Since The Pete Holmes Show debuted in October, they haven't had anyone do standup yet — until last night when Gabe Liedman became the show's first person to do standup. This was also the TV standup debut for Liedman, who co-stars in the web series Bestie X Bestie with Jenny Slate and writes for Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and it was a super funny set.
For the past 15 years, Comedy Central’s half hour specials have showcased the future stars of standup. Looking back, the early years of Comedy Central Presents included memorable sets from the likes of Mitch Hedberg, Patton Oswalt, Maria Bamford, Dane Cook and dozens more. Re-branded The Half Hour in 2012, the series continues to feature the best up-and-coming comics in the country.
For many comedians, it’s that history that makes doing a half hour special so significant. While a half hour may once have been a comic’s first major exposure, comedians now have many ways to build an audience. Almost everyone who taped a special this year does non-standup [...]
Influential NYC stand-up show Big Terrific is celebrating its fifth anniversary tomorrow with a big ol' show featuring Pete Holmes, Nick Turner, the return of co-host Gabe Liedman, and surprise guests (co-host Jenny Slate will make an appearance via video because she's busy filming a pilot with Kristen Schaal and June Diane Raphael). Time Out New York has a fun interview with Slate, Liedman, and their fellow co-host Max Silvestri that you should totally read if you can't make it to the show like Jenny Slate (probably with a much worse excuse).
"Could James Adomian become the first man to break through as an openly gay stand-up star?" asks Jason Zinoman in his New York Times piece on contemporary gay comedians. He talks about such other notables as Gabe Liedman, Brent Sullivan, Kevin Meaney, Todd Glass, and Eliot Glazer; however, the most focus is paid to James Adomian. Maybe it's a lot of pressure to put on James but luckily he is one of the most funny and original people on the planet.