Month: February 2018

Episode #195: Candice Thompson

Candice Thompson is a former finalist on Stand Up NBC’s talent search who has performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and served as a correspondent on the E! series, The Comment Section. She has starred in her own YouTube sketch comedy series, and written for the game show Smart, Funny and Black. Thompson just launched her own podcast, The Struggle, but first, she sat down with me to talk about overcoming her own personal and professional struggles, so let’s get to it! Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: Android |...

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Review: “2 Dope Queens,” many dope perspectives in HBO variety series

Turning a podcast into a TV special, let alone a four-part series, doesn’t make sense for most podcasts. But 2 Dope Queens isn’t any podcast. The hit WNYC podcast from Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams is part two-woman comedy duo, part improv, part chat show, part stand-up storytelling showcase. It already is a variety series, ready-made for TV. Even better for HBO. The fourth of the four variety hours of 2 Dope Queens on HBO premieres tonight. You can catch all of the specials On Demand via HBO Go or HBO NOW. “I think people like the fact that they...

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Ali Siddiq goes back to prison, this time as a performer to inspire the convicts with his comedy conviction

Ali Siddiq spent six years in prison, serving time in various jails and penitentiaries after an arrest at 19 for drug possession. Twenty years later, Siddiq went back. It’s Bigger Than These Bars, premiering Friday night on Comedy Central, finds Siddiq performing for and talking to inmates at Bell County Jail in Texas: “I’m back to do my stand-up in front of currently incarcerated folks to let the world know that you can do whatever you put your mind to, because it’s bigger than these bars.” As he tells the inmates at the start of his show, sitting on...

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Doo-doo or do not, that is the question of this “Poop Talk” documentary

Everyone Poops is a very popular children’s book. And yet. Everyone poops, and nobody wants to talk about it. Despite the long history of fart jokes, we don’t generally discuss our excretory habits, or usually even acknowledge them. A brisk, bright 68-minute documentary fronted by the Sklar Brothers gets comedians and funny people to do just that. Poop Talk. “I’m not open with poop,” says Modern Family star Eric Stonestreet. “At all. No. I mean, this is as open – that first sentence that I just said is as open about poop as I’ve ever been in my life. This...

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The Fighter from comedy/sports podcast “The Fighter & The Kid” gets Showtime digital talk show

Showtime announced today that Brendan Schuab will host a sports and pop culture talk show, Below The Belt, which will present 30-minute episodes twice a month, starting Feb. 28, 2018, on YouTube and Facebook. The launch is timed to preview and promote Showtime Boxing’s next main event, a WBC heavyweight title bout between Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz. Schaub, a former UFC fighter and runner-up on Spike TV’s The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights, has been co-hosting the popular podcast, The Fighter & The Kid, with comedian and actor Bryan Callen. His “Big Brown Breakdown” podcast, averaging over four million downloads per...

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