Author: Sean L. McCarthy

Episode #212: Clusterfest 2018 with Mark Normand, Roy Wood Jr., and Sasheer Zamata

This is a special edition of Last Things First, recorded live during Clusterfest 2018 in San Francisco. Comedy Central was kind enough to ask me to host a series of Clusterfest panels for the media that they called fireside chats. In this session, I welcomed Sasheer Zamata, Roy Wood Jr., and Mark Normand. We joked about whether comedians should ever apologize, about getting advice from comedians at the top of the ladder as you’re climbing it, and preparing for the next big thing in your careers. All that and more in this episode of The Comic’s Comic Presents Last...

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Talking about Chris Hardwick

Sunday night was supposed to herald another big moment for Chris Hardwick’s TV career with the premiere of Talking with Chris Hardwick and his big-get guest, Donald Glover. But AMC pulled that episode, and the entire series, following allegations of sexual assault and abuse made by an ex-girlfriend of Hardwick’s online Friday. “We have had a positive working relationship with Chris Hardwick for many years,” the network said on Saturday. “We take the troubling allegations that surfaced yesterday very seriously. While we assess the situation, Talking with Chris Hardwick will not air on AMC, and Chris has decided to step aside...

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You haven’t seen nor heard the last from the late Mitch Hedberg

When several comedians convened in November 2016 to pay tribute to the late great Mitch Hedberg, his widow, Lynn Shawcroft, hinted there would be more to come from his estate — even more than the Comedy Central Records limited-edition box set they unveiled that night. Now Shawcroft is backing up that promise. In a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter, Shawcroft revealed she had kept and/or found enough footage for both a concert film as well as a documentary narrated by Hedberg himself. Plus “boxes of microtapes of him practicing and perfecting his material — material that’s never been heard.”...

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Eurydice Dixon, 22-year-old Melbourne comedian, murdered on walk home from gig

Eurydice Dixon was just another young aspiring comedian walking home from a gig last week when she was tragically murdered. A 19-year-old man was arrested the following day with her rape and murder on a Melbourne soccer pitch last Tuesday night. Her last text to a friend, heartbreakingly ironic: “I’m almost home safe, how about you?” Another local comedian, Urvi Majumdar, shared on Facebook: “I knew you as the first young woman I met in comedy, also with a name people had trouble pronouncing. I was immediately in awe of your confidence on stage; your performances were always textured...

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Ellen DeGeneres touring West Coast in August to tape Netflix special

Ellen DeGeneres, the reigning queen of daytime TV, is finally ready to record her first stand-up comedy special in 15 years. DeGeneres will hit the road for a limited West Coast tour in August, with three dates each in San Diego and San Francisco before taping her performances in Seattle for Netflix. Although DeGeneres tapes witty monologues daily for her syndicated talk show and has filmed multiple variety specials for TBS, this will be her first solo stand-up special since her 2003 HBO hour: Here and Now. Tickets are onsale this week for her August 2018 tour, including the two...

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