Day: June 25, 2018

Episode #213: Paula Poundstone

Paula Poundstone started her comedy career in Boston in the late 1970s before taking her act and her life on the road to San Francisco. Poundstone broke through in a big way in 1984 when Robin Williams asked her to perform stand-up on the episode he guest hosted of Saturday Night Live. She would go on to film two comedy specials for HBO and one for Bravo, become the first woman to deliver the keynote address at the White House Correspondents Dinner back in 1992, write columns for five years in the 1990s for Mother Jones magazine, and become...

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Fallon sorry about playing nice with Trump; Trump, of course, not so nice

America has so many problems to deal with, just including new ones created by the Trump Administration, but of course, this guy occupying the White House has a cable-news alert set to anyone besmirching his name, so the unpresident has questioned Jimmy Fallon’s manhood. Yep. This is America. In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Fallon talked about how viewers and critics left his side after the late-night talk-show host played with Donald Trump’s hair in 2016, and made the presidential candidate seem more sympathetic to potential voters. Trump won the election, but Fallon lost the top spot...

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Roseanne without Roseanne: ABC orders The Conners to 10-episode season

After all this, ABC is still making more episodes of Roseanne. Just now, without Roseanne. The rumors quickly ramped up after ABC cancelled the once-revived hit thanks to Roseanne Barr’s racist Tweets, and it’s now official. The Conners, a spinoff of Roseanne, will come back this fall with 10 new episodes of the family, including John Goodman (‘Dan’), Laurie Metcalf (‘Jackie’), Sara Gilbert (‘Darlene’), Lecy Goranson (‘Becky’) and Michael Fishman (‘D.J.’). But what about Roseanne herself? According to the new network logline: After a sudden turn of events, the Conners are forced to face the daily struggles of life in...

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“OUT on Stage” concert film showcases gay comedians in one-night movie theater event

Since you already were thinking about Pride this weekend, now’s a good time to let you know that Fathom Events is hosting a special one-night movie event in July featuring 90 minutes of stand-up from gay and lesbian comedians called OUT on Stage. Hosted by comedian Zach Noe Towers, the lineup includes Brendan Scannel, A.B. Cassidy and Janine Brito. OUT on Stage will screen in more than 250 select movie theaters on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. “OUT on Stage has been a real passion project for me,” Noe Towers said. “What an incredible experience it’s been to bring together such a gorgeously funny group of queer...

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The facts and fantasy of the “comedy gold rush” in 2018 Los Angeles

Comedians had a fine time last week chewing on and chewing out a feature in The Hollywood Reporter purporting to take a snapshot of the “L.A. Comedy Gold Rush” happening right now. It’s easy from my perch to see how this all went askew. First, the headline. Any problematic news report usually has a misleading or click-bait headline that misrepresents the body of the story in the hopes of convincing you to read it in the first place. Here we have a quote “I Sold the Same Special Twice!” which actually has nothing to do with Netflix, per se....

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