Day: August 21, 2017

Review: Tiffany Haddish, “She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood!” on Showtime

Tiffany Haddish has become a comedy star in 2017, bursting forth from supporting player on NBC’s The Carmichael Show to scene-stealer on the big screen in Girls Trip, and this fall will co-star with Tracy Morgan in the new TBS comedy, The Last O.G. This past weekend, Haddish got to shine solo in her first hour comedy special, She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood! on Showtime. And yes, she ready. From my review in Decider: Comedy provided Haddish with a way out of a troubled childhood that included growing up in foster care from age 11. Haddish told me...

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R.I.P. Jerry Lewis (1926-2017)

That the French would love Jerry Lewis should surprise no one who saw him perform at his peak from the mid-1950s through the mid-1960s. That Americans would mock the French for it is perhaps more surprising. For the great physicality, cartoonish faces and slapstick sound effects that Lewis used to make merry needed no translation around the world. From his smash success as a duo act with Dean Martin, through his dozens of starring movies (10 of which he also wrote and directed) and his 44 years of fundraising service for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through annual Labor Day...

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R.I.P. Dick Gregory (1932-2017)

All of the comedians and comedy fans who claim Richard Pryor was the greatest stand-up comedian ever have Dick Gregory to thank for that. Before Pryor or George Carlin embraced the so-called counterculture, Gregory was out there on the front lines of 1960s activism and breaking the racial barriers for black comedians to achieve mainstream success. Dick Gregory died Saturday night from heart failure after being hospitalized earlier this month in Washington, D.C. Gregory was 84. As his son, Christian, wrote: “One of his finest gifts was the ability to make you sit up and pay attention.” Dick Gregory...

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Episode #168: Lynne Koplitz

Lynne Koplitz caught her first wave of success hosting or co-hosting TV shows the likes of Change of Heart, How to Boil Water, and Life and Style. The stylish comedian became friends with the late great Joan Rivers while paired up in the IFC comedy Z Rock, and later became a recurring character on Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best. Koplitz more recently was seen on the big screen in Chris Rock’s Top Five, and the small screen in Louis CK’s Horace and Pete, and she dedicated her first Netflix comedy special, Hormonal Beast, to her mentor, Joan Rivers....

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