Author: Sean L. McCarthy

Atlanta, Better Things, Horace and Pete, Veep named Peabody Award winners

Congrats to Donald Glover, Pamela Adlon, Louis CK and the cast of Veep for joining the illustrious list of winners of The Peabody Awards. CK pulled off a double-win, as he co-created FX’s Better Things and also fully funded and created his own streaming dramedy, Horace and Pete, on his own website. Here’s the announcement video from The Peabody Awards: And the official citations: “Atlanta” FX Productions (FX Networks) Donald Glover’s enchanting series on the struggles of two young black men trying to make it in Atlanta’s rap scene blends vibrant character study and rich socio-political commentary in delivering...

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Review: Lucas Brothers “On Drugs” on Netflix

I’ll confess. I’ve seen Kenny and Keith Lucas individually and together sporadically over the years, but I never could tell you which was which. And watching their first Netflix special, Lucas Brothers: On Drugs, even off drugs, didn’t fix that for me. As I wrote in my review for Identical twins in stand-up comedy are rare. Rarer, still, the twins who refuse to identify themselves at all. At least the Sklar Brothers have their own looks and refer to each other by name. Kenny and Keith Lucas never say their names onstage, choosing simple pronouns of “you,” “he,” and...

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Review: Groundhog Day finds its own way to dazzle as a Broadway musical

You have opinions about Groundhog Day, the 1993 movie starring Bill Murray as weatherman Phil Connors, stuck in Punxsutawney, Penn, reliving the same day until he gets it right. You definitely have such affinity for it (and of Stephen Tobolowsky’s performance in the film) that multiple Broadway audiences have burst into applause just at the sight of Ned Ryerson’s character onstage. You’ve made Groundhog Day an all-time comedy classic onscreen. For me, and for many others, what makes it such a lovable, teachable ode is how Phil’s parable demonstrates how powerfully we transform when we abandon our instincts for self-will....

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Comedy Central orders new series, The New Negroes, Taskmaster, and Corporate for 2017

Comedy Central’s new development slate for 2017-2018 includes three new series orders, with a game show hosted by Reggie Watts, an adaptation of live show The New Negroes starring Baron Vaughn and Open Mike Eagle, and a new scripted series called Corporate. These new series, combined with the recent announcements for weekly late-night shows The Gorburger Show (debuted Sunday) Problematic with Moshe Kasher (premiering tonight),  The President Show debuting April 27, a Jim Jefferies weekly late night series debuting this summer, and the addition of Jordan Klepper’s Daily Show persona as a weeknight series this fall, represents a complete sea-change in Comedy Central’s...

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UCB theaters in Los Angeles and New York City hosting fundraising comedy events for Callisto, Sexual Assault Awareness Month

The Upright Citizens Brigade theaters in Los Angeles and New York City will host two special comedy fundraisers next week to support Sexual Assault Awareness Month, with proceeds benefiting Callisto, a nonprofit creating technology that empowers survivors of sexual assault to make the reporting decisions that are right for them. The shows, called “Enthusiastic Consent: A Comedy Show to Stop Perverts,” will be held Sunday, April 23, 2017, at UCB Sunset in Los Angeles with performances by Golden Globe winner Rachel Bloom, plus Chris Redd, Eliza Skinner, Beth Stelling, Jenny Yang, Bombardier, The New Deal and more; and Monday, April...

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