Month: December 2016

Freeform orders “Alone Together” to series, starring Esther Povitsky and Benji Aflalo

Esther Povitsky and Benji Aflalo will star in a new TV sitcom ordered up by Freeform (the cable channel formerly known as ABC Family) called Alone Together. Meet @littleesther and @benjiaflalo! They’re friends in real life and star in the new @FreeformTV scripted comedy series #AloneTogether. pic.twitter.com/EktTOMZLRK — Alone Together (@AloneTogether) December 15, 2016 Povitsky, a former Montreal New Face at Just For Laughs, appears as Maya in The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. She’s also shown up in episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Lady Dynamite, New Girl, Love, and Workaholics. Aflalo performed on the Comedy Dynamics/Hulu showcase, Coming to the Stage, and...

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Gad Elmaleh on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Gad Elmaleh is French Moroccan, but the comedian and actor is fully assimilating into America now, as he demonstrated in this stand-up performance in English on Thursday’s episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. You can hear Elmaleh describe his move to America and learning English and why in Episode #23 of my podcast, Last Things First. In the meantime, roll the...

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How America’s political divide trumps live comedy shows at the end of 2016

We’ve all heard and seen the reports coming in from theaters and comedy clubs across the country this past year. Donald Trump’s divide-and-conquer presidential campaign, which currently has us in America facing a distinctly unique constitutional crisis, has influenced not just the behavior of Americans in public settings related to Trump such as his demagogue rallies of propaganda and from there to social media trolling, but also to the more intimate spaces of comedy venues. It’s one thing if you’re a stand-up comedian bringing up the subject of politics or Trump in particular. It’s quite another if you’re merely...

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Malaysia’s Harith Iskander wins Laugh Factory’s “Funniest Person in the World 2016” contest

Harith Iskander calls himself “the godfather of stand-up comedy in Malaysia.” Now Iskander has an even grander moniker to go by: “Funniest Person in the World.” Plus a whopping $100,000 in cash prize money. It all came courtesy of the Laugh Factory, the Hollywood-based comedy club which just finished its second global search for funny stand-ups with live competitions in Finland and online voting from everywhere. Ismo Leikola from Helsinki had won the Laugh Factory’s first of what will be biennial contests back in 2014, which is why Finland got to host the 2016 competition. “Harith Iskander will act...

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Dan Levy on Late Night with Seth Meyers

Dan Levy has a new stand-up special out on Seeso called Lion, in which he learns which animal he acts like in real life. Which may change depending upon how he has to react as a husband and father now. Levy joked about parenting and marriage in Tuesday’s episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers. You can hear Dan Levy tell me about his life and comedy career more in-depth in Episode #123 of my podcast, Last Things First. In the meantime, roll the...

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