Day: December 7, 2018

Nimesh Patel reflects on getting kicked offstage at Columbia University showcase

Nimesh Patel has written for Saturday Night Live and performed on Late Night with Seth Meyers, but his most newsworthy gig happened just last weekend by becoming a hell gig. “On Nov. 30, I performed stand-up as part of an annual event put on by the Asian-American Alliance at Columbia, and about 20 minutes into the show, my microphone was cut off,” Patel writes in an op-ed in today’s New York Times. Why’d that happen? The student organizers didn’t like his act. Specifically, they found a joke of his offensive. Seriously. As Patel wrote today in the NYT: This...

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Does the Oscars host have to be woke? Does the Oscars host have to be funny?

I don’t pretend to know what’s in Kevin Hart’s heart or going through his head. The comedy star just threw a “Cowboys and Indians” party for his one-year-old’s birthday (not that his new toddler had any say in the matter). He said he wasn’t going to apologize for his old jokes and social media blasts that exposed his homophobia, claiming that was then and he is living in the now. Then after not apologizing led to him abruptly relinquishing his claim on hosting the 2019 Academy Awards, he did apologize. We can all probably agree that Hart ain’t “woke.”...

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Here are your Writers Guild Award nominees from 2018

Congrats to all the hard-working scribes out there getting the most out of their WGA memberships! Here are the comedy-related nominees this year. 2019 Writers Guild Awards Nominees COMEDY SERIES Atlanta, Written by Ibra Ake, Donald Glover, Stephen Glover, Taofik Kolade, Jamal Olori, Stefani Robinson, Paul Simms; FX Networks Barry, Written by Alec Berg, Duffy Boudreau, Bill Hader, Emily Heller, Liz Sarnoff, Ben Smith, Sarah Solemani; HBO GLOW, Written by Liz Flahive, Tara Herrmann, Nick Jones, Jenji Kohan, Carly Mensch, Marquita Robinson, Kim Rosenstock, Sascha Rothchild, Rachel Shukert; Netflix The Good Place, Written by Megan Amram, Christopher Encell, Kate Gersten, Cord Jefferson, Andrew...

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Patton Oswalt, Jim Gaffigan, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle and Fred Armisen vie for Grammy’s Best Comedy Album of 2018

Three former Grammy-winning comedians are vying for another Grammy Award for the Best Comedy Album of 2018. Best Comedy Album: “Annihilation” — Patton Oswalt “Equanimity & The Bird Revelation” — Dave Chappelle “Noble Ape” — Jim Gaffigan “Standup For Drummers” — Fred Armisen “Tamborine” — Chris Rock Chappelle won last year. Oswalt the year before that. And Rock back in 2006. Don’t be surprised to see any of them win again. Gaffigan has his best shot, though. Do be surprised if Armisen wins. But that’s not all. Tiffany Haddish is up for her first Grammy, not for her stand-up...

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