Author: Sean L. McCarthy

Chris Gethard on the importance of interacting with fans of The Chris Gethard Show

The Chris Gethard Show prides itself on having as much loyalty to its fans as the fans do to the show. On last week’s live broadcast on truTV, Gethard locked himself in a clear box for a stunt in which guest Matt Walsh (Veep) had to convince fans to answer revealing questions via phone and Skype so he could free Gethard from the box before 100 pounds of human hair fell on top of him. That high level of audience participation has been baked into the show since the start, even before it aired on TV. In 2010, when...

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Kat Radley on Women in Comedy Festivals, and in the writer’s rooms

Kat Radley spent the better parts of 2016 and 2017 submitting writer’s packets to late-night comedy shows. “I think I lost count at one point, but if you name a show, I pretty much sent a packet for it,” Radley told me. Last August, the first packet she’d submitted turned into a job offer. Since then, Radley has written for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Radley will headline a show Saturday at the Women In Comedy Festival in Cambridge, Mass. The festival this year, running from Wednesday through Sunday, also includes performances from Wanda Sykes, Tig Notaro, Gina Yashere,...

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Starz has acquired several former Seeso series and specials

Good news for fans of Seeso programming! Starz, a cable channel/network still in operation and continuing into the foreseeable future, has acquired several series and specials launched during the brief era of Seeso, NBCUniversal’s short-lived hope for a comedy streaming platform. We already knew that Take My Wife, starring comedians Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher as versions of themselves, would move to the pay-cable network. Coming with them: Night Train with Wyatt Cenac, The UCB Show, New York’s Funniest, stand-up specials from Brian Posehn, Lachlan Patterson, and the Sklar Brothers, and a documentary on The Pistol Shrimps.   “We are...

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Maria Bamford filed a restraining order against President Donald J. Trump

On Friday, April 13, 2018, comedian Maria Bamford went to her local courthouse to file a restraining order. Not against an ex. But against the president. Of the United States. Ok! Going to local courthouse to file restraining order against Donald Trump. I'll let you know what happens. It may just be rejected after a long wait in line. #illbringtheinternet — The Irrelevant Redundancy! (@mariabamfoo) April 13, 2018 I have a feeling this is dumb, but I will stupidly persist. https://t.co/51rPxLwFbH — The Irrelevant Redundancy! (@mariabamfoo) April 13, 2018 As for what to put on her forms as to...

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R.I.P. Harry Anderson (1952-2018)

Harry Anderson, best known for starring in the NBC Must-See TV sitcom Night Court from 1984-1992, has died at his home in North Carolina. He was 65. Born Oct. 14, 1952, in Newport, R.I., Anderson and his family moved to Chicago, where he discovered card games, magic tricks and hustling. He took those tricks with him to Hollywood, where he spent his teen years (graduating as class valedictorian in 1970 from North Hollywood High), before making the move to San Francisco to start his career. Perhaps you first saw him on HBO’s Young Comedians Special, or the even more...

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