Day: September 28, 2017

Last comic still standing: Felipe Esparza talks about how he’s grown with his first HBO special

The last time I spoke at length with Felipe Esparza, he was enjoying the fruits of his success as a winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, headlining a theater tour with his fellow finalists that came through New York City’s Times Square in 2010. Esparza quickly capitalized on that with an hour special that aired on Showtime in 2012. Five years later, he’s back with a new special, Translate This, which debuts Saturday on HBO. “It’s a hundred times better than the first one, because the first one happened so fast,” Esparza told me over the phone last week....

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There’s Johnny finds a home on Hulu

NBCUniversal inked a deal with Hulu that’ll grant the streaming platform exclusive rights to several former NBC series and one brand-new series from Seeso that never would’ve seen the light otherwise. The deal includes putting all episodes of 30 Rock on Hulu as of Oct. 1, 2017. Plus, it means you’ll get to see There’s Johnny, the throwback series from Paul Reiser set in the world of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson during the early 1970s, when Carson moved from New York City to Burbank. Its stars include Tony Danza and Jane Levy. There’s Johnny was supposed to...

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Review: Def Comedy Jam 25, on Netflix

What does it mean to be black in America? I cannot pretend to truly know myself, but I can turn to my friends with empathy and listen to them, put myself in their shoes. A full generation before Black Lives Matter, Russell Simmons and Stan Lathan were making sure black comedians mattered by giving them their own TV showcase on HBO, Def Comedy Jam. Twenty-five years later, many of them reunited for one night only in Hollywood for a tribute and celebration filmed exclusively for Netflix: Def Comedy Jam 25. From my review of Def Comedy Jam 25, published...

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Caleb Synan on Conan

Caleb Synan cleans up well for this performance on Tuesday’s Conan. Synan is from a small Southern town near where they filmed Deliverance, and his hometown’s a bit too proud of that. He has plenty more jokes of his own to be proud of, no matter how many “skits” his family tries to pitch him. Roll the...

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Moses Storm on Conan

Moses Storm is a fun young comedian to watch, and this performance on Monday’s Conan is testament to that. Watch how he performs the material so it’s not just a six-minute string of jokes, but a full one-man show that you want to see more of. Until then, watch...

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