Day: September 7, 2015

Labors of love: Stand-up comedy specials that show the life’s work of a comedian

So many stand-up specials dot the digital landscape, you could have spent your entire Labor Day weekend marathoning them and not completed the catalogue on any one channel, let alone completing a tour through what Amazon Prime, Comedy Central, HBO, Hulu, Netflix and Showtime have to offer. Besides, watch enough of them, and you’ll eventually wonder what’s so special about having a stand-up special in 2015. That’s why, for my digital subscription money, I’d much rather spend an hour or 90 minutes following a stand-up comedian or two or three on tour. Go offstage and on the road and...

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Episode #16: Alonzo Bodden

Alonzo Bodden first came to your attention as a contestant on the second season of Last Comic Standing. Bodden won the special all-star third season of Last Comic Standing, then returned to serve as a judge for the show’s fifth season. Bodden’s first big break came when he was a “New Face” in 1997 at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, which he has subsequently hosted three times. He’s made the late-night TV rounds, hosted America’s Worst Driver on Travel Channel and 101 Cars You Must Drive on Speed Channel, had supporting roles on the big screen in Scary...

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