Mike Birbiglia isn't in love with standup comedy, and he's not exactly hot on the one-man show either. The workman-like storyteller says he's more interested in blending his favorite aspects of the two, as in his latest standup special My Girlfriend's Boyfriend, which came out on DVD, Amazon, and iTunes this week. In the show, Birbiglia offers his skeptical views on marriage as a through line to a series of stories on his own mortification and frustration in relationships, each executed with his self-deprecating wit and a surprising strain of earnestness.
I talked recently with Birbiglia about ending his 70-city tour of the show, the personal reactions of fans, and his desire to [...]
Patton Oswalt's new hour special is coming out early next year. Called Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time, the special will debut on the cable network Epix on Friday, January 17th. Filmed at Spreckels Theater in San Diego earlier this year, this is Oswalt's third hour special, following 2009's My Weakness Is Strong and 2011's Finest Hour, which both aired on Comedy Central. Oswalt is a big get for Epix, who have been ramping up their standup department recently, having released specials from Jim Norton, Jim Breuer, Sherri Shepherd, and Tom Papa in the last year.
Check out the poster for Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time below:
Sarah Silverman has been doing standup for over 20 years, but she's never released a televised standup special until now. She's done dozens of late night spots and a theatrically-released concert film (Jesus Is Magic), but Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles, which premieres tomorrow on HBO, is her first ever hour special.
In addition to filming We Are Miracles, Silverman has recently been keeping busy with a whole slew of different projects. She's playing a supporting role in Seth MacFarlane's next live action movie, starring in an HBO pilot called People of New Jersey for producer Lorne Michaels, and releasing videos via JASH, the YouTube channel she's [...]
Bill Cosby has been working hard to promote his new standup special on the late night circuit, and each appearance is more brilliant than the last. He dropped by The Daily Show last night, and while Jon wouldn't let him wander into the audience again, he managed to get in some nice physical humor with the show's swivel chair, as well as chastise Jon for his sweary language and tell some good stories about Lenny Bruce. Check out the rest of the interview below – it's well worth it.
NBC is bringing Last Comic Standing back yet again. The network will be producing a new season of the standup comedy competition series set to air during the summer of 2014 and to be hosted by Wanda Sykes, THR reports. This will be the eighth season of the show, and Sykes will be its sixth host, following Jay Mohr, Anthony Clark, Bill Bellamy, Fearne Cotton, and Craig Robinson. The last season of the show aired in 2010.
Since it started its run in 2003, Last Comic Standing has only aired during the summer and has given exposure to comedians like Amy Schumer, Doug Benson, James Adomian, Gabriel Iglesias, [...]