Day: August 18, 2016

The next season of “Gotham Comedy Live” for AXS will be taped before a live audience, not air live on TV

A quick programming note. Gotham Comedy Live, which had broadcast new seasons of live stand-up comedy straight from the stage at New York City’s Gotham Comedy Club to wherever you’re watching the AXS-TV channel, will no longer air live. At least not for the upcoming season. New episodes begin with a Monday night taping this Aug. 22, 2016, featuring host Paul Rodriguez and stand-up showcase sets from Jason Collings, Ayanna Dookie, Clint Nohr and Shane Torres. Upcoming tapings of Gotham Comedy Live will take place at Gotham: Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 Wednesday, Aug. 31 Thursday, Sept. 1 Wednesday, Sept. 7...

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The Washington Post profiles Norm Macdonald

The odd brilliance and sincerity of Norm Macdonald shines through this new profile of him, diligently reported by The Washington Post‘s Geoff Edgers (included online are months of their text exchanges). Here’s an excerpt of the kind of praise Macdonald’s peers give him, including these quotes from David Letterman and Conan O’Brien: “If we could have, we would have had Norm on every damn week,” Letterman says. “He is funny in a way that some people inhale and exhale. With others, you can tell the comedy, the humor is considered. With Norm, he exudes it. It’s sort of a...

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A personal note about journalism and ethics, moral dilemmas

We all face moral and ethical dilemmas if we wish to live truly helpful and selfless lives as part of the universe. As a journalist, sometimes people look to me to help solve their dilemmas for them. Many moons ago, when I worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona, I devoted some ink and gave some free publicity to a guy — whom later, I found out, was a bit of a con man, dropping into the comedy community to exploit it for cash and perhaps a fresh chance for himself to be rediscovered by Show Business. I stopped...

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Inside Amy Schumer’s fifth season unlikely before late 2017

Inside Amy Schumer, winner of two Emmys in 2015 and nominated for four more Emmy Awards this year, might not return for its fifth season on Comedy Central in time for the 2017 award season. If it returns at all. That point underscored and hinted at last night by Schumer herself on Twitter, after facing a barrage of social media criticism for one of her Inside Amy Schumer writers, Kurt Metzger. “I am so saddened and disappointed in Kurt Metzger. He is my friend and a great writer and I couldn’t be more against his recent actions,” Schumer wrote...

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