Author: Sean L. McCarthy

365 Comedian Portraits with Dan Dion

When I started focusing full-time on comedy, I could count the number of full-time comedy photographers on one hand. Mindy Tucker was there with me from the beginning. Seth Olenick set up interesting shots in New York City, while Robyn Von Swank did the same out in Los Angeles. The digital comedy boom has also been a boon for photographers, and you can see it in the headshots and portraits and show shots that flood our Instagram and Facebook feeds. Dan Dion is one of the OGs, if not the Oest of Gs, in the comedy photography game. The...

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Episode #251: Yakov Smirnoff

Yakov Smirnoff got his big break in America thanks to Mitzi Shore, who not only put up the Soviet immigrant in her home behind The Comedy Store in 1977 but also gave Yakov’s father a full-time job, too. Smirnoff himself became a big star during the Reagan years, starring opposite Robin Williams in Moscow on the Hudson, recurring on NBC’s hit sitcom Night Court, and getting his own Showtime special and short-lived sitcom. What a Country! He also performed several times for Ronald and Nancy Reagan, including a headlining gig at the 1988 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. In the...

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Moses Storm on Conan, promoting Team Coco Presents Up & Up at Dynasty Typewriter

Conan O’Brien really got more involved in stand-up comedy during his hiatus last year, not only headlining a comedy tour of his own, but also establishing a monthly showcase in Los Angeles when he returned to business. That showcase, “Team Coco presents Up & Up,” is hosted by Moses Storm at Dynasty Typewriter. Storm performed on Thursday’s Conan, and then the two briefly promoted the gig. Roll the clips! The next gig happens March 19 at Dynasty Typewriter. Click for info and...

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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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