Month: July 2018

Michelle Wolf “destroys” other comedy talk shows in Segment Time

Michelle Wolf went meta by mocking similar weekly comedy shows in this segment of her Netflix series, The Break with Michelle Wolf, called, obviously, Segment Time. “This is comedy now,” Wolf says. Comedy on a TV talk show now = Sincerity, lots of facts, accompanied by graphics, and a courageous stance. Take that, Emmy-nominated Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and not-Emmy-nominated Late Night with Seth Meyers. It’s time to clap, sheeple! Roll the...

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Skankfest 2018 hosts special live reunion show of Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn

Skankfest 2018 closed out the weekend with a secret show that turned out to be a very special surprise, as Jim Norton, Rich Vos, Robert Kelly and Keith Robinson joined Colin Quinn for a live rendition of Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. With @iamcolinquinn, @1keithrobinson, @robertkelly and @RichVos doing the Tough Crowd reunion. I truly love these creeps. pic.twitter.com/ZopbCGcxuw — Jim Norton (@JimNorton) July 16, 2018 Tough Crowd originally aired from 2002 to 2004 on Comedy Central, bringing the lively discussions and debates from the Comedy Cellar table (as first seen on Jerry Seinfeld’s documentary, Comedian) to a wider...

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Boom Chicago celebrates 25 years of improv in Amsterdam

Alumni from Boom Chicago reunited in Amsterdam over the weekend to celebrate 25 years of American improv comedy by the celebrated company. Among the attendees you’ve seen on TV and the movies: Seth Meyers, Josh Meyers, Ike Barinholtz, Heather Anne Campbell, Matt Jones, Amber Ruffin, Colton Dunn, Holly Walker, and Boom Chicago founders┬áPep Rosenfeld and Andrew Moskos. Boom Chicago&Friends Posted by Boom Chicago on Saturday, July 14, 2018 As the story goes, Rosenfeld and Moskos were just like any Americans taking a post-college trip to the Netherlands when they had “the best stoner idea ever” in 1993. They wrote...

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Arden Myrin writes on comedy’s painful resistance to change in the #MeToo movement

In just the past year, comedians as big as Bill Cosby, Louis CK and Chris Hardwick have found their careers halted or suspended due to newly surfaced or resurfaced allegations of sexual misconduct. CK admitted his guilt, Cosby denied it but was convicted of rape, while Hardwick has denied allegations by an ex-girlfriend yet gone completely silent off the social media grid he virtually owned just moments before the allegations were made public. In today’s comedy climate, you’d think the men of stand-up, sketch and improv would start behaving better. And yet. As Arden Myrin writes in a new...

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