Day: July 11, 2014

Meet Me In New York: Rachel Feinstein

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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Jim Jefferies on life after “Legit,” Daystreaming on tour, and making his latest stand-up special: Bare

Sometimes it really is Christmas in July when you’re working in Hollywood. Such was the case last week when Jim Jefferies touched base with The Comic’s Comic after a day on the set of The Librarians, a new TNT series based on the film franchise that debuts later this year. The Australian-born stand-up comedian and star of the recently cancelled FXX series Legit was playing Santa Claus for a guest-starring turn in an episode. Talk about going legit! “I wasn’t the actual Santa Claus,” Jefferies is quick to clarify. “I was a guy in a Santa suit.” “It was...

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Kurt Metzger hopes to draw a broader audience with “White Precious”

Kurt Metzger may be the nicest and most reasonable person onstage and off, who simultaneously is joking about things and using language to which many strangers might take offense. Perhaps he truly is “White Precious.” That’s the title of his first hourlong stand-up special, which debuts tonight on Comedy Central and already is available unedited and longer via CC: Direct, iTunes, Amazon and elsewhere. Metzger is so affable, in fact, that hearing him mistakenly identify someone’s gender, discuss the applicability of the c-word, child beauty pageants, and mosques near 9/11’s Ground Zero within the first 15 minutes finds you...

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Last Comic Standing 8, The Ellen DeGeneres Talk Show Challenge

Does this look like a guy about to be eliminated from Last Comic Standing? No. And I don’t mean JB Smoove, either, because he’s the host. But DC Benny thought he’d have a safe time cruising into the final seven or farther in this eighth season of Last Comic — he and several other finalists voted to challenge Lachlan Patterson in head-to-head stand-up before a live audience and the judges at The Comedy Store. But first! This week’s challenge had the eight remaining stand-up comedians vying for a chance to appear on Ellen. Well, maybe not in the way...

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Dana Carvey promotes new Beyond The Comics animated bits on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Dana Carvey did many things to entertain you Thursday night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Carson — from playing a “Wheel of Impressions” with Fallon (in which they both dusted off impersonations of Al Pacino and Arnold Schwarzenegger), to performing his “Choppin’ Broccoli” song that won him a spot on Saturday Night Live three decades ago, only this time also backed by an orchestra. But if you follow Carvey on Twitter @danacarvey — and he’ll follow you back! — then you would have known last week that he also has a new “Church Lady” cartoon out. Carvey told...

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