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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, [...]

Steven Wright on 35 Years as a Standup and Consulting on the New Season of 'Louie'

Legendary standup Steven Wright’s career has spanned over 30 years. He first performed in 1979, debuting on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1982, and having since then forged a prolific career out of his unique brand of deadpan observational humor and creative one-liners. Throughout his stint as a standup, Wright has toured consistently, starred in several specials, lent his talents for acting and voiceover work to projects as disparate as Mad About You, Half Baked, Reservoir Dogs, and Dr. Katz, to name a few, and won an Academy Award for his 1998 short film The Appointments of Dennis Jennings. Most recently, Wright served as a [...]

Dan St. Germain on His Start in Standup and the Power of Self-Deprecation

Dan St. Germain has made his mark in the comedy world with his energetic on stage persona, his podcast (My Dumb Friends), and a Comedy Central web series (In Security). In his standup, he doesn't shy away from the dark truths of life, weaving his own issues with depression and alcoholism in with his jokes. Now, he's ready to bring those truths to everyone with his debut album, Bad At the Good Times, from A Special Thing Records.

I recently chatted with St. Germain to talk about the album, his start in comedy, and being the "I'll take it" guy.

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 [...]

Sean Patton on the Country's Thriving Local Comedy Landscape

Sean Patton is at a point in his career that every rising comic eventually reaches: expanding his act for his first one-hour special. This fall, he's independently shooting his first hour in native New Orleans, after having risen up through the NYC standup scene and TV world, with recent appearances on Inside Amy Schumer, Maron, and @midnight under his belt. Patton also recently performed on Splitsider's A Night at Whiplash, sharing the stage with the likes of Janeane Garofalo, Michael Che, Eugene Mirman, and more. I recently had the chance to interview Sean Patton, discussing his performance in the Whiplash movie, recording his first hour special, and the bustling comedy [...]

Adam Newman on His Beginnings in Comedy and His New Comedy Central 'Half Hour'

Adam Newman wants you to know that his new Comedy Central half-hour special, which airs Friday, contains what he hopes is the longest diarrhea joke in televised history. The Brooklyn-based comedian’s episode of The Half Hour airs this Friday, and the special has always been his main goal as a standup. Along the way, he’s appeared on John Oliver’s New York Standup Show, released his first album, and made his Letterman debut last year.

I got the chance to talk with Newman about how he did a 45-minute set for his first time doing standup, Last Comic Standing, and poop jokes, among other things.

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 [...]

Mike Judge Says 'Office Space' Made TGI Fridays Get Rid of Their "Flair"

"About four years after Office Space came out, TGI Fridays got rid of all that (button) flair, because people would come in and make cracks about it. One of my ADs asked once at the restaurant why their flair was missing and they said they removed it because of that movie Office Space. So, maybe I made the world a better place."

- Mike Judge in an interview with Deadline, in which he talks about the cult success of Office Space, when King of the Hill won an Emmy, and working for HBO with Silicon Valley.

David Wain Talks 'They Came Together,' 'Superjail,' and The State Reuniting

Voicing the lead character on a returning animated series, preparing for the theatrical release of a new romantic comedy spoof, announcing the reunion of a groundbreaking comedy group, and keeping very hush-hush about a long-awaited project. These are just a few of the things that writer, director, actor, and comedian David Wain has been up to. I chatted with Wain about Superjail! (Season 4 premieres June 15th at 11:45 p.m.), his next movie They Came Together, The State reuniting for Tenacious D's comedy festival, and how to talk to your children about your dirty sense of humor.