Day: August 7, 2015

Tom Papa on “Conan”

Tom Papa has enjoyed a lazy summer with his wife and kids. Which, as he explained on Thursday night’s Conan, means he’s not going to be the next Einstein or Edison. He will be the next Papa, next in a long line of nappers. End of the line to become super-rich. Roll the...

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They’re running for president: Yes, and? Chris Gethard finds room for improv-ment among GOP candidates

Friend of the site Katla McGlynn took an Improv 101 comedy class from Chris Gethard a decade ago at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Last night, McGlynn asked Gethard to watch the first of what will prove to be far too many debates among the Republican presidential candidates to winnow the GOP field of White House contenders down from 17 down to one by next summer. Your Twitter and Facebook feeds already warned you that so many jokes will be made of these candidates in the coming year. Gethard heightened that premise and dropped the mic, delivering detailed notes...

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FX Networks expands relationships with two new sitcom orders: “Better Things” and “Cassius and Clay”

FX Networks is making its big splash today before the TV Critics Association by announcing two new series that expands FX and FXX’s relationships with the creators of long-running critical faves Louie and Archer. Better Things, starring Pamela Adlon, will receive 10 episodes on FX, while Cassius and Clay, an animated series starring the voices of Kaitlin Olson and Lake Bell, will receive 10 episodes on FXX, where it’ll be paired with Archer. Adlon, meanwhile, already has co-starred and consulted for several seasons on Louie. She and Louis CK have co-created Better Things and co-wrote the pilot, which CK...

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Oh, to be a woman in stand-up comedy in Miami in 2015

Miami New Times profiled the women making comedy in Miami in 2015, so read the stories from Kat Toledo, Emily Winter, Natalie Prager-Newman, Dominique Gelin, and Elise Valderrama (pictured above) and see how much you identify with them. A sidebar video asked them about “The Annoying Shit People Say to Female Comedians.” Roll the...

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A look at the “Laughing Lunch” program by ComedyCures

I joked with Saranne Rothberg that I somehow see her more often in other cities at comedy festivals than I do in New York City, where we both live and work. Have to change that. And so do you. Rothberg has thrown “Laughing Lunches” through her ComedyCures Foundation since she herself found laughter helped her survive and thrive her own cancer diagnosis in 1999. This video from HooplaHa catches up with Rothberg, cancer survivors and their families, and comedians Rick Younger, Vladimir Caamano and Fran Capo at a recent Laughing Lunch event at Broadway Comedy Club. Roll the clip...

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