Author: Sean L. McCarthy

Fortune Feimster and Tom Papa to anchor weekday morning show for Netflix’s new SiriusXM radio channel

Netflix’s new SiriusXM radio channel, Netflix Is A Joke Radio (ch. 93), will get its own live weekday morning show next Monday (July 15, 2019), hosted by stand-up comedians Tom Papa and Fortune Feimster live from Los Angeles. What A Joke with Papa and Fortune will air Mondays-Fridays from 7-9 a.m. Pacific, or 10 a.m. to noon Eastern. Feimster and Papa will hang out with fellow comedians, interview celebrities, and talk about themselves and the daily headlines, as well as introducing audio clips from Netflix’s archives of comedy specials. “I just wanted an excuse to spend more time with...

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Who advanced out of the premiere episode of NBC’s “Bring The Funny,” and what does it all mean

Bring The Funny is no Last Comic Standing. Nor is it America’s Got Talent. So what is Bring The Funny? The newest NBC talent competition is open to all sorts of funny people, from solo acts to groups, from stand-ups to characters to musical duos to prop acts to ventriloquists to sketch groups. “There’s only one simple rule: You need to bring the funny,” says host Amanda Seales. No audition rounds, so nobody gets buzzed nor heckled nor hooked off stage. We just jump right into night one of four weeks of rounds called “The Open Mic,” in which...

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Beth Stelling on Jimmy Kimmel Live

This is an interesting development. Beth Stelling performed on Tuesday’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, but the footage came from Jimmy Kimmel’s new comedy club in Las Vegas, where Stelling had headlined last month. Could this mean more stand-up on JKL in the weeks and months to come? Let’s hope so. Roll the...

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R.I.P. Rip Torn (1931-2019)

Rip Torn was not a comedian, per se. Torn was a Texan, though, true and through. Born Elmore Rual Torn, Jr. on Feb. 6, 1931 in Temple, Texas, by Thelma Mary (Spacek) and Elmore Rual Torn, Sr., who gave their son the nickname of “Rip,” which was his daddy’s nickname, as well as his uncle’s, and his cousin’s. Young Rip didn’t quite follow into the family business, preferring to study acting over agriculture at Texas A&M and the University of Texas. He ventured to Hollywood at first, but wound up in New York City studying with Lee Strasburg at...

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Becky Lucas on Conan

Kudos to Team Coco for bringing some of the talent they saw in Australia back to Burbank for proper stand-up comedy appearances on U.S. television. And props to Becky Lucas for incorporating Conan O’Brien into her act as crowd work. Great, funny stuff. Roll the...

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