Day: March 15, 2019

R.I.P. Raghav Mehta

Last Friday, Vulture profiled stand-up comedian Raghav Mehta and urged readers to follow him on Twitter. This Friday, comedians across America are mourning Mehta. Mehta died Thursday night. The cause of death has not been released. *travels to the 1920s"White person: where are you from?Me: the futureWhite person: yeahhh but where are you REALLY from?— I AM RAGHAV (@ACLUOfficial) March 13, 2018 Born Jan. 3, 1988, Mehta started doing comedy in Minneapolis. A 2012 graduate from the University of Minnesota, he also contributed articles to the Star Tribune and City Pages before moving to New York City. He produced...

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Lilly Singh gets NBC’s late-night gig vacated by Carson Daly

Get ready for A Little Late with Lilly Singh, coming this September to NBC’s late-night lineup following The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers. Singh, an Indian-Canadian whose Superwoman channel on YouTube has 14 million subscribers, is replacing Carson Daly, who had hosted the 1:35 a.m. ET/PT slot since 2002 (although he mostly just anchored and didn’t conduct any of the interviews in recent years). “An Indian-Canadian woman with her own late night show? Now that is a dream come true,” Singh said. “I’m thrilled to bring it to life on NBC, and I...

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Here’s the audition info for 2019 NBC Stand-Up For Diversity contest

NBC has picked Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York and Seattle as the host cities for its 2019 StandUp NBC auditions. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, StandUp NBC is the network’s annual nationwide search for stand-up comedians of diverse backgrounds. Notable contest alumni include Tone Bell, Michelle Buteau, W. Kamau Bell, Deon Cole, Lil Rel Howery, Hasan Minhaj, Amanda Seales, and Dulcé Sloan. Mike E. Winfield is the most recent winner. This year’s winner receives a talent holding deal with NBCUniversal and a headlining spot at NACA (the National Association for Campus Activities). All five cities on the 2019 tour also...

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New nonprofit project “Yes, And…Laughter Lab” will promote purpose-driven comedy

Yes, And… Laughter Lab is now open for business. A partnership of non-profit Center for Media & Social Impact (CMSI), creative agency Moore+Associates, and Comedy Central, it’s designed to promote collaboration between comedians and social justice activists. Yes, And… Laughter Lab will select five original comedy projects, inviting them to pitch their ideas on June 11, 2019, at New York City’s Caveat. All five finalists will receive stipends and funds to travel for their pitch. You can apply through June 5 via yesandlaughterlab.com. “We developed this initiative because we believe that comedy can help change the world,” said Caty...

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First new “Jerky Boys” album in 20 years is forthcoming

“I just started thinking to myself, ‘You know, people have been asking me for decades,’” Johnny Brennan said, telling Rolling Stone of his decision to revive The Jerky Boys. “It’s been a long, long time. I said to myself, ‘Let me do it.’ Let me put something else out there. My kids are growing up. And I feel there’s plenty great stuff left to put out there.” The Jerky Boys blew up in the early 1990s as Brennan and Kamal Ahmed’s prank phone calls were heard everywhere. Ahmed and Brennan split up in 2000. You still can hear Brennan’s...

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