Day: July 29, 2015

Meet Me In New York: Mehran Khaghani

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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Getting oral from Wet Hot American Summer’s cast and crew

Friend of the site Julie Seabaugh put together an oral history on Wet Hot American Summer for this week’s Variety, just in time for the launch of the prequel miniseries this Friday on Netflix. Would you believe they tried to make a Wet Hot TV series way back in 2003? Check this amazing excerpt from Seabaugh’s interviews, to see how it evolved from that idea to nothing and then to something very special a dozen years later. David Wain: We wrote a pilot version of “WHAS” for FOX about 12 years ago. Their idea was, “No one saw this...

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For comedians, fans who idolized Bill Cosby: What now?

I feel bad, now, for the comics who grew up idolizing Cosby. It had to affect their decision to begin doing standup and motivate the kind of standup they wanted to do… I hope there’s a way to salvage that kind of inspiration. I never saw or listened to comedy when I was a kid. I heard the Noah bit when I was about 10 and thought it was hilarious. But that was it. Until I did stand-up I didn’t even know the same guy from sitcomville was a stand-up. But I knew that he was beloved. And then...

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What’s coming in comedy from Netflix in Fall 2015 and into 2016? A TCA update

The TCA summer press tour began on Tuesday in Pasadena — an annual parade of TV networks and stars, presenting themselves en masse to the TV Critics Association in hopes that their fall series will be welcomed and shared with rave reviews. Or, at the very least, enough buzz to break them out from the pack of thousands of other shows competing for your airtime and attention as a viewer in 2015. Who knows what it’ll mean for 2016. Perhaps no better network or studio to kick things off in summer 2015 than Netflix, which has evolved from a...

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The growing pains of cracking down on Twitter joke thieves

The only sure things are death, taxes and schmucks will try to profit by stealing your jokes. At least my online friends at Death and Taxes are making an effort at countering the joke-stealing schmucks. On Tuesday, Death and Taxes took to Wikipedia to make certain everyone knows that Josh Ostrosky, aka “The Fat Jew,” willingly and brazenly steals jokes — so much that he has gathered 5.4 million Instagram followers, 248,000 Twitter followers, and untold sums in corporate sponsorships based on his thievery. I know, right? Please stop. Some joke writers are finding some success getting other thieves...

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