Day: November 24, 2014

“More Gauze,” a tribute to Mike Nichols by Cathy Ladman

This story begins when I was about 8 years old, as most of my stories do. That is the year that I became captivated by comedy. My parents’ record cabinet is where it really all began for me. I listened to everything they had, mostly Broadway cast albums of “Funny Girl,” “Mame,” “Cabaret;” Rosemary Clooney; Danny Kaye. I loved those albums, but the comedy albums were what really spoke to me, and the best of them was, “Nichols and May Examine Doctors.” This was the one that put it over the top for me. I want to assume that...

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FX’s first promos for The Comedians with Billy Crystal and Josh Gad

These first five promos for FX’s The Comedians don’t really tell you much about plot or character development, but they do let you know that stars Billy Crystal and Josh Gad are, indeed, comedians. In a new series about comedians. Making a comedy show. And since it’s about comedy, some of it is quite meta. Actually, it’s all meta from here. Coming in 2015. Roll the...

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Margaret Cho busking in the streets of San Francisco to #BeRobin, help the homeless

If you’re walking the streets of San Francisco this month, you’re likely to see an unfair number of homeless people and one busker singing and performing who should look familiar. Margaret Cho has gone Dancing With the Stars, but now she’s dancing, singing and performing for the homeless. Cho began her very public effort this past week, both along the sidewalks of San Francisco and online via a fund-raiser on GoFundMe — it’s titled #BeRobin: Help the Homeless after the late Robin Williams and his campaigns with Comic Relief during the 1980s and 1990s. Cho created #BeRobin online via...

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Jim Gaffigan on Thanksgiving, for CBS Sunday Morning

Jim Gaffigan delivered timely commentary for CBS Sunday Morning about our very American idea of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is intended to be about gratitude. A day of gratitude. Thank God there is a day for us to focus on being grateful, because I’d hate the idea of having to be grateful year-round. We express this gratitude by overconsuming turkey, an assortment of side dishes and, of course, pies. There is little complexity to the concept of Thanksgiving holiday. It seems as if very little effort went into the planning: “Uh, how about at Thanksgiving we just eat a lot?” “But...

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