Author: Sean L. McCarthy

About my new calendar

Greetings, readers. I’m continuing to find new and useful functions to assist you and your comedy needs here at The Comic’s Comic. To that end, today I’ve added a calendar of comedy events worth your time and money. It’s there on the right-hand column. See it? Great. Over time, I’ll be adding lots and lots to the calendar. Just to clarify, this will not be a list of shows I’m performing at — despite my name showing up above it. That’s a Google quirk that I have yet to figure out how to fix. If you know how, please let me know. Or if you think I should ditch Google calendar for a different listing, please, by all means, tell me that, too. Thanks. Here’s the deal: You perform. I write about it. And now I’ve got a function to help promote your show in...

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Emo Philips: Comedy Genius

In my 36 years on the planet Earth, not to mention my many years inhabiting other celestial bodies and spirits, I’ve seen plenty of great comedy shows, hundreds more live comedy shows that provided more than a few laughs, and some clunkers. Never have I laughed so hard, so often, and wanted to see a performer again, then I have last night watching and listening to Emo Philips at Comix in New York City. Of course, Emo and I go way back (not that he knew this) more than two decades, to the moment when a cassette tape of "E=MO2" fell into my possession. I don’t know when it happened. The cassette’s liner notes say that he recorded that set live at Carolines in NYC and released it to the world at large in 1985. At some point, in a series of coincidences and events reminiscent of The Lord of the Rings, this one comedy cassette to rule them all arrived in my hands, and then when I acquired a driver’s license and a car in 1987, into my car’s cassette deck with auto-reverse, wherein it made me laugh on a continuous basis for the better part of a year. One of those formative teenage experience deals that finds a spot in your long-term memory banks, so 20 years later, when your life path finally crosses Emo’s, you say...

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Why the WGA strike isn’t over yet

Here is a video, thanks to Nick Kroll and the writing of Seth MacFarlane, to explain why the writers and the studios remain at an impasse. Let’s hope the Directors Guild’s agreement provides a roadmap to compromise. Also featuring Kat Foster (Til Death) and strike-bearded Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother). Another example of Disposable Television. So to...

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Pre-sale ticket offer today!

Starting this afternoon, you can get your hands on tickets before anyone else for the Gerry Red Wilson Comedy Benefit show, to be held March 5 at Town Hall in NYC with performances by Dave Attell, Louis CK, Pete Correale, Nick DiPaolo, Greg Fitzsimmons, Artie Lange, Kevin Meaney and Jim Norton. That’s a heckuva lineup. Tickets for the general public go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. But you can get them now via The Comic’s Comic’s Comic’s Comic’s (wait, that’s too many comic’s) promotional Ticketmaster offer. Click here! This was Gerry Red Wilson. A member of the New York Friars Club, Wilson died Nov. 22, 1998 at the age of 37 from spinal meningitis. An aspiring TV and stand-up career cut far too short. A native New Yorker, Wilson graduated from Queens College and began teaching in the city’s public schools. On nights and weekends, he pursued a career in comedy. He got his first big TV break with ABC and the 1998 midseason replacement sitcom That’s Life, and had a development deal with FOX that he was working on another sitcom for when he contracted the disease that took his life. Seven comedy benefit shows have been held since then, raising more than $200,000 for organizations such as The Meningitis Association of America. Tickets for the March 5 show run from $44.25-$74.25. Donations also can be made...

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