Author: Sean L. McCarthy

About the comedy nominations for the 75th Annual Golden Globes

OK, first things first: The annual caveats about the Golden Globe Awards. They’re not the G in EGOT, so don’t get it twisted. Why not? Because G stands for Grammy. Also, because the Hollywood Foreign Press Association decides the Globes, and they’re peculiarly particular about who they like and why, and it often has as much to do with starpower and politics as it does actual merit. And while they offer slots for comedies, they always get bumped for any musical that shows up. That said, winning a Globe still means a lot for the performers. But just know...

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Episode #185: Sue Costello

Sue Costello grew up in the powder keg of Irish Catholicism getting more diverse that was Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood in the 1970s. Costello got herself out of Dorchester to make a lot of hay in Hollywood two decades later, culminating in her own FOX sitcom, Costello. Since then, you’ve seen her as a regular on the roundtable for Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, while her street smarts and brutal honesty won her a role on David O. Russell’s 2010 film, The Fighter. Sue and I have a rigorously honest conversation about what can hold us back in our lives...

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Louis C.K. buying back distribution rights to his movie, “I Love You, Daddy”

The Orchard may have squashed plans to release Louis CK’s new movie in any cinemas, but the newly disgraced comedian is buying back the distribution rights from them. Deadline broke the news today. The Orchard had paid $5 million for worldwide rights to I Love You, Daddy, after its debut screening last summer at the Toronto Film Festival. The New York Times expose on CK — and how he had masturbated without consent in front of multiple women in comedy — broke the day his film was set for a NYC premiere, but that never happened. However, several thousand...

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Meet Me In New York: Selena Coppock

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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How sensitive will Canadian comedy audiences (or bookers) get?

Just when you thought it was safe to tell jokes in Canada… Wait. You thought it was safe to tell jokes in Canada? Don’t let the extravagance of Just For Laughs fool you. For all of the “ethnic” and “nasty” shows at JFL Montreal each July, there are comedy bookers and audiences so sensitive they’re willing to sue you over a joke, or not even book you at all. Quebec’s Human Rights Tribunal ordered comedian Mike Ward last summer to pay $42,000 in “moral and punitive damages” to singer Jérémy Gabriel and Gabriel’s mother, following a complaint made back in...

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