Alex Edelman has had an excellent August. The American comic headed to the Edinburgh Fringe with his debut show, Millennial, and on Saturday, he walked away with the coveted Best Newcomer Award at the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards. Past winners include stars like The Mighty Boosh, Tim Minchin, and Sarah Millican, and it means the eye of the British comedy industry has turned to the 25-year-old New Yorker. I caught up with him after his win in Edinburgh to talk about previewing his show in London, his American style, and being transatlantic.
So why did you decide to come to Edinburgh this year?
LA's stand-up scene is changing fast. In the past year alone, Scott Aukerman's live show Comedy Bang Bang wrapped up its ten-year run and popular NYC shows like Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler's Hot Tub and Joe Mande and Noah Garfinkel's Totally J/K moved to town. Now, another seismic shift in the LA comedy plates is on the way as the producers of the popular stand-up show Holy Fuck announced this week that it's ending too. The free weekly show, which has been running since 2009 and is held in an old movie theater downtown, has become a pillar of the local comedy scene over the last few [...]
"Bill Cosby's like Dad and Richard Pryor's like your dirty old uncle. You know what I mean? Uncle Richard would, like, sneak you beers and give you firecrackers at Thanksgiving. Bill Cosby is like every comedian's father."
-Comedian Eric Andre reflecting on the concert film Bill Cosby: Himself in a 30th anniversary piece in GQ that also features Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Romano, Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt, Hannibal Buress, and Larry Wilmore sharing their thoughts on the wildly influential performance.
Joyeux Noel! What better way to commemorate the birth of an immortal god's child into the human realm than with some festive fart jokes?!?! Whether you believe that a supernatural deity impregnated a lady thousands of years ago in order to save humans from sin which he himself decided was even a thing or not, come by UCBeast this Friday for the comedy stylings of Nick Vatterott (Conan), Naomi Ekperigin (Totally Biased), Charla Lauriston (UCB's School Night) and Brendan McLaughlin (Nikki And Sara Live). RSVP for tickets here, guys!
"All the best [comedians] have a tremendous work ethic. Louis [C.K.], when he's working on stuff, I see him all the time. Chris Rock, he's at the clubs all the time. Younger guys that are really good, like Hannibal Buress, he does sets all the time. I do sets all the time. I literally don't know anyone that's really good that doesn't do shows all the time."
-Aziz Ansari talking to UK comedy website Chortle about how his most talented peers are his hardest-working peers.
Here's the inspiring trailer for Disarmed, a documentary that guitar-playing stand-up Nick Thune made about returning to the stage after he broke his arm, an accident that tragically left him unable to play the guitar for six weeks. The doc is set to debut next month on the YouTube comedy channel JASH, but you might as well just give Nick Thune his Oscar now.
Here's Erik Charles Nielsen, a Los Angeles-based stand-up who also plays the recurring role of Garrett on Community, making his televised stand-up debut with a set on Conan last night. It's a fun, high-energy performance in which Nielsen gets real deep into the philosophical implications of Donkey Kong.
Comedy Central has a great new free stand-up app out today called CC:Stand-Up that allows you to stream hours and hours of stand-up on your iPhone or iPad and it even recommends comedians similar to the comedians you like in case you somehow have trouble finding comedians you like in this wonderful comedy-saturated era we live in.
Comedian and author Jen Kirkman launched her own podcast this week. Called I Seem Fun: The Diary of Jen Kirkman Podcast, the show features episodes that range from 30-45 minutes long and each one finds Kirkman talking into a microphone while sitting on her bed. "I have always just wanted to get onto the microphone and talk," she says in the inaugural episode. "In stand-up, you have to have punchlines and someone might be drunk. So you can be drunk listening to this now, you can heckle me and I can't hear you.This is the beauty of this for me." Kirkman is choosing to release the show herself rather [...]
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