Day: November 28, 2018

YouTube dropping plans for premium originals, going ad-supported in 2019

YouTube is pivoting away from both original programming and premium subscription services. Sounds like a bad thing. And yet. Even though you shouldn’t be pitching your new original comedy ideas to the video giant, you will be able to continue watching comedy on YouTube for free. YouTube is dropping what was once called YouTube Red and then YouTube Premium. I mean, you can still pay for YouTube Premium. But you won’t have to in 2019, as the service will offer its original programming for free with ads. Which means more you will be able to tune into the service’s...

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All-star lineup announced for 2019 Garden of Laughs benefit in NYC

The Madison Square Garden Company and the Garden of Dreams Foundation are proud to announce the return of Garden of Laughs – the successful bi-annual all-star comedy benefit that has raised nearly $5 million so far. The 2019 show, hosted by Steve Schirripa, will include performances by Jerry Seinfeld along with Bill Burr, Michael Che, Tiffany Haddish, John Mulaney, Brian Regan and Jon Stewart, April 2, 2019, at the Hulu Theatre at MSG. Tickets are on sale now. “I am honored to return as host of my favorite comedy event, Garden of Laughs, for the third time,” said Mr....

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Review: “Bumping Mics with Jeff Ross and Dave Attell,” on Netflix

Dave Attell has long been one of the top joke-writers and joke-tellers in the comedy game. Turns out he’s even funnier when he has someone else onstage to work off of. Who knew? Attell figured that out a few years ago, inviting comedians onstage to join him in his late-late-night spots at The Comedy Cellar. And now he and Jeff Ross have put together three episodes of this comedy magic in a new Netflix special, Bumping Mics. As I wrote in my review for Decider: The series makes the best use of their talents. Ross, the Roastmaster General, works...

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Review: Mike Birbiglia, “The New One” on Broadway

Timing may remain the key to comedy, but knowing your audience and connecting with it continues to rank right up there with it. To see Mike Birbiglia in his Broadway debut of The New One, I brought a comedian who not only has performed with Birbiglia, but also is a father. That comic told me afterward that Birbiglia captured the essence of new fatherhood perfectly; both the wonder of it all, as well as the helplessness of feeling part of yet outside the bond between mother and child. Birbigs is friends and frequent collaborators with This American Life‘s Ira...

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Review: Jim Gaffigan, “Noble Ape”

“What a beard!” “He looks like an out-of-shape Civil War general.” Those comments about Jim Gaffigan come, of course, from the comedian himself, in his trademark inner voice that offers commentary during his own stand-up comedy act. And in Noble Ape, released this summer and broadcast for the first time on Thanksgiving by Comedy Central, Gaffigan has produced his most intimate and autobiographical comedy special. Certainly more personal than the first five. That’s partially by necessity. As Gaffigan explains from the outset, his wife and writing partner Jeannie Gaffigan (with whom they made two seasons of The Jim Gaffigan...

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