Day: June 19, 2017

Review: T.J. Miller, “Meticulously Ridiculous” on HBO

T.J. Miller‘s first HBO stand-up comedy special is very aptly-titled: Meticulously Ridiculous. It premiered Saturday night, just ahead of his penultimate episode as Erlich on HBO’s critically-acclaimed comedy, Silicon Valley. Yes, we won’t have Erlich to laugh at much longer. But the Home Box Office knew well enough to give Miller a proper showcase and send-off with this solo hour. Even if he still insists on using “the star of Yogi Bear 3D” as his introduction. As I wrote in my review on Decider: He invites a first impression of him as a modern-day clown, and his history has...

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R.I.P. Bill Dana, 1924-2017

Bill Dana, the comedian who pretended to be an astronaut and became a fan of America’s original astronauts, has died. Dana was 92. Dana was born William Szathmary on Oct. 5, 1924, into a Hungarian Jewish family in Quincy, Mass., adopting a variation on his mother’s name for his stage name because he felt Szathmary was too difficult to pronounce (for a modern example of same: see Louis Szekeley becoming Louis CK). A WWII vet who earned a Bronze Star in combat as an infantryman, Dana enrolled at Emerson College on the G.I. Bill. He graduated from Emerson College in...

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Episode #158: Chris Hardwick

Chris Hardwick is probably hosting a TV show or podcast as you listen to me introduce him here. Four nights a week, Hardwick hosts the comedy game show @midnight on Comedy Central. Sunday nights you can watch him Talking with Walking Dead cast members and everyone else on AMC. He also hosts a primetime game show for NBC, The Wall. Hardwick currently serves as founder, CEO, and creative head of Nerdist Industries, a media empire under the Legendary Digital Network that encompasses a website, youtube channel and podcast network, including his own Nerdist podcast that receives millions of monthly...

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The State Of Women In Comedy According To One Woman In Comedy, by Sara Schaefer

This essay originally appeared on Medium and is republished here with permission by the author. What are female comics doing these days? What’s the situation? Did we solve it yet? I’d like to check in and take stock. But before I do that, I should say this: I’m just one lady and my experience is of course unique. I’m not a comedy “nerd.” I don’t actively seek out shows. I often don’t stick around after my set. I’ll get distracted with conversations in the greenroom while other comics are on stage. I’m a bad student of comedy. I’m not...

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