Day: February 24, 2017

2016: The year we doubled the number of stand-up comedy specials. 2017: Doubling again?

If you’re wondering why I haven’t gotten back to you about your stand-up comedy album, then please allow me to remind you just what kind of comedy boom you’re a part of these days. In 2015, TV networks and streaming services produced 44 stand-up hours (or specials). That seemed like a lot. In 2016, that number jumped to 85. So far in 2017, we’ve already heard about or seen 29 specials┬ácoming out this year for our collective viewing pleasure (not including the Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, and Dave Chappelle deals, which brings that number up to 34). And it’s...

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After a terrible, no-good 2016, where do we go from here in 2017? Find the joy

Last year feels so much farther away than two months ago, doesn’t it? At the end of 2016, so many of us felt melancholy, lamenting the losses of so many icons. Not only in comedy but everywhere else in the world, role models seemed to be swept up almost as if the heavens were calling an all-star rapture, as if they knew something we didn’t and were getting out while the getting was good. They included the funniest, most morally bold athlete (Muhammad Ali), the snarkiest onscreen villain (Alan Rickman), the most enigmatic musicians (Prince, David Bowie, George Michael)...

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