Author Archives: Julie Seabaugh

Moontower Class of 2016: Ahmed Bharoocha

258sAhmed Bharoocha punctuates striking social commentary with bursts of high-energy theatrics. The L.A.-based comic and actor is also a member of sketch group Dead Kevin, whose weekly web shorts have been featured on Funny or Die. A veteran of Conan, Comedy Central stand-up showcase Adam Devine’s House Party and Just for Laughs Montreal, he performs multiple nights across the 2016 Moontower Comedy Festival.

Me and my sketch group Dead Kevin just handed in our last draft to Comedy Central for a pilot we’re working on with them. We’re just waiting to hear if we have the go-ahead to shoot the pilot.

I also just shot the first season of an Adult Swim show called Dream Corp in December. It’s half animation and is about a scientist who does dream therapy. I play a nurse in the lab that gives drugs to people, and I’m also addicted to all the drugs, so I’m a crazy, out-of–it nurse. That won’t be done until probably June, because the animation takes a long time. Continue reading

Tomorrow on Netflix: Jimmy Carr’s Funny Business

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Nothing? Time to brush up on modern U.K. comedy, particularly with the Netflix stand-up debut of Jimmy Carr.

The Irish Tonight Show and Late Night vet’s Funny Business marks the streaming network’s first original special from a British comic. Rather than releasing his traditional annual holiday DVD of new material, tomorrow Carr unveils his latest crop of biting one-liners veiled in wide-eyed misdirection, filmed in November at London’s Hammersmith Apollo Theatre. Continue reading

Lewis Black: Shouting and Streaming

lewis-blackLast July Lewis Black live-streamed a de facto hour “special” from Napa, California. The Rant Is Due featured comedian pal Kathleen Madigan fielding topics from both the live audience and online; the Grammy-winning monologist and Daily Show regular then offered his opinions off-the-cuff and at high volume. Pleased with the immediacy and accessibility, today Black continues making interactive digital content available for members of his fan club, colorfully dubbed “F.U.C.K.U.” (Frustrated Union of Cynical Kindreds Universal).

 

“What I do is stream out a live Q&A after every performance. We’ve done a hundred and five of them. It’s increased in audience share, but what I like is it goes around the world so you get, like, five people in Kenya watching, twenty-two people in Scotland. Continue reading

Colin Quinn on His Digital Series Cop Show

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Currently in the second season of his digital series Cop Show — a mockumentary glimpse behind traditional police melodramas featuring the likes of Chris Rock, Steve Buscemi and Amy Schumer — former Saturday Night Live anchor and Tough Crowd host Colin Quinn weighs the pros and cons of the medium and his bosses as Lexus.

 

How did Cop Show come to arrive at L/Studio?

We brought it around. Everyone else passed. So we thought the best thing to do would be to take the one person that made an offer. Continue reading

Jonathan Katz #TBTs to Moontower 2015’s Dr. Katz Live

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katzJonathan Katz celebrated the twentieth anniversary of his animated Comedy Central series nearly a year ago at Moontower 2015. Patients including Dana Gould and Dom Irrera took to leather armchairs atop the Stateside Theatre stage, delving into their emotional shortcomings and, in the case of Irrera, begging to spoon with the nonplussed therapist. Here Katz shares his memories of the show.

 

“The reason I decided to do it is because I just love performing.

“Doing a short stand-up set and then moving over to the Dr. Katz set was such a breakthrough. The first time we did Dr. Katz Live was in San Francisco, and [co-creator and Squigglevision implementer] Tom Snyder was playing the piano and portraying my therapist. It was just so hard to keep the show moving, the pacing of it. Continue reading

2004 Interview with Mitch Hedberg: Part 2 of 2

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Picking up where last week’s full transcript of an interview conducted in October 2004 for Las Vegas Weekly left off, Mitch Hedberg discusses meeting and traveling with his wife Lynn Shawcroft, performing at Just For Laughs Montreal, backstage preparations, drug use, his possession arrest, Comedy Central releases, gambling, hotels, his beloved log cabin and RV, his relationship with his parents and more. Continue reading

2004 Interview with Mitch Hedberg: Part 1 of 2

badgeToday marks what would have been the 48th birthday of Mitch Hedberg, the beloved alt icon who fatally overdosed in 2005 at age 37. I conducted an interview with Hedberg less than six months before he died, later excerpted under the title “The Mitch is Back in Town” in the October 21-27, 2004 issue of Las Vegas Weekly.

