Day: October 6, 2017

R.I.P. Ralphie May (1972-2017)

Ralphie May, a larger than life stand-up comedian who won the hearts of America if not also their votes in the very first season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, has died. May was 45. Though battling pneumonia for the past week, May continued to show up for his 2017 residency at Harrah’s Las Vegas. He had just won Casino Comedian of the Year in an award ceremony on Wednesday. He died of a heart attack early Friday. Well, I won Casino Comedian of the Year, y'all. Thanks @HarrahsVegas #NoApologies pic.twitter.com/1YXNVMlHce — Ralphie May (@Ralphie_May) October 5, 2017 Born Feb....

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The nightly late-night writing staffs for America’s TV talk shows in 2017

Something remarkable happened on Wednesday’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. It wasn’t one of the many game shows within Fallon’s talk shows, or something his musical guest performed, or anything from Fallon’s monologue or from his overly enthusiastic interactions with his guests. Nor was it even particularly funny. After Hillary Clinton, the woman who could’ve, would’ve and perhaps should’ve been president of the United States, plugged her memoir on the show, Fallon invited the women on his writing staff to pen their own “Thank You Notes” to the former First Lady and Secretary of State of the...

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Kathleen Madigan announces 30-city “Boxed Wine & Bigfoot” theater tour to kick off 2018

Kathleen Madigan is going on her very own theater tour to kick off 2018, taking her to at least 30 cities between January and June. Madigan announced her “Boxed Wine & Bigfoot Tour” from one of her favorite local bars. “I had most of the summer off, then this September toured all of Canada with Lewis Black.  When I came home to this tour schedule I couldn’t have been more excited. It’s a lot of cities I know and a few that I haven’t been to which is the perfect mix.” KATHLEEN MADIGAN BOXED WINE & BIGFOOT STANDUP COMEDY...

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Ellis Rodriguez wins the 2017 San Francisco Comedy Competition

Congrats to Ellis Rodriguez from Sacramento, who won the 42nd annual San Francisco Comedy Competition, which wrapped up its monthlong contest around Northern California this past weekend. Wait, who won again? The other finalists: 2nd Place: Tyrone Hawkins (Cincinnati, OH) 3rd Place: Mark Smalls (San Francisco, CA) 4th Place: Matt McClowry (Dearborn, MI) 5th Place: Chris Bennett (N. Hollywood, CA) For those keep tracking, Rodriguez and the other finalists join these past 41 years of famous, infamous and would-be famous comedians who have competed in the country’s longest-running comedy contest. 1st Annual – (1976) Bill Farley Robin Williams Bob...

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