Day: March 19, 2018

Dynasty Typewriter builds a new comfy comedy home for Adam Sandler and everyone else in Los Angeles

A month ago, the new Dynasty Typewriter venue welcomed a surprise drop-in guest for its fifth show ever. Adam Sandler performed for 90 minutes, new stand-up material interspersed amid several songs with an accompanist on piano, and a camera crew in tow — not only workshopping material for his upcoming Netflix special, but also filming it just in case. That Saturday night was only Dynasty Typewriter’s fifth live show. They were still working out the kinks behind the bar and in the booth. They ordered pizzas to sell slices during an intermission between a stand-up showcase and Sandler’s set....

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Episode #198: Bill Hader with Alec Berg, HBO’s “Barry”

Bill Hader was nominated for three Emmy Awards for acting during his eight seasons as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, has written for South Park, lent his voice to animated hits such as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Inside Out, and served up memorable supporting roles in the films Superbad, Tropic Thunder and Trainwreck. After co-creating the great IFC mockumentary series Documentary Now! He now stars as Barry in HBO’s Barry, about a Marine veteran who becomes a hit-man, but realizes his true potential, or disastrous end, could come by pursuing an acting career in...

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Review: Hannah Gadsby, “Nanette” at the SoHo Playhouse in New York City

Almost an hour into her performance of Nanette at the SoHo Playhouse in New York City, Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby pauses before she pivots. “You’re culturally unprepared for someone to be angry….and funny…in the same breath,” Gadsby informs us. Truth is, though, she can no longer tell her story without anger. And she’s uncertain whether she can even continue with stand-up comedy at all, sharing her inner monologue about telling funny monologues with us during the performance. Perhaps Americans shrewd enough to seek out Gadsby during her five-week run of Nanette here are at least better prepared than the...

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