Month: June 2017

The funniest comedy specials of the year, vs. the best comedy, vs. the most award-worthy in 2017

The Internet’s relentless, rigorous demand for content, combined with show business’s relentless, rigorous desire for cash money, has combined in 2017 to bestow us with a bounty of stand-up comedy hours and variety specials, as well as a rash of rankings by amateur and professional armchair critics alike. My two cents? As you may already have guessed by clicking the headline, if you’re going to coax a list or ranking out of me for a completely subjective art form, then I want you to know the hows and whys of my preferences. So even the title matters. What’s funniest...

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Your friendly neighborhood liaison: Hood Adjacent’s James Davis

Hood Adjacent with James Davis premiered Wednesday night on Comedy Central, and it’s already proven itself a worthy successor to the network’s groundbreaking Chappelle’s Show and award-winning Key and Peele. Hood Adjacent sits somewhere between those two series both comedically and anthropologically. Just like its host. “It’s my ode to how I grew up in Los Angeles, and grew up in general, as far as someone who grew up in South Central, but not the stereotypical South Central that you see in the movies,” Davis told me earlier this month at Clusterfest in San Francisco. “I have a joke...

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On Second Thought with Jackie Kashian

Episode #4 of my new Laughly exclusive miniseries, On Second Thought, is out now with my guest Jackie Kashian. On Second Thought asks: If tragedy plus time equals comedy, then comedy plus time equals what now? We don’t have to go very far back to find Kashian already second- and third-guessing her decision to open her latest stand-up comedy album, “I Am Not The Hero of This Story,” with political jokes addressing the presidential election that had just happened a few weeks before Kashian decided to record this set at Acme Comedy Co. in Minneapolis. That’s not the only weird thing...

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Today is the deadline for Independent Pilot submissions to 2017 NY TV Festival

Attention all aspiring TV show creators, screenwriters, directors and actors: Today is the deadline to submit for the 2017 New York TV Festival’s annual Independent Pilot Competition! You can submit online until midnight via Withoutabox. The NYTVF office at 121 W. 27th St., in Manhattan, also will be open until midnight. If the building’s front door is locked, you can call the office at 212-675-5428 (ahead of time to let them know when you’re arriving). For full details on all of the rules and fees for the NYTFV pilot competition, click here. The festival, held each year in October...

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Say it ain’t so, Seeso? Digital platform selling off key original series

A couple of weeks after laying off most if not all of its original programming department, NBCUniversal’s digital comedy platform looks ready to part ways with its original programs for Seeso, too. My Decider colleague, Scott Porch, reported last night that Seeso had reached agreements to sell off two programs with hugely loyal fans — Dan Harmon’s Harmonquest, and the podcast-turned-series My Brother, My Brother and Me — to Otter Media. The sale would include at least one new season of Harmonquest that has yet to air on Seeso. Otter Media is jointly run by AT&T and the Chernin...

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