Grawlix's Adam Cayton-Holland (Photo by Ryan Brackin)
If you’re a mid-level comic with a few credits under your belt, at some point you’ve probably been asked the question: “So, when are you moving to LA?” The person asking was likely from Los Angeles, and didn’t ask in the neutral tone of a guidance counselor “have you thought about moving to LA?” It’s always when are you moving. For many in this business, your hometown comedy scene is viewed as the high school of your career, with road-gigs and festivals as your bachelors degree — followed by the inevitable move to Hollywood to begin your masters.
And just as every comic [...]
Just in time for the season 5 premiere of Louie tomorrow night, The Hollywood Reporter has a lengthy piece out today in which C.K. reflects on struggling as a young unknown standup, the "crushing loneliness" of living in New York City, getting passed over by SNL, his hopes to make a movie next year, and tons more. Here's an excerpt:
There's an easy thing of saying, "Yeah, it's all bullshit out there [in Hollywood]," but if you can't smell the bullshit here in New York, you must have your nose packed with it. Hollywood is full of opportunity, and I've gotten shot after shot after shot out [...]
A new Tig Notaro documentary premieres on Showtime next week, and the pay network recently released the first trailer. Titled Knock Knock, It's Tig Notaro, the documentary follows Notaro on her 2013 standup tour in fans' homes and backyards with Jon Dore. Knock Knock airs on Showtime Friday, April 17th at 9:00pm.
Joe List is the comedy underdog everyone seems to root for. A longtime fixture in the New York comedy scene, List had the reputation as the gifted standup comic who could never catch a break.
But to paraphrase Seinfeld, a List obsession, 2015 could be the Summer of Joe.
After a killer debut on Letterman last year, List is finally getting his due. He’s headlining more clubs, co-hosts the popular Tuesdays with Stories podcast with Mark Normand, and his peers recently named him a comedian to look out for in 2015.
I recently caught up with List to talk about his start in comedy, the mistakes he [...]
Chris Tucker's first full-length standup special is headed to Netflix. According to THR, the streaming network is set to debut Chris Tucker Live on Friday, July 10th. "Chris Tucker is a true global movie star and a one-of-a-kind talent whose remarkable energy, delivery and original style make him one of the funniest comedians of our time," said Netflix exec Ted Sarandos. "We cannot wait to share his distinct and hilarious voice with our members across the globe." Chris Tucker Live was filmed at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta and "will showcase his comedic chops, including impersonations, as he shares his experiences from childhood to his success in Hollywood.