Day: May 23, 2017

Meet Me In New York: Kate Willett

What do they say about New York City: There are eight million stories, and sometimes it seems as though eight million of the people telling them think they’re comedians? No, that’s not it. It is a fact, though, that America’s biggest city is also its biggest comedy mecca. Hollywood may be Hollywood, but New York City is where comedians are born funny, become funny or arrive to thrust their funny upon us. I think we should meet some of these people. This is a recurring feature, a mini-profile of newcomers, up-and-comers and overcomers of New York’s vibrant comedy scene....

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Seaton Smith on Conan

Seaton Smith’s proper debut on Conan got bumped by a few weeks, thanks to spillover time from a previous guest. But the wait was worth it for Smith, who joked about growing up his whole life watching Conan O’Brien in late-night TV. Smith got everyone else’s attention with a stand-up comedy set about police brutality, as shown by the videos we’ve all seen over the years, and how it must have felt so much different for the first bystander to film a police encounter gone wrong. Roll the...

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Comedy Central extends Anthony Atamanuik’s Trump satire, The President Show, through the summer

Seven more weeks! Seven more weeks! Comedy Central has extended the inaugural season of The President Show for an additional seven episodes, Comedy Central President Kent Alterman announced today. The late-night satire of President Trump, starring Anthony Atamanuik, airs late-night Thursdays after The Daily Show. “Whether we’re witnessing the end of democracy, or merely the end of the world, it’s a privilege seeing it from the inside,” said Alterman. “I’m so grateful that Comedy Central has decided to end its tenure as a cable network by renewing The President Show,” said Atamanuik. The President Show debuted a month ago to...

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WHYY launching new podcast, “Cosby Unraveled”

The only podcast genre more popular than comedians talking comedy is journalists talking true crime. So Cosby Unraveled probably will break all of the previous podcasting records after it launches tomorrow. “Who is Bill Cosby? A funny man. A philanthropist. A beloved TV dad….or a sexual predator.” That’s the question posed by Annette John-Hall, the host of Cosby Unraveled, a new podcast series from WHYY radio’s Newsworks. John-Hall is the WHYY reporter for Keystone Crossroads, a statewide public media initiative focused on the problems facing Pennsylvania’s cities and possible solutions, and before that, a metro columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer....

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Jim Carrey on how he put parts of his real life into Showtime’s “I’m Dying Up Here”

Jim Carrey never grew a beard like this when he was just a teenager from Canada looking to make it in Hollywood. But as Carrey explained Monday night to Jimmy Kimmel, he really did temporarily live in a closet, smoke a joint with Richard Pryor and more in the late 1970s. “It’s an incredible time in history that I got to live,” Carrey recalled. “To me, it’s like The Big Bang of comedy.” He’s not throwing praise or shade at the CBS sitcom, but comparing the 1970s comedy scene to the origins of the universe. He’s similarly in awe of comedians...

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