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Due to a Clerical Error, There's Now a Catholic Church on George Carlin Way

It's been three years in the making, but a bill was finally signed into law today to name part of a Manhattan street after late comedian George Carlin. Only a one-block portion of the street was supposed to be named George Carlin Way, but, because of a clerical error, a two-block stretch will be given the name and that second block includes both Carlin's childhood home and Corpus Christi Church. Priests at the church have opposed the plan to rename the street for years and that's why the decision was made to not name Corpus Christi's block after Carlin, a proud atheist who often goofed on religion in [...]

Aparna Nancherla Has a Great New York Story

Here's the first episode of director Chioke Nassor's web series Storytime for Above Average. In the first installment, standup and Totally Biased writer Aparna Nancherla tells a pretty exciting story about seeing a runaway UPS truck in New York City. Episodes of the show with Eric Andre and Jonathan Ames drop later this week.

Splitsider's Guide to the 15th Annual Del Close Marathon

It’s that time of year again: the week when improvisers from across the globe gather in New York for 56 consecutive hours of shows (and parties) sponsored by the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. The 15th annual Del Close Marathon promises to be the biggest yet, with 420 slots featuring house teams from the country’s best theaters (including iO and Second City), indie favorites (like LA’s Shakedown and NYC’s Gadget), reunions (fwand and Mother!), supergroups (Let’s Have A Ball, TourCo Allstars), and, of course, plenty of late night insanity (three words: Match. Game. 76.).

It's a lot to take in, but we're [...]

Splitsider's Guide to NYC's Comedy Scene

"This is where comedy works — where people are the most miserable," Doug Stanhope lamented as he walked the streets of New York City at the beginning of his special, No Refunds. Maybe it is the misery, dirt and exhaustion that comes with life in NYC that fosters great comedic voices; an optimist would say its the city's vibrancy, diversity, and bustling energy. Either way, it's impossible to deny that no place does comedy like New York. Though in the past, we've looked at the stellar comedy scenes of both Los Angeles and Austin, I'll faithfully defend New York as the greatest comedy city in the world.

There's more comedy to see [...]

The 'Louie' Map of New York

As a New Yorker, a fun part of watching New York-based shows such as Seinfeld and Friends is to see shots of the actual city in between scenes shot on an L.A. soundstage. With Louie, whose third season debuts on June 28th on FX, being almost entirely shot in New York, we get that experience in almost every scene. Below are some locations around the city that were used in the show’s first two seasons.

UCB Announces Its Packed 16th Annual Del Close Marathon Lineup

In a press release today, the Upright Citizens Brigade officially announced that its 16th annual weekend-long improv marathon DCM will take place from Friday, June 27th through Sunday, June 29th in New York and feature over 570 improv shows on eight different stages. UCB co-founders Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, and Matt Besser will kick off the marathon, which will continue throughout the weekend with improv teams from New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Washington DC, Austin, Philadelphia, England, Canada, Japan, Finland, Puerto Rico, and more with shows starring the writers of Key & Peele and Late Night with Seth Meyers, a Broad City live show, reunions of [...]

Louis C.K. Talked Season Four Of 'Louie' and Movies That Never Got Made at the Paley Center

As part of the Paley Center’s "Made In NY" PaleyFest, Louis C.K. and Louie executive producer Blair Breard sat down to talk about the show with Time’s television critic James Poniewozik. Before the panel, two of the New Yorkiest episodes of season 3 – “Daddy’s Girlfriend Part 2” and “Barney/Never” – were screened to a packed house that overflowed into screenings rooms. The event was also live-streamed, and will surely be available for viewing at the Paley Center soon. Below are a few of the best quotes from the C.K., including his reasons for taking a year off between seasons, his perspective on doing television versus standup and [...]

A Funny Thing: Lisa Kleinman Says Come On, New York

Lisa Kleinman moved to New York for the big dreams, the bright lights, and the infinite possibilities. She ended up with a secret life, pregnant legs, and a roommate named White Shoes. It's the best things in life we never see coming.

