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Nathan Fielder on Fascinating People, Social Awkwardness, and Taking 'Nathan for You' Abroad

Nathan Fielder might play a hopelessly awkward and highly unorthodox business consultant on his hit Comedy Central series Nathan for You, but it's a role he's mastered thanks to years of experience embracing and exaggerating what he once thought were the "terrible" parts to his personality — the compulsion to talk during awkward conversational pauses, a lack of finesse with girls, and the persistent insecurity that comes along with being a social outsider. Now that the second season of Nathan for You is in full swing, I recently talked with Fielder about what he's learned from last season, how he and Nathan for You co-creator Michael Koman make the [...]

Derek Waters on How 'Drunk History' Is Made

Tonight sees the return of Drunk History, comedian Derek Waters's Funny Or Die web series-turned-Comedy Central show that sees comedians getting intoxicating and recounting famous historical events. Season two of Drunk History finds the show expanding and taking on new challenges, with a full 10-episode order (two more than last year) and a handful of episodes structured on certain themes (like "American music," for example). I recently had the chance to talk to Waters about the elaborate safety precautions Drunk History for its historians, his dreams of having Pearl Jam do the show as themselves, and allude to a secret Comedy Central project he can't talk about yet.

Carmen Lynch on Translating Comedy from English to Spanish and an Unexpected Career in Standup

New York-based comedian Carmen Lynch didn't come to the city planning to do standup, but she's been at it for more than a decade. She's appeared on Comedy Central's Premium Blend, as a contestant on Last Comic Standing, and recently made her second appearance on Late Show with David Letterman. The Spanish-American comedian performs primarily in English and has also translated her deadpan, personal style of comedy to audiences in Spain and Costa Rica.

You can catch Lynch performing on A Night at Whiplash, the concert movie version of the popular live standup showcase Whiplash at UCB NY that we recently released via our digital distribution label, Splitsider [...]

Jason Nash on Why He Loves Making No-Budget Movies

The new film Jason Nash is Married marks two big firsts: it’s comedian Jason Nash’s first movie and also the first feature released by CC:Studios, Comedy Central’s digital branch.

The movie follows Nash, playing a fictionalized version of himself, as he struggles to get out of debt and prove to his wife (played by Busy Phillips) that he can contribute to their family. Nash, a standup comedian and creator of multiple web series, developed Jason Nash is Married from his web series of the same name. He wrote, directed, produced, and starred in the film — no easy task for any movie, let alone one that was made on a [...]

Jared Logan on Playing a Big Weirdo on His Web Series and Doing Standup in the South

New York-based standup Jared Logan is keeping awfully busy these days. He recently recorded his debut album in Nashville, released his new web series “Don’t You Think?”, featuring guests like Chris Gethard, Leo Allen, and Nikki Glaser, back in February, and was a cast member on VH1’s Best Week Ever on top of multiple TV appearances and his own Comedy Central Half Hour special that aired last year.

You can catch Logan performing on A Night at Whiplash, the concert movie version of the popular live standup showcase Whiplash at UCB NY that we recently released via our digital distribution label, Splitsider Presents. The film also features performances from Eugene Mirman, [...]

Maria Bamford on How She Develops Her Act

When she’s not touring, playing open mics and festivals, making web series, or recording an album, Maria Bamford finds things to keep her busy—in the past couple years, she’s appeared on Louie, Kroll Show, and Arrested Development, and she does voiceover acting for cartoons like Adventure Time and Bravest Warriors. Beyond her busy schedule, though, what’s impressive about Bamford is how in her standup she addresses dark or personal matters like suicide and mental illness stigma while never sacrificing her effervescent stage presence. Her 2012 direct-to-download the special special special!, which had her performing a set in her living room for her parents with breaks to serve cookies, [...]

Mike Sacks on 'Poking a Dead Frog', Discontented Comedy Writers, and "Comic Decay"

Comedians think often about how their identity relates to the world around them. They spent much of their time reflecting on who they are, where they come from, what they've done, and what they've seen. Usually these reflections are form-fitted and presented to us as comedy for entertainment, and it's through this process that we may come to know more about the comedian and the world we live in.

Imagine if you gave comedians free-range to tell us about themselves and what they think about their world without having to mold it to fit a comic form. Mike Sacks has been doing that for us since 2009 when he [...]

