THE AWKWARD THOUGHTS OF W. KAMAU BELL Tales of a 6′4″, African-American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama’s Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian Written and read by W. Kamau Bell 10½ hours. Penguin Audio.
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What’s Seinfeld’s life like post-Seinfeld? Well, it involves a lot of coffee, cars, and still doing stand-up. We asked the comedy legend about the show’s best moments and his ideal fan interaction.
Unless you're a comedy writer and you see a late-night TV host telling a joke you wrote. Five times. That's what the writer Alex Kaseberg says happened to him in late 2014 and early 2015, a charge disputed by Conan O'Brien and his lawyers.
In the first episode of Showtime’s “I’m Dying Up Here,” we meet Eddie (Michael Angarano) and Ron (Clark Duke), two comedians from Boston who’ve come to Los Angeles in 1973 to seek their fortune. When they introduce themselves to their taxi driver, he scoffs.
The Trump-Russia probe gets a special prosecutor, and Fox News downplays a purported memo from James Comey suggesting Donald Trump may have committed obstruction of justice.Watch full episodes of The Daily Show for free: http://www.cc.com/shows/the-daily-sho...The Daily Show with Trevor Noah airs we
Noah Baumbach may be American cinema's greatest chronicler of family dysfunction — a popular topic for filmmakers at Cannes in 2017 — and his newest film, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), may be one of his finest entries in the genre.
Two years ago, Tracy Morgan survived a traumatic car accident and began the long road to recovery. Today, he’s the star of a new Netflix comedy special and an upcoming TBS series created by Jordan Peele. Here, the beloved comedian talks about turning adversity into his new truth.
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.
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.
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.Before a stand-up comic can poke fun at anybody else, they often have to make fun of themselves.
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.
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.
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.
Jimmy Fallon and Nicole Kidman have two very different embarrassing memories of the afternoon they first met.Subscribe NOW to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: http://bit.ly/1nwT1aNWatch The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Weeknights 11:35/10:35cGet more Jimmy Fallon: Follow Jimmy: http://T
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
“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.
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.
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.
Comedian Ali Wong is thinking about your poor socks.
'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' 'I looked over at Leigh, and there was this mixture of loathing and pure rage on her face.
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 Wittels established himself in shows such as Parks & Recreation and Master of None – before dying at just 30.
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.
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.
Maria Bamford has a mantra of sorts, and here it is: Do the work. Three words, three syllables. An easy, orderly thing.
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.
An unscientific survey shows the most-viewed TV comedy shows tend keep the humor to a measured pace.
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.
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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.
Jimmy challenges hip-hop lover Daniel Radcliffe to rap Blackalicious' tongue-twisting "Alphabet Aerobics." Subscribe NOW to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: http://bit.ly/1nwT1aNWatch The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Weeknights 11:35/10:35cGet more Jimmy Fallon: Follow Jimmy: http://Tw
“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.
Jimmy challenges Jamie to a game of random musical impressions, such as John Legend singing the Toys "R" Us jingle.Subscribe NOW to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: http://bit.ly/1nwT1aNWatch The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Weeknights 11:35/10:35cGet more Jimmy Fallon: Follow Jimmy: ht
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.
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.
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.
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.
Back in the ’90s, BoJack Horseman (protagonist of the Netflix original series BoJack Horseman) was the star of a sitcom named Horsin’ Around.
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.
Kyle Mooney showed up on Weekend Update Saturday for another appearance in character as veteran stand-up Bruce Chandling.
You ever have that funny friend, the class-clown type, who one day just stopped being funny around you? Did it make you think they were depressed? Because it's far more likely that, in reality, that was the first time they were comfortable enough around you to drop the act.
On a recent Monday night, Stephen Colbert was about as high atop the Ed Sullivan Theater as one can be, looking out over the 200 or so employees of his CBS “Late Show” who had gathered for a roof party as he stood on a staircase with a megaphone in hand. In a few moments, Mr.
The sitcom world is rife with tropes: Love Interests of the Week, the Secret Relationship, the Yo-yo Plot Point (any story the writers just can’t stop going back to). These tropes have been defined and redefined for new generations of viewers.
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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.
Cavemen whacked one another in the nuts for cheap yuks, and Medieval fools jabbered in a flop sweat to keep from being beheaded. But the idea of getting onstage in front of strangers, just one person and a spotlight, and talking until they crack up – that's new.