Month: July 2018

Patton Oswalt on responsibilities and apologies

Patton Oswalt sat down last month with Washington Post reporter Elahe Izadi (a comedian herself in her spare time) for a spirited conversation about what it means to be a comedian in 2018. Izadi asked Oswalt how he navigates the line in a time when every Tweet is scrutinized, and comedians are taken to task or even fired over them. “There’s not a line anymore. The line just shifts every day,” he said. Ironically, today, almost a month after this conversation, the Twitter trolls are attacking Oswalt over an experiment he launched five years ago to trap people trying...

Read More

The Jeanne Robertson Humor Competition

Jeanne Robertson has 166,000 YouTube Subscribers and many years of experience speaking at corporate events and conventions. Now she’s challenging you out there to see if you’re funny enough to join her onstage. The Jeanne Robertson Humor Competition is seeking YouTube entries by Aug. 6, 2018, for a chance at $1,000 in cash plus the opportunity to perform your winning comedy material in front of a live audience during one of Robertson’s shows. Yep, just send her your email with a YouTube clip between 3 and 10 minutes long of your “family-friendly” funny stuff, plus $35 entry fee. Runners-up...

Read More

Getting the facts from Go Fact Yourself host J. Keith Van Straaten

J. Keith Van Straaten, host of the live game show and podcast for Maximum Fun, Go Fact Yourself, met up with me earlier this summer while scouting locations for taking his game show on the road to New York City. Live shows of Go Fact Yourself are happening this weekend (July 21-22) at Caveat, with special guests Stacy London and Scott Rogowsky on Saturday; Ophira Eisenberg and Charles Busch on Sunday. Van Straaten’s first big gig as a game show host came in 2001, when he presided over the first season of Beat The Geeks on Comedy Central. But...

Read More

What it’s like to work as a woman in late-night TV comedy in 2018

You don’t have to be Nell Scovell to know the gender ratio is and always has been rather bleak for hiring women to write for late-night TV talk shows. Although Scovell, one of the rare women hired to write for David Letterman over multiple decades, certainly has crunched all of the numbers. Still, in 2018, some late-night comedy programs are getting better at including women’s voice in the writers room. As part of Glamour’s comedy issue, the magazine rounded up six such women — Ariel Dumas (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert), Pia Glenn (The Opposition with Jordan Klepper),...

Read More


July 2018
« Jun    

Subscribe to Podcast