Author: Sean L. McCarthy

Episode #155: Mark Lonow

Mark Lonow is an actor, producer and talent manager, but he’s perhaps best known for something else he did offstage — going into business with Budd Friedman to save the Hollywood Improv and help oversee its expansion as the first major comedy club chain. But there’s a lot more to Lonow’s story, from his job as a teenager at the legendary Pip’s in Brooklyn, to the improv/sketch trio he performed in with his wife and Henry Winkler which led him to Budd in the first place. From his own starring turn on TV in the 1970s, to organizing the...

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Meet Me In New York: Costaki Economopoulous

What do they say about New York City: There are eight million stories, and sometimes it seems as though eight million of the people telling them think they’re comedians? No, that’s not it. It is a fact, though, that America’s biggest city is also its biggest comedy mecca. Hollywood may be Hollywood, but New York City is where comedians are born funny, become funny or arrive to thrust their funny upon us. I think we should meet some of these people. This is a recurring feature, a mini-profile of newcomers, up-and-comers and overcomers of New York’s vibrant comedy scene....

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Ed Helms goes back to his Comedy Central roots with special, “Fake News with Ted Nelms”

Is that Ed Helms? Or is that Ted Nelms? A little bit of both, as Helms dressed up in disguise for a fantasy sequence of a comedy sketch reuniting the gang from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart for a special episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. But truthfully, Helms is planning to go back to Comedy Central for at least one night only — in a planned special called Fake News with Ted Nelms. In contrast to The Daily Show, which made fun of the news, Fake News will actually be all made-up stuff, including its...

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Comics to Watch 2017: Here’s who’s “Up Next” at Comedy Central’s Colossal Clusterfest

Comedy Central’s “Comics to Watch” showcases, which had featured up-and-coming stand-ups in recent years at the New York Comedy Festival, is now rebranded as “Up Next” and will debut at Comedy Central’s own festival next weekend in San Francisco. These eight comedians selected to perform at Colossal Clusterfest also will be featured in a 90-minute TV special on the cable network. Natasha Leggero hosts the “Up Next” showcase next Friday, with highlights airing next Sunday at 10 p.m. ET/PT, June 4, 2017. Here are the 2017 Up Next comics! Descriptions courtesy of Comedy Central. Curtis Cook is currently a...

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Mike Vecchione on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Mike Vecchione may look like a police officer. But that’s of little to no help to the comedian when he calls on the cops to help track down his stolen vehicle. Especially if and when they show up on horseback. Which I know is crazy but true because I’ve seen the horseback officers in my neighborhood, and Vecchione lives near me, and yet we both live right by an NYPD precinct. Crazy but true. Roll the...

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