Author: Sean L. McCarthy

Steve Martin reflects on stand-up comedy now versus the 1970s, and great opening lines

Steve Martin remains a great showman after all these years, and whether you want to nitpick about whether he has or hasn’t performed stand-up in the past 35 years and what constitutes stand-up exactly, but it’s great to see Martin entertaining the people live. And that’s exactly what he did when he showed up as the surprise opening act for Jerry Seinfeld at the February installment of Seinfeld’s monthly residency (Jesse David Fox filed a superfan report for Vulture). When Martin appeared with Edie Brickell on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday night, Martin even performed a...

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2016 Oscars: Chris Rock’s opening monologue at the Academy Awards

Chris Rock wasted no time addressing the #OscarsSoWhite talk from the moment he walked onstage to host the 2016 Academy Awards on Sunday night. Rock also had his writers whip up multiple video sketches, a gambit for a meta-Clueless joke involving Stacey Dash and Black History Month, a play off of Ellen DeGeneres and her pizza by raising money for his daughters via Girl Scout cookie sales, and more. But here’s his opening monologue, in which he rips into Hollywood for its “sorority racist” attitudes. Full transcript below: “Man, I counted at least 15 black people on that monitor....

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Flight of the Conchords reunion includes full summer tour of United States

The Flight of the Conchords reunion concert at the Newport Folk Festival this summer has taken full flight into an extended tour of the United States, starting in June in Cleveland and running through the end of July with dates in New York City’s Central Park and the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Most dates go on sale later this week. Full schedule here for the 2016 Flight of the Conchords tour: Date City Venue Country 06/11/16 Cleveland, OH State Theatre United States BUY TICKETS 06/12/16 Philadelphia, PA Mann Center for Performing Arts United States BUY TICKETS 06/13/16 Washington,...

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Episode #67: Lance Bangs

Lance Bangs has become today’s go-to director for comedians filming their stand-up specials, road shows, showcases and documentaries. His credits since 2013 alone include directing Hannibal Buress, Marc Maron, Chelsea Peretti, Jen Kirkman, Kyle Kinane, John Hodgman and Bridget Everett. He followed Todd Barry on his Crowd Work Tour, hopped on the bus for Crash Test with Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel. Shepherded The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail on Comedy Central and The Greatest Event in Television History specials for Adult Swim. Now he’s behind the lens for Flophouse, the new stand-up showcase that goes inside the homes, garages...

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Tracy Morgan’s comeback in two surprise Oscars spoofs

Tracy Morgan surprised us all with his continued comeback, starring in two different Oscars spoofs on Sunday night — once during the awards telecast, in a parody of The Danish Girl (eating a danish, because WWTMD); then, during the Jimmy Kimmel Live After-The-Oscars Special, starring in the fictional follow-up to Creed, called Clubber. Roll the...

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