Month: October 2018

Highlights from Schtick or Treat 2018

Look, I know that’s a photo from 2016’s Schtick or Treat, but on the bright side, as the new curator of Comedy Listings for the Weekend Arts section of The New York Times, I got that in the newspaper, so let’s all celebrate! As for Schtick or Treat 2018, it took place Monday night at the Knitting Factory in Williamsburg Brooklyn, and now that it’s officially Halloween, some of the videos have begun making their way online. Including some of the most talked-about costumed impersonations of comedians by comedians… Such as Erin Maguire as Emo Philips, who got a...

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Bob Saget returning to rehash not-safe-for-family-hour America’s Funniest Home Videos in ABC’s “Videos After Dark”

Finally, Bob Saget can say what he really wanted to about some of the video clips submitted back in the day for ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos. ABC has ordered Videos After Dark for 2019. Saget, who hosted the first eight seasons of AFHV, will host and executive produce Videos After Dark, featuring clips from the vault that never saw the light of network TV because they weren’t deemed family-friendly enough to air at 7 p.m. Eastern/Pacific. Videos After Dark will air in the 10 p.m. hour. “AFV has been a fixture in households across America for decades, and we are...

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This month in comedian TV deals with the broadcast networks

The new fall TV season still hasn’t introduced all of its new series, and already we have two new straight-to-series orders from the broadcast networks this month. FOX says all systems go for Bless The Harts, an animated comedy featuring the voices of Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jillian Bell and Ike Barinholtz, for the 2019-2020 season. FOX is doubling down on SNL alums in new animation, also ordering a half-hour series, Duncanville, starring the voices of Amy Poehler alongside Rashida Jones and Wiz Khalifa. Also for 2019-2020. And CBS has given a series commitment to former Everybody Loves Raymond...

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Episode #231: Satire under Trump

When real life becomes even more ridiculous than satire, then what role is there for comedians to play? And how should comedians talk about serious issues while still keeping their senses of humor? Those are two of the questions I posed to comedians on the front lines of the discussion, and on the red carpet of the Golden Probes, a satirical award ceremony mocking misogyny. Among the comedians I chatted with: Comedy Central’s Jordan Klepper and Dulce Sloan, Lizz Winstead and Franchesca Ramsey, Brian Unger, and Margaret Cho. So let’s get to it! Play in new window |...

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The premiere of This Week at the Comedy Cellar on Comedy Central

In case you missed it, because like me, you stayed up all Friday night watching the Dodgers outlast the Red Sox, This Week at the Comedy Cellar premiered last night late-night on Comedy Central. At least six stand-up comedians appeared onscreen telling jokes before the full opening credits rolled, and some 25 comedians in all got in on the action in the first 21-minute episode. Comedy and TV trivia buffs may well recall that Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn made it to Comedy Central in the early 2000s, in part, due to Quinn and others hoping to take the...

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