Day: August 29, 2017

Review: Ryan Hamilton, “Happy Face” on Netflix

I wrote a glowing review of Ryan Hamilton‘s first Netflix stand-up special over at Decider, because he earned it! Watching Ryan Hamilton: Happy Face will make your face happy, too. A decade of living and doing comedy in New York City has done this Idaho boy good. And given him the ability to bridge both worlds with aplomb. From my review: “Where do you want to begin. Should we start with my face?” Yes. Hamilton’s face does rest or revert to a large, toothy grin as the special’s title suggests, although he doesn’t always feel so happy on the inside....

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Hannah Gadsby and John Robins share Best Comedy Show honors at 2017 Edinburgh Fringe; Natalie Palamides Best Newcomer

For the first time ever, the Edinburgh Comedy Awards declared not one but two individual winners of the Best Comedy Show at the Fringe, with Australian Hannah Gadsby and Brit John Robins sharing the top 2017 prize. Meanwhile, American Natalie Palamides took home the Best Newcomer prize for the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe for her show, “LAID.”

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First look at Jerry Seinfeld’s first Netflix special: “Jerry Before Seinfeld”

Jerry Seinfeld’s first Netflix special, Jerry Before Seinfeld, premieres Sept. 19, 2017. In a year in which every A-list stand-up has released a new hour for Netflix, Seinfeld looks like he has made an effort to truly make his newest hour special by looking backward. As this first-look clip highlights, Seinfeld not only has returned to his original home club, The Comic Strip in New York City, as well as his earliest jokes, but also has included childhood videos, home movies, and new documentary footage as he went back home to Long Island. Roll the clip!...

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Hoda and Kathie Lee torture three aspiring comedians and Craig Ferguson during morning “happy hour”

Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford, drinking white wine at 10 in the morning, forcing sober comedian Craig Ferguson to sit next to them on live TV and judge three aspiring stand-up comedians who are tasked with performing 45 seconds each, back to back to back, to “crack up” Craig. Who books this? Watch this highlight from Monday morning’s Today on NBC, featuring a gracious Ferguson, gamely playing along and making nice with the three comics: James Goff, Ali Kolbert and Bowen Yang. Roll the...

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Here is the schedule for Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents half-hours for Fall 2017

Formerly known as Comedy Central Presents, and later The Half Hour, Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents… will deliver 13 new half-hours of stand-up comedy from up-and-comers, coming at you in back-to-back episodes late Friday nights this fall starting Sept. 15, 2017. This season, filmed like last year in New Orleans, features Adam Cayton-Holland, Anthony DeVito, Jo Firestone, Solomon Georgio, Casey James Salengo, Sam Jay, Josh Johnson, Joel Kim Booster, Chris Redd, Yamaneika Saunders, Julio Torres, Shane Torres, and Jenny Zigrino. A preview episode featuring highlights of all of them — plus the late Lashonda Lester, who died just days before taping her half-hour...

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