Month: February 2017

Comedy Central announces first-ever Colossal Clusterfest, June 2-4, 2017 in San Francisco

Almost as if I’d just produced my annual list of comedy festivals and asked the folks at Superfly for details about their planned summer shindig with Comedy Central in San Francisco, here comes Colossal Clusterfest! It’s happening June 2-4, 2017, at the Civic Center Plaza & Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, in San Francisco. Roll the clip! That’s right. Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart, Bill Burr, Sarah Silverman, Ice Cube, Chromeo, Tegan and Sara, Chris Hardwick, Hannibal Buress, Broad City, Bob Odenkirk, Lil Dicky, Fred Armisen, Princess, Vince Staples, Anthony Jeselnik, Reggie Watts, Tig Notaro, Pete Davidson, Natasha Leggero, Moshe Kasher,...

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The definitive guide to comedy festivals for 2017

Last year, it seemed as if there were a comedy festival somewhere in the world every weekend, if not more than one. How does 2017 stack up compared to 2016? Here’s what we know and what’s happened so far already… JANUARY SF SKETCHFEST: Audible presents The San Francisco Comedy Festival, Jan. 12-29, 2017. San Francisco. CALIFORNIA. The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival: 16th annual, Jan. 5-15, 2017. Chicago. ILLINOIS. Charleston Comedy Festival: Jan. 18-21, 2017. Charleston. SOUTH CAROLINA. RIOT LA: L.A.’s Alternative Comedy Festival, Jan. 19-22, 2017. Los Angeles. CALIFORNIA. Orlando Indie Comedy Fest: Jan. 19-22, 2017. Orlando. FLORIDA. San...

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Episode #139: Billy Gardell

Emmy-nominated actor and comedian Billy Gardell starred in the hit CBS sitcom, Mike & Molly as Officer Mike Biggs for six seasons, and you can see him still in syndication there, as well as in his other previous recurring roles on Lucky; Yes, Dear; and My Name Is Earl. He now co-stars as the colorful Col. Tom Parker in the CMT series, Sun Records. But it almost didn’t happen for the journeyman stand-up comedian and Pittsburgh native, and Gardell tells me all about that and more. So let’s get to it! http://traffic.libsyn.com/thecomicscomic/Billy20Gardell20Edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download |...

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Jimmy Kimmel’s very Jimmy Kimmel brand of the Academy Awards

Everyone’s talking about how the Oscars ended last night, but everything that came before that Best Picture mixup was very on brand for Jimmy Kimmel, who treated his first time hosting the Academy Awards as if it were an extended edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live. Kimmel usually, in fact, hosts a special live episode of his late-night ABC talker after the Academy Awards, where he would have loved dishing about the duplicate envelope that stymied Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway into announcing LA LA LAND instead of MOONLIGHT. His monologue was on point, per usual, as he’s generally beloved in...

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John Mulaney and Nick Kroll’s opening monologue for the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards

Oh, Hello! John Mulaney and Nick Kroll have such great comedy chemistry and timing, built up over the years and refined to a peak with their Broadway run of Oh, Hello!, that having them deliver the opening monologue together at Saturday night’s Film Independent Spirit Awards shows why two hosts sometimes are twice as good as one. Roll the...

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