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Maria Bamford Candidly Explains Her Mental Health Struggles on 'Modern Comedian'

Scott Moran released a new episode of his documentary series Modern Comedian today focusing on standup Maria Bamford, who opens up at length about her struggles with bipolar disorder and the time she had to check herself into a psychiatric ward. It's a powerful, fantastic episode that's well worth the watch, from Bamford's walkthrough of her favorite website CrazyMeds.us to several mentions of her love for Diet Coke. (via The Comedy Bureau)

Watch 'Modern Comedian's Profile of Reggie Watts

Here's the latest episode of Scott Moran's excellent documentary series Modern Comedian, which profiles Reggie Watts and his fascination with time travel. It features a performance by Watts of time travel songs and him telling a weird story about huffing freon.

Talking to Ben Kronberg About 'The Half Hour', Music, and the Unavoidable Humility of Comedy

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 comedy [...]

Watch the Season 3 Premiere of 'Modern Comedian'

Here's the first episode of the comedy documentary web series Modern Comedian's third season. This episode follows stand-up Phil Hanley, focusing on his beginnings in comedy and his love of crowd work. Up next week on Modern Comedian is Jim Gaffigan, which should be fun too but will probably feature less crowd work.

Joe DeRosa Deals with a Heckler and Analyzes It on 'Modern Comedian'

Here's the latest episode of Scott Moran's excellent documentary web series Modern Comedian, focusing on comedian Joe DeRosa. Modern Comedian wasn't setting out to capture DeRosa getting into a battle of words with a heckler, but it happened and seeing DeRosa fight back and his analysis after is pretty entertaining. Too bad he didn't search his heckler for cocaine.

'Modern Comedian' Goes Behind the Scenes of Colin Quinn's 'Unconstitutional'

The latest in Scott Moran's excellent Modern Comedian web series follows standup legend Colin Quinn behind the scenes of his latest one-man show, Unconstitutional. Colin delves into the Constitution's relevance today, the benefit of a theater over a club, and how his next show might involve paranormal tricks.

'Modern Comedian' Profiles Bonnie McFarlane

Here's the latest episode of Modern Comedian, filmmaker Scott Moran's excellent documentary series. This one profiles standup Bonnie McFarlane and how her love of writing has kept her working in various different comedic mediums.

Documentary Series 'Modern Comedian' Profiles Stand-Up Beth Stelling

This is the latest episode of filmmaker Scott Moran's excellent comedy documentary series Modern Comedian, which was just released today. The episode follows L.A.-based stand-up Beth Stelling and how her love of sweets is wreaking havoc on her teeth. Comedians are so wild and crazy.

Season 3 of 'Modern Comedian' Debuts This Week

Modern Comedian, an excellent documentary web series following a different comedian each episode, is set to debut its third season tomorrow. Here's a trailer for the show, featuring highlights from all three seasons. The series is directed by Scott Moran and distributed by PBS Digital. The first episode of the season will follow stand-up/writer Phil Hanley, with one about Jim Gaffigan coming next week. Moran tells us, "You can expect some big names and some surprises, one of whom isn't even a comedian but a guy who had an amazing encounter with a very famously crazy comedian in the '70s." Any guesses as to who that "famously crazy" [...]

Sean Patton Tours You Through LA and NY on "Modern Comedian"

Stand-up Sean Patton is the subject of the latest episode of Scott Moran's documentary web series "Modern Comedian," which is now produced by PBS. In his "Modern Comedian" installment, Patton leads us on a tour through America's two biggest cities (and two biggest comedy cities), L.A. and New York. Sean Patton seems to like New York a hell of a lot better than L.A., that's for sure.

You Had To Be There #115: Row If You Want To

This week, Sara and Nikki are joined by Sara’s comedian, documentarian, vocabularian beau Scott Moran to brainstorm Halloween costumes clever enough for national TV. After a sobering foray into tragedy and inspiration, the gang lightens up towards the end with talk of drugs, cheese, and other addicting habits.

Nikki and Sara are hosting a night of stand-up at the Gramercy Theatre on November 8th for the New York Comedy Festival. They’ll fill you in on the full lineup soon, but really, what else do you need. Get yr tix here.

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'Modern Comedian' Profiles 65-Year-Old Standup James Heneghen

Here's the latest episode of filmmaker Scott Moran's excellent documentary series Modern Comedian. This time, he's profiling James Heneghen, a 65-year-old road comedian from Seattle, and it's an interesting look at the life of a comedian who chose the road over seeking fame and fortune in one of the nation's big comedy cities.

Watch Jim Gaffigan's Episode of 'Modern Comedian'

Here's the latest episode of Scott Moran's excellent documentary web series Modern Comedian. This one follows comedian and father of five Jim Gaffigan, mainly focusing on how those two parts of his life don't fit each other at all.

'Modern Comedian' Profiles Chris Gethard

Here's the latest episode of filmmaker Scott Moran's PBS documentary web series Modern Comedian, in which he follows comedian/author/public access host Chris Gethard around with a camera for a day. It's an in-depth, serious look at what The Chris Gethard Show means to its fans and to Gethard himself. The only thing it's lacking is some deep introspection from the Human Fish.