Month: November 2017

David Wain’s Doug Kenney/National Lampoon biopic, Robin Williams documentary both will premiere at 2018 Sundance Film Festival

The Sundance Film Festival has announced its slate of world premieres for January 2018, and among them are two notable new comedy projects. Futile and Stupid Gesture, David Wain’s biopic of Doug Kenney, co-creator of The National Lampoon, as well as the screenwriter of Animal House and Caddyshack, stars Will Forte as Kenney (pictured above with Domhnall Gleeson as Lampoon co-founder Henry Beard). The rest of the nutballs insane comedy cast re-creating the 1970s includes Martin Mull as Modern Doug, Thomas Lennon as Michael O’Donoghue, Joel McHale as Chevy Chase (!!!), John Gemberling as John Belushi, Matt Walsh as...

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Who is Randy Credico? Comedian linking Roger Stone and Wikileaks profiled in 2003 Laura Kightlinger documentary, “60 Spins Around the Sun”

In a year when the truth is more ridiculous than comedy, why not learn that a comedian could be at the center of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election? Randy Credico revealed this week that Congress had subpoenaed him to appear before the House Intelligence Committee on Dec. 15. The subpoena — Randy Credico (@Credico2016) November 29, 2017 Credico spoke to NY1 about it already, and he told comedian Jimmy Dore: “I won’t talk.” Credico, now 63, hosted a radio talk show last year for WBAI and offered frequent guest spots to Trump ally...

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Review: Brian Regan, “Nunchucks and Flamethrowers” on Netflix

Brian Regan went on a riff earlier this month when he played Carnegie Hall for the first time as part of the 2017 New York Comedy Festival. And Regan got downright sincere and soft, talking about his father, who had recently passed away. Regan’s first Netflix special in a two special deal came out Thanksgiving week, and he dedicated Nunchucks and Flamethrowers to his father. The second half-hour of Nunchucks focuses on his family, too. As I wrote in my Decider review: Here he really shines, because his focus on his parents and brothers allows him to tap into...

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Review: Bob Saget, “Zero to Sixty” via Comedy Dynamics

In 2017, when every comedian wants to be on Netflix, it’s rare to find someone put out their new stand-up special everywhere BUT Netflix. But Bob Saget isn’t every comedian. And he’d focus on the word butt and go off on a tangent for a few minutes before we could get to the next paragraph. He didn’t even intend to film Zero to Sixty, but Comedy Dynamics had an opening earlier this year when they’d booked the Music Hall of Williamsburg for filming, and Saget jumped at the opportunity. Comedy Dynamics (which produced four of this year’s five Grammy...

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Review: DeRay Davis, “How to be Black” on Netflix

I’m behind on my Empire watching, so I must confess I couldn’t tell you what DeRay Davis did on the FOX drama about hip-hop, but after watching his first Netflix special, I learned just how many other projects he had popped up in the background of over the years. The bit of his that pops the most for me is something I saw him perform earlier this year in Brooklyn at a Father’s Day showcase, where he cuts through the racial divide between Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter with a seemingly simple yet overlooked solution. In How...

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