Day: August 27, 2015

Corinne Fisher and Katie Hannigan stick “Ladies Night Comedy” to the Fringes in “The Comedienne Project”

For all of the plights that befall women who pursue stand-up comedy just getting to the stage, there’s also the hurdle of overcoming stereotypes audiences have of what they’re like onstage. The Comedienne Project stars stand-up comedians Katie Hannigan and Corinne Fisher, and directed by Ted Alexandro, made its debut this month at the FringeNYC festival in an attempt to kick “the single lady, the girlfriend and the crazy girl” to the comedy curb. No jokes about dating, sex, or feminine hygiene. Just about everything else, though. Would you notice the difference? Definitely from Fisher, who’s best known at...

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Last Comic Standing 9: The Semifinals (Part Two)

We’re in the homestretch of episodes that don’t have nearly enough time to showcase 21 stand-up comedians in 44 minutes, as this is the second and final semifinal of season nine of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. A quick pan across the green room and there’s Andi Smith revealing to us she didn’t even pack enough clothing to anticipate a semifinal performance, juxtaposed with advice from judge Keenen Ivory Wayans that the comedians bring it, so it gets brought. “This is a comedy rumble,” says judge Roseanne Barr. “They’re either going to choke…or they’re going to kill.” Wait. That’s not...

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Episode #14: Paul Scheer

Paul Scheer currently stars on the FX series, The League, co-stars on the ABC sitcom Fresh Off The Boat as well as the Hulu series, The Hotwives, which he also executive produces. Along with his longtime comedy buddy, Rob Huebel, Scheer just realized an all-star comedy showcase bus tour called Crash Test, based on their long-running live show at the UCB Theatre in Los Angeles. We talked about what didn’t make it into the Crash Test special (Nick Thune, Billy the Mime and Odd Future get your shout-outs here!), how his unaired Make My Day segment from years ago...

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Julian McCullough and Annie Lederman to co-host “We Have Issues” weekly series on E!

Friday nights this fall will see comedians Julian McCullough and Annie Lederman facing off on the issues of the week, as E! announced a Sept. 18, 2015, premiere date for their new weekly series, We Have Issues. Their show has an unspecified episode order, but is being launched in the same timeslot that E! tested out Grace Helbig this spring with The Grace Helbig Show and The Comment Section with Michael Kosta this summer, Fridays at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. E!’s official description for We Have Issues: “Julian McCullough and Annie Lederman battle it out in this new series that...

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Mike Birbiglia writing, directing a movie about an improv group

If you’re ever in a comedy club or theater, sometimes you may have the opportunity to glance at old cast photos and headshots along the walls. Some faces you now know very well; others remain unfamiliar. In group photos of sketch and improv groups, have they all remained friends? Don’t Think Twice, a new film that Mike Birbiglia wrote and is directing and co-starring in, just began production this summer in New York City, focusing in on one improv comedy group that loses its lease on its home theater just as one of its performers hits the big time...

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