Day: May 1, 2009

Kumail Nanjiani on “Jimmy Kimmel Live”

Kumail Nanjiani did Jimmy Kimmel Live last night. Saying you live in Brooklyn sounds so much different when you're on TV in Los Angeles than it does when you're in a New York City comedy show and you say you moved to Bushwick. Also, what's so difficult about pronouncing his name? Anyhow. Roll the...

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New club in Boston: Tommy’s Comedy Lounge

The Boston comedy scene continues to evolve in an everything that's old is new again sort of way, and the news of Boston's newest comedy club is no different in that respect. Tommy's Comedy Lounge opens on Saturday, May 2, in the historic Charles Playhouse at 74 Warrenton St., in Boston's theater district. Which, as old-timers will quickly figure out, was where the Comedy Connection used to be years before it migrated to Faneuil Hall (and then in the past year, into the nearby Wilbur Theatre). And one of the two co-owners, in fact, is Frank Ahearn, who used to run the Connection. Ahearn is running Tommy's with Boston City Councilor John Tobin, who himself helped get the Boston Comedy Festival up and running (as well as the new Boston Comedy Hall of Fame). So there's plenty of tradition here already. Their plan for Tommy's — which they named after Thomas Wignell, an Englishman who reportedly became one of America's first known comedic actors in the 18th century — is to offer improv and sketch comedy on Thursdays, and stand-up on Fridays and Saturdays. "We saw that there was an absence of local comedy that needed to be filled…that was hilarious and affordable," Tobin said in a press release. That could be construed as a jab, certainly, at Bill Blumenreich, who took the Connection out of Faneuil Hall, and...

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