” and more from their home base in Los Angeles at The Comedy Store to...

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Pregnant pause for punchlines: Ali Wong’s “Baby Cobra” (Netflix), Kira Soltanovich’s “You Did This To Me” (Amazon) and more experiences from comedy moms

We’ve all seen pregnant woman perform comedy before, even if the memory isn’t on instant recall for you. Saturday Night Live reminded us this past Mother’s Day with a primetime run from Mother’s Day past — circa 2011, hosted by a then-pregnant Tina Fey and featuring also flush-with-baby SNL alum Maya Rudolph. SNL also boasted an all-time classic moment three years before that, just before the 2008 presidential elections when a ready-to-go-into-labor Amy Poehler rapped about Sarah Palin from the Weekend Update desk, in Palin’s face. And yet this year’s Mother’s Day seemed to provoke a fresh wave of headlines and...

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