Day: June 16, 2017

Big Hearts, Big Laughs in Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon’s cinematic love story, “The Big Sick”

Not everything needs to be a period piece. On the small screen, both Marc Maron and Pete Holmes brought their recent pasts into present-day so they could have the best of both worlds for their comedic purposes in IFC’s Maron and HBO’s Crashing. Similarly, when Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon set about putting the dramatic first year of their romance on the big screen in The Big Sick, setting it in the present day meant they could get extra joke mileage (so to speak) by making Nanjiani’s onscreen character an Uber driver. And when your real-life romance has...

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Seeso layoffs by NBCUniversal leave its original programming, entire future in doubt

Can Emmy nominations save Seeso? For the sake of the programming department, decimated by layoffs from parent company NBCUniversal that will leave most of them unemployed a week from now, let’s hope so. Then again, every once in a while, the Emmy Awards make it awkward by presenting trophies to already-canceled series. Just ask the Emmy-winning writers for The Ben Stiller Show. They made out OK, eventually, though. Evan Shapiro, the former head of IFC who led that cable network’s initiative into critically-acclaimed sitcoms and sketch comedy series, and been the founding head of Seeso when it launched in...

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Meet Me In New York: Carmen Lynch

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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