Author: Sean L. McCarthy

Giulia Rozzi on Conan

Giulia Rozzi made her debut on Tuesday’s Conan, and joked about how visiting social media these days is a lot like bar hopping was in the old days. And if that doesn’t convince you it’s time to leave Facebook (if not also Instagram and Twitter), then I don’t know what to tell you. Roll the...

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2020 Grammy Award nominees for Best Comedy Album

The Grammy Award nominations came out today. A reminder that the Grammys use a different calendar year of eligibility, so it covers audio releases from Oct. 1, 2018, to Aug. 31, 2019. That said, the comedy category continues to be dominated by video specials. Particularly Netflix. Amazon squeezes into the category this year thanks to its first Amazon Original stand-up comedy special: Jim Gaffigan’s “Quality Time.” But Dave Chappelle, the reigning two-time Grammy winner, is back with his latest. Also, I guess cancel culture didn’t cancel Aziz, after all. Apologies to all of the great comedians who put out...

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Episode #281: Erik Rivera

Erik Rivera got heavily involved in comedy in the wake of 9/11 while studying at Pace University just blocks away from the World Trade Center. Rivera’s TV credits include performing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Last Comic Standing, his own hour special, I’m No Expert, as well as a season of reality TV with his wife on Oxygen, Living With Funny. In November 2019, Rivera stars in his own HBO half-hour special, Super White. He worked with Eva Longoria years ago trying to develop his life into a half-hour sitcom, and as he has Longoria still in...

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Will Smith spent the week in Las Vegas with a bunch of stand-up comedians filming and interviewing them

Why were a bunch of stand-up comedians hanging around with each other in Las Vegas last week, hitting golf balls at a driving range, cruising down the Vegas atop a double-decker tour bus, and oh yeah, posting selfies with Will Smith? Probably most definitely these jokers were participating in This Joka. Announced last month by Topgolf Entertainment, This Joka is a forthcoming comedy series starring the aforementioned movie star and hip-hop artist Will Smith. The announcement pitched it as a docuseries in which Smith (who tried his own hand at stand-up earlier this year for his Facebook Watch series)...

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