Month: August 2019

National Lampoon Radio Hour relaunching as podcast led by Cole Escola, Jo Firestone

The National Lampoon Radio Hour, whose initial run in 1973-74 included writing and performances from the likes of John Belushi, Christopher Guest, Anne Beatts, Gilda Radner, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and more, is coming back as a podcast. This time, it’ll be produced by the Forever Dog podcast network, which has partnered with the Lampoon, and announced the first two writers/cast/producers: Cole Escola, whom you’ve seen on truTV’s At Home with Amy Sedaris, and Jo Firestone, from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. “The National Lampoon brand was built on the grass roots discovery of fresh and...

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Review: “Kevin McDonald ALIVE on 42nd Street” at Theatre Row

How poetically full circle must Kevin McDonald feel this week, performing a new solo show across the street from the Hell’s Kitchen venue where Kids in the Hall first introduced themselves to live American audiences 32 years ago. McDonald’s career remains alive and kicking, taken even more literally when he’s singing. So here he is, as goofy and charming as ever, with Kevin McDonald ALIVE on 42nd Street at Theatre Row. It’s an easy, breezy hour-plus of stories and songs. Dave Foley provides a recorded intro that includes audience instructions. Later, McDonald reveals that his fellow KITH members, after...

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Review: Dave Chappelle, “Sticks & Stones,” on Netflix

Some 15 years ago, Dave Chappelle cared so much about what people thought of him and his comedy that he up and quit his successful Comedy Central series and left $50 million on the table. Now, not so much. In fact, after more than making that up with his Netflix deal, not to mention all the touring revenue he has earned in recent years, Chappelle doesn’t care what you, I, or anyone else thinks of him and his comedy. Take this “impression” bit, for example, from his newest hour for Netflix, Sticks & Stones: This special is a big...

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Review: Simon Amstell, “Set Free,” on Netflix

As I wrote in Decider: Whether or not you already know who Simon Amstell is, you can figure out rather quickly just by looking at and listening to him that the idea of Amstell attending a sex party is fodder for high comedy.But that’s just one story of several in his first Netflix comedy special, Set Free, in which the comedian explores his struggles with intimacy. And it’s all preceded with a brilliant opener that crushes the notion in each of our head’s, most especially his, that any of us are, in fact, special.“What I had to learn eventually was...

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Testimonials from Tiffany Haddish for the comedians in “They Ready” on Netflix

Tiffany Haddish used her leverage in show business, circa 2019, to get some of her friends on Netflix, too. Who’d she pick and why? Let’s let Haddish explain in her own words why each of the six comedians in They Ready were ready for their own half-hours. Tracey Ashley “Here’s the thing about Tracey Ashley: She’s the only female comic that’s Black that I know that has done cruise ships, colleges, executive parties, bar mitzvahs — well, she ain’t do bar mitzvahs. I do the bar mitzvahs, but I wouldn’t be surprised if she did a mitzvah. She has...

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