Day: July 24, 2017

Congratulations to the 2017 New Faces of Comedy for Just For Laughs Montreal

Here they are, they’ve auditioned multiple times, many of them for multiple years, to get here. A coveted spot in Montreal’s “New Faces” at Just For Laughs. What used to just showcase stand-up comedians aiming for the big time from comedy club bookers, casting agents and development deals from the broadcast networks, has now expanded to include “Characters” who often show up on the short-lists for Saturday Night Live and other series, “Unrepped” to counter the trend in many New Faces already getting representation before Montreal, and new for 2017, “Creators” to recognize the funny people making videos, webseries...

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Episode #164: Judd Apatow

Judd Apatow has one of the most impressive comedy resumes of anyone, anywhere. His Apatow Productions has produced and developed the television series Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared, Girls, Love and Crashing, he has directed the hit movies The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Funny People, This Is 40 and Trainwreck, and produced another dozen smash comedies on film since the late 1990s. Before that, he wrote and produced on The Ben Stiller Show and The Larry Sanders Show. Before that, he infamously interviewed famous comedians while still in high school in the mid 1980s. As he approaches 50, though, Apatow...

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Tony Hinchcliffe on headlining his own tour, backed by Monster Energy

Last year, Monster Energy drinks sponsored a don’t-call-it-a-comeback tour for Andrew “Dice” Clay that coincided with the 1980s comedy icon’s new Showtime series, Dice. This summer, Tony Hinchcliffe headlines the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour. Hinchcliffe was barely ready for nursery school when the Dice Man first cometh into comedy heights. But Hinchcliffe, who released his first Netflix hour in 2016, One Shot, and also shone in the first season of Comedy Central’s Roast Battle, earned his roasting chops early, growing up in Youngstown, Ohio. “I used it as a defense mechanism growing up so people would like me or be...

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Review: Erik Griffin, “The Ugly Truth” on Showtime

As part of its ongoing promotion for the network’s new drama about stand-up comedy, I’m Dying Up Here, Showtime has rolled out solo stand-up specials for each of the three comedians playing comedians in the series. The third and final of these specials, Erik Griffin: The Ugly Truth, premiered earlier in July. Directed by Scott Moran for Audible, Erik Griffin’s performance at The Laugh Factory in Long Beach, Calif., finds him facing his titular ugly truth about both his outsides and his insides.   “The ugly truth is I wanted to be in shape for this!” Griffin concedes early in the...

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Review: Ari Shaffir, “Double Negative” on Netflix

It’s perhaps fitting that in this era of too much comedy, the first stand-up to deliver two new comedy specials at the same time would be Ari Shaffir. As I wrote for Decider, it’s an audacious move: No, if it’s audacious you seek, look no further than the guy who dropped his pants in his first stand-up performance on TV. The guy who called himself “The Amazing Racist” for a recurring prank segment that the Sham-Wow guy included in his bad and bonkers movie, InAPPropriate Comedy. The guy who found one of his otherwise innocuous jokes at the flashpoint that...

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