It's not funny anymore. Richard Pryor was angry. It was 1972, and Pryor was in the south of France shooting a movie called Hit! with Billy Dee Williams. He brought his girlfriend Patricia Heitman along and, at one point during the trip, she allegedly walked in on Pryor in bed with a hooker.
When I was 21, I did my first comedy festival — sort of. I was performing for only five people. I wasn’t getting paid. But I had a badge that said “artist” on it, and just being near all of these people I had admired for so long made me feel important, like a “real” comedian.
The hardest thing about looking at the photo in which Al Franken grabs at a sleeping woman’s breasts is seeing his smile. The photo — released November 16 alongside an essay by Leeann Tweeden, the woman in question — would be horrifying enough without it.
Across their comedy careers, Jon Stewart and Robert Smigel have taken wildly different approaches to topical humor. Mr. Stewart, as the host of “The Daily Show,” honed a pointed, partisan perspective that rooted out hypocrisy in current events. Mr.
As privileged classes go, few hold as elevated pride of place in American culture as the fans. Not just movies but entire franchises are constructed for their benefit — for good and, today at least, for ill (op. cit. the dreary “Justice League”).
You may have eventually seen it in your Facebook feed or in a chain email. It is the most widely consumed joke that I have produced. I don’t think it’s the funniest thing I’ve ever written, but that’s how these things go. Either way, it’s everywhere and it’s made me no money.
They descended the steps under the bright sign of the Comedy Cellar in Greenwich Village on Wednesday night, most, if not all, completely unaware that they were about to witness something extraordinary. Did anyone know?
The games begin—as they so often do—with a poop joke. ¶ It’s a late-January morning and we’re on a giant back-lot soundstage in Los Angeles, where cast members of HBO’s dot-comedy Silicon Valley are hunched over their laptops, tossing out beta-male insults.
Bert Williams was the most popular black comedic performer in America at the turn of the 20th century. But his celebrity grew tremendously when he put the songs from his stage show Abyssinia to disc and cylinder. That record included the piece he was best known for, “Nobody.
Picture this: You’re standing on stage in front of thousands of people. You have no script, no props, no set design, no director telling you what to do or how to do it, not even a story you’re supposed to tell. It’s just you, your scene partner, and maybe a couple of chairs.
Whether you want to tell stories, write a killer speech, or just make your business memos a little less humdrum, humor is one of the best ways to engage an audience. This video lesson gives you some practical tips you can apply to your writing to make it funnier in a snap.
Offhand, there are maybe three times in my life I can clearly recall laughing at something really terrible. One: when my mother told me my grandfather had a heart attack. Two: when a friend and I were driving to Cape Cod and a huge bird careened into the windshield, instantly bonking itself dead.
So yesterday, in the face of the impending blizzard, Louis CK cancelled a show at Madison Square Garden. All well and good; he’s an arena comic now, and the idea of tens of thousands of people risking the weather to come see him was a lot to take.
You don’t laugh enough. Yes, humor can improve your life. Not too surprising, you say? Here’s the problem: you treat humor like a nice thing that happens, oh, whenever. But scientific research is showing giggles, guffaws and jokes are far too important to be left to chance.
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Whenever you lose a pet or want to sell furniture, the most simplistic and old-school way to get your message across is to hang up a flyer on a street post. It's easy to do because all you need is paper and a few staples to make people aware of your cause.
On March 30, 2005, Mitch Hedberg, the funniest person in the world, died at 37. Heroin and cocaine were reportedly involved. It was a sudden, shocking tragedy that left the comedy world shaken and bereft of one of its brightest stars.
The house juts its chest out of the Hollywood Hills, flexing more bravado than actual confidence, looking a little unsteady as if one more misstep, one more bad night, could send it tumbling onto Sunset Boulevard.
If you want to figure out why standup comedy has become the most romanticized American art form of the past decade—and there are numerous factors, I’m sure, from podcasts to YouTube to … well, basically, it’s the Internet—you could start by reading the long e-mail that Louis C.K.
With new one-hour specials coming from Dave Chappelle, Amy Schumer, and Chris Rock, Netflix has officially taken over the stand-up comedy market. Here’s how.(Getty Images/Ringer illustration)Before a stand-up comic can poke fun at anybody else, they often have to make fun of themselves.
There’s a maxim about comedy typically attributed to Lucille Ball, although it’s one whose essence you hear echoed by almost any professional comedian: “People either have comedy or they don’t,” the saying goes. “You can’t teach it to them.”
1. Thievery “Develop a little self-righteousness. A lot of that is an ugly thing, God knows, but a little spread over all your scruples is an absolute necessity!” -- Glen Bateman, in Stephen King’s The Stand It’s not the thievery. It’s the goddamned theorizing.
“What's up, people of the sex shop?” asks Hannibal Buress into an overdriven microphone at 9:30 p.m. on a recent Tuesday in L.A.
Last week, it happened again. This time it was Forbes, smack dab in the headline. Millennial Dan Nainan has been the go-to millennial in a whole lot of news stories in the past year. He was 35 in an AP story that appeared in the Chicago Tribune about undecided voters on Nov.
When Jerry Seinfeld started criticizing political correctness in comedy a few years ago, some nodded their heads and others rolled their eyes, but nearly everyone was baffled. Why would the squeaky clean, rigorously inoffensive comic even care? The reason, I suspect, is that Mr.
Comedy was dead. The first stand-up boom began somewhere around the time Ronald Reagan raised his right hand, solemnly swearing to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. It came crashing down around the same time as the Berlin Wall.
LOS ANGELES — It was a typical Tuesday for Chris Hardwick, the excitable ringmaster of nerd culture. Most people know him as the host of AMC’s “Talking Dead,” which has 6.
