Posts tagged as boston

Can a Mid-Sized City's Thriving Comedy Scene Survive the LA Exodus?

Grawlix's Adam Cayton-Holland (Photo by Ryan Brackin)

If you’re a mid-level comic with a few credits under your belt, at some point you’ve probably been asked the question: “So, when are you moving to LA?” The person asking was likely from Los Angeles, and didn’t ask in the neutral tone of a guidance counselor “have you thought about moving to LA?” It’s always when are you moving. For many in this business, your hometown comedy scene is viewed as the high school of your career, with road-gigs and festivals as your bachelors degree — followed by the inevitable move to Hollywood to begin your masters.

And just as every comic [...]

Bostonians: Get Free Tickets to See Comedy Central's 'Half Hour' Standup Tapings

From Tuesday, March 25th through Friday, March 28th, Comedy Central will be taping its Half Hour standup specials at The Royale in Boston, and the network has made tickets available for free. If you're in the area, you can find show tickets (two shows nightly at 7:15pm and 9:15pm; 6:45pm and 8:45pm on Friday) by visiting The Black List's website, where you can look up show info for all the comedians featured, including Ron Funches, Fortune Feimster, Mark Normand, Kurt Braunohler, Michael Che, and more.

Craig Ferguson Addresses the Boston Tragedy

All the late night hosts addressed the Boston tragedy on their shows last night, but Craig Ferguson discussed the day's horrific events in a particularly heartfelt and compelling way. Full video of the opening to his show is embedded above.

Bill Burr Hates Boston Sports and Just About Everything Else

The very funny Bill Burr stopped by Conan last night to promote his new comedy special, You People Are All the Same, and he ended up setting some kind of world record for criticizing the most things in the least amount of time. In just five minutes, Burr went off on bandwagon Boston fans, sports mascots, campfire songs, Steve Jobs, political conventions, the people who watch political conventions, guys with Tennessee signs, and people who illegally download comedy specials, all without stopping to take a breath.

Coming Up Twice with Joe List

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 [...]

Jon Stewart Has an Inspiring Monologue About Boston

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.

Flipping the Ratio: Inside Boston's Women in Comedy Festival

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 [...]

Watching When Stand Up Stood Out, the Documentary About Boston's Early Standup Scene

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 [...]

'Eugene Mirman Day' Is Now an Official Holiday in the City of Boston

Comedian Eugene Mirman now has his own holiday. The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival is in Boston this weekend, and in honor of that, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has officially proclaimed May 3rd, 2014, as "Eugene Mirman Day" in the city. Mirman grew up in suburban Boston and started his standup career in the city before moving to New York.

Check out Boston's official proclamation about the holiday and a photo of Mirman with the Mayor (via his Twitter) below:

Patton Oswalt to Boston Bombers: "The Good Outnumber You and We Always Will"

Comedian Patton Oswalt wrote a moving Facebook post yesterday following the senseless act of terrorism that occurred in Boston, managing to glean a positive message from the tragedy. Here's Oswalt's post in its entirety:

Boston. Fucking horrible.

I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, "Well, I've had it with humanity."

But I was wrong. I don't know what's going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths.

But here's what I DO know. If it's one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction [...]

The Splitsider Guide to Boston's Comedy Scene

Four hours North of New York City, Boston proper exists in the perpetual shadow of one of the largest comedy scenes in the country. Boston Proper is a smallish city but its comedy scene is spread out amongst two interconnected cities: Cambridge (The People’s Republic Of) and Somerville. There's not much of an entertainment industry in Boston, but with over fifty colleges in the greater Boston area that provide ample audiences, and a large and growing number of shows and venues, Boston is a great scene for comics to develop. It's a scene that responds to innovation, but also respects the past. Boston's audiences vary from Harvard students to [...]

Hey Boston, Go See Some Comedy Central Specials Get Taped This Week

If you live in Boston and enjoy the comedy, you should click here and sign up to go see some standups tape their Comedy Central specials for free. There are two shows nightly from Tuesday through Thursday of this week featuring comics such as Joe Mande, Garfunkel and Oates, Rory Scovel and Neal Brennan. Great news for Bostonians! But non-Bostonians, don't worry, you still win, as you don't live in Boston.