Month: December 2016

Humor in Hindsight revisits Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project

HBO aired a documentary on Don Rickles, directed by John Landis, only a few weeks into the official start of The Comic’s Comic. So I was still feeling out the website’s tone and direction when I took a first glance and pass at Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project. By the time SPIKE TV paid tribute to Rickles in 2014 for his 88th birthday, he was so frail at the event at the Apollo Theatre that he didn’t look like he’d make it the year, let along to the air date of his tribute. Thankfully he stuck around, hosted...

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R.I.P. Ricky Harris (1962-2016)

Ricky Harris, a comedian, actor and childhood friend of Snoop Dogg who provided background vocals on the seminal debut rap albums of both Snoop and Ice Cube, died on Monday. Harris was 54. Harris died of a heart attack, his manager reported. Harris had suffered another heart attack two years ago. He grew up in Long Beach, Calif., and sung in the church choir with Calvin Broadus, Jr. Broadus would grow up to become legendary rapper Snoop Dogg, and Harris provided the voices of DJ Eaz-E-Dick and DJ Sal-T-Nuttz DohJah. He also served as a producer on Snoop’s MTV...

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Episode #130: 2016 Comedy MVPs with Jason Zinoman of the New York Times

Jason Zinoman is the comedy critic for The New York Times, and has written a new book about David Letterman which will come out April 2017 (pre-order Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night now!). But first, Zinoman joined me once again to close the book on 2016. Who was the Most Valuable Performer in comedy in 2016? Who were the stand-out stand-ups? Who’d win the Humor Heisman? We discuss the year’s work by Amy Schumer, Kate McKinnon, Jeff Ross, Maria Bamford, Tig Notaro, Donald Glover, Reggie Watts, Chris Rock and Louis CK, plus stars on the rise such as Rory...

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David Gborie’s late-night debut on Conan

David Gborie doesn’t want to be a sell-out to all his fellow curvy guys out there, but he still managed to hit all of his marks (eventually) in his late-night comedy debut on Tuesday’s Conan. Gborie wondered about the true meaning of love, as well as making an argument for why you should stop drinking alcohol at 21 instead of starting then. Roll the...

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Highlights from “Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special” on IFC

IFC presents its first-ever holiday TV special tonight, taped earlier this month at Joe’s Pub — appropriately titled, Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special. Tony Hale hosts, with performances from Bridget Everett, Judah Friedlander, Jen Kirkman, Matteo Lane, Jordan Carlos, music from Lisa Loeb, and the first performance by The Dap Kings since the death of their singer, Sharon Jones. I spoke with the comedians on the red carpet beforehand about their own first experiences performing in a Christmas or holiday pageant, and the answers range from church to school to other TV experiences! You can listen to the...

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