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Inside the Internet Outrage Machine with Jim Norton

After 2012's Please Be Offended and 2013's American Degenerate, standup Jim Norton returns to television tonight with his third Epix special Contextually Inadequate. Filmed at Boston's Somerville Theatre in January, the special dives deep into recent pop culture scandals and their internet backlash aftermaths, covering everything from the demise of Bill Cosby and Donald Sterling to his own personal experience after the firing of his friend and Opie and Anthony Show cohost Anthony Cumia last July. Ahead of Contextually Adequate's premiere, Norton spoke with us about hosting his own show on Vice, the difference between online criticism and outrage, and what projects he has planned for the year ahead.

The Next Wave 2015: The Top Up-and-Coming Comics in Los Angeles

Welcome to the second semi-annual edition of The Next Wave, Splitsider’s roundup of exciting new comic voices from around the country.

Splitsider readers are no doubt familiar with most of the established stand-ups in the country – ones who have risen up via TV appearances, podcasts, Twitter — but what about the newer names who will be popping up on everybody's radars over the next year or two?

Today we’re taking a look at the biggest, fastest growing comedy scene in the country: Los Angeles. Land of endless summer, countless TV writing gigs, and hundreds of amazing comedy shows every week, LA’s the best place to discover your next [...]

Can a Mid-Sized City's Thriving Comedy Scene Survive the LA Exodus?

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 [...]

Louis C.K.'s Talks New York, Fame, and Success with 'The Hollywood Reporter'

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 [...]

Here's the Trailer for Tig Notaro's Showtime Documentary 'Knock Knock, It's Tig Notaro'

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.

The Next Wave 2015: The Top Up-and-Coming Comics Outside of NY and LA

Welcome to the second semi-annual edition of The Next Wave, Splitsider’s roundup of exciting new comic voices from around the country.

Though Los Angeles and New York City are home to the country’s biggest comedy industries, they aren’t the only cities with thriving comedy scenes. In recent years especially — thanks to the rising popularity of locally-focused festivals, and ofma course, the internet — the following cities have become destinations for new comics looking to grow, and for bookers and agents looking to discover emerging talent. Here are a few must-follow cities, and the comics who are on their way to becoming The Next Wave.

We reached [...]

The Next Wave 2015: The Top Up-and-Coming Comics in New York

Welcome to the second semi-annual edition of The Next Wave, Splitsider’s roundup of exciting new comic voices from around the country.

Splitsider readers are no doubt familiar with most of the established standups in the country — ones who have risen up via TV appearances, podcasts, Twitter — but what about the newer names who will be popping up on everybody's radars over the next year or two?

Today we’re taking a look at New York City: home of SNL, Late Night and other legendary shows that have launched hundreds of comedy careers, NYC remains one of the most exciting, and intimidating, places to perform. We reached out to [...]

From Law School to Standup with Guy Branum

Guy Branum was one of the first comedians I saw live when I moved to Los Angeles. It was clear right away that not only does the audience adore him, but the comedians around him do as well. He’s a big presence onstage and not just because he’s a big, fat man (his words, not mine), but he’s also well spoken and hilarious. We talked about his new album Effable and what it’s like to be a spokesman for gay comics.

Is this the first album you’ve recorded?

It is. I’ve mostly been a professional writer or somebody who was on TV shows like Chelsea Lately. Standup was [...]

Max Silvestri, Jenny Slate, and Gabe Liedman's NYC Standup Show Big Terrific Ends Its 7-Year Run This Month

One of New York's best standup shows is ending its seven-year run later this month. The New York Times reports that Max Silvestri, Jenny Slate, and Gabe Liedman's free weekly standup show Big Terrific is set for its final bow on Sunday, April 26th in Brooklyn. Since starting the show, Slate and Liedman have both moved to Los Angeles to work on various film and television projects, and Silvestri was recently named the host of an upcoming Bravo series called Recipe for Deception. "Big Terrific is everything," Silvestri told us back in 2013. "It's a commitment to do, but the love I have for Gabe Liedman [...]

Being at the Intersection of Comedy and Magic with Justin Willman

When I was first asked to interview Justin Willman about his comedy special, Sleight of Mouth I was like, “Okay, cool!” Then I found out he was a magician and I was, like, “Oh. A magician?” Maybe I’m in the minority here, but magic isn’t really my jam. I’m not too proud to admit, however, that I was wrong. Very wrong. I had a chance to preview Willman’s special, which premiers on Comedy Central tonight at 12:30am, and I am now truly excited to tell my friends about it. Justin isn’t just an outstanding magician, he does magic in a way that’s fresh and new, and dare I say… cool? [...]

HBO Orders a Pilot and Standup Special by Whitney Cummings

Comedian and 2 Broke Girls co-creator Whitney Cummings is going into business with HBO. Deadline reports that the pay network has ordered a pilot for a half-hour comedy from Cummings based on Maureen Dowd's 2005 book Are Men Necessary? When Sexes Collide. Cummings created the series and will also write and star in the pilot, which is described as — and get ready for it, because it's a mouthful — "a comedic portrait of modern relationships that focuses on human nature and social construction using documentary elements and appearances from experts to help the characters understand the biological basis of their behavior." In addition to the pilot, [...]

Watch the Trailer for Comedy Dynamics' New Standup Series 'Coming to the Stage'

Comedy Dynamics has a new standup series premiering on VOD next month called Coming to the Stage, and today they're premiering the very first trailer. Hosted by Dan Levy, the six-episode series takes a closer look at 12 up-and-coming standups from around the country and hits streaming platforms like Hulu, Roku, Amazon Prime, and iOS on Wednesday, May 6th.

Sarah Silverman on the Gender Wage Gap: "We Don't Get What We Want, We Get What We Think We Deserve"

The wonderful Sarah Silverman recently teamed up with Levo for their #Ask4More campaign to reflect on her experience with wage inequality as a female comedian throughout the years. In the video, Silverman candidly looks back on one time she was paid $10 for the same standup gig that paid Todd Barry $60, and she even calls out the comedy club and owner who thought it was fine and not totally messed up to pay her less for the same work. "It was symbolic," Silverman says. "I didn't need $60, but you know, it's pretty shitty."

Giulia Rozzi and the Art of Making Comedy That's True to Yourself

Giulia Rozzi is a true comedic factotum — a jack of all trades — who has a well-developed talent, crucial in comedy, for making virtually any story extremely relatable. But beyond being merely relatable, Rozzi's humor is often deeply cathartic. In fact, she has so passionately explored the cleansing nature of comedy that she even had the honor of delivering a TEDx talk on the subject.

She has already run two successful solo shows: Stupid Foreigners (which examined her experience growing up in a fairly stereotypical Italian household) and Bad Bride (which explores the finer points of monogamy, love, and especially her own divorce and ultimate perspectives on [...]