Day: October 29, 2015

Daniel Tosh raises $25,000 for Andy Ritchie’s medical bills, doubles down betting it on football

Call him Tosh.50K? Daniel Tosh loves the Miami Dolphins, but he cares more about his friend and fellow comedian, betting against his favorite NFL team tonight to turn $25,000 in auction earnings into a $50,000 donation for Andy Ritchie‘s multiple brain surgeries. “That’s Gambling 101. Never bet with your heart. It’s bad luck. But I only bet on the Pats to cover the first half spread. This is a can’t lose!” Tosh had said Tuesday. The first-half point-spread in Vegas was 3.5 when Tosh placed his bet. The Patriots led the Dolphins 19-0 tonight at halftime. Tosh revealed his...

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Schtick or Treat: Stand-up comedy’s #tbt Halloween tribute

Seven years ago, dozens of New York City comedians converged in costumed tribute to stand-up legends and infamous icons of their trade. Since it was Halloween week, they dubbed the special showcase Schtick or Treat. I was there. It was fun. A ton of fun, actually. And hosts Mark Normand and Matt Ruby have kept at it each year since, even as Schtick or Treat moved from The Creek and The Cave to Bowery Poetry Club, Arlene’s Grocery, Littlefield, and now tonight, in its eighth installment, at Knitting Factory Brooklyn in Williamsburg. Normand portrayed Groucho Marx, Ruby as Rodney...

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What does a co-producer do on “Louie”? Steven Wright explains his role on the FX series

If Louis CK writes, directs, edits and stars in his FX comedy series, Louie, then what’s left for a co-producer to do? That’s Steven Wright’s role on the show, and Wright explained how he started working with CK and what that works entails, in this appearance on Wednesday night’s Late Night with Seth Meyers. Wright also revealed just how time-consuming it is to craft a new hour of stand-up material based solely on surrealistic one-liners. Roll the...

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Episode #30: John Heffron

Today’s guest is John Heffron, the kind of comedian who claims he’s never had a plan despite starting stand up when he was 18, launching a successful business project and winning Last Comic Standing all by the time he hit 34. A decade later, Heffron remains hard at work on his next stand-up special, headlining comedy clubs across the country. We spoke in the green room at Gotham Comedy Club in New York City after he’d just performed two shows, and Heffron shared about his past in morning radio with Danny Bonaduce in his native Detroit, life when being a...

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