Ron Funches on Fighting His "Adorable" Image

Sure, Ron Funches is an undeniably likable comedy teddy bear. But don’t get it twisted. “Oh, I’m sweet and nice. But don’t fuck with me.” Funches is having a great summer as his name is taking small strides toward household status, with his role on NBC’s new sitcom Undateable, the premiere of his Comedy Central Half Hour special, and being booked alongside a bunch of big names on Funny Or Die's upcoming Oddball Fest tour. I talked with Funches about TV, balancing standup with acting, and how fatherhood fosters toughness.

How Fortune Feimster Went From Entertainment Blogger to Breakout Comedian

Fortune Feimster is currently at a big crossroads in her career. The North Carolina-born standup, improviser, and sitcom actor competed in Last Comic Standing in 2010, has regularly appeared on Chelsea Lately since 2011, and joined the cast of Tina Fey's Fox pilot Cabot College this year, not to mention her recent standup sets on This Is Not Happening and Conan as well as bit parts on 2 Broke Girls and Workaholics. With the end of Chelsea Lately in August and the fate of the Fey pilot still unknown, Feimster's new Comedy Central standup special — a unique mix of self-deprecation, Southern mother tales, and unexpected bouts of [...]

Yannis Pappas on Why He Did Standup for 14 Years Before Doing a Half-Hour Special

Yannis Pappas is (fictionally) Mr. Panos, a deeply patriotic Greek man who owns “The Baby Socrates Diner.” He is also (fictionally) Maurica, a pre-operative transsexual Puerto Rican in search of a wealthy man to pay for surgery. More importantly, Yannis has (factually) survived being shot, (factually) been a 9/11 relief worker, and will soon (factually) have his own Comedy Central The Half Hour special.

After 14 years of pushing and pulling his comedy career through the mud, a 30-minute special is more than due to this particular installment of the New York comedy scene. He’s long been selling out shows from coast to coast, performed as widely as South Africa and [...]

Eugene Mirman on The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival and WhiteHouse.Gov Petitions

Eugene Mirman is a master of incorporating his absurd humor into places you wouldn't expect to find it. Whether he's making silly WhiteHouse.gov petitions, like one in which he requested Barack Obama call the Ugandan president a "ding dong boob poopy," or coming up with amazing things for corporations to sponsor at his self-titled comedy festival, like a bouncy castle with a therapist inside, even Mirman's ancillary endeavors retains the same irreverent wittiness. So far this year, the Bob's Burgers voice actor and busy standup recorded his fifth comedy album, brought The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival to Boston (where the mayor made "Eugene Mirman Day" an official city holiday), and did a standup [...]

Adam McKay on What He Learned from Working with Improv Guru Del Close

Will Ferrell doesn’t mince words when describing Adam McKay, his longtime friend and comedy collaborator. “He’s kind of a dangerous individual,” Ferrell says. “He’s extremely funny; there’s no doubt about it. But he’s dangerous. I wouldn’t stay in a room with him, one on one, for any longer than I had to. There’s a criminal tendency there. We have a great working relationship because I don’t ask him much about his past. He just frightens me.” Ferrell is joking, obviously. But there was a time, years before McKay found Hollywood success directing and co-writing films such as Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) and The Other Guys (2010), [...]

Long-Time Letterman Writer Bill Scheft on 'Late Show', Writing Novels vs. Writing Jokes, and Stephen Colbert

Tonight, when David Letterman saunters on to the Ed Sullivan Theater stage to deliver his monologue, flanking him will be two men whose tenures date back to the groundbreaking Late Night With David Letterman: To his right, bandleader Paul Shaffer; and to his left, writer Bill Scheft, who Late Show viewers have undoubtedly come to know as the bespectacled man off in the corner, surveying the proceedings. If hosting a late-night talk show is an hour-long prizefight, Bill Scheft is Letterman's corner man.

Since joining Late Night in 1991, Scheft has garnered 16 Emmy nods; while also serving as writer for two Oscars, head writer for 3 ESPYs, and special [...]

Ian Edwards on Releasing His Debut Standup Album Via Conan O'Brien's Team Coco Records

Team Coco Records launched last week with the release of Ian Edwards's debut standup album, 100% Half-Assed. On the album, Edwards skillfully mixes his candid, day-to-day observations with a sudden and surprising surrealism. He is a master of misdirection. Trying to keep ahead of Edwards's creative mind is an exercise in futility: as soon as you think you know where one joke is heading, he yanks the sails. It's not long before Edwards has capsized your expectations and left you floating in a sea of wit.

I recently had the opportunity to chat with Edwards about the pleasure of working with Team Coco and where we can expect to hear [...]