Day: June 17, 2019

Episode #264: Sabrina Jalees

The daughter of a Swiss mother and Pakistani father, Sabrina Jalees is a Canadian by birth who became famous in her native land by starring or hosting in several TV and radio shows north of the border. After immigrating to the U.S., Jalees found herself starting over and coming out. Since 2015, though, she has found success here, too, performing on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, Adam Devine’s House Party, Amazon’s Transparent and Netflix’s The Comedy Lineup. She also has written for sitcoms on NBC, ABC and TBS, and is on the current writing staff for...

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“Joke House” is the parody of “Last Comic Standing” you didn’t know you needed

For fans of the original Last Comic Standing, there’s something still magical about the premise of putting comedians in a house to live together. Netflix plays into that with this new webseries, Joke House. What happens when you make seven confused Netflix comedians share a single hotel room? Nothing good! Maria Bamford, Fortune Feimster, Jo Koy, Maz Jobrani, Sabrina Jalees, Ari Shaffir and Gina Yashere star in Joke House. Unfortunately, it’s just the one episode. For now. Roll...

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Card catalogue of jokes for the late Bob Hope sold at auction

An auction last week of items from the estate of Bob Hope included the sale of thousands of jokes typed up on index cards for the legendary comedian. Many of the auction items dated from Hope’s USO tours. There also were lots of military pins, hats and collectibles given to him over the decades, as well as invites and letters from various presidents. And then there’s the above lot, which sold at auction for $6,400. A 1930s to 1950s-era collection of thousands of index cards, all with typed jokes on them that Bob Hope used for decades on stage...

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Review: Jo Koy, “Comin’ In Hot” on Netflix

Just For Laughs named Jo Koy the “Stand-Up Comedian of the Year” last summer thanks mainly to the ticket sales for his live touring. That included 11 sold-out dates in Honolulu. He returned to Hawaii to film his second Netflix special there, in the 8,800-capacity arena. Whereas most comedians stopped “humping the stool” years ago as a hackneyed or overly aggressive stage technique, Koy remains a proud user and abuser of the otherwise lonely piece of furniture provided for the stand-up comedian. Barely 10 minutes into this hour, he’s pushing himself into the stool to demonstrate why nobody should...

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Review: “Miranda Sings Live… Your Welcome” on Netflix

After a decade in character on YouTube, and a series on Netflix, what hasn’t Miranda Sings done? Perform as herself. Colleen Ballinger opens Miranda Sings… Your Welcome by reintroducing her natural self to the audience, before changing costumes onstage into Miranda and performing several songs from her YouTube channel. This special, though, gives her fans (and their parents) plenty they haven’t seen before.Photos of Ballinger as a baby, proving once and for all that she always had a Miranda resting face.Passages read aloud and shown onscreen from Ballinger’s own diaries as a tween, wondering if she’ll ever get a...

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