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Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 1:41PM EDT
Comedy Central orders Alternatino with Arturo Castro and This Week at the Comedy Cellar
Guatemalan actor Arturo Castro, best known for his roles on Broad City and Narcos, will host a sketch comedy show based on his experiences as a Latino millennial in the United States. New York City-based stand-up comedy series This Week at the Comedy Cellar, meanwhile, will showcase "the best topical jokes generated in the Comedy Cellar in the days immediately leading up to premiere," including a "comics' table" where comedians discuss the origins of their material.
Posted Friday 4/13/18 at 1:17PM EDT
Ali Wong will again be "very pregnant" for her second Mother's Day Netflix special
Netflix announced Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife is dropping on Mother's Day, May 13. Wong's first Netflix special, Baby Cobra, also premiered on Mother's Day, in 2016, and was also filmed when she was very pregnant.
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 5:23PM EDT
Adam Sandler's Netflix comedy special sort of reunited him with Paul Thomas Anderson
The acclaimed filmmaker, who directed Sandler in 2002's Punch-Drunk Love, filmed some of the standup scenes for Sandler's first comedy special in 20 years, which was taped last night. But Netflix says the overall special was directed by Steven Brill.
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 1:11PM EDT
Iconic Comedy Store owner Mitzi Shore, the "godmother of comedy" in Los Angeles, dies at 87
David Letterman babysat her children, Jay Leno slept on her club's back stairs and Jim Carrey tended bar for her. Shore influenced the careers of everybody from Robin Williams to Garry Shandling, Roseanne Barr, Jimmie Walker, Bob Saget and, of course, Letterman, Leno and Carrey. In fact, Carrey's Showtime series I'm Dying Up Here is inspired by his Comedy Store past, with Melissa Leo essentially playing Mitzi Shore. The Comedy Store released a statement saying Shore, who died after battling Parkinson's Disease, "was an extraordinary businesswoman and decades ahead of her time who cultivated and celebrated the artistry of stand-up comedy. She was also a loving mother, not only to her own four children, but to the myriad of comedians who adored her. She leaves behind an indelible mark and legacy and has helped change the face of comedy. We will all miss her dearly." The Comedy Store was her fifth child. She was, according to Los Angeles Times' Paul Brownfield, "all-powerful, during a remarkably fertile time for stand-up comedy — the 1970s and early '80s — when many of today's comedy stars showed up in L.A. to go onstage at the only place that mattered."
- Son Pauly Shore, Marc Maron, Whitney Cummings pay tribute to Mitzi Shore on Twitter
- The Comedy Store released a star-studded "Thank you Mitzi" video just three days ago
- Kathy Griffin: "Mitzi Shore was a pioneer who gave more comics their start than I can count...I did my first legit comedy gig at the Store"
- Watch David Letterman's The Comedy Store 15-year reunion Top 10 list
- Pauly Shore tweeted his mom's final days -- he took her for her final visit to The Comedy Store on Monday
# TOPICS: Mitzi Shore, Showtime, I’m Dying Up Here, David Letterman, Garry Shandling , Jay Leno, Jim Carrey, Kathy Griffin, Marc Maron, Pauly Shore, Whitney Cummings, The Comedy Store, Obits, Stand-Up Comedy
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 6:11PM EDT
Showtime sets Kevin Smith stand-up special from the night of his heart attack
Smith was supposed to tape two shows for Kevin Smith: Silent But Deadly, but he experienced symptoms of what turned out to be a heart attack after the first taping. Kevin Smith: Silent But Deadly premieres on May 11.
Posted Friday 3/30/18 at 9:30PM EDT
Ranking Netflix's 45 best stand-up comedy specials
Chris Rock's Tamborine ranks No. 5, Sarah Silverman's A Speck of Dust is No. 1.
Posted Wednesday 3/28/18 at 1:38PM EDT
John Mulaney signs on for stand-up special deal with Netflix
Mulaney's first special to come out of his new pact will be released on May 1 with the title: John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City.
Posted Thursday 3/15/18 at 5:20AM EDT
Ricky Gervais' new Netflix special is an example of "lazy punch-down humor"
Gervais' Humanity standup special is mostly devoted to complaining "that the world keeps telling him what he can and can’t say," says Matt Zoller Seitz. "He makes it sound as if hearing an opinion or a personal reaction to a comedian’s work (on Twitter, or in, say, a TV review) is the same experience as being fired or jailed by the government as retaliation for criticizing an official." Seitz adds that this seem to be a trend among some established comedians: "Nobody is denying a platform for Gervais, (Dave) Chappelle, Chris Rock, or even Louis CK (who had a Netflix special last year, a few months before his career imploded)," he says. "They’re free to say whatever they want during their routines, and Netflix is free to give them time and space in which to say it. What seems to infuriate these comedians, however, is that audiences can talk back more easily now and say, 'I don’t like that,' or 'I didn’t find that funny,' or 'That seemed cruel to me.' What comedians like Gervais object to is being made to think about what they’ve said, and potentially feel regret or guilt over having made a poor choice of material or words. That their initial impulse is to feel anger and resentment at the person raising an objection is telling."
Posted Tuesday 3/13/18 at 12:23PM EDT
Ricky Gervais doubles down on transphobic jokes in his new Netflix special
Gervais' new special, titled Humanity, includes three transphobic Caitlyn Jenner jokes that were rejected from his Golden Globes monologue for being too offensive.
Posted Tuesday 3/06/18 at 2:34PM EST
Netflix signs Ray Romano for his first-ever standup special
The hourlong special, featuring all-new material will mark the veteran standup comedian's first standalone comedy special.
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 2:03PM EST
Billy Eichner sets his first Netflix stand-up comedy special
Eichner's first special will feature some of his Billy on the Street signature segments.
Posted Monday 2/26/18 at 6:26AM EST
Kevin Smith: I survived a massive heart attack in the midst of taping a standup special
The 47-year-old filmmaker and AMC Comic Book Men host and executive producer tweeted early this morning "I would’ve died tonight" had he not canceled the second of two shows he was taping in Glendale for an upcoming standup special, titled Kevin Smith Live!. "After the first show this evening, I had a massive heart attack," he tweeted. "The Doctor who saved my life told me I had 100% blockage of my LAD artery (aka 'the Widow-Maker'). If I hadn’t canceled show 2 to go to the hospital, I would’ve died tonight. But for now, I’m still above ground!"
Posted Saturday 2/17/18 at 1:46AM EST
Late-night talk shows use a formula for writing a generic monologue joke
Slate made a video explaining the late-night joke writer's craft, identifying eight different triggers that result in audience laughter.
Posted Saturday 2/17/18 at 1:46AM EST
Chris Rock's publicist explains why his Netflix special is called "Tamborine," and not "Tambourine"
Rock's first standup special in a decade was named after the Prince song, "Tamborine," which The Washington City Paper as “roughly two minutes of threadbare metaphor for masturbation."
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 9:04PM EST
How a comedian half Chris Rock's age ended up directing his Netflix Tamborine special
Former MTV star Bo Burnham, 27, was tapped to direct the 53-year-old Rock's first standup special in 10 years thanks to the work he did on Jerrod Carmichael's HBO special that aired last year. "Chris had seen Jerrod Carmichael’s special 8 that I directed last year and he just really flipped for it. He asked Jerrod who directed it and it was me, so then I met with him," says Burnham. "I went to see one of his live shows and just briefly talked to him about the possibilities of what this special could be like and look like. We seemed to vibe pretty quickly."