Lisa Kleinman (@lisakleinwoman) is a storyteller at the P.I.T. in New York and an actor for the UCB Sketch titan BEIGE.

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Life After '30 Rock': Can NYC's Comedy Production Ever Compete with LA?

Tonight, 30 Rock's seven-season, 138-episode run comes to an end. Looking back, it's hard to quantify the show's influence. Debuting in 2006, it helped cement the rebirth of NBC's Thursday-night lineup into one of the most consistent homes for quality comedy on network TV. Following closely in the footsteps of The Office, it further pushed the sitcom into more adventurous single-camera, no-laugh-track territory. All while being the most visible comedy production based in New York City.

In film and television production, New York has always been the true second city, sitting in a long shadow cast by Los Angeles. LA is the industry — there is no doubting that. [...]

Talking with Joe Mande about the Final Totally J/K, 'Parks & Rec', and Moving to LA

With Johnny Cash's "Hurt" and Elton John's "Candle in the Wind" playing over the soundsystem, the atmosphere was decidedly somber at the UCBeast last night. As the goodbye message on the chalkboard schedule read, Joe Mande was "LEAVING 4 L.A.!" As was announced on Wednesday, Mande was hired as a writer for Parks & Recreation, so after years of being a fixture of the New York comedy scene, he was moving. And as a result, Totally J/K, the stand-up show he has been hosting with his friend Noah Garfinkel for five years, was ending. Right before the final Totally J/K, I got a chance to speak with Joe about [...]

CollegeHumor Moves from NY to LA, Starts New Production Company

Comedy website CollegeHumor announced today that they have moved their production team from New York to Los Angeles and that they're forming a new production company called Big Breakfast. Big Breakfast will focus on developing movies, TV shows, and web projects, in addition to continuing to produce original videos for CollegeHumor. CollegeHumor's editorial department will remain in New York. Sam Reich, who has been CollegeHumor's president of original content since 2006, will head up Big Breakfast. The company's first project is developing the hit CollegeHumor web series Jake & Amir, starring Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld, into a TV show for TBS. CollegeHumor Productions' move from the East Coast to [...]

The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show: New York Bucket List

This week on the Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin show, Jeff is making a New York bucket list to prepare for his move to Los Angeles. To help him he brings on previous guests who live in New York, to suggest something for his bucket list.

"We got to the jet skis and the guy was like, all right so here is the gas, here is the emergency shutoff, I'm going to pin that to the jacket and okay here we go, and this guy just takes off at 40 mph, and just leaves us in the dust. We can barely see our tour guide on the horizon." – [...]

Master of Ceremonies: Ardie Fuqua's Rough Road Through Comedy

Ardie Fuqua is worried that he's been too funny. “I didn’t get too many laughs, did I?” he asks, sliding into a seat next to me in the back row.

He has just finished a 25-minute set at Caroline’s on Broadway, the argyle-patterned comedy club steps from Times Square, where he is opening Tracy Morgan’s lineup of Thanksgiving Weekend shows. The sound of applause is still ringing throughout the 300-seat club, and Ardie is visibly out of breath, his forehead drenched in sweat from the heat of the spotlights.

It’s easy to understand why overshadowing Tracy would not be on Ardie’s to do list. This is one of their [...]

Is Comedy Bar NYC Too Similar to Toronto's Comedy Bar?

There's a local comedy dispute a-brewin' in Toronto and New York. Third Beat Magazine has observed that a new comedy club called Comedy Bar NYC, which Ali Farahnakian and the People's Improv Theater (or the P.I.T.) are opening at the end of the month, bears a striking resemblance to a popular Toronto club called Comedy Bar that also has a similar logo and vibe and is frequented by New York comedians when they're in town. As Third Beat notes, there's nothing illegal happening and the original Comedy Bar can't do much about it, but it's certainly ruffling the feathers of the folks at the original club and is sure [...]