Month: March 2019

Why does Roseanne Barr love being a “f—ing troll”?

What is it about Barrs in America in 2019? I hesitate to give Roseanne any additional press at this point, because as she openly admits in this profile from Geoff Edgers in The Washington Post, “I’m a troll. I’m the queen of the f‑‑‑ing trolls.” The profile’s headline, equally incredulous: Roseanne Barr just can’t shut up. But if you want to get inside her head, read on. My former colleague, the fabulous photographer Melina Mara, also followed Roseanne to Israel and I’m pretty much sharing this story as much to share Mara’s work, as much as to let you...

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Kathy Griffin to hold Monday night residency at the Laugh Factory during April 2019

As The Laugh Factory said when announcing Kathy Griffin’s April residency at the Hollywood comedy club, this ain’t no April Fool’s joke. Starting April 1, and continuing for each Monday of the month, Griffin will perform a new hour at the club. “I can’t wait! Why? For the love of the game…oh, and to prove I can bring the heat with a new hour of stand up material every Monday night,” Griffin said via Twitter on Tuesday. Tickets are available now but would be going fast:...

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Tiffany Haddish presenting six other comedians’ first Netflix half-hour specials

Tiffany Haddish’s catchphrase, “She Ready,” also served as the title of her Showtime stand-up special in 2017. Now she’s ready to help six of her friends in comedy take the next step, presenting and producing their first half-hour specials for Netflix. It’s called They Ready, with filming taking place last night and tonight in Los Angeles. “I am introducing six of my favorite comedians – in my eyes, they are super stars. The epitome of They Ready,” Haddish said. They are: Chaunté Wayans (Wild n’ Out, 50 Shades of Black)April Macie (Last Comic Standing, Dave Attell’s Comedy Underground; Snoop...

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Review: Nate Bargatze, “The Tennessee Kid,” on Netflix

Nate, short for Nathan, which itself is short for Nathaniel, as we learn in this hour, also informs audiences who aren’t caught up with Bargatze’s bio that his father still works as a professional magician, which may or may not represent a step up from his dad’s previous career in clowning. As a young child, Nate saw his father drive back home with The Easter Bunny in the passenger seat of their car. “That’s the first thing that I remember, to my life. If you want to know how you get into comedy, that’s a pretty good nudge?” However,...

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Rachel Feinstein on The Tonight Show, from The Comedy Cellar

As part of Jimmy Fallon’s sponsored experiment to shoot an entire episode of The Tonight Show using cell phones, he got permission from The Comedy Cellar to have a crew set up in multiple spots to shoot stand-up comedian Rachel Feinstein onstage. In this set, Feinstein joked about getting set up with her eventual husband, and how their wedding planning didn’t go entirely as well as she might have hoped. Roll the...

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