Posts tagged as live comedy

Looking Back at Billy Eichner's Pre-'Billy on the Street' Days

Comedian Billy Eichner's hilarious pop culture game show Billy on the Street debuted its third season on cable network Fuse this week, and the show is more popular than ever. The man-on-the-street segments that inspired the show began as YouTube videos that came from a popular live late night show called Creation Nation that Eichner hosted for years in New York. In an interview with us promoting last season of Billy on the Street, Eichner said, "There were lots of other segments on the show that weren't man on the street that people like just as much. This is like the first thing that caught on. I love [...]

Jimmy Fallon Is Going on Tour

Before taking over The Tonight Show in February, Jimmy Fallon is going on a small, six-city tour. Called "Jimmy Fallon's Clean Cut Comedy Tour," the show will hit St. Louis, Atlanta, Tampa, Seattle, LA, and Denver this fall, with standups Julian McCullough, Nate Bargatze, and Nick Thune slated to join Fallon on the road. I'm not sure exactly what the name "Clean Cut Comedy Tour" means, but it's probably just these four guys doing standup all with sharp new haircuts.

Check out the tour dates and ticket links below:

The Kids in the Hall Are Reuniting for a Run of Live Shows in Canada

Legendary sketch group The Kids in the Hall are getting back together for their first live shows in five years. The group's five members, Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson, are reuniting for a series of shows at Toronto Sketchfest from December 4th through December 7th and tickets are still available. Their new sketch show is called "Rusty and Ready," and it's described as "an intimate and raucous Toronto homecoming.  Featuring new material and an assortment of oddities from their deep, dark trunk." Between that and David Cross and Bob Odenkirk's current Mr. Show reunion mini-tour, it's a great year to see performers/writers [...]

Dave Chappelle's Shows Since Connecticut Have Been Going Great

Last Thursday, Dave Chappelle made headlines when he cut his set short in Hartford, Connecticut, walking off stage early after several members of the audience rudely screamed out Chappelle's Show lines at the top of his show and refused to calm down. Since then, all of Chappelle's tour shows over the weekend have been received well and without incident. The comedian is currently headlining Funny or Die's Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival tour, which has taken him to Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Detroit since the Hartford incident.

The tour has been taking extra precautions since Hartford, like banning cell phone use and posting signs that read "texting, tweeting, heckling, [...]

Virgin Atlantic Will Now Offer Live Standup on Flights for Some Reason

Comedians doing standup on Virgin America flights is a real thing that's going to happen. The Telegraph reports that the airline will begin offering live entertainment on planes his month on domestic flights in the UK. Comedians on the way to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival will be testing material on Virgin flights, you know, while passengers are trapped at 30,000 feet. They'll also be introducing live music in September. Dame Sir Richard Branson says the move is an effort to "shake up domestic flying in the UK.” Unlike an in-flight movie, however, you can't really opt out of watching a comedian who's performing right there on the plane, [...]

WOMEN, Drennon Davis, Betsy Sodaro, and More Make 'LA Weekly's "10 Comedy Acts to Watch in 2014" List

LA Weekly put out its annual "10 LA Comedy Acts to Watch" feature last week. Ryan Singer, Power Violence, Ian Karmel, Cristela Alonzo, Bryan Cook, Andrés du Bouchet, Matt McCarthy, Betsy Sodaro, Drennon Davis, and the sketch group WOMEN all made the list in case you're looking for new comedy people to check out.

'The Eric Andre Show' Is Going on Tour in November

Comedian Eric Andre is taking his unpredictable, anarchic Adult Swim talk show on tour later this fall. The Eric Andre Show Live will hit nine cities across the country (Seattle, Portland, Eugene, San Francisco, Phoenix, Austin, New Orleans, Atlanta, and Nashville) from November 7th-20th, and tickets are currently available. Season 2 of The Eric Andre Show starts up October 3rd on Adult Swim. Hop on this if you're a fan of the show, punk-rock anarchy, or fake celebrities.

The First-Ever Woodstock Comedy Festival Is Happening Next Week

Woodstock, NY, is getting its first-ever comedy festival, with a lot of big names set to play the event. Bobcat Goldthwait, Dick Cavett, CollegeHumor's Jake & Amir, the UCB TourCo, and more are all playing Woodstock Comedy Festival, which is taking place from September 20-22. The fest will also include screenings of the Improv Everywhere documentary We Cause Scenes and Goldthwait's new movie Willow Creek. The event is being produced by Josh Ruben (CollegeHumor, UCB) and a 75 year old former child psychology professor named Chris Collins, both Woodstock natives, with all proceeds from the non-profit festival going towards two charities: one combatting human trafficking and another for domestic [...]

