Day: February 1, 2017

Chris Gethard’s “Career Suicide” will become an HBO special

Far from it, Chris Gethard’s powerful one-man show, “Career Suicide,” will give him his first HBO special because of it. HBO announced the news today. You can hear Chris Gethard tell me about his life and career on Episode #105 of my podcast, Last Things First. And you can read my review of his one-man show from when he was staging it at the UCB Theatre, before his successful Off-Broadway run which just concluded in January. Here’s the press release: Comedian, talk-show and podcast host, and writer Chris Gethard brings his one-man off-Broadway show CHRIS GETHARD: CAREER SUICIDE to...

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Review: Bill Burr “Walk Your Way Out” on Netflix

Timing is everything in comedy. Including the decision when to record your album/special and when to release. Which really came into focus sitting down to watch Bill Burr‘s newest hour-plus for Netflix, Walk Your Way Out. As I wrote in my review for Decider: In his latest Netflix special, Bill Burr: Walk Your Way Out, the comedian makes light of his “cowboy shirt” and general lack of awareness about his Nashville audience before quickly acknowledging the weirdness of filming his special in October 2016, weeks before he or we knew whether we’d face 2017 under President Trump or President...

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Now hear this: The very first “State of the Industry” by Andy Kindler at Just For Laughs Montreal in 1996

For years now, we’ve been sharing notes, transcripts and more recently full audio recordings of Andy Kindler’s annual State of the Industry Address that he delivers at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. It has become one of the must-see, must-listen moments each July at comedy’s largest confab. What will Kindler have to say about show business and comedy this year? Comedy fans, comedians, agents, managers, bookers, producers and execs all want to know. Ever wonder what it must have been like in the room that first year, though? Wonder no more! Comedy Dynamics Records announced it will be...

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Nathan Macintosh’s American late-night TV debut on Conan

Nathan Macintosh is a Canadian comedian living in New York City, and Tuesday night Macintosh made his American TV debut performing on Conan. So he could note the irony of hearing Americans talk about moving to Canada now that Trump’s in power. But Macintosh grew up poor, which also means he didn’t have food allergies or other things. Like a dad. Or a big house. Which is scarier than an apartment, if you really stop to think and joke about it. Roll the...

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