Day: August 7, 2019

Episode #271: Jacqueline Novak

After performing a half-hour stand-up special on Comedy Central and writing a book on depression (How to Weep in Public: Feeble Offerings on Depression from One Who Knows), what came next for comedian Jacqueline Novak would bring her to her knees. So to speak. The actress Natasha Lyonne has presented Novak in her first Off-Broadway show, Get On Your Knees, currently enjoying a limited run in the summer of 2019 at the Cherry Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village. It’s billed as “the most high-brow show about blow jobs you’ll ever see,” and it’s directed by the comedian and actor...

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FX announces upcoming documentary on women in comedy

Fresh off the debut of its weekly docuseries partnership with The New York Times, The Weekly, FX has announced five more docs coming to the cable network in the months ahead. One of them is about women in comedy. Here’s the official description from FX: WOMEN IN COMEDY For decades female stand-up comedians have struggled against biases both conscious and unconscious, but now an interesting narrative is emerging as women are more daringly using the medium to express their points of view on their experiences and the culture at large. Women in Comedy, a feature length documentary by director...

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ABC gives Jimmy Kimmel more airtime with game show “Generation Gap” plus more staging of live classic sitcoms

ABC is doing everything it can to keep Jimmy Kimmel happy in 2019. First, the network is letting Kimmel go “home” to Brooklyn once more this October during the week of Oct. 21, 2019, broadcasting from the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House. Kimmel has broadcast from Brooklyn four times before. ABC also has given the go-ahead for two more installments of Live in Front of a Studio Audience, so named for the phrase TV viewers heard across America before just about every classic sitcom of the 1970s and 1980s. With Norman Lear, creator of such classics...

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Donald Glover’s Atlanta will return for seasons 3-4 on FX

Your eyes have not deceived you. Season three of Atlanta has not returned to FX in 2019 like the cable TV network told you it would. But fear not! At the summer TCAs, the FX brass announced they’d reached a deal with Atlanta creator Donald Glover to produce a fourth season of his award-winning series, in addition to season three — but you’ll have to wait until spring 2020 for production to begin on either. Season two left off with Earn (Glover) jetting off on a European tour with his cousin Alfred, “Paper Boi,” (Brian Tyree Henry) whose burgeoning...

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Who survived the first Comedy Clashes of Bring The Funny on NBC?

After four episodes of “Open Mic” showcases of Bring The Funny, which winnowed the field of comedy acts from 40 down to 24, we are now into the first of the “Comedy Clash” episodes, which will reduce the competition in half. It’s still all a bit quick for audiences to develop any sense of who any of the comedians are who are bringing said funny, but hey, air time in primetime is precious, right? So we get four clashes (8 acts) per episode, with four winners voted by the judges (Kenan Thompson, Chrissy Teigen and Jeff Foxworthy) to move...

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