Author: Sean L. McCarthy

Here’s your SXSW Comedy lineup for March 10-19, 2017

BOOM BOOM BBQ, the SXSW announcement is here! Read it and laugh… South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals (March 10-19, 2017) has announced the initial list of SXSW Comedy Festival participants. This year, the SXSW Comedy Festival celebrates its tenth edition. Over the last decade, the festival has hosted hundreds of acclaimed performers, establishing a tradition of celebrating the industry’s brightest comics and introducing film and media icons to the next wave of groundbreaking comedic talent. With access to the Film, Interactive, and Music festivals, SXSW Comedy has pulled guests from all corners of the entertainment industry, growing from...

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Humor in Hindsight: 1983’s The King of Comedy

Here’s the lede from my latest Humor In Hindsight column for, reflecting on Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy, starring Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, and Sandra Bernhard, fast-forwarding the context from 1983 to 2017. Who among us hasn’t suffered from delusions of grandeur from time to time, indulging in fantasies or daydreaming of our untapped potential? You may even think life itself is a con game. Have enough self-confidence and who knows what you may achieve! That was part of “The Secret,” after all, the best-seller that encouraged us to use our own powers of positive thinking...

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Steve O’Donnell accepts the Herb Sargent Award at the 2017 Writers Guild Awards, and other winners

Steve O’Donnell remained humble as he accepted the Herb Sargent Award at the 2017 Writers Guild Awards, wondering if perhaps the WGA had confused him for another former head writer of Late Night with David Letterman, or perhaps Saturday Night Live, or even his identical twin, Mark, who co-wrote the Broadway musical Hairspray. Steve O’Donnell’s credits have included The Simpsons, Seinfeld, The Chris Rock Show, The Dana Carvey Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Letterman, where he served as head writer when they launched the Top Ten lists. Here is his acceptance speech, delivered after opening remarks by Letterman himself and writer...

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Episode #138: Ritch Shydner

Ritch Shydner had quite a run during the comedy boom of the 1980s, making multiple appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Late Night with David Letterman, playing Al Bundy’s co-worker on Married With Children, appearing in small roles in big movies such as Roxanne and Beverly Hills Cop II, and writing for Roseanne, The Jeff Foxworthy Show, and The Mind of the Married Man. He’s also written jokes for Foxworthy, Ron White and Jay Leno. In 2006, he co-authored a book of outrageously true road stories from stand-up comedians, “I Killed,” and later performed in the...

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Review: Roy Wood Jr., “Father Figure” on Comedy Central

Hard work, determination and an honestly funny outlook on life pays off. Just ask Roy Wood Jr., or rather, watch Wood’s first stand-up hour special, Father Figure, on Comedy Central. After a two-decade climb through comedy clubs and radio stations across the South and later, across America, through a finalist finish on Last Comic Standing and now emerging as a must-see correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Wood is ready to be seen and heard by an even wider audience. Hear him describe overcoming all of those obstacles to me on my podcast. And yet, at this point,...

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