Author: Sean L. McCarthy

Amber Ruffin separates the art from the artists, including Woody Allen and Bill Cosby

“Stand-up is hard, but recognizing consent is easy!” Late Night with Seth Meyers writer Amber Ruffin stars in this sketch in which she separates the art from problematic artists so you can enjoy it guilt-free. No more worrying about loving that classic Bill Cosby or Woody Allen bit, or any number of men in stand-up who have assaulted women. Or Chris Brown. Or Kevin Spacey. Or Picasso. Or… Roll the...

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Episode #220: HBO’s Crashing with Judd Apatow and Pete Holmes

Judd Apatow and Pete Holmes first met on a podcast, and ever since, have developed a wonderful working relationship. Holmes first pitched the idea for Crashing to Apatow on his late great TBS late-night show, and I caught up with both the stand-up comedian and the writer/director/producer on the set of HBO’s Crashing at The Comedy Cellar, where they were filming an upcoming episode for the comedy’s third season. Apatow and Holmes told me why Pete makes Crashing different from all of the other TV series about comedians, how they keep it real onscreen and onstage, and much more....

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Chris Hardwick returns to Talking Dead

A tearful Chris Hardwick returned to host Talking Dead last night. “Normally, I recap the show we’re about to talk about here, but instead, I really just want to take a minute and say I’m so appreciative to be standing here right now. And I want to thank you, The Walking Dead community, for all of your support these last couple of months. This show is not just a job to me. This is a vital part of my life, and this has been a sanctuary these last seven years we’ve been here. This has been with me through good times...

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Book these women for your comedy festivals, showcases and panels for 2018

We’re almost one year removed from the first wave of mainstream media attention toward the underreported and overlooked mistreatment of women in all walks of life (but particularly in comedy and show business, as Tig Notaro’s second season of One Mississippi shone a spotlight on the harsh realities women face all-too-often). As #MeToo begat #TimesUp, where are we now? I’m often reminded of my friend and fellow follower of comedy, Rachel Sklar, who has been actively campaigning to #ChangeTheRatio in technology, in boardrooms, on panels, showcases and everywhere else to include more women and more diverse voices and opinions....

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Meet Me In New York: Sydnee Washington

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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