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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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? [...]
Why do we love heckler videos so much? Is it because it's fascinating to see experienced comedians bounce back from unexpected interruptions, or is it because watching a drunk, selfish idiot get humiliated in front of thousands of people is always a good time? In this new clip from Hannibal Buress on tour in Delaware, it's the perfect combination of both. Plus, it's impossible to listen to Buress's belly laughs and not smile.