Day: February 3, 2020

Stand Up for yourself and other comedians at Comedy Gives Back forums

Comedians, assemble! The group Comedy Gives Back is hosting town hall forums today and next Monday to hear from the comedy community about what Comedy Gives Back should focus on in helping comedians. Health care for all comedians? Mental health support in the form of suicide prevention, therapy, medication and more? Rehab help for comedians suffering from addiction? Something else entirely?! Today’s town hall event in New York City takes place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at The Stand. Next Monday, Feb. 10, 4 to 5:45 p.m. at The Improv on Melrose in West...

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Episode #288: David Wain

David Wain has been on the cutting edge of digital comedy since the turn of the century, making short films for his live comedy shows with Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black, debuting a webseries (Wainy Days) on the streaming platform My Damn Channel in 2007, helping Rob Corddry take his webseries Childrens Hospital to TV with Adult Swim and winning multiple Emmys for it, and adapting his first feature film, 2001’s Wet Hot American Summer, into two separate spin-off series (a prequel and a sequel) for Netflix. He’s directed multiple feature films amid all of that, including The Ten, Role Models, Wanderlust, They Came Together,...

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Comedians in 2020 Super Bowl TV commercials

Bill Murray may have won the buzz buzz buzz for agreeing to redo Groundhog Day when it coincided with Super Bowl Sunday. But there were plenty of stand-up comedians and comedic performers who also broke big, or sold out, for the biggest calendar day for TV advertising. My personal favorite has to be Tony V. Mostly because Hyundai stacked the deck for its “smaht pahk” ad with Massachusetts stars, such as Chris Evans, John Krasinski, Rachel Dratch and David Ortiz, but also remembered to include a bonafide Boston comedy landmark in Tony V. The South Korean car company also...

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Congrats to the 2020 WGA Awards winners

It was a big weekend for women in comedy at the 2020 Writer Guild Association’s awards festivities, held as usual in both New York City and Los Angeles. Because writers can’t afford to all travel to one place? Or more likely because the WGA itself has separate East and West branches. Anyhow. Not the point of this post! The point is to celebrate women in comedy! Paula Pell won the Herb Sargent Award, and Amy Poehler presented (with Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch and more of Pell’s friends and former colleagues in attendance). Full speeches galore! Laraine Newman feted Merrill...

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