Share This Post In light of the need to social distance and quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic, the Brooklyn Comedy Collective is taking its comedy online nightly at 9 PM EST on the live streaming app TVCO – and paying its producers a stipend to live stream their shows. Since its debut in March, 2018, the BCC’s core mission has been to pay comedians for their work. In a comedy scene where improvisers and performers are rarely paid by comedy theaters, The BCC has always paid its performers a significant portion of the box office, distinguishing it as a playground where experimentation and ingenuity is valued. Now, with all live events shut down for the foreseeable future in NYC, the BCC has entered into a contract with TVCO to produce a slate of 16 shows, one every night through April 8, 2020, with the possibility to extend and produce more shows. Producers of these livestreams are paid a stipend per hour-long show. The live streams are free to watch for viewers on the TVCO ap..
RIP John Witherspoon The Death of a comic is a sad occasion, John Witherspoon is the latest to be called home. Today, many social media timelines are filled with quotes of “Bang-Bang,” the infamous, “you’ve got to coordinate” and other pearls of comedy gold brought to life by Witherspoon’s many characters. Mine for some reason [...]
Eddie Murphy is the Emperor of Comedy, period. He’s written, directed, produced and starred in some of the funniest movies ever mad. Oh, and he was one of the most celebrated comedians ever. However, there’s one thing he regrets. Eddie Murphy could’ve been on “We Are the World,” the charity single written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie that featured [...]
Share This Post For one Friday, standup comedian and Daily Show correspondent Dulce Sloan is going to have the rare and impossible honor of being in two places at once. In DC, she’ll be performing on The New Negroes show as part of BYT and Tig Notaro’s Bentzen Ball. But the rest of the country will also get to see her debut television special, as it premieres as part of this year’s Comedy Central Half-Hour series. Given her correspondent gig, Sloan is no stranger to viewers of the network. In her role, her clear voice brings humor to important and at times unfunny issues like policing and cultural appropriation. While the material is written for her, she brings it to life in a highly unique way. But in her half hour, she took the opportunity to use that “heightened version of herself” to speak on more personal experiences than might come up on the show. In some ways, it seemed to differ from how she approached the sets leading up to the special; she noted, “a lot of times, at a lot..
Guess who’s back! Eddie Murphy has been gearing up to make a big comeback with a highly anticipated sequel on the way and a return to the Saturday Night Live stage as host in December for the first time in 35 years. And now there’s news that the iconic comedian is also planning to return to his comedy roots with a new standup tour in 2020. —Eddie Murphy set to return to ‘SNL’ as host for first time in 35 years— This is going to be epic. Murphy revealed in a Netflix podcast, Present Company with Krista Smith, that he plans to do a comedy tour, saying: “… and then next year in 2020 I’m going to go on the road and do some stand-up.” That statement coincides with the rumors that swirled that he was inking a multimillion-dollar deal to do a Netflix standup special but he didn’t directly address that, Deadline repots. Murphy recently wrapped up the movie Dolemite Is My Name about stand-up comedian Rudy Ray Moore for Netflix. And he’s in the midst of filming the sequel to Coming 2 Ame..
Dave Chappelle changes the game, again. Dave Chappelle is having a stellar year. Not long after making his Broadway debut, the people’s champ will soon bless Netflix with a new stand-up special titled, “Sticks and Stones.” -Really soon. Like less-than-two-weeks-from-now soon. The old rules of marketing and promoting a show don’t apply to Netflix and mega-talent [...]
It’s finally time for the world to see what Robin Thede has been cooking up for HBO in her hilarious new series A Black Lady Sketch Show. Here are 5 reasons to watch: Robin Thede is kind of a genius. There’s something truly special about Robin Thede and her knack for nailing comedy in a smart, innovative way. While we loved her BET series, The Rundown with Robin Thede, A Black Lady Sketch Show lands this brilliant mind in her sweet spot. In fact, she has been honing her sketch comedy skills since she was an undergrad at Northwestern University, where she helped birth the beloved, annual production, Out Da Box. The all-star cast. Thede is joined by an all-star cast of hilarious women including Gabrielle Dennis, Quinta Brunson, and Ashley Nicole Black. All of these names should sound familiar, but if they don’t, they’ll be rolling off your tongue as you cackle with your friends about their antics on the show. Each one brings her own unique style to the series that manages to depict so..
The power couple just made a power move. Variety reports that Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have launched a multimedia company called Westbrook Inc. that will back their projects, as well as their children Jaden and Willow Smith, who are both actors and musicians. The famed couple made the announcement on Wednesday and said the goal with each project they produce is to empower and entertain people at the same time. Jada Pinkett Smith (left) and her husband Will Smith (right) announced that they’ve started a multimedia company. (Photo: FilmMagic via Getty Images) “We are so excited to announce this new venture and fully immerse ourselves in all areas of the media and entertainment space,” said the Smiths in a statement. “With our incredible team of family, chosen family, and longtime business partners, Westbrook Inc.’s mission is to spread positive ideas, art, and products that entertain and empower the greatest number of lives, inspiring the next generation of artists to do goo..
Share This Post Amazon today announced that one week after the release of Amazon’s first original stand up special (that’s Jim Gaffigan on August 16), the streaming platform will drop four additional hour specials on their PRIME platform. Hours from Alonzo Bodden, #IMomSoHard, Alice Wetterlund and Mike E. Winfield will premiere Friday, August 23, exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. Alice Wetterlund: My Mama Is A Human and So Am I is Wetterlund’s first stand-up special. Follow the comedian/actor as she recounts her struggles with peeping toms, cat-rearing, alcoholism and the secret alien conspiracy behind New Country music in her breakout comedy special. Best known for her scene-stealing roles in HBO’s Silicon Valley and the comedy ensemble film Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Wetterlund shines in this tour de force hour-long special taped at the Gothic Theater in Denver, CO. Produced by Comedy Dynamics and directed by Brian Volk-Weiss. Cisco Henson, Olivia Gerke, and Michael Rotenb..