Day: October 13, 2015

Meet Me In New York: Josh Gondelman

(Photo of Josh Gondelman by Mindy Tucker, August 2015) 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,...

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Eddie Murphy, 2015 Mark Twain Prize winner, on not telling a joke onstage since 1987’s “Raw”

Eddie Murphy will receive the 2015 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor this weekend at the Kennedy Center, and a whole host of comedy stars will align to honor him — among them, Dave Chappelle, Kathy Griffin, Arsenio Hall, Brittany Howard, George Lopez, Sam Moore, Tracy Morgan, Kevin Nealon, Trevor Noah, Jay Pharoah, Joe Piscopo and Chris Rock. Expect them to tell many great and funny stories about Murphy. Do not expect Murphy himself to tell any jokes. In this advance interview published in today’s Washington Post, Murphy acknowledges he hasn’t gone onstage as a stand-up comedian in 28...

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Donald Trump debated Bernie Sanders! (as Anthony Atamanuik and James Adomian at UCB’s Whiplash)

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and formerĀ U.S. Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton will face off tonight in their first official debate for the Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nomination (along with candidates Martin O’Malley, Jim Webb and Lincoln Chaffee), broadcast live on CNN. But for a half-hour late last night, unsuspecting comedy fans at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City were treated to an “interleague play” mock debate pitting Sanders against Republican “billionaire” Donald J. Trump, and moderated by New York Times columnist Mark Oppenheimer. Oppenheimer joked that the debate was the NYT’s way to...

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Five minutes with The Kids in the Hall at Festival Supreme 2015

The Kids In The Hall wrapped up a 2015 tour of new sketches for their classic comedy characters with a performance on the all-star Festival Supreme last weekend in Los Angeles. And The Hollywood Reporter managed to wrangle all five members of KITH — Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson — together for for a few minutes of some intense and so not tense questioning. They recall their start and having Lorne Michaels on their side, playing women in sketches, loving Monty Python, and the ramifications of Thompson’s open homosexuality. Roll the clip! You...

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Welcome back, Tracy Morgan and Ardie Fuqua!

Tracy Morgan surprised everyone at the Emmys last month by walking onstage to deliver the final TV awards of the live broadcast. On Monday night, Morgan made his first official stand-up comedy performances since almost dying in the June 2014 highway crash that killed his friend and writing partner, James “Jimmy Mack” McNair. Morgan performed at both the Comedy Cellar and The Stand. “My first time on stage in 16 Months at the #ComedyCellar! Picking up the pieces!” Morgan wrote triumphantly after his first set. As host of this coming weekend’s Saturday Night Live, Morgan has to practice his...

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