Author: Sean L. McCarthy

Review: Dave Chappelle, “The Art of Spin” on Netflix

Now this is what you’ve all been waiting for. The Art of Spin, an hour-plus of hot firepower comedy from one of the all-time greats in Dave Chappelle, came out today on Netflix along with his previously unreleased 2015 special, Deep in the Heart of Texas. Chappelle recorded The Art of Spin in the days just following the deaths in late March of Garry Shandling and Phife Dawg, and he pays tribute to both of those icons at the very end of this special, recorded at the Hollywood Palladium. It’s far and away a tighter, funnier, more effective burst...

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Review: Dave Chappelle “Deep in the Heart of Texas” on Netflix

Really interesting to watch Dave Chappelle’s Deep in the Heart of Texas special on Netflix after first hearing about the taping two years ago from my close friends who attended the show, and then watching a later stop on the 2015 tour up in Montreal during his Just For Laughs record-breaking ticket-selling run. Also interesting to see Netflix package both of Chappelle’s “new” specials together as one collection of episodes. And, of course, trying to review a 2015 stand-up hour through the eyes of 2017 changes your perspective on lots of things. But the senses I come back to...

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Greer Barnes on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Black men not only have to worry about encountering police officers, but also white women. As comedian Greer Barnes explains in this set from Monday’s episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Here’s a question, though: Did Barnes already have this gig booked? Or did he get the gig after appearing on HBO’s Crashing? If time is a flat circle, then my questions are moot. Roll the clip!...

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Managers break off from Levity Entertainment Group to form Mainstay Entertainment

Former Levity Entertainment Group president Norm Aladjem has split from Levity and brought three managers with him to form a new company called Mainstay Entertainment. Deadline reported the news first. Among the clients joining Mainstay: comedians Trevor Noah, Maz Jobrani and Rachel Feinstein. Levity and Mainstay will continue working together on joint productions. Aladjem told Deadline: “I found that I was working with this amazing group of manager-producers in Ray (Moheet), Derek (Van Pelt), Sanaz (Yamin) and Tim (Honigman), who are like-minded in their passion and approach for architecting artists’ careers and helping them tell their stories. We wanted...

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Here are your comedians recording half-hour specials for Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents… in 2017

Remember when seemingly every comedian who ever called him or herself a comedian taped half-hour submissions earlier over the winter? They started finding out from Comedy Central last week, and here’s the full list of stand-ups recording what’s now being called Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents… These first 14 half-hours also will return to the scene of last year’s fifth season of The Half Hour, The Civic Theatre in New Orleans. Tapings scheduled nightly at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. from April 19-22. Go here for free tickets! Congrats to all! Joel Kim Booster Adam Cayton-Holland Anthony DeVito Jo Firestone Solomon Georgio Sam...

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