“I’ve always been fascinated with the moment people go from being a just a group in a room to one unit – for me, that’s the most interesting thing on the planet,” says Emily Gordon, co-producer of The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail. “Movies do that, and church does that, and comedy shows do that, and I always wanted to make an environment where that happens.”
Every Wednesday night, it happens in an unlikely place: the dim, unfinished back room of a comic book shop on Sunset Boulevard.
Just a few blocks east of Los Angeles’ biggest comedy clubs, the NerdMelt Showroom is home to one of [...]
Since news broke last week that SNL had fired three featured players, none of them have responded and bounced back from the bad news quite like standup Brooks Wheelan. In addition to his string of hilarious tweets following the big announcement ("Whats the protocol on length of departure from SNL and your 'Best Of' DVD coming out. So stoked to see mine. Bet it's super long…"), Wheelan is making the best out of an unfortunate situation by going back to his standup roots in the form of an international tour, as announced via his Tumblr. Wheelan will make stops in New York, Canada, Europe, Seattle, [...]
"People want to know: 'So what are you working on? What's going on with you? What's the next page? What's coming up for you? What's on the horizon?' And I say: 'Oh. I'm done … Yeah, I finished early. I'm actually living in a gravy boat filled with delicious gravy.'"
- Maria Bamford in a fantastic new NYT Magazine profile, which covers the comedian's childhood, her struggles with mental illness, her standup style, The Special Special Special!, and much more.
After 15 years of performing standup, New York comic Kurt Metzger's career is gaining momentum, all without the help of business cards and t-shirts. But hey, it's never too late to try something new. "My income’s been getting kind of better, so it’s just a matter of if I have the extra money to spend on something like that."
His new one hour special, White Precious, premieres tonight on Comedy Central at 11pm. I talked to Metzger about leaving behind the religion of his youth, his family, his love/hate relationship with social media, and his penchant for controversy.
From what I’ve read you’re not much of a marketer [...]
Comedian Lewis Black will be yelling about whatever topics his audience want him to this weekend. Variety reports that for his show, Lewis Black: The Rant is Due, in Napa Valley this Friday and Saturday, he'll take suggestions for what to rant about from the live audience and from people watching the video stream (which costs $10). Standup Kathleen Madigan will be on-hand to moderate the suggestions and to probably weed out a bunch of obnoxious ones from internet people. If the stunt proves to be a success, Lewis Black will continue to incorporate this element into future shows.