Month: March 2017

Robert Klein Still Can’t Stop His Leg, from SXSW to Starz, from The Second City to today

Ask any stand-up comedian today who the best stand-up of all time is or was, and they’ll likely tell you Richard Pryor, George Carlin, or want to make cases for both equally as the top of the tops. Ask any Jewish comedian from the Baby Boomers through Generation X that same question, and they’ll quickly put Robert Klein right up there with them. Klein, now 75, is the subject of his own documentary, Robert Klein Still Can’t Stop His Leg, which premiered last March at SXSW and debuts on the smaller screen tonight via Starz. Here’s the trailer: How...

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Review: Jo Koy, “Live from Seattle” on Netflix

Jo Koy‘s newest stand-up special finds him, like other comedians who have been around for a while but not on Netflix yet, devoting the hour as much to reintroducing himself to the audience as he is delving into new developments in his life. Here’s an excerpt from my review of Jo Koy’s Live from Seattle, as published in Decider.com: The son of a white Air Force father and a Filipino mother who grew up near McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma, Koy didn’t start his comedy career until he and his mother had move to Las Vegas, but he...

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What is “The President Show” on Comedy Central?

I received a press release this morning, the same release you saw on Twitter later if you happened to follow @PresidentShow. “Late night TV is broken. A TOTAL DISASTER. I alone can fix it!” "Late night TV is broken. A TOTAL DISASTER. I alone can fix it!" https://t.co/u3HObey9FO — The President Show (@PresidentShow) March 30, 2017 But if you click through, the press release only adds this line: “NO FURTHER INFORMATION AT THIS TIME.” My direct appeals to Comedy Central’s PR office yielded a similar one-line reply. Which means one of two things. Anthony Atamanuik, the one true Trump...

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A.D. Miles departs as head writer for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

A.D. Miles, Jimmy Fallon’s first and only head writer for both Late Night and The Tonight Show, is stepping out. “Riding Jimmy Fallon’s coattails for the past eight years has given me all the confidence I need to strike out on my own and work on a movie with Jimmy Fallon,” Miles said in a statement. Fallon added: “Miles was there for the launch of Late Night as well as the launch of The Tonight Show. He is one of the funniest, most creative people I’ve ever met and I can’t wait to work on this next project with him. He’s family...

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Union Hall closed indefinitely after electrical fire

Shortly before midnight on Friday, an electrical fire broke out in a packed Union Hall. Nobody was hurt as the venue in Park Slope Brooklyn evacuated and FDNY arrived on scene. But the popular bar and concert/comedy venue is closed indefinitely now. Shows scheduled through at least April 15 have been postponed or outright cancelled. UPDATED APRIL 3: All shows through April at the venue have been cancelled, although a few shows are being relocated to The Bell House or other venues. A message from the venue reads: “In the short term we will be closed. We hope to...

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