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

Tweets of the Week from the Moontower Class of 2016

With Moontower just a few weeks away, we thought we’d take a moment to look at some of the best tweets from comedians (and one Ghostbuster) appearing at the festival next month. The full schedule is up as of this week with a complete list of performers, shows, podcasts, and special events. Check out all of the action on our completely redesigned website. Badge up today! And now, without any further ado, here are your tweets of the week! 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

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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

Martha Kelly Isn’t Martha on FX’s Baskets

2YbE265-Martha Kelly has taken the comedy world by surprise with her celebrated performance on the FX show Baskets. A self-professed non-actor, Kelly has performed stand-up on Late Night with Conan O’BrienThe Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Comedy Central. She’s lived in Austin off and on for the past two decades and won the Funniest Person in Austin contest in 2000. She’ll also be performing stand-up at Moontower this year. Here Kelly discusses her love of animals, L.A.’s late-Nineties stand-up scene and improvising with Zach Galifianakis and Louie Anderson.

 

I know you’re a big animal person. Tell me about your first pet.

I had pets growing up but I wasn’t a great animal person then, so it might be less sad to tell you what my first pet was as an adult. There was a lady in the neighborhood who had kittens. I said I’d go look at them but changed my mind since I didn’t think I was ready to have pets. I went to her house to tell her I couldn’t take the kitten, and then I ended up taking two of them. 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