Author: Sean L. McCarthy

Review: “Rory Scovel Tries Stand-Up For The First Time” on Netflix

Who are we kidding? You know and I know and Rory Scovel knows this is not his first attempt at stand-up comedy, but the title offers up a fun misleading click for new fans on Netflix, as well as an opportunity for Scovel and director Scott Moran to have fun imagining what goes through a rookie comedian’s mind before, during and after his/her first time onstage. I’m clearly a fan of Scovel’s, and I attest to as much here and in my review of his first Netflix special. Here’s an excerpt from my review in Decider: Scovel has proven...

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Marc Maron Presents Classic Showbiz with Kliph Nesteroff: A podcast miniseries

Find out what happened to Allan Drake, one of several Mob-connected comedians in mid-century America. His connections got him huge gigs at The Flamingo in Las Vegas and the Copacabana in New York. Those same connections would destroy his life and keep his name from reaching the history books. Hear from Mob-era comedians Jack Carter, Dick Curtis, Shecky Greene, and more. That’s the description for Episode #1 of Kliph Nesteroff’s premium podcast miniseries, Classic Showbiz: “The Hood, The Schmuck & Miss New Jersey Legs.” It’s great pulpy nonfiction, as Nesteroff narrates like a private eye in the 1950s, complete...

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James Acaster made his American TV debut on Conan

James Acaster has put on one of the top shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival each of the past five years, according to the folks who hand out those awards each August. But the Brit had never performed stand-up proper on American TV until Tuesday night’s Conan, where he shared with audiences that he knows much more about apricots than he does about Dr. Pepper. And he’s white. Roll the...

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