Day: May 9, 2016

Episode #87: Leslie Goshko (live at QED)

Leslie Goshko joins me in a special episode recorded live at QED in Astoria. She’s featured on a new episode of truTV’s Impractical Jokers, but there’s nothing impractical about going from teaching music and theater in Tulsa to the Broadway stage, at least the way she tells it. Goshko won a national dance contest held in 2006 by the producers of Hairspray to appear in the Broadway production. She’s a gifted storyteller who has won the Manhattan Monologue Slam, provides music for NY1 anchors Pat Kiernan and Jamie Stelter’s live shows at 92Y, sings regularly at Joe’s Pub and has hosted her...

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Comedy Central’s 17 comedians recording The Half Hour in New Orleans from June 1-4, 2016

Comedy Central’s “The Half Hour” moves from Boston to New Orleans and officially announces the 17 comedians recording their stand-up specials this June 1-4, 2016. Congrats to Cy Amundson, Erik Bergstrom, Ahmed Bharoocha, Matthew Broussard, Naomi Ekperigin, Nate Fernald, Noah Gardenswartz, Emily Heller, Martha Kelly, Joe Machi, Drew Michael, Aparna Nancherla, Jacqueline Novak, Mike Recine, Ramon Rivas II, Ali Siddiq, and Nick Turner! The Half Hour will film at The Civic Theatre in New Orleans and air this fall. Tickets to “The Half Hour” tapings are free and may be requested at Here are brief bios of each comedian provided by...

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The jokes on them: Art imitating apps on HBO’s Silicon Valley

Pied Piper returned to Austin for SXSW 2016, with billboards and T-shirts boasting how the app at the heart of HBO’s Silicon Valley is “Helping Humanity Thrive.” The app might be a joke. But so, too, seem the actual tech people at both the massive March festival in Texas as well as the Silicon Valley south of San Francisco. As the creators and cast gathered to promote their third season on HBO (and already renewed for season four), they spoke time and again of how the actual tech founders they’re lampooning keep wanting us to believe their billion-dollar startups are...

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Ryan Hamilton on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Ryan Hamilton is a great stand-up comedian and a great stand-up guy who performed to great acclaim on Friday night’s episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. You can watch it right here, as he describes the unnecessarily laborious process to cancel his gym membership in 2016. Side note: Next time I see Ryan, I’m going to have to let him in on my trade secret for acquiring envelopes. Roll the...

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Dana Carvey returns to SNL for a special Church Lady cold open to remind you to watch USA’s First Impressions on Tuesday

Brie Larson hosted Saturday Night Live for the Mother’s Day weekend episode, but SNL star Dana Carvey returned in a bit of a surprise to open the show this weekend with his holy mother of a favorite sketch from the 1980s, The Church Lady’s “Church Chat” talk show. Well, isn’t that special? Of course, fans loved seeing Church Lady take down Ted Cruz in the wake of his presidential campaign’s failure — especially since the former House Speaker called him “Lucifer in the flesh” — and having Trump there, too, allowed Church Lady to cover the week’s political headlines,...

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