Day: April 15, 2015

Nashville comedians attempting eight-day “world record” continuous comedy show

If the show goes on, by 8:04 p.m. Central Daylight Time tonight, the comedians in Nashville, Tenn., will have broken the Guinness Book of World Records time for the longest continuous stand-up comedy show. And then it’ll go on and on and on some more. The Laugh Factory in Hollywood has the record with an 80-hour stand-up showcase for charity held in December 2010, which broke the 50-hour mark set by Comic Strip Live in New York City in July 2008 — which The Comic’s Comic attended and reported upon for the duration! That’s nothing compared to what Nashville...

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Big Time in Hollywood, FL, or the increasingly poor decisions of millennials

Comedy Central has been on a hot streak of late. The cable channel has led the resurgence of sketch comedy on TV — launching Key and Peele, Kroll Show, and Inside Amy Schumer — expanded its grip on young viewership of late-night with @midnight, won over critics with series that defy categorization such as Nathan For You and Review, and successfully turned webseries into something more, with Workaholics and Broad City. Big Time in Hollywood, FL, came from two guys with a successful webseries, too — but Alex Anfanger and Dan Schimpf have chosen to go a darker, more subversive serialized way...

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Brent White and the key to film editing: Finding the funny in hours of improvisation

How does a Mormon guy from Orem, Utah, wind up spending endless hours sifting through R-rated jokes for several of the big-screen comedies you’ve enjoyed in the 21st century? Brent White’s journey started at Sundance. The Sundance Institute, more specifically. But how White has become the go-to editor for Paul Feig, Judd Apatow and Adam McKay since first working with Feig and Apatow on TV’s Freaks and Geeks — well, that’s a profile in comedy courage told in this weekend’s New York Times Magazine by Jonah Weiner, “The Man Who Makes the World’s Funniest People Even Funnier.” Weiner follows White through...

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Billy Crystal’s musical tribute to David Letterman

We’re in the final month of David Letterman’s late-night TV reign, and while Billy Crystal won’t be Letterman’s last guest (although he actually was Jay Leno’s first and last!), Crystal did kick things up a notch or two or more with a musical tribute to Letterman’s sunrise and sunset on the TV stage. To the tune of Fiddler on the Roof’s “Sunrise Sunset,” roll the highlight reel and cue Billy! You hadn’t seen some of those faces in a while, had you? David Letterman, the longest-running host in late night history at 33 years, has 25 broadcasts remaining of...

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