Day: March 27, 2014

Here are your 10 finalists for Concert Comic in the 2014 American Comedy Awards

The American Comedy Awards just added one more category to the mix at the last minute (after voting for everything else had ended March 18 (see above!)), to recognize stand-up comedians who play concert-sized rooms and not just clubs. After culling names from the “Industry Committee” (we each received three write-ins), here are the 10 finalists up for CONCERT COMIC. Good mix of names here. Surprised not to see Aziz Ansari on here. Nor Kathy Griffin. Nor Lewis Black. But who is in the mix, still? CONCERT COMIC NOMINEES Bill Burr Hannibal Buress Louis C.K. Jim Gaffigan Kevin Hart...

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2013: David Brenner for the hour, life/career retrospective at the 92Y

David Brenner died on March 15, 2014, from cancer. The comedian who logged more guest appearances than anyone else on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson was 78. Last April, Brenner sat down with Bill Boggs at 92Y in New York City for an hourlong look back at his life and career, from the streets of Philadelphia through making documentaries for NBC and other, to getting in front of the camera and appearing on Carson and just about every other talk show and game show you saw in the late 1970s and through the 1980s. The 92Y has since...

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Ken Burns profiles Eugene Mirman for their alma mater

Famed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns made a mini-movie about comedian Eugene Mirman, and what happened next will inspire you. No, wait. I’ve read so many of those danged UpworthyViralNovaBuzzFeedy clickbait-and-switch headlines that it’s seeping into my writing. No, wait. You should be inspired. That’s the whole point of those lovely short film, as both Burns and Mirman are alums of Hampshire College, and if you apply to the college’s new summer program, the Creative Media Institute, you could learn a little bit about nonfiction photography, filmmaking and recording from the likes of Burns himself. And that’s comedian LarryMurphy providing...

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Hari Kondabolu on Late Show with David Letterman

Which kind of racism is more tolerable do you think: The casual kind or the lazy kind? Hari Kondabolu explores both in this stand-up set on Wednesday night, his first appearance on Late Show with David Letterman. Don’t worry. Kondabolu won’t make you do the math. There is nifty tie-in, though, to his new stand-up comedy CD, “Waiting for 2042.” That’s the year whites will be in the minority in America, statistically speaking. That is, if you believe that race is even a thing. Roll the...

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Jimmy Fallon piggybacks on Bill Cosby, literally and figuratively, with an impersonation of him

Bill Cosby rejoined Jimmy Fallon last night in late-night — Cosby frequented Fallon’s Late Night, and just as he did there, the Cos enjoyed taking his sweet time with Fallon making his way to the panel chair on The Tonight Show. Perhaps he knew that Fallon would unleash his Cosby impersonation on him? Then Fallon literally piggybacked on Cosby while asking Cos to “tightrope” across the studio floor. And to think, Leno couldn’t make these variety games work at 10 o’clock just a few years...

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