Day: August 4, 2017

American comedy acts at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival

It only seems like there are a million other shows happening in Edinburgh each August. In fact, this month, the Ed Fringe is only hosting 3,781 different shows. Of those, only about show up in the filtered results for comedy from the United States. So if you’re looking for an American act, or for your fellow Americans in Scotland, here they are! Pictured above: musical duo Reformed Whores! Adrian Minkowicz: Best Newcomer Adrienne Truscott’s a One-Trick Pony (Or Andy Kaufmann is a Feminist Performance Artist and I’m a Comedian) The Agony and the Ivories All Hail the Rat King!...

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Farewell, and all the POINTS! to @midnight with Chris Hardwick, grand comedian showcase masquerading as a game show

The ABC television network may make a major production out of reviving all of our favorite game shows from the 1970s in primetime this summer. But nobody, not even the revived edition of Match Game (sorry, Alec Baldwin), has recaptured the great giddy aesthetic of Match Game like @midnight with Chris Hardwick, which ends a 600-episode run tonight on Comedy Central. It’s going to be a fond farewell and grand finale bash, most certainly. Check out the list of funny folks participating tonight! The magic of @midnight actually began a few years before its premiere on Oct. 21, 2013....

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2017 Kennedy Center honoree Norman Lear will skip White House reception because of Trump

Norman Lear is honored that The Kennedy Center has chosen to honor him — alongsideĀ Gloria Estefan, LL Cool J, Lionel Richie, and Carmen de Lavallade — for the center’s annual celebration of the arts in 2017. But Lear will skip the traditional pre-show reception at The White House. Thanks, Trump. Or, make that, no thanks, Trump. Lear, an outspoken opponent of Trump — just listen to my podcast with Norman Lear from October 2016 (Episode #119 of Last Things First) — isn’t happy with the current administration’s plans to stop funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and...

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Karate Kid Ralph Macchio all grown up, reunited with “Cobra Kai” for YouTube Red

The O.G. Karate Kid may look ageless, but Ralph Macchio is going to find out what it’s like to be grown-up Daniel LaRusso soon enough, as YouTube Red has outbid other streaming platforms for a 10-episode half-hour series called Cobra Kai. Cobra Kai will pick up three decades after the events of the original Karate Kid movie. Which culminated with this memorably infamous scene at the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament: In Cobra Kai, Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) still hasn’t completely recovered from his embarrassing defeat, and hopes to find redemption by reopening the Cobra Kai dojo. LaRusso (Macchio),...

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