Author: Sean L. McCarthy

R.I.P. Floyd J. Phillips

Floyd J. Phillips grew up in Michigan and died there, but his comedy influence also spread to the Pacific Northwest. Phillips died April 6, after more than 35 years on and off of dialysis. He’d posted a GoFundMe just last month to try to defray his medical expenses and help get him back on his feet one last time. He won the Seattle International Comedy Competition in 2000, and made the finals the following year in the San Francisco competition. His club bios talked about how he grew up in the Chicago ghetto, but Phillips attended high school and...

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Episode #202: Brandon Rogers

Brandon Rogers is a YouTube star with four million subscribers and one Streamy Award to his credit. He has starred in two webseries, Sam and Stuff for Facebook, and Magic Funhouse for Fullscreen. Brandon was a New Face at Just For Laughs in 2017, and he stopped by my studio while he’s on his first live comedy tour this spring. So let’s get to it! Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: Android |...

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15th annual StandUp NBC comedian search kicks off, will allow video submissions, too

NBC’s annual StandUp NBC nationwide search for stand-up comedians of diverse backgrounds, has launched, and for its 15th anniversary, the event not only is expanding to five regional audition sites instead of four, but also is allowing video submissions for each of the regionals. Details: The five cities for auditions in 2018 will be: Chicago (June 9-10), Las Vegas (June 23-24), Charlotte (July 28-29), New York (August 11-12), and Houston (Sept 22-23). All five cities on the tour will offer online video submissions where comics can submit a recent two-minute performance in lieu of attending the open call. Submissions dates for all five cities can...

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John Mulaney hosted Saturday Night Live. Watch his monologue!

Forget about his live Mulvaney intro from Darrell Hammond (they fixed it in post!), stand-up comedian and former Saturday Night Live writer John Mulaney made a triumphant return to the sketch comedy showcase on April 14, 2018. “Some of the best years of my life. To be hosting here is just surreal. I mean, I used to write monologues for the hosts,” he said. “And now I’m up here. I get to give the monologue.” So in his monologue, Mulaney dished on some inside stuff, such as his favorite past hosts intros of musical guests. It’s Sir Patrick Stewart,...

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Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson ink deal with Comedy Central for post-Broad City future

Broad City will end in 2019 with its fifth and final season, but Comedy Central wants you to know it’ll remain in business with Broad City’s creators and stars. Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson signed a ‘first look’ deal to develop series not only with Comedy Central, but with all of the channel’s sister stations within Viacom. They already have three such projects in development at Comedy Central: Mall Town USA, Platinum Status, and Young Professionals. “Broad City’s Abbi and Ilana may appear to be aimless and full of hair-brained schemes, but Abbi and Ilana IRL have proven to be stellar creator/writer/performer/director/producers....

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