Day: August 19, 2016

Meet Me In New York: Jena Friedman

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, up-and-comers and overcomers of New York’s vibrant comedy scene....

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What are the best audiobooks to listen to comedians reading their own memoirs?

I bought Doug Stanhope’s new memoir, “Digging Up Mother,” because he told me I was in the book. He could have been drunk when he said that. No, wait. He definitely was, because he said so. Either way, imagine my delight and yours this week when Audible released an audiobook version of Stanhope’s Digging Up Mother: A Love Story, narrated by the author himself! It’s one thing to read the exploits of the unfiltered stand-up comedian years later as he recollects them in print, but quite another to hear them retold in his own voice. Especially since he’s a...

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The Interrobang’s “Comedy 101” on SiriusXM: An open mic comedian’s fever dream/nightmare come to life

The open mic holds everything for the new, aspiring comedian. The alpha and the omega, the dream and the nightmare, but the above all else, the primary entry point for stand-up comedy. An open mic often promises no regular audience members; instead, empty chairs up front and a gaggle of snickering open mic comedians in the back room, either pre-occupied with their phones and their own lives, or worse, heckling you. A bringer show promises you another alternate reality, in exchange for you bribing or coercing your friends and/or coworkers to pay to attend your show, they may be...

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The finale of “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” with special guest Jon Stewart

After all of the joking by Larry Wilmore’s Nightly Show writers and contributors about how they didn’t expect to still be working on their final day with Comedy Central, Wilmore welcomed an interruption from Jon Stewart. It was Stewart’s idea for Wilmore to break off from The Daily Show to host his own late-night half-hour satire following the end of The Colbert Report. And Stewart had experienced the heartbreak of TV cancellation before he found his biggest success to date with TDS. Although as Stewart explained to Wilmore in a poignant pep talk, there was another way to look...

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