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Best of: Late Night

PBS’s six-part series Make ‘Em Laugh continued tonight with parts 3 & 4 (click here for my thoughts of 1 & 2). First up? Slapstick, which host Billy Crystal says
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I can stomach James Lipton if it means I get to hear a brilliant comedic mind talk for an hour or two. So when Ricky Gervais's episode of Inside the
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The long-running rumor that John Mayer would host a new variety show were confirmed by CBS last week, and immediately, venom spewed throughout the internet. He’s a sell-out, he’s a
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Episode one centred on “Nerds, Jerks, and Oddballs”, and got off to a questionable start with a weird faux-historical view of comedy, in the hands of “host” Billy Crystal. (Quotations
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Congrats to the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, for gaining the community support of their new location in Manhattan's Lower East Side! The new location hinged on them getting a liquor
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A few months back I wrote about how despite having the best of journalistic intentions, and the savvyness to know what your interview subject wants to say, you can't deliver
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A few weeks ago I got talking with an improv classmate of mine who used to do standup. Shop talk ensued, and at one point I presumptively inquired "you've seen
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I've been around comedy long enough that the inevitable has happened: my entire social circle -- whether in Toronto, in New York, or back home in Winnipeg -- is somehow
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Two shows sold out. A third added, sold out. A fourth easily would have, and a fifth and sixth *may* have given scalpers some inventory (the week leading up to
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Google, which seems to exist simply to cater to my every whim, now houses the entire archive of LIFE magazine photos. Millions of photos - published and not - at
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Best of: Interviews

PBS’s six-part series Make ‘Em Laugh continued tonight with parts 3 & 4 (click here for my thoughts of 1 & 2). First up? Slapstick, which host Billy Crystal says
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I can stomach James Lipton if it means I get to hear a brilliant comedic mind talk for an hour or two. So when Ricky Gervais's episode of Inside the
Read more...
The long-running rumor that John Mayer would host a new variety show were confirmed by CBS last week, and immediately, venom spewed throughout the internet. He’s a sell-out, he’s a
Read more...
Episode one centred on “Nerds, Jerks, and Oddballs”, and got off to a questionable start with a weird faux-historical view of comedy, in the hands of “host” Billy Crystal. (Quotations
Read more...
Congrats to the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, for gaining the community support of their new location in Manhattan's Lower East Side! The new location hinged on them getting a liquor
Read more...
A few months back I wrote about how despite having the best of journalistic intentions, and the savvyness to know what your interview subject wants to say, you can't deliver
Read more...
A few weeks ago I got talking with an improv classmate of mine who used to do standup. Shop talk ensued, and at one point I presumptively inquired "you've seen
Read more...
I've been around comedy long enough that the inevitable has happened: my entire social circle -- whether in Toronto, in New York, or back home in Winnipeg -- is somehow
Read more...
Two shows sold out. A third added, sold out. A fourth easily would have, and a fifth and sixth *may* have given scalpers some inventory (the week leading up to
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Google, which seems to exist simply to cater to my every whim, now houses the entire archive of LIFE magazine photos. Millions of photos - published and not - at
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Best of: Toronto Comedy

Throughout the week leading up to the 11th annual Del Close Marathon in New York, improv folks from all perspectives enlighten us with their expectations for this weekend’s 3-day improv
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Bad news, marathoners: Rob Riggle has confirmed that he is pulling out of this year's Del Close Marathon. From Twitter: @RobRiggle I will not be @ the Del Close Marathon
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Throughout the week leading up to the 11th annual Del Close Marathon in New York, improv folks from all perspectives enlighten us with their expectations for this weekend’s 3-day improv
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Throughout the week leading up to the 11th annual Del Close Marathon in New York, improv folks from all perspectives enlighten us with their expectations for this weekend’s 3-day improv
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Throughout the week leading up to the 11th annual Del Close Marathon in New York, improv folks from all perspectives enlighten us with their expectations for this weekend's 3-day improv
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Full disclosure upfront: I'm a fan of John Mayer's. A fan of Chelsea Handler, not quite as much, particularly after this week. Until now, I figured Handler sniped at Mayer
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LATE NIGHT: IN THE WRITERS ROOM Moderator: Bill Carter (New York Times) Panelists: Steve Bodow (Head Writer, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart), Tim Carvell (Writer, The Daily Show with
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UCB THEATRE PANEL Moderator: Paul Provenza Panelists: Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, Neil Campbell, Andy Daly, Lennon Parham, Horatio Sanz Good turnout for this one, presumably from nerds like
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WEBCAST TO BROADCAST Panelists: Josh Faure-Brac (Creator & Executive Producer, SuperNews), Steven K.L. Olson (Director of Animation, SuperNews) There's no way around it: I completely bailed on this one. I
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Best of: Improv

