Month: July 2018

Welcome to the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, NY

The long-awaited National Comedy Center opens its doors this week in Jamestown, NY, the birthplace of comedy legend Lucille Ball. Grand Opening festivities boast appearances and performances by Lily Tomlin, Dan Aykroyd, Amy Schumer, Lewis Black, Fran Drescher, Hari Kondabolu, W. Kamau Bell, Tom Cotter, Judy Gold and more! Tickets: 716-484-2222, or www.NationalComedyCenter.org. The National Comedy Center is the first non-profit cultural institution and national-scale visitor attraction dedicated to the art of comedy. It embodies Lucille Ball’s vision for her hometown of Jamestown, New York to become a destination for the celebration of comedy in a way that educates, fosters...

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Episode #218: Rafinha Bastos

In 2011, Rafinha Bastos was named the most influential person on Twitter. Not then-President Barack Obama. Not the Pope. Brazilian comedian and TV personality Rafinha Bastos. Bastos has upward of 12 million Twitter followers now. He sat down with me during Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival to talk about how his dreams shifted from journalism to basketball to comedy, how free speech isn’t so free in Brazil, and how he’s following in the footsteps of Gad Elmaleh and Bassem Youssef in making a name for himself as an English-speaking comedian, too. Bastos will have a new Netflix comedy special...

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Highlights from the Roast of Bruce Willis on Comedy Central

Dom Irrera went off-script, Dennis Rodman bombed, Ed Norton surprised everyone and no one by focusing his roast on himself, and Demi Moore threatened to steal the show by showing up as a surprise at the Roast of Bruce Willis. Did you miss anything else from last night’s roast on Comedy Central? Here are some videos to catch up. Jeff Ross Nikki Glaser Martha Stewart Dom Irrera Dennis Rodman Lil Rel Howery Ed Norton Demi Moore Kevin Pollak Joseph Gordon-Levitt Bruce...

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R.I.P. Poppi Kramer

To most Americans, Poppi Kramer was the first person to win big by losing weight big-time on NBC’s The Biggest Loser. To New York City comedians, Kramer was a godsend. Particularly for everyone from open mic’ers to the LGBTQ community, and everyone in between. Kramer died Friday. She was 46. https://twitter.com/shawnhollenbach/status/1022898111734112256 When Kramer participated in season three of The Biggest Loser, she became the first to win a cash prize as part of the show’s at-home competition, earning $50,000 for losing half of her body weight, dropping from 232 pounds to 115. In the meantime, she was entertaining, bartending...

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