Day: March 2, 2016

Review: Mike Birbiglia, “Thank God For Jokes” Off-Broadway

Watching Mike Birbiglia‘s new off-Broadway show in the afternoon of the Academy Awards proved even more fitting than I could have anticipated. Thematically, the narrative thru-line connects most of his jokes in Thank God For Jokes to the night he hosted the Gotham Awards for independent film in New York City in 2012. Birbiglia peels back the curtain to let us in on his thought process — as any comedian who takes a gig in which they’ll be expected to make gags about the people in the audience — for a very meta hour and a half. Why take a gig like...

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Review: Chris Gethard, “Career Suicide”

By most outward measurements, Chris Gethard‘s comedy career is great. A longtime favorite of both performers and audiences alike at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City, Gethard has taken his everything-and-everyone-is-welcome notion of a talk show from the UCB’s basement theater to Manhattan public-access TV to Fusion, where The Chris Gethard Show is prepping its second season on cable. You can see him on Comedy Central thanks to appearances on Broad City and Inside Amy Schumer, and he co-stars in Mike Birbiglia’s new movie about an improv group, Don’t Think Twice. And yet. Inwardly, Gethard can doubt...

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Fred and Carrie have dinner with Louis CK on “Portlandia”

In this week’s episode of Portlandia (season 6, episode 7), Fred and Carrie buy tickets to a Louis CK show in Portland, only to have CK cancel last-minute. Things take a turn when they run into him the next day, still in Portland, and force their way into one of those dinners where comedy nerds are trying to turn everything into a bit. Cringe and learn. Roll the...

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Carmen Lynch on Conan

If online dating seems weird or crazy to you now, just imagine what dating used to be like. Carmen Lynch reminds us in a very real and practical way in her stand-up set she performed Tuesday on Conan. Which lessons do you think informed her own dating life more, those of her friend, those of inspirational posters, or those of her mother? Watch then discuss. Roll the...

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Episode #68: Clare O’Kane

Lance Bangs said talking to Clare O’Kane now is like catching Janeane Garofalo circa 1991. O’Kane started stand-up comedy in the San Francisco Bay Area, then moved to Los Angeles and fell into a house with other comedians. Which is how she stars in the new Viceland cable channel showcasing stand-up comedy houses called Flophouse. O’Kane also has written for Spongebob Squarepants and for VICE, and she has performed in festivals from Bridgetown to Edinburgh. She shares with me the surprising relevance of headshots, and how her mother’s death may have prompted her to change careers and dive into comedy. So let’s...

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