Month: June 2017

Episode #160: Tom Rhodes

Tom Rhodes has been obsessed with stand-up comedy since he was 12. As a teenager in Florida in the 1980s, he performed with fake IDs to get into the comedy clubs and won a contest that allowed him to perform at 19 at The Comedy Store in Hollywood. After stops in New York City and San Francisco, Rhodes became the first comedian signed to a deal with Comedy Central, and starred in his own NBC sitcom, Mr. Rhodes, in the mid-1990s. A decade later, he was hosting his own late-night talk show in Amsterdam. Three CDs, two half-hour specials, self-produced...

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UCB4 to play Carnegie Hall to kick off #DCM20

After a successful 19th annual Del Close Marathon, what else do the so-called UCB4 have left up their sleeves? How about Carnegie Hall? The co-founders of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre — Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh — announced they’ll kick off the 20th anniversary of DCM one night earlier than usual, with a performance of their long-running long-form improv show, ASSSCAT, live at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, June 28, 2018. “Twenty years ago we started doing improv in a bar where we could barely hear each other. Now we are going to do our...

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2017 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival includes all-star shows, preview of National Comedy Center’s George Carlin Archives

This year’s edition of the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, traditionally held the week following Montreal’s Just For Laughs in upstate New York, will feature a week of performances and panels, “Comedy and the Human Condition,” which partners the new National Comedy Center with the renowned Chautauqua Institution. on a week titled  July 31st – August 6th. Jim Gaffigan, Kevin James, Robert Klein, Lisa Lampanelli and more than 20 others will perform in Lucille Ball’s hometown of Jamestown, NY, while Lewis Black, David Steinberg, W. Kamau Bell, Kelly Carlin and more engage in dialogues — all during the week of July 31 through...

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Ali Kolbert on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

How many people can say they interned on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and then performed stand-up on the show two years later? Ali Kolbert can! The 23-year-old made her TV debut on Friday night’s show, then reminisced with Fallon on panel about her days as an intern. Which is strange because it was only two years ago. But Fallon has a short memory maybe? Roll the clip. Here Kolbert talks about more memories from 2015 and 2016 working for Fallon and as an NBC...

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Episode #159: Haley Joel Osment

Haley Joel Osment was just a kid when he made his movie debut in Forrest Gump, racked up TV appearances as Jeff Foxworthy’s sitcom son and the Murphy Brown baby growing up, and earned his first Oscar nomination at the tender age of 11 for seeing dead people in The Sixth Sense. He’s also worked with Stephen Spielberg, starring in A.I., and paid it forward in Pay It Forward. After graduating from NYU, he returned with roles on Comedy Bang! Bang! and both of IFC’s soap opera satires with Will Ferrell, and he now steals scenes on HBO’s Silicon...

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