Share This Post Comedian and actor Mike Epps is coming to Netflix and the streamer is promising an appropriately inappropriate no-holds-barred hour. Mike Epps: Only One Mike was filmed at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. The one-hour special reminds us why Epps is a one-of-a-kind comedian as he reflects on the gift (and curse) of raising four daughters, overcoming childhood dyslexia and the mysterious infinite wisdom of old people. Den of Thieves’ Jesse Ignjatovic, Evan Prager, Jared Morell, and Jordan Barrow executive produced along with Naptown’s Mike Epps, Thomas Cobb, Niles Kirchner, Kyra Robinson and Royale Watkins. Directed by Kevin Bray. In addition to a giant stand up career, Epps has a lengthy IMDB, that includes movies from the Friday series, The Hangover, Resident Evil, Jumping the Broom, and he’ll appear in the upcoming Dolemite Is My Name. Epps had an HBO special released in 2006, and his first Netflix special debuted in 2015. The new special will launch globally..
Share This Post NBC isn’t bringing Last Comic Standing back, but the network is bringing back competition comedy, and they’re very excited about the new concept. It combines all the comedy types- sketch, variety, stand up, puppets, improv. Based on show descriptions, the reality competition feels a lot like America’s Got Talent, if all the acts had some sort of comedy tie in. We’re expecting the comedy likely to be much broader and mainstream than Last Comic Standing was, aimed more at middle American than hard core fans. Stand Up purists are not likely to be impressed, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t tune in. We see plenty of familiar stand up names on the roster- Jabookie Young White, Ali Siddiq, Erica Rhodes, Ian Lara and Jesus Trejo are just of few of the strong stand ups making the cut, and their inclusion on the show will be enough to inspire us to give the show a watch. NBC is planning for this show to stick around, announcing performers for their inaugural season today. ..
Share This Post Just for Laughs has New Faces, Variety has Comics to Watch, and Comedy Central has “Up Next.” Each of these groups annually showcase who are the young comedians that industry has their eye on and this week Comedy Central named the 18 comics who they are designating as the next crop of promising performers. The “Up Next” comedians will have the opportunity to perform at Comedy Central’s own festival and signals a bright future for those selected. CC’s third annual Clusterfest is set to run later this month, and the Up Next showcases will run on Friday and Saturday June 21st and 22nd. Up Next will include 12 stand-ups as well as six variety performers who incorporate sketch/character/musical performances in their live sets. One of Philly’s funniest (and now killing in New York City), Shane Gillis is on the list of stop young stand up comedians along with Chris Estrada, Molly Kearney, Shapel Lacey, Tim Miller, Julia Shiplett, Mary Beth Barone, Ayo Edebiri, Christina Ga..
Share This Post The folks at Just for Laughs Montreal released a long list of announcements about this year’s festival on Wednesday. Among those announcements- the full list of comedians who will perform at one of the festival’s flagship events- The Nasty Show. Who will host and who will he on the lineup is always a big deal– dirty comics wear the gig as a badge of honor. It’s an institution going back decades, initially hosted every year by the pitbull of comedy- Bobby Slayton for 26 long years. Now the host changes annually along with the lineup, but there are several blue comic mainstays who keep coming back. This year the festival runners promise that The Nasty Show is only getting nastier. As was previously announced, Bobby Lee is serving as your host and your entree into nastiness. Big Jay Oakerson who shot his half hour special as part of Netflix’s The Degenerates is back, but he’s the only Netflix “Degenerate” on the lineup. The rest of the cast of nasty’s are first timers a..
Share This Post One of the easiest ways to chart the progress of Boston’s Women in Comedy Festival, which just wrapped up its tenth edition? The panels. Once a place for working and aspiring comics to gather and commiserate over the challenges of the industry, they’re now a place to get things done. To share concrete strategies on how to get their voices heard. On how to make their mark on the comedy world. Over time, the festival has grown from a space for women to share time and passion on stage, to do so on stage and screen…and do so with industry experts who want to see them grow this passion into a viable career. “It’s an exciting time. But because it’s changed so quickly, we haven’t yet caught up on ‘how do I make my way now?’ Because everything’s changing so quickly,” festival founder Michelle Barbera shared with me ahead of WICF’s keynote presentation. DMA, Director of Walt Disney Television’s Creative Talent Development and Inclusion initiatives, was on hand to guide a crowd..
