Day: August 9, 2018

Meet Me In New York: Sydnee Washington

What do they say about New York City: There are eight million stories, and sometimes it seems as though eight million of the people telling them think they’re comedians? No, that’s not it. It is a fact, though, that America’s biggest city is also its biggest comedy mecca. Hollywood may be Hollywood, but New York City is where comedians are born funny, become funny or arrive to thrust their funny upon us. I think we should meet some of these people. This is a recurring feature, a mini-profile of newcomers, up-and-comers and overcomers of New York’s vibrant comedy scene....

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R.I.P. Marva L. Moncrieffe aka Simply Marvalous

Whether you spelled it marvalous or marvelous, Marva L. Moncrieffe was simply funny. The comedian known as Simply Marvalous died Wednesday in hospice care in Baton Rouge, La. Moncrieffe was 64. She had her own HBO half-hour comedy special in 1994, and followed that up with appearances on Def Comedy Jam, House Party 3 and Class Act. And here she was more recently on BET’s Comic View, explaining what had changed in her life since we first saw her in the 1990s. Other black women in comedy have been paying their respects. Sherri Shepherd wrote: “Simply Marvalous opened the door...

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Chris Garcia finds solace and comedy in new WNYC project “Death Sex and Money”

WNYC Studios is prepping a new project hosted by comedian Chris Garcia called Death Sex & Money, and they’d love your input on it. “This project is a work in progress—but we’re sharing it with you now because WNYC Studios wants  your feedback as we explore new shows and new ideas. So after you listen, head over to deathsexmoney.org/pilot to tell us what you think.” Here’s the official description: Comedian Chris Garcia has always incorporated stories about his Cuban-American family into his sets. But after his father died from Alzheimer’s, Chris started using his comedy to process his own grief, and to memorialize his dad. He...

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