Sam Morril is a great writer of jokes. His comedy often comes from a place of uncomfortable honesty.
"I look exactly like my biological father so I showed my friend a picture, and he said, 'wow, it's like you guys were separated at birth.' I said, 'we were.'"
"My girlfriend always got mad at me because of my ADD. She'd say, 'Sam, you suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder.' I'd say, 'if you see me suffering, why don't you tell shorter stories?'
Sam is currently working on his new album and will be touring a lot this fall — he's been on Conan, Adam Devine's House Party on Comedy Central, and [...]
In his book Funny Business, Bill Connolly explores the connection between business and comedy. With interviews from Boston’s powerhouse standup Gary Gulman to the owners of Boston’s Improv Asylum, Connolly explores how his ten comedic principles, if applied, can better any boardroom or office.
For several years Connolly performed at the Improv Asylum in Boston and worked as a marketing analyst. He couldn’t deny the benefit his professional life received from his comedic one, and it inspired him to research the correlation.The result? His book and a new career.
Connolly currently travels for the ad agency iCrossing teaching improv to all its US employees. I caught up with him while [...]
Aziz Ansari might be a TV star on NBC's five-year favorite Parks and Recreation and soon-to-be published author, but performing live standup has always been his main love. Ansari recently finished up several dates on the Oddball tour and kicked off his own tour Aziz Ansari Live!, becoming only the seventh comedian to sell out New York City's Madison Square Garden in the process. I recently got the chance to talk with Ansari all about his new tour as well as what it feels like to sell out the Garden, how he's working to make buying tickets a stress-free experience, and what we can expect from [...]
"There's a formula in stand-up comedy: The more offensive the joke, the funnier it has to be. It's simple math." This is a formula that Jim Jefferies knows by heart. He has built his comedy career on straddling the fine line between offensive and insightful. His brand new stand-up special, Bare, just released on Netflix, shows the math at work. "The new special is probably the most confrontational special that I've ever brought out," says Jefferies, who phoned us from Los Angeles to discuss Bare, his creative process and which part of the world has best mastered the use of the "c-word."
Here we are at 1pm on a Wednesday. [...]
Alex Edelman has had an excellent August. The American comic headed to the Edinburgh Fringe with his debut show, Millennial, and on Saturday, he walked away with the coveted Best Newcomer Award at the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards. Past winners include stars like The Mighty Boosh, Tim Minchin, and Sarah Millican, and it means the eye of the British comedy industry has turned to the 25-year-old New Yorker. I caught up with him after his win in Edinburgh to talk about previewing his show in London, his American style, and being transatlantic.
So why did you decide to come to Edinburgh this year?
I had sort of been invited by accident in [...]