Day: December 7, 2017

Meet Me In New York: Selena Coppock

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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How sensitive will Canadian comedy audiences (or bookers) get?

Just when you thought it was safe to tell jokes in Canada… Wait. You thought it was safe to tell jokes in Canada? Don’t let the extravagance of Just For Laughs fool you. For all of the “ethnic” and “nasty” shows at JFL Montreal each July, there are comedy bookers and audiences so sensitive they’re willing to sue you over a joke, or not even book you at all. Quebec’s Human Rights Tribunal ordered comedian Mike Ward last summer to pay $42,000 in “moral and punitive damages” to singer Jérémy Gabriel and Gabriel’s mother, following a complaint made back in...

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Here are your comedy writers nominated for the 2018 WGA Awards

Whither original short-form online comedy? The Writers Guild of America revealed today this year’s nominees, with winners named in simultaneous ceremonies Feb. 11, 2018, in New York City (hosted by Amber Ruffin) and Los Angeles (hosted by Patton Oswalt). The WGA Award nominations included great news for Netflix’s GLOW, honored as not only one of 2017’s best comedies, but also one of the best new TV series, period. Comedy Central has reason to celebrate as two of its rookie shows — The Jim Jefferies Show and The President Show — each got recognized, as well as The Daily Show...

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Khalid Rahmaan on Conan

When have you ever seen comedians on TV on consecutive nights joking about growing up Muslim or Arab in America? You have now, thanks to Conan and the New York Comedy Festival’s “Comics To Watch.” After showcasing Dina Hashem on Tuesday night, Team Coco welcomed the debut Wednesday of Khalid Rahmaan, who joked about the irony of an African nation named Chad, had a bit that required AP credits, and asked the audience to join along in singing the Black National Anthem. Roll the clip!...

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