With a half hour special under his belt, Joe Wengert's standup career is taking off, so it’s not hard to believe that he's also an accomplished improviser. Wengert ran the UCB Theatre's school in New York and then in LA and still regularly performs improv at the LA theater with the team The Smokes in addition to the long-running show ASSSSCAT. His TV writing credits are impressive as well: Wengert has written for Kroll Show, Comedy Bang! Bang! and Playing House. You can catch his episode of The Half Hour this Friday, July 18th, at 12:30 am.
I got to talk to Joe about preparing for The Half Hour, writing [...]
Rachel Feinstein came to New York when she was 17. She did not go to college. She lived in Brooklyn. She shared her apartment with a band that called itself "Dicksister." When Feinstein entered comedy, however, she found an outlet and crowd that she grew to love. Since then, she's appeared on Last Comic Standing, had a Comedy Central Presents special, performed in Women Who Kill, produced an album (Thug Tears), appeared in numerous online sketches, done voices for Grand Theft Auto, and has begun to make more appearances on the acting scene.
Her second Comedy Central special, as part of their series, Half Hour, airs this Friday. I recently [...]
Yannis Pappas is (fictionally) Mr. Panos, a deeply patriotic Greek man who owns “The Baby Socrates Diner.” He is also (fictionally) Maurica, a pre-operative transsexual Puerto Rican in search of a wealthy man to pay for surgery. More importantly, Yannis has (factually) survived being shot, (factually) been a 9/11 relief worker, and will soon (factually) have his own Comedy Central The Half Hour special.
After 14 years of pushing and pulling his comedy career through the mud, a 30-minute special is more than due to this particular installment of the New York comedy scene. He’s long been selling out shows from coast to coast, performed as widely as South Africa and [...]
There’s no definitive path to a successful career in standup comedy. Just ask Tommy Johnagin.
Though he now lives in LA, Johnagin built a career in his mid-20s headlining clubs across the country, appearing on Letterman multiple times, and starring in his own Half Hour special on Comedy Central while based in St. Louis.
That kind of exposure doesn’t happen often to comics based in non-coastal cities, but Johnagin was able to pull it off through a relentless work ethic, clever jokes, and a clear idea of career goals.
Now, Johnagin’s back with a new The Half Hour on Comedy Central. Ahead of the Friday premiere, we talked about starting out [...]
Every summer, Comedy Central debuts half-hour specials from a handful of standup comedians as a part of their appropriately-titled series The Half Hour. Comedy Central tells us that the new season of The Half Hour will debut Friday, June 6th, at midnight, with the rest of the season airing with back-to-back episodes Fridays at midnight.
As previously announced, the 14 standups getting Half Hour specials this year are Adam Newman, Chris Distefano, Chris Gethard, Damien Lemon, Fortune Feimster, Joe Wengert, Joe Zimmerman, Kurt Braunohler, Mark Normand, Michael Che, Rachel Feinstein, Ron Funches, Tommy Johnagin, and Yannis Pappas. Check out the full schedule of Half Hour premiere dates below [...]