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The Next Wave 2015: The Top Up-and-Coming Comics Outside of NY and LA

Welcome to the second semi-annual edition of The Next Wave, Splitsider’s roundup of exciting new comic voices from around the country.

Though Los Angeles and New York City are home to the country’s biggest comedy industries, they aren’t the only cities with thriving comedy scenes. In recent years especially — thanks to the rising popularity of locally-focused festivals, and ofma course, the internet — the following cities have become destinations for new comics looking to grow, and for bookers and agents looking to discover emerging talent. Here are a few must-follow cities, and the comics who are on their way to becoming The Next Wave.

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Watch the Trailer for Comedy Dynamics' New Standup Series 'Coming to the Stage'

Comedy Dynamics has a new standup series premiering on VOD next month called Coming to the Stage, and today they're premiering the very first trailer. Hosted by Dan Levy, the six-episode series takes a closer look at 12 up-and-coming standups from around the country and hits streaming platforms like Hulu, Roku, Amazon Prime, and iOS on Wednesday, May 6th.

'Chris Tucker Live' Premieres on Netflix Friday July 10th

Chris Tucker's first full-length standup special is headed to Netflix. According to THR, the streaming network is set to debut Chris Tucker Live on Friday, July 10th. "Chris Tucker is a true global movie star and a one-of-a-kind talent whose remarkable energy, delivery and original style make him one of the funniest comedians of our time," said Netflix exec Ted Sarandos. "We cannot wait to share his distinct and hilarious voice with our members across the globe." Chris Tucker Live was filmed at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta and "will showcase his comedic chops, including impersonations, as he shares his experiences from childhood to his success in Hollywood.
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Watch Kyle Kinane Perform Standup in a Soundproof Room

Seven Minutes in Purgatory is a new standup show put together by Matt Byrne and Ian Abramson in which standups perform in a soundproof room, while the audience watches in a separate room. "The idea is to see what happens when comedians have nothing to respond to," Byrne says. It's a pretty fun concept, with great results. Above, check out a recent show from UCB Sunset in LA in which Kyle Kinane learns what it's like to do standup without knowing how the audience is reacting at all. "I think I like it better this way," he says at one point, "because then you can't tell what jokes [...]

The Standup Special Returns to Its Roots

Shortly after standup comedy burst free from the confines of Borscht Belt theaters and metropolitan nightclubs, cable television began its successful infiltration of the American living room, and the marriage between the evolving art and the expanding medium soon spawned a wholly new creation: the standup special. Many of these early performances were filmed on college campuses (Robert Klein at Haverford College, 1975; George Carlin at USC, 1977), evidence of the craft’s rapid transformation of character. Once relegated to a few shadowy corners of nightlife and the counterculture, standup had, by the mid-1970s, established itself unequivocally within the cultural firmament of the young, the intellectual, and the hip.

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The Next Wave 2015: The Top Up-and-Coming Comics in Los Angeles

Welcome to the second semi-annual edition of The Next Wave, Splitsider’s roundup of exciting new comic voices from around the country.

Splitsider readers are no doubt familiar with most of the established stand-ups in the country – ones who have risen up via TV appearances, podcasts, Twitter — but what about the newer names who will be popping up on everybody's radars over the next year or two?

Today we’re taking a look at the biggest, fastest growing comedy scene in the country: Los Angeles. Land of endless summer, countless TV writing gigs, and hundreds of amazing comedy shows every week, LA’s the best place to discover your next [...]

Max Silvestri, Jenny Slate, and Gabe Liedman's NYC Standup Show Big Terrific Ends Its 7-Year Run This Month

One of New York's best standup shows is ending its seven-year run later this month. The New York Times reports that Max Silvestri, Jenny Slate, and Gabe Liedman's free weekly standup show Big Terrific is set for its final bow on Sunday, April 26th in Brooklyn. Since starting the show, Slate and Liedman have both moved to Los Angeles to work on various film and television projects, and Silvestri was recently named the host of an upcoming Bravo series called Recipe for Deception. "Big Terrific is everything," Silvestri told us back in 2013. "It's a commitment to do, but the love I have for Gabe Liedman [...]

Ari Shaffir Runs Though a Typical Visit to His Pot Doctor

Standup and This Is Not Happening host Ari Shaffir has a new special premiering on Comedy Central tonight called Passive Aggressive, and the network released a sneak peek featuring Shaffir describing a typical visit to his pot doctor in California. Watch another clip from the special below, then catch the rest tonight at midnight.

Watch Brendon Walsh's Harrowing Police Story From His 'Late Late Show' Set

Brendon Walsh did a standup set on last night's Drew Carey-hosted Late Late Show, in which he talked about the problems you have when you drive a classic car and the night he was pulled over by two different cops while hiding weed in his sock. To be fair to him, there's really no other convenient place to hide a half-sandwich bag filled with weed.

Aziz Ansari's New Netflix Special 'Live at Madison Square Garden' Premieres March 6th

Aziz Ansari has a brand new standup special due out in March. In a press release today, Netflix announced that Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden will debut on Friday, March 6th. The special was taped at Ansari's sold-out Madison Square Garden shows last year and covers topics "ranging from the struggle of American immigrants to the food industry to relationships to gender inequality." Here's what Aziz had to say when we asked him about selling out Madison Square Garden back in September:

I couldn't imagine that I'd get to play the Garden or something like that when I started out doing comedy. I didn't even [...]

The Next Wave 2015: The Top Up-and-Coming Comics in New York

Welcome to the second semi-annual edition of The Next Wave, Splitsider’s roundup of exciting new comic voices from around the country.

Splitsider readers are no doubt familiar with most of the established standups in the country — ones who have risen up via TV appearances, podcasts, Twitter — but what about the newer names who will be popping up on everybody's radars over the next year or two?

Today we’re taking a look at New York City: home of SNL, Late Night and other legendary shows that have launched hundreds of comedy careers, NYC remains one of the most exciting, and intimidating, places to perform. We reached out to [...]

Buy Comedy Dynamics' Humble Bundle Featuring Bill Hicks, Mike Birbiglia, Iliza Shlesinger, and More

Flash sale website Humble Bundle just unveiled a brand new comedy bundle today from Comedy Dynamics. The pay-what-you-want collection is available on Humble Bundle for one week only with proceeds going to the American Red Cross and Electronic Frontier Front and includes both video and audio selections from Bill Hicks, Marc Maron, Mike Birbiglia, Iliza Shlesinger, Doug Stanhope, Brian Posehn, and Brooks Wheelan. The bundle is only available through Wednesday, April 1st, so head over to the Humble Bundle website to purchase yours today.

Watch Amy Schumer's Fantastic 'Night of Too Many Stars' Standup Set

Comedy Central's annual charity event Night of Too Many Stars aired last night, and among the celebrity guests was Amy Schumer, who did a brilliant standup set about sexism in Hollywood, what she learned making her movie Trainwreck, and her love and devotion to drinking. Watch some more clips from the special below:

Epix Announces Standup Specials from Lisa Lampanelli, Jim Breuer, and Jim Norton

Epix just revealed three new hourlong standup specials set to air this spring. According to THR, the network has added specials from Lisa Lampanelli, Jim Breuer, and Jim Norton. Norton's special Contextually Inadequate will air first on Friday, April 24th, Breuer's Comic Frenzy will air on Friday, May 29th, and Lampanelli's Back to the Drawing Board will air on Friday, June 26th. All three specials will debut at 10:00pm. Hopefully Epix doesn't have any problems releasing these specials after what happened with Patton Oswalt's Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time last year.