Author: Sean L. McCarthy

2017 Edinburgh Comedy Awards nominees for Best Show and Best Newcomer to the Ed Fringe

The lastminute.com Edinburgh Comedy Awards announced their nominees for Best Show and Best Newcomer to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2017, and there’s a sole American entry on those lists. Natalie Palamides, who shined as a New Face last summer in Montreal’s Just For Laughs Characters showcase, has received acclaim for her first show at Edinburgh, “LAID.” And yes, eggs are involved. As for the other nominees, here they are! Winners will be announced Saturday. Best Show Ahir Shah, Control Elf Lyons, Swan Hannah Gadsby, Nanette John Robins, The Darkness of Robins Jordan Brookes, Body of Work Mae Martin, Dope Mat Ewins Presents...

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Artie Lange joining Anthony Cumia for “The AA Show,” Artie and Anthony weekday afternoons on Compound Media

They used to compete for your laughs on morning radio, and now they’ve joined forces in the afternoon on streaming media. Anthony Cumia announced this week that Artie Lange will join him as his permanent co-host for the newly rebranded weekday broadcast, “The AA Show,” starting Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. Cumia started Compound Media after getting fired from SiriusXM in 2014 to end his lengthy partnership with Gregg “Opie” Hughes over decades on both regular radio and satellite. He has since expanded Compound Media with several other comedian-hosted video broadcasts available via livestream or archives for subscribers only. Lange,...

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The world’s film critics in 2017 rank the 100 greatest movie comedies of all time

BBC Culture asked the world’s film critics to rank the top funny films of all time. They asked 253 film critics – 118 women and 135 men – from 52 countries simply this, “What do you think are the 10 best comedies of all time?” What’d they come up with in 2017? Of those critics, 86 came from the United States and Canada. They would’ve made Dr. Strangelove tops, and ranked Airplane! higher than the rest of the world’s critics. The Brits preferred Annie Hall. Critics from Australia and New Zealand gave higher marks, relatively, to Buster Keaton’s classic, The...

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Myq Kaplan on Conan

Myq Kaplan has some movie mash-up ideas, and you probably can guess my favorite if you know anything about Kaplan already. If not, please enjoy his most recent performance on Conan, which also included jokes about how Kanye West can be a rapping genius but not so great at talking, and what to say when someone asks if you’re in the bathroom. There is no wrong answer. Roll the...

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Review: Tiffany Haddish, “She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood!” on Showtime

Tiffany Haddish has become a comedy star in 2017, bursting forth from supporting player on NBC’s The Carmichael Show to scene-stealer on the big screen in Girls Trip, and this fall will co-star with Tracy Morgan in the new TBS comedy, The Last O.G. This past weekend, Haddish got to shine solo in her first hour comedy special, She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood! on Showtime. And yes, she ready. From my review in Decider: Comedy provided Haddish with a way out of a troubled childhood that included growing up in foster care from age 11. Haddish told me...

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