Day: January 23, 2018

Funny or Die lays off more staffers. Read the memo from Mike Farah

We’re still learning more about what’s going on over at Funny or Die HQ, but suffice it to say, 2018 isn’t opening on a high note, as the company just announced additional layoffs. FoD closed the NYC office last year, and also eliminated jobs in San Mateo, consolidating much of the operation in Los Angeles. Now comes this internal memo from FoD CEO Mike Farah, obtained by Deadline: Dear Funny Or Die Family, There’s no good way to deliver news like this. The simple fact is that today we have to let go of some great people at Funny...

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Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, Jordan Peele and Greta Gerwig now and forever known as Academy Award nominees

What a huge day for comedians and comedy fans. Please welcome Academy Award nominees Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, for writing a screenplay based on how they met and fell in love, in The Big Sick; Jordan Peele, for writing and directing one of 2017’s best movies and commentaries on race in America, in Get Out; and Greta Gerwig, for writing and directing one of the year’s most charming pictures, in Lady Bird. The Oscars will be handed out live March 4, 2018, on ABC, with Jimmy Kimmel hosting. You can find all of this year’s Oscar nominees...

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Finnish comedian Ismo on Conan

For the first time, a stand-up comedian from Finland performed on American TV. Call him Ismo! Ismo Leikola is a big deal over in Finland, and moved to America after winning the Laugh Factory’s Funniest Person in the World contest. Ismo made his his American late-night TV debut Monday on Conan, where he explained to us how difficult it was to figure out what’s up, and how many different definitions we have for the word ass. Roll the...

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Bill Cosby re-emerges onstage to tell jokes, join the band at Philadelphia jazz club

Bill Cosby may be a disgraced comedy legend now, facing retrial this spring on charges of drugging and raping at least one woman (dozens of other women have come forward with similar accusations). But Cosby, now 80, decided to emerge once more, to perform for the first time since his tour dates evaporated amid the rape charges a couple of years ago. Why? To pay tribute to Tony Williams and the Tony Williams Jazz Quartet at La Rose’s, a jazz club in the Germantown section of Cosby’s native Philadelphia. Cosby’s publicists announced the “surprise” gig earlier Monday via Facebook:...

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Comedians in the age of Trump

VICE News Tonight on HBO gathered a group of New York City comedians and let them conduct their own roundtable discussion about how much fun — or not so much fun — it is to tell jokes to audiences now that Donald Trump is in power. Watch and learn from Anthony Atamanuik, Dulce Sloan, Judy Gold, Jordan Carlos and Aparna Nancherla. Roll the...

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