Day: August 27, 2018

HBO making a “My Dad Wrote A Porno” comedy special

Andy Kaufman once (or maybe many times, depending upon the audience) read a great work of literature onstage to see how far the audience would go along with him. HBO is now making a comedy special that’s just that? Well, sort of. Hit British comedy podcast My Dad Wrote a Porno will be televised. Not the porn itself. Merely hosts Jamie Morton, James Cooper and Alice Levine reading a chapter of erotic fiction written by Morton’s father. Coming to HBO in 2019. “We’re over the moon and honoured that HBO has decided to help bring Rocky Flintstone’s bad dad-rotica...

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Episode #222: Elayne Boosler

Elayne Boosler’s comedy career began by working the door as the hostess at the original Improvisation club in New York City in the 1970s. For over forty years, she has appeared on seemingly every talk show ever on TV, has written and starred in five of her own one-hour Showtime stand-up comedy specials, written and directed two movies for Cinemax. She self-financed that first special, 1985’s Party of One, because TV networks would not let a female stand-up have a special. In 1993, Boosler was only the second woman to perform at the White House Correspondents Dinner, and the...

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R.I.P. Neil Simon, Broadway’s King of Comedy

Neil Simon may not have been the funniest guy in the writers room, but he certainly was the most prolific, if not also the most successful of the all-stars from Your Show of Yours in terms of churning out hit scripts. Simon died Sunday from complications of pneumonia. He was 91. His publicist, Bill Evans, who had donated a kidney to the legendary comedy writer in 2004 to extend Simon’s life, delivered the news. Simon was born July 4, 1927, in the Bronx, and grew up in Washington Heights, Manhattan. His big break in comedy came when he and...

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Rose Matafeo wins best comedy show at 2018 Edinburgh Fringe

Congratulations to Rose Matafeo, the New Zealand comedian who has won the 2018 Best Comedy Show Award at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe for her monthlong performance of “Horndog.” The other top awards from this year’s Ed Fringe went to Ciaran Dowd, Best Newcomer 2018, for his show, “Don Rodolfo,” and the panel prize went to The Home Safe...

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