Joe List is the comedy underdog everyone seems to root for. A longtime fixture in the New York comedy scene, List had the reputation as the gifted standup comic who could never catch a break.
But to paraphrase Seinfeld, a List obsession, 2015 could be the Summer of Joe.
After a killer debut on Letterman last year, List is finally getting his due. He’s headlining more clubs, co-hosts the popular Tuesdays with Stories podcast with Mark Normand, and his peers recently named him a comedian to look out for in 2015.
I recently caught up with List to talk about his start in comedy, the mistakes he [...]
Last night was Jon Stewart's first show back since the Boston tragedy, and he started the show by discussing the previous day's events with his audience. Like the opening to Craig Ferguson's show the night before, it's a heartfelt and thoughtful monologue that manages to focus on the positive in the wake of this horrific event.
My improv team had a good set on that snowy night in February. The three of us were happy. After the show we celebrated with friends at a nearby bar. I attempted to get the bartender’s attention when a man approached me: “you were on that team, right?” he asked. I told him I was. “You guys were so good! At first I was like, ugh three girls, great” he said, enunciating that last word with palpable sarcasm, “but then you guys killed it.”
If you’re a woman or a regular, non-woman-hating man in the comedy community, you’re probably cringing in sympathy. When a man gets on stage, we [...]
It’s no secret that sometimes comedy is taken a bit too seriously. Comedy obsessives love not just the jokes, but the mechanics and emotions of the comedy world. There are a raft of comedy documentaries exploring comedy and comedians, but do they really have anything significant to add to the discussion? This series looks at comedy documentaries and whether they’re interesting, insightful, and possibly even…funny?
The concept of comedy may be universal, but some comedy comes from a very specific time and place. When Stand Up Stood Out looks back at one such era, the influential Boston comedy scene of the late 1970s and 1980s.
Directed and narrated by [...]