PBS’s six-part series Make ‘Em Laugh continued tonight with parts 3 & 4 (click here for my thoughts of 1 & 2). First up? Slapstick, which host Billy Crystal says
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I can stomach James Lipton if it means I get to hear a brilliant comedic mind talk for an hour or two. So when Ricky Gervais's episode of Inside the
Read more...
The long-running rumor that John Mayer would host a new variety show were confirmed by CBS last week, and immediately, venom spewed throughout the internet. He’s a sell-out, he’s a
Read more...
Episode one centred on “Nerds, Jerks, and Oddballs”, and got off to a questionable start with a weird faux-historical view of comedy, in the hands of “host” Billy Crystal. (Quotations
Read more...
Congrats to the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, for gaining the community support of their new location in Manhattan's Lower East Side! The new location hinged on them getting a liquor
Read more...
A few months back I wrote about how despite having the best of journalistic intentions, and the savvyness to know what your interview subject wants to say, you can't deliver
Read more...
A few weeks ago I got talking with an improv classmate of mine who used to do standup. Shop talk ensued, and at one point I presumptively inquired "you've seen
Read more...
I've been around comedy long enough that the inevitable has happened: my entire social circle -- whether in Toronto, in New York, or back home in Winnipeg -- is somehow
Read more...
Two shows sold out. A third added, sold out. A fourth easily would have, and a fifth and sixth *may* have given scalpers some inventory (the week leading up to
Read more...
Google, which seems to exist simply to cater to my every whim, now houses the entire archive of LIFE magazine photos. Millions of photos - published and not - at
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Best of: JFL 

PBS’s six-part series Make ‘Em Laugh continued tonight with parts 3 & 4 (click here for my thoughts of 1 & 2). First up? Slapstick, which host Billy Crystal says
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I can stomach James Lipton if it means I get to hear a brilliant comedic mind talk for an hour or two. So when Ricky Gervais's episode of Inside the
Read more...
The long-running rumor that John Mayer would host a new variety show were confirmed by CBS last week, and immediately, venom spewed throughout the internet. He’s a sell-out, he’s a
Read more...
Episode one centred on “Nerds, Jerks, and Oddballs”, and got off to a questionable start with a weird faux-historical view of comedy, in the hands of “host” Billy Crystal. (Quotations
Read more...
Congrats to the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, for gaining the community support of their new location in Manhattan's Lower East Side! The new location hinged on them getting a liquor
Read more...
A few months back I wrote about how despite having the best of journalistic intentions, and the savvyness to know what your interview subject wants to say, you can't deliver
Read more...
A few weeks ago I got talking with an improv classmate of mine who used to do standup. Shop talk ensued, and at one point I presumptively inquired "you've seen
Read more...
I've been around comedy long enough that the inevitable has happened: my entire social circle -- whether in Toronto, in New York, or back home in Winnipeg -- is somehow
Read more...
Two shows sold out. A third added, sold out. A fourth easily would have, and a fifth and sixth *may* have given scalpers some inventory (the week leading up to
Read more...
Google, which seems to exist simply to cater to my every whim, now houses the entire archive of LIFE magazine photos. Millions of photos - published and not - at
Read more...

Best of: More Live Shows 

PBS’s six-part series Make ‘Em Laugh continued tonight with parts 3 & 4 (click here for my thoughts of 1 & 2). First up? Slapstick, which host Billy Crystal says
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I can stomach James Lipton if it means I get to hear a brilliant comedic mind talk for an hour or two. So when Ricky Gervais's episode of Inside the
Read more...
The long-running rumor that John Mayer would host a new variety show were confirmed by CBS last week, and immediately, venom spewed throughout the internet. He’s a sell-out, he’s a
Read more...
Episode one centred on “Nerds, Jerks, and Oddballs”, and got off to a questionable start with a weird faux-historical view of comedy, in the hands of “host” Billy Crystal. (Quotations
Read more...
Congrats to the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, for gaining the community support of their new location in Manhattan's Lower East Side! The new location hinged on them getting a liquor
Read more...
A few months back I wrote about how despite having the best of journalistic intentions, and the savvyness to know what your interview subject wants to say, you can't deliver
Read more...
A few weeks ago I got talking with an improv classmate of mine who used to do standup. Shop talk ensued, and at one point I presumptively inquired "you've seen
Read more...
I've been around comedy long enough that the inevitable has happened: my entire social circle -- whether in Toronto, in New York, or back home in Winnipeg -- is somehow
Read more...
Two shows sold out. A third added, sold out. A fourth easily would have, and a fifth and sixth *may* have given scalpers some inventory (the week leading up to
Read more...
Google, which seems to exist simply to cater to my every whim, now houses the entire archive of LIFE magazine photos. Millions of photos - published and not - at
Read more...