Share This Post Kevin Hart let his fans know the date of his new comedy special. The announcement came on Monday afternoon, and by Tuesday had racked up nearly 200,000 views on Twitter alone. His new hour is called “Irresponsible” and will be available on Netflix beginning on April 2nd. He hashtagged the date announce #comedicrockstar, usually something you let other people call you, but this is Kevin Hart, the king of hype, so its not that odd. Hart’s stand up specials are always bigger than life. His last three tours were released in theaters– Laugh at My Pain (2011), Let Me Explain (2013), and What Now? (2016). His Irresponsible tour, which led to the current special broke records as he toured it worldwide with 147 dates in the US alone, and at least 25 international dates across three countries. Hart’s stand up is just one part of his full package. Earlier this year, we took a look at the ever expanding empire Hart presides over, and since then more announcements and projects ju..
Share This Post Bill Burr has announced that tickets are on sale now for the 7th Annual Patrice O’Neal Comedy Benefit taking place on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 7:00 PM at City Center. On November 29, 2011, one of the greatest stand-up comics of all time passed away. If you never saw him live, the genius of Patrice O’Neal is not something easily described. He was beyond a comic’s comic. For anyone who ever met him, saw him perform, was on the receiving end of his signature trash talking, or simply passed him on the street, it was an experience you would never forget. The 7th Annual Patrice O’Neal Comedy Benefit Concert is a night of stand-up comedy to honor the memory of a master comedian, and inspiration to all who knew him, and a true friend. The show is always an unforgettable one, remembering one of the best comedians of our time. In addition to giving New Yorkers the opportunity to talk about Patrice every year, the benefit always puts on a stellar line up. This year’s perfo..
Share This Post Kevin Hart isn’t fucking around when it comes to his phone ban, and quite a few people who attended (or at least tried to attend) his show in Manchester in the UK this week were unhappy with his strict policy. Like many comedians Hart has become frustrated with the overuse of cell phones during shows. While some comedians have opted for the “lock sock” to prevent people from using their phones during shows, team Hart chose instead to employ a phone ban rule at his show. Phone holders were warned that this was a zero tolerance policy, and one that was strenuously enforced. A cell phone security team roamed the arena. Violators were removed from the show, with no refunds given. And that included people who were sending texts, even if those texts were being sent before Hart even took the stage. The Telegraph reported that showgoers were pretty upset at what they perceived to be “overinforcement” of the policy. Some of the unhappy ejectees included three members of a gr..
Share This Post Ask anyone who are the funniest comedians performing in New York City and Marina Franklin will come up on almost every list. Marina returned to Conan last night, performed a fantastic set, and put in an hour LIVE from CONAN HQ in Burbank, with Clueless Gamer’s Aaron Bleyaert playing Dead Cells. Look out Twitch! Marina isn’t comfortable talking about politics on stage, but she’s very comfortable sharing her personal problems. And if you are unfamiliar with the term “bus pussy”, Marina’s set will not only be funny, it will also be educational for you. While we’re waiting for Team Coco to get that set up on YouTube, check out Marina’s Dead Cell play and her Instagram photos from backstage at Conan. Franklin is taping her first hour special at the Vic Theater in Chicago on September 14th, everyone in the Chitown area should save that date, and get tickets for one of New York’s finest. Read more comedy news. The post Marina Franklin Performs Stand Up on Conan appeared ..
Share This Post Tiffany Haddish Teaches Us How to Mend a Broken Spirit, Dave Chappelle Talks Musical Influences, Howie Mandel Shares a Story About a Major Celebrity’s First JFL Performance and More From the Just for Laughs Red Carpet 2018! It’s another very special edition of Notes From a Comedy Junkie as our own Sara Dahms flew up to Montreal to cover the red carpet at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival’s Comedy Awards. Every year the Just for Laughs Awards are one of the most attended and celebrity-studded events of the entire festival and this year’s honorees were an amazing crew. Sara is a comedy superfan who even goes so far as to call herself a comedy nerd. Raised on National Lampoon, John Hughes, Gene Wilder, and Fairy Tale Theatre, her life changed after her older sister showed her Eddie Murphy’s Raw in 1988. Soon after, she found Andrew Dice Clay and became a stand-up junkie for life. Eighteen months ago, she took her first comedycation to see Jeff Ross play in Miami on her ..