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Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 10:55PM EDT
Netflix has sparked a comedy club "gold rush" in Los Angeles
Comedy clubs throughout L.A. -- including a one owned by Orange Is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan -- have seen their attendance soar in recent years thanks to Netflix releasing so many stand-up specials. Netflix executive Lisa Nishimura, who oversees the streaming giant's documentary and comedy programming, says she sends a team of six scouts "who spend a lot of late nights out, night after night, hitting the pavement and out in the clubs. There's no other way to do it."
Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 10:55PM EDT
Check out the trailer for W. Kamau Bell's Netflix special
The CNN host's W. Kamau Bell: Private School Negro stand-up special premieres June 26.
Posted Thursday 6/14/18 at 1:46PM EDT
Ellen DeGeneres announces her first stand-up tour in 15 years ahead of her Netflix special
Ellen's first tour since launching her daytime talk show will only visit three cities over the course of eight nights. She'll perform An Evening with Ellen DeGeneres in San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle in August.
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 1:59PM EDT
Amazon orders a Just for Laughs docuseries
The long-running Montreal comedy festival will be the subject of a six-part docuseries that is described as "Hard Knocks for standup comedy." The untitled series will follow up-and-coming comedians in New York City and Los Angeles as they vie for a spot at the festival in the New Faces showcases, which has previously boosted the careers of Jimmy Fallon, Kumail Nanjiani, Amy Schumer and Kevin Hart.
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 9:19PM EDT
Comedian Cameron Esposito is releasing her Rape Jokes comedy special for free on the web
Viewers of her self-released special can make a $10 donation, or watch for free. By releasing the special for free, Esposito is hoping to make her Rape Jokes special the No. 1 result on Google search to educate people about sexual misconduct. “I guess I was trying to figure out what is a way that this can be out in the world that really removes any barriers for folks who might need to see it or folks who might want it,” she says.
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 12:59AM EDT
Kathy Griffin: No one wants me for a reality show or a standup special after Trump beheading scandal
“I can't get a television series, even though I have eight (Emmy) nominations and two wins,” Griffin tells Entertainment Tonight. “And nobody will let me do a (stand-up) special at this time, even though I hold a Guinness World Book of Records for the most televised stand-up specials of any comedian, male or female, living or dead.”
Posted Wednesday 5/23/18 at 2:17PM EDT
Ken Jeong to star in his first Netflix comedy special
Ken Jeong: First Date will film this fall at the Pasadena comedy club where he got his first start.
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 5:47PM EDT
Owner of New York's famed Comedy Cellar is happy to have Aziz Ansari perform -- and he'd welcome Louis CK back, too
Comedy Cellar owner Noam Dworman tells The New York Daily News a woman walking out of a recent Ansari performance was the exception rather than the rule. "When he's come down there, the crowd has been cheering even more than they were before the controversy," he says of Ansari. As for Louis CK coming back to perform, he says, "Louis admitted that he did things he's ashamed of. Nobody should take this issue lightly. Yet as a society we also don't believe that punishments go on forever, and we generally believe in a path to forgiveness for people who have shown real contrition."
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 6:12AM EDT
A woman walked out during an Aziz Ansari standup set in New York City
The New York Daily News reports the Master of None star made a surprise stand-up appearance at the Comedy Cellar on Sunday night, and a woman responded by walking out in the middle of his act. Ansari began returning to standup in recent weeks for the first time since he was accused of sexual misconduct in January.
Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 11:54PM EDT
Should stand-up comedy specials avoid politics?
John Mulaney and Ali Wong knocked it out of the park in their recent Netflix specials in part by choosing to go with the personal over the political.
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 1:10PM EDT
Netflix's new stand-up showcase series will be called The Degenerates
The streaming service promises to gather together six of the country’s funniest, delinquent comedians for a raw and edgy show.
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 8:04PM EDT
Aziz Ansari performed standup for the first time since his sexual misconduct scandal
The Master of None star has kept a low profile since he was accused of sexually inappropriate behavior in mid-January, but in recent days Ansari was seen performing at New York City's the Comedy Cellar.
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 3:48PM EDT
Jon Stewart and Dave Chappelle are going on tour together
The former Comedy Central stars will perform together over the course of two weeks in June in Boston and Texas.
Posted Saturday 5/12/18 at 12:41AM EDT
Ali Wong is pregnant in another Netflix special, but don't call her a "mom comic"
"Every male comedian of note who is over the age of 45 has a kid, and they talk about it and don't get grouped as 'dad comics,'" she says in previewing her Mother's Day special, while naming comics like Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle. "We're just talking about our lives."
Posted Thursday 5/10/18 at 9:39PM EDT
A retired Chicago police detective "didn't appreciate" being mocked on John Mulaney's new Netflix special
Mulaney devoted about 10 minutes of his Kid Gorgeous standup special to Detective J.J. Bittenbinder, who would come to his school every year to discuss "street smarts." "Go ahead and laugh, his name is ridiculous,” said Mulaney of the cop. The Chicago Tribune caught up with Bittenbinder, who said he "didn't appreciate" Mulaney making fun of his last name.