Day: May 22, 2017

Review: Sasheer Zamata, “Pizza Mind” on Seeso

Shame on Saturday Night Live for barely giving us a chance to appreciate what Sasheer Zamata could do, and then not even letting us know she was leaving. Then again, that latter decision could have been Zamata’s own. As I wrote in my review for Decider.com: At least we have Pizza Mind, released this March on Seeso, to find out what Zamata is capable of on her own and can give us a piece of her mind. In her first solo stand-up special, she leans into her plight as a black woman on SNL with a bit about how...

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Laughable podcast app celebrates version 2.0 with an ‘Artists Collective’ live showcase

As the comedy boom enters its final explosive phases, more and more entrepreneurs are figuring out how to make the most out of it, if not also a bit of profit, too. I’m taking a look at some of these businesses this week… For years, I told people I didn’t have a podcast because there already were too many comedy podcasts. And yet, each year, hundreds of new comedy podcasts signed up via iTunes, SoundCloud, LibSyn or all three. Eventually, I realized my folly, and two years ago started my own podcast. We now have multiple podcast networks devoted...

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Saturday Night Live bids fond farewell to Bobby Moynihan, Vanessa Bayer and Sasheer Zamata

After the final goodbyes at the end of the 42nd season finale of Saturday Night Live, after the NBC cameras turned off, the cast and guest stars paid one last tribute to departing cast members Bobby Moynihan, Vanessa Bayer and Sasheer Zamata. Moynihan, after nine seasons, will star in his own CBS sitcom this fall. Bayer departed after the regular seven-year contract. SNL devoted several sketches to both Moynihan and Bayer in Saturday’s season finale. But Zamata, who joined mid-season in 2014, also said goodbye to the show. I’ll have more to say about each of them soon enough....

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Episode #154: Lavell Crawford

Lavell Crawford is best known for his portrayal of Huell, the bodyguard for Saul Goodman on Breaking Bad and now Better Call Saul. Originally from St. Louis, Crawford rose up the comedy ranks from Showtime at the Apollo to Comic View to Def Comedy Jam to runner-up on season five of Last Comic Standing. He since has been seen multiple times as a panelist on Chelsea Lately and The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, on the big screen in 2016 for both The Ridiculous 6, and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. He provides a voice on Comedy Central’s...

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