Dave Chappelle Was Heckled and Walked Offstage Last Night in Hartford, CT

Dave Chappelle is only a week into a 13-city tour called The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival that he's co-headlining with Flight of the Conchords for Funny or Die, but he's already running into trouble. Last night during a stop in Hartford, Connecticut, Chappelle reportedly stopped his act after 10 minutes because the audience was being too rowdy and shouting stuff out at him. Fans in the audience were reportedly yelling Chappelle's Show quotes like "I'm Rick James!" at Chappelle right off the bat, causing him to have trouble getting his act out. When he asked them to stop shouting, the people in the crowd refused to calm down. Chappelle then sat [...]

Larry David, Wanda Sykes, Bill Burr, and More to Play New York Comedy Fest 2013

The New York Comedy Festival is turning 10 this year, and they're drawing some pretty big names this time around. The organizers behind the fest, which is produced in association with Comedy Central, announced the 2013 lineup yesterday. Larry David is set to engage in a one-on-one conversation with comedy vet David Steinberg, who hosts the Showtime interview series Inside Comedy. The roster also features Wanda Sykes, Bill Burr, John Mulaney, Anthony Jeselnik, Nick Swardson, Whitney Cummings, Kathy Griffin, Jim Jefferies, and Bill Maher, who will be playing at the festival's prestigious venues like Beacon Theatre, Carnegie Hall, the Theater at Madison Square Garden, and Town Hall. Tickets [...]

Tenacious D, Stella, Key & Peele, and Tons More Will Perform at Sketchfest 2014

San Francisco Sketchfest, one of the country's largest comedy festivals, kicks off next month, and the lineup was just announced yesterday. The festival includes over 200 sketch, improv, and standup performances, with highlights including special tributes to Alan Arkin, Tenacious D, and Key & Peele; reunion screenings of Napoleon Dynamite, Cabin Boy, and Super Troopers; shows from UCB and Groundlings; The Chris Gethard Show; sketch groups The Birthday Boys and BriTANick; a ton of live podcasts; Maya Rudolph's Prince cover band Princess; a performance from Stella; and a reunion of the band Slipnutz (Andy Blitz, Jon Glaser, and Brian Stack), from Conan.

Check out the full lineup on [...]

Read an Oral History of LA's Wildly Influential Groundlings Theater

THR has a new oral history of The Groundlings Theater, the LA-based comedy institution where Phil Hartman, Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell, and also people not on SNL, like Paul Reubens, Lisa Kudrow, and Jim Rash, honed their chops before breaking into movies and TV. The piece contains the story of Reubens creating his character Pee-Wee Herman for a Groundlings workshop, a big fight between the creative heads of the theater, and a story about Lorne Michaels responding to a Groundling asking him how it feels to have Phil Hartman on SNL with, "I don't even have to go into work."

Dave Chappelle on Hartford: "That Crowd Was Evil"

Last Thursday, Dave Chappelle made headlines when he called his standup set short and left the stage after dealing with an unruly crowd in Hartford, Connecticut, and here's an audio-only clip of Chappelle explaining what happened to an audience in Chicago Saturday night during a recent stop on Funny or Die's Oddball Fest tour, which he's headlining. The tour has been going smoothly since the Hartford incident. Here's what he had to say on the matter in Chicago:

Listen, I know you guys read in the paper that I took a nasty spill the other night, but I swear to God it wasn't my fault and I [...]

The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival Announces Its Lineup

Eugene Mirman's comedy festival, aptly titled Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, just announced its 2013 lineup, and it's full of great comedians as usual. The Brooklyn- based festival is set to include comedians like Kristen Schaal, Jim Gaffigan, Wyatt Cenac, Jon Benjamin, Kurt Braunohler, Michael Che, and Leo Allen, along with the return of long-running show Invite Them Up and the New York return of Hot Tub, which Schaal and Braunohler brought to LA last year. In addition to that, there are delightfully titled shows like "Comics We Hope Don't Move to LA (Though We Understand There Is Much More Work There)" and "Comics Marc Maron Will Probably Resent in [...]