Author: Sean L. McCarthy

SNL alums sign letter in support of Al Franken

Here’s the thing about Al Franken. Make that things. Some people loved seeing Franken on Saturday Light Live. Some didn’t. Some people love how Franken has represented his fellow Minnesotans and Americans as a U.S. Senator for the Democratic Party. Some hate him for it. I’ve only spoken to him once, on the phone, interviewing him some 17 years ago when one of his books came out. He acted abrasively and off-putting during our phone interview, which disappointed me at the time, not only as a newspaper reporter, but also as a comedian and comedy fan. He also might...

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Watch David Letterman receive the 2017 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

In case you missed it Monday night on PBS, here is the edited full telecast from last month’s celebration of David Letterman for receiving the 2017 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Edited out: Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), who had introduced clips of Letterman’s “Monkey-Cam” as well as Funny or Die videos in which Letterman and Franken talked climate change. Left in: Steve Martin and Martin Short, Stupid Pet Tricks, Jimmy Kimmel (who told Letterman “you’re as Mark Twainy as they come and you have the facial hair to prove it”), Amy Schumer, a clip of Larry Bud Melman,...

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Episode #182: Bob Saget

You’ve seen Bob Saget’s friendly face on TV for four decades now, ever since he starred in the late 1980s in the ABC sitcom Full House as well as the host of America’s Funniest Home Videos. More recently, he has provided the narrator’s voice of future Ted Mosby for the CBS hit, How I Met Your Mother, performed on Broadway, written a memoir and recorded a Grammy-nominated comedy album. That’s What I’m Talking About. He just released his latest comedy special, Zero to Sixty, and now that he’s 61, he’s got plenty more to talk about now. So let’s get...

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Comedy Central announces half-hour stand-up specials for 2018

Here they are…Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents… has announced nine new half-hour installments to tape this December in New Orleans, and they’re coming at you from Emmy Blotnick, Tim Dillon, Devin Field, Megan Gailey, Chris Garcia, Langston Kerman, Mike Lawrence, Ryan O’Flanagan, and Sarah Tiana! They’ll record their half-hours Dec. 8-9, 2017, at the Civic Theatre in New Orleans. Ask for free tickets here: Bios of each of the comedians below provided by Comedy Central: Emmy Blotnick is a stand-up comedian, actress and writer based in New York. She is currently the Head Writer for the Comedy Central series The President Show. Previously, she...

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Toward A More Perfect Comedian Union

If you had told me 10 years ago, when I launched The Comic’s Comic from a hotel room in Las Vegas during the HBO Comedy Festival, that I’d be writing about sex offenders and Russian agents today, would I still be here? Before you attempt to answer that rhetorical, let me let you know what happened last summer first. A comedian reached out to me, sliding into my DMs, to sound the alarm about a newly named New Face at Montreal’s Just For Laughs comedy festival who seemed to rely much too often on other comedian’s routines. The evidence:...

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