Day: May 29, 2014

Last Comic Standing, Season 8, Episode 2 of “The Invitationals” RECAP

Hey, comedy fans! We’re back with the second episode (and third hour) of the eighth season of Last Comic Standing! What have we missed? Recap of the recap by the voiceover, and now to the new comics! Here is the full episode on Hulu (where available) TONY BAKER (FULL SET, JUDGES COMMENTS) Jokes about his son wanting a gym membership when he’s only 14, and being competitive and not intimidated. Which segues into a bit about being interrupted in the shower, and slight homophobia? Well, what if your nakedness touches another person’s nakedness? #MonopolySlumlord is what #LastComic wants me...

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Meet Me In New York: Monroe Martin

What do they say about New York City: There are eight million stories, and sometimes it seems as though eight million of the people telling them think they’re comedians? No, that’s not it. It is a fact, though, that America’s biggest city is also its biggest comedy mecca. Hollywood may be Hollywood, but New York City is where comedians are born funny, become funny or arrive to thrust their funny upon us. I think we should meet some of these people. This is a recurring feature, a mini-profile of newcomers, up-and-comers and overcomers of New York’s vibrant comedy scene....

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A Bridgetown to Social Justice

I like inconvenience. I like having to reflect on what I’m feeling and why I’m feeling that way. I especially like doing that reflection in a dark room with other people who are also feeling things and having to think about it. Maybe that’s what draws me to comedy – to “alt” comedy, in particular; it’s more social than therapy and it’s livelier than meditation. And oh yeah, it’s the best (and often cheapest) form of entertainment around. I went to Bridgetown Comedy Festival this year with a question in my head about social justice. For a long time,...

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Bill Lawrence on seeking out a friendly group of stand-up comedians to star in NBC’s “Undateable”

Sometimes the casting process really is about finding a group of friends who already have chemistry offscreen and then translating it to the TV screen. Silicon Valley features a house full of guys who have improvised and performed together from Chicago to New York City to Los Angeles to HBO. Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller and Kumail Nanjiani go that far back together. Sullivan & Son, the TBS sitcom set in a Pittsburgh bar, stars stand-up comedian Steve Byrne and surrounds him with fellow stand-ups in Owen Benjamin, Roy Wood Jr. and Ahmed Ahmed. The Sullivan & Son guys have toured...

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Do the TCA and the Critics Choice agree on what’s best in comedy in 2014?

The TV Critics Association (TCA) announced their best in TV nominees on Tuesday, and will hand out TCA Awards July 19 at the Beverly Hilton during the annual TCA summer press tour for the television networks. The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) announced their best in TV nominees Wednesday, but will hand out Critics’ Choice Television Awards a month earlier than the TCAs, on June 19, also at the Beverly Hilton. Cedric the Entertainer will host that ceremony, which airs live on The CW. But can you tell the differences between what one group of TV critics thinks is...

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