Day: January 24, 2017

Cristela Alonzo on enjoying the Netflix effect

Cristela Alonzo couldn’t help noticing, and stopping to notice, the massive Netflix billboards promoting her first stand-up hour for the streaming platform, Cristela¬†Alonzo: Lower Classy, which premiered today. Just as I couldn’t help myself from telling Alonzo last week how I happened to notice Whole Foods in Austin was hiring someone new to write for the upscale grocer (it makes more sense once you watch Lower Classy). For Alonzo, though, who grew up just north of the Texas-Mexico border and filmed her first special in San Antonio, seeing a Netflix billboard anywhere, let alone Hollywood, meant a lot to...

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Daniel Sloss embraces his evil thoughts on “Conan”

Establishing himself as Conan‘s favorite stand-up comedian with repeated bookings to perform stand-up, Daniel Sloss was back onstage and on TV again Monday night, this time noting that even though he’s a foreigner, he pays more taxes to the U.S. than our current president does. If you think that’s something, you should know the deeper, darker, outright evil thoughts Sloss entertains. One of which involves a child losing ice cream. It’s one thing if you’re a young Eddie Murphy. If you’re an adult, though? Roll the clip. You can hear more of the real Daniel Sloss in Episode #60...

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Adam Scott, Scott Aukerman and Jeff Ullrich will fete the late Harris Wittels at fundraising dinner for Wittels’s alma mater

Coming up on the second anniversary of the death of comedy writer Harris Wittels, his high school alma mater in Houston has recruited actor Adam Scott and Earwolf founders Scott Aukerman and Jeff Ullrich to attend a fund-raising luncheon in his honor. HSPVA (The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts) Friends present “Laughing Matters,” the 11th annual Encore Luncheon, recognizing Wittels as its distinguished alumnus for 2017. Other distinguished alumni of HSPVA include producer Shonda Rhimes, actress Mireille Enos and musician and MacArthur fellow Jason Moran. Wittels graduated from HSPVA in 2002. He was a writer and...

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Jon Stewart tells Tom Brokaw that social media has “democratized abuse”

In a conversation celebrating Tom Brokaw’s 50-year career with NBC News, Jon Stewart told the veteran newscaster that social media has “democratized abuse.” More specifically, here’s the exchange: JON STEWART: Social media, I think, has democratized abuse. As well as, brought community. You’ve seen so many technological advances, has there ever been one that was only used for good? TOM BROKAW: No. JON STEWART: And it’s inherent in – it animates negative things – but it also – I wouldn’t give it up. Because it also connects people in a way that’s remarkable. We’ve come a long way from...

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