The full original transcript below includes his thoughts on touring with Stephen Lynch, Dave Attell and Lewis Black, disappointment with Los Enchiladas!, pissing off David Letterman, the benefits of being a road dog, pitching sandwiches, and opinions on comics including Dane Cook, Bobcat Goldthwait, Steve Marin, David Cross, Patton Oswalt, Maria Bamford, Nick Swardson, Todd Barry and Marc Maron.

Part 2 concludes next week.

How did your tour with Stephen Lynch come about?

Well all right, last year I toured with Dave Attell and Lewis Black, and the same promoter who put that together [Geof Wills], I told him I want to tour again, but Mr. Black and Mr. Attell are busy guys, so that wasn’t going to happen again. So I guess he tried to find someone who was of equal stature, and neither of us are household names; neither of us have our own TV show, but I think both of us have our small cult following to sort of fill up – almost fill up – a small venue, so I think that’s anyway how we got hooked up. It’s based on the fact that we’ve both established enough of a crowd to play those places. We’re not an instant sellout like the Lewis Black/Dave Attell tour was, but it’s still fun. And I enjoy…I think me and Mr. Lynch are a good match and I’m glad to have met him, so this is a cool way to have met him, you know? Continue reading

Ari Shaffir’s Storytelling Series Returns to Comedy Central Tonight

Ari Shaffir TINH 12016 Moontower performer and The Skeptic Tank podcast host Ari Shaffir‘s This Is Not Happening began as a monthly thematic storytelling show at L.A.’s Hollywood Improv. After being developed as a two-season online series for Comedy Central, it became the network’s first property to be adapted from digital to TV.

Filmed at Cheetah’s Strip Club, TINH season two features the likes of Henry Rollins, Artie Lange, Ron White, Kyle Kinane, Nicole Byer, Jim Breuer, Kurt Metzger, Moshe Kasher, Joe DeRosa, Al Madrigal, Sean Patton and Nick Swardson.

Shaffir next appears alongside  Jon Hamm, Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fischer in director Greg Mottola (Superbad) film Keeping Up with the Joneses. He’s also developing a scripted series for FX. Continue reading

SiriusXM Comedy VP Jack Vaughn on New Duties, New Grammys, New Technology

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294191Before iTunes and self-releasing and numerous indie outfits dedicated to stand-up releases, there was Jack Vaughn’s Comedy Central Records. The son of Peace Corps head Jack H. Vaughn, Sr. started a swing-music label in college; since 2002 he has highlighted Comedy Central favorites (Dave Attell, Mike Birbiglia, Maria Bamford, Patton Oswalt) and spearheaded more than one hundred fifty Comedy Dynamics projects (Craig Ferguson, Marc Maron, Eddie Pepitone, Bill Hicks and Richard Jeni reissues). Last month Vaughn returned from Los Angeles to NYC to begin his new gig as Senior Vice President of SiriusXM Comedy Programming.

 

What are your duties at SiriusXM? What new initiatives will you introduce, and what goals do you hope to achieve?

I oversee all of SiriusXM’s comedy channels, which include Comedy Central Radio, SiriusXM Comedy Greats, Raw Dog Comedy Hits, The Foxxhole, Jeff & Larry’s Comedy Roundup, Laugh USA, and digital channels like the George Carlin channel, Carlin’s Corner.

The mandate is simply to air the best comedy content, which means making sure we have the most up-to-date material, the best guests, the best shows, the most exclusives and generally the most interesting stuff available or yet to be dreamed up. Continue reading

Moontower Performers on Tonight’s Grammy Noms for Best Comedy Album

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Who will win Best Comedy Album at tonight’s 58th Annual Grammy Awards? Performers on April’s upcoming 2016 Moontower Comedy Festival weigh in…

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The nominees:
Wyatt Cenac, Brooklyn
Louis C.K., Live at Madison Square Garden
Craig Ferguson, Just Being Honest
Lisa Lampanelli, Back to the Drawing Board
Jay Mohr, Happy. And a Lot.

Jackie Kashian: Are prop comics not loud enough for a Grammy? I’m uncertain who’s making this list or who will vote on it, but I’m proud of all of them and wish them great gift bags. Because it’s an honor to be nominated. (I think it should go to whoever sold the most merch.)

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