Day: September 18, 2018

Vicki Barbolak and Samuel J. Comroe perform on the finals of America’s Got Talent 2018

We placed two stand-up comedians in the final round of America’s Got Talent for 2018, and Vicki Barbolak and Samuel J. Comroe tried to make the most of their moments on live primetime TV on NBC. Barbolak revealed a swimsuit look, jokingly wishing this were a pageant, and told the tale of taking her father to Hooters for his 80th birthday. Comroe joked about meeting his wife in high-school theater class, and about the weird questions he gets about Tourette Syndrome. Your votes will decide the winner of AGT, to be announced Wednesday night live on...

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Stand-up comedians who have won Emmy Awards

Comedians love credits, even more than barkers outside comedy clubs love misappropriating those credits. Emmy-winning comedian ranks right up there near the top. So congratulations to John Mulaney for his Emmy-winning stand-up special on Netflix, Kid Gorgeous at Radio City. Congrats, too, to Katt Williams and Tiffany Haddish, who not only picked up their first Emmys (for guest actor and guest actress in a comedy) but also squashed a mini-beef in the process at Monday’s televised ceremony. For Mulaney, it’s actually his second Emmy. He previously won in 2011 for outstanding song and lyrics when he co-wrote Justin Timberlake’s...

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Fun fact? UCB Theatres also do not offer health insurance to employees

While comedy critics and comedians continue to debate the merits of paying the performers at the Upright Citizens Brigade theaters — yes, it remains a healthy debate, along the lines of the old 1970s school versus employer defense once employed by the late Mitzi Shore at The Comedy Store — we now also know that the UCB is lacking when it comes to offering its actual employees health insurance. Thank Lee Rubenstein for stepping forward. Rubenstein has taught 149 sketch comedy courses at the UCB, first in New York and since 2011 in Los Angeles. His Sketch 101 class...

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