Month: June 2017

Episode #159: Haley Joel Osment

Haley Joel Osment was just a kid when he made his movie debut in Forrest Gump, racked up TV appearances as Jeff Foxworthy’s sitcom son and the Murphy Brown baby growing up, and earned his first Oscar nomination at the tender age of 11 for seeing dead people in The Sixth Sense. He’s also worked with Stephen Spielberg, starring in A.I., and paid it forward in Pay It Forward. After graduating from NYU, he returned with roles on Comedy Bang! Bang! and both of IFC’s soap opera satires with Will Ferrell, and he now steals scenes on HBO’s Silicon...

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On Second Thought with Costaki Economopoulos

Checkout episode #3 of my new Laughly miniseries, On Second Thought, with my guest Costaki Economopoulos. We look back on one of Costaki’s early albums, 1999’s “C’mon, It’s Jokes” to see how he feels about jokes he told then about vaginas and about midgets. Two separate bits. Not the same bit! Hear us talk here: On Second Thought asks: If tragedy plus time equals comedy, then comedy plus time equals what now? My first two episodes featured Gilbert Gottfried talking about his fateful decision to tell “The Aristocrats” joke and how it changed his entire career, and Chris Gethard telling me...

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Bill Cosby wants to host town halls to tell other men how to avoid sexual assault allegations

Not less than a week after escaping a sexual assault conviction when the jury deadlocked 10-2 against him, legendary comedian Bill Cosby wants to host a series of town halls educating other men on how they can avoid being accused themselves of sexual assault or rape. I’m not making that up. Thank You #GoodDayAlabama #WBRC #FOX6 and the most watched news anchor #JaniceRogers @JANICEROGERS6 — Bill Cosby (@BillCosby) June 22, 2017 … for having my publicists #AndrewWyatt and #EboneeBenson on your show. #MyFoxAL — Bill Cosby (@BillCosby) June 22, 2017 Cosby’s spokespeople, Andrew Wyatt and Ebonee Benson, are from...

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See present and future comedy stars improvise during the 19th annual Del Close Marathon

Each summer going back 18 years, the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre has hosted improvisers from around the country — and now around the world — to celebrate the comedy form, and in particular the late improv guru Del Close. Close not only popularized the Harold form, but also taught and inspired a generation of some of our greatest comedians. Among many, these talented performers (citation, via Wikipedia)   You can learn much more about both Close and the Del Close Marathon by watching the 2016 documentary about both, Thank You Del. The 19th annual Del Close Marathon begins Friday...

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Meet Me In New York: J-L Cauvin

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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