Day: January 13, 2015

Join tonight’s NYC Comedy Club Crawl and raise money to fight Parkinson’s

Rick Shapiro has left an indelible mark in even the briefest of appearances on Louis CK’s past two series, HBO’s Lucky Louie and FX’s Louie. In the former, Shapiro proudly went buck naked. That was then. Shapiro has been battling Parkinson’s disease for the past couple of years. Tonight, several of his famously funny friends will be joining him for a three-show, three-club NYC Comedy Club Crawl Fundraiser — Artie Lange is making the full trek with Shapiro, as is Joey Gay to host all three shows. Other stand-ups lending a hand and their performances include Jim Gaffigan, Judah Friedlander, Rich...

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Meet Me In New York: Jon Fisch

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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Saturday Night Live: The Exhibition going on display this spring in New York City

NBC will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live with a live special on Feb. 15, 2015. But there also will be a living exhibition for you to check out in person this spring if you’re in New York City. Saturday Night Live: The Exhibition, will debut this spring at Premier on 5th at 417 5th Ave. in Midtown Manhattan. The exhibit, Premier on 5th’s launch event, is being put together in partnership with Broadway Video Enterprises. “In addition to connecting visitors with the backstory of the show and affording an opportunity to relive the show’s most laughable...

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Woody Allen signs deal with Amazon Studios for streaming TV series

Someone told Woody Allen that all of these bad headlines surrounding Bill Cosby meant it was a good time to come back out into the spotlight? Amazon Studios today announced a deal with Allen for a full season of Untitled Woody Allen Project, a half-hour series and Allen’s first, which he’ll write and direct. Quotes from the press release: “Woody Allen is a visionary creator who has made some of the greatest films of all-time, and it’s an honor to be working with him on his first television series,” said Roy Price, Vice President of Amazon Studios. “From Annie Hall to Blue Jasmine, Woody has...

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Hey, hey, hey: Bill Cosby’s best worst idea ever now would be a Comedy Central Roast

Jeffrey Ross, aka the Roastmaster General, obviously was joking Monday night when he posted this photo to his new Instagram account with the caption: “Hey hey hey!” Or perhaps Ross was half-joking. After all, I was only half-joking when I suggested the very idea of a Comedy Central Roast of Bill Cosby to Ross two weeks ago the last time I spoke to him in person after the Monday night Whiplash showcase at the UCB. At the time, I told him the boldest move Cosby could ever make — in the wake of sexual assault and rape allegations from...

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