Day: February 27, 2017

The definitive guide to comedy festivals for 2017

PLEASE GO TO MY NEWLY CREATED COMEDY FESTIVALS PAGE FOR A MORE TIMELESS LISTING OF ALL OF THE FESTIVALS Last year, it seemed as if there were a comedy festival somewhere in the world every weekend, if not more than one. How does 2017 stack up compared to 2016? Here’s what we know and what’s happened so far already… JANUARY SF SKETCHFEST: Audible presents The San Francisco Comedy Festival, Jan. 12-29, 2017. San Francisco. CALIFORNIA. The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival: 16th annual, Jan. 5-15, 2017. Chicago. ILLINOIS. Charleston Comedy Festival: Jan. 18-21, 2017. Charleston. SOUTH CAROLINA. RIOT LA: L.A.’s...

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Episode #139: Billy Gardell

Emmy-nominated actor and comedian Billy Gardell starred in the hit CBS sitcom, Mike & Molly as Officer Mike Biggs for six seasons, and you can see him still in syndication there, as well as in his other previous recurring roles on Lucky; Yes, Dear; and My Name Is Earl. He now co-stars as the colorful Col. Tom Parker in the CMT series, Sun Records. But it almost didn’t happen for the journeyman stand-up comedian and Pittsburgh native, and Gardell tells me all about that and more. So let’s get to it! Play in new window | Download |...

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Jimmy Kimmel’s very Jimmy Kimmel brand of the Academy Awards

Everyone’s talking about how the Oscars ended last night, but everything that came before that Best Picture mixup was very on brand for Jimmy Kimmel, who treated his first time hosting the Academy Awards as if it were an extended edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live. Kimmel usually, in fact, hosts a special live episode of his late-night ABC talker after the Academy Awards, where he would have loved dishing about the duplicate envelope that stymied Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway into announcing LA LA LAND instead of MOONLIGHT. His monologue was on point, per usual, as he’s generally beloved in...

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