Comedian Ali Wong is thinking about your poor socks.
154 diggs Language Entertainment Explainer Funny Video It's no accident Louis CK has enjoyed success in comedy. The master comedian knows the ins and outs of carefully crafting a killer joke.
'I looked over at Leigh, and there was this mixture of loathing and pure rage on her face. And I said to my friends, 'Maybe we can't do this song' Many years ago I ruined a beautiful friendship, and it was over a song, which sounds like a strange thing to ruin a friendship over.
Earlier this week Jerry Seinfeld stopped by Reddit for one of its famous Ask Me Anythings. In spite of the low profile he's kept after the show that bore his name ended; the comic has a well-documented work ethic, performing regularly and heading up side projects like his low-key YouTube series.
When it comes to movies, the dark comedy genre has always been a risk for the studios. Most people watch movies to temporarily forget their real lives, and which is why happy, feel-good stuff always works.
Wittels established himself in shows such as Parks & Recreation and Master of None – before dying at just 30. Those who knew him best tell his story Harris Wittels was always lucky.
Unless you're a natural comedian, it's hard to come up with our own comedic material. This three step formula helps anyone come up with an easily scripted joke. Inc interviewed David Nihill and asked him how inexperienced presenters can add humor to a speech.
Backstage at the Kings Theater in Brooklyn one recent Friday night, Nick Kroll and John Mulaney had finished putting on their silver-haired wigs, wrinkle makeup and billowy, threadbare bohemian clothing.
“Big Time in Hollywood, FL,” a hyperactive new series about deluded brothers with moviemaking dreams, is packed with startling twists — sudden murders, unlikely romance and even a Cuba Gooding Jr. performance that reminds you why he won an Academy Award.
SAN FRANCISCO — Jerry Seinfeld stands in the wings, watching. He has done this countless times over the past four decades. And he’s about to do it again, but in the bitter cold.
It’s often dangerous to generalize, but under threat, I would say that Americans are more "down the line." They don't hide their hopes and fears. They applaud ambition and openly reward success. Brits are more comfortable with life’s losers.
An unscientific survey shows the most-viewed TV comedy shows tend keep the humor to a measured pace.
This person who knows exactly what’s happening. This person with all the jokes. This person with valid expectations. This person dropping guilt bombs. This person who had to incorporate a meme. This person paying respect. This person who was honest about their feelings.
Groan-worthy innuendos in the style of Michael Scott came and went—that's what she said—but they taught important lessons about puns and parodies along the way. It came out of nowhere, slipping into the conversation between dinner and dessert.
Maria Bamford has a mantra of sorts, and here it is: Do the work. Three words, three syllables. An easy, orderly thing.
How We Met: We reached for the same baguette at the bakery, which led to a picnic in the park, where we shared the baguette and discovered a mutual love of raw-milk cheeses and staying home on Friday nights to watch home-renovation shows.
When the mockumentary first infiltrated popular culture in the early aughts, it was only a few short years until the style was inescapable. Audiences couldn't seem to get enough of the single-camera shots, awkward silences, and bumbling dialogue.
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The comedian’s new special for Netflix is his first in years to feel coherent and truly challenging. Louis C.K.’s new special 2017 begins with the closest thing the stripped-down comedian can get to visual spectacle: the sight of him in a suit.
Louie—and it feels right to call him "Louie" precisely because of this guy-who-is-sitting-here image he's so expertly cultivated—is, of course, not an ordinary guy.
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Since her last special, the stand-up comic Maria Bamford has gotten married, and while romantic commitment is a primary theme of “Old Baby,” her new hourlong special released on Netflix last week, don’t expect the usual jokes about how a wedding ends your sex life.
LOS ANGELES — Kumail Nanjiani loves ’90s romantic comedies, the mushier the better. “I started doing standup because of Hugh Grant’s best-man speech in ‘Four Weddings,’ which is basically a standup routine,” he said. For the aspiring comic, Mr.
So What Are The Six Steps To Being Funny? Mel Helitzer’s Comedy Writing Secrets is commonly used as a textbook in college courses on comedy writing. What does it say is the best method for how to be funny? Helitzer explains the “THREES” formula.
Before Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer descended into the Union Square subway station one chilly Wednesday morning, they made it clear they were not hoping for any outrageous interactions that could be spun into material for “Broad City,” their Comedy Central series.
The worst part about being married is you no longer have dating stories to tell. It’s partly why single people are more fun to hang out with. Few stand-up comedy specials have made me laugh as loud as I did when a friend described a date gone horribly wrong.
“I really need to stop making so many white girls,” God, played by Paul Giamatti, groans, on Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer.” In this sketch, the blond ditz “Amy Schumer”—a self-lacerating version of the comedian who plays her—finds out that she’s got herpes from a hookup.
Jon Stewart and HBO are not going forward with his much-anticipated animation project, a setback for what was supposed to be the next step in his post-late-night career. The network confirmed the end of the project Tuesday night.
Former biologist Tim Lee takes the stage at TEDx for the second time this year. Lee’s medium of choice: the all too often mind-numbingly boring PowerPoint presentation, but when he unleashes his deck, it’s anything but.
Back in the ’90s, BoJack Horseman (protagonist of the Netflix original series BoJack Horseman) was the star of a sitcom named Horsin’ Around.
I've spent most of my life loving satire and hating people who don't understand it. It was that love and hate that inspired me to write two prior columns about wrongly attacked satirists.
George Carlin. Lenny Bruce. That dog puppet. We’ve always had comedians zinging truth to power. (“Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself,” Mark Twain quipped in 1881.
Bit by bit, greeting cards are (regrettably) becoming a thing of the past.