March 16, 2019

Seen at SXSW: Superbad Meets the Sandlot in Good Boys

I had forgotten how much twelve year old boys curse. But Gene Stupnitsky’s Good Boys, an ode to the complexity of middle school friendships reminded me […]
March 11, 2019

Seen at SXSW: What We Do in the Shadows Has a Bright Future

Film-to-television adaptations are a tricky business. They shoulder the burden of staying true to their source material, while also creating enough new story to create a […]
March 11, 2019

Seen at SXSW: Five Things We Learned About the Broad City Series Finale

In three weeks, the project that Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer have given “1/3 of our lives to,” Broad City, will air its finale on Comedy […]
March 11, 2019

Seen at SXSW: Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival Documentary is Truly Special

It’s always fascinating to me to see a comedian work through a joke, tweaking it and molding it to a place where it reliably gets laughs. […]
February 27, 2019

Inaugural Black Women in Comedy Fest Turns Up the Volume on Muted Voices

To hear her tell it, the inaugural Black Women in Comedy Festival, coming to Brooklyn this weekend (February 28th-March 3rd, 2019), is really just a dream […]
February 27, 2019

SXSW Comedy Announces Paul F. Tomkins, Doug Loves Movies, Broad City Before Anyone Else and More!

  With a few short weeks until South by Southwest kicks off, the long-running Texas festival has finally released its comedy lineup. Eight days of offerings […]
February 18, 2019

Nate Bargatze Is Going to Make YOU Look Good in Vancouver

Nate Bargatze knows you brought five friends to the show. And he’s gonna kill it, not just because he wants to do well, but because he […]
February 14, 2019

Rory Scovel’s Giggle, and His Many Spinning Plates

The Many Spinning Plates of Rory Scovel If you haven’t yet taken a stance on Rory Scovel’s giggle, get ready to take a side- you stand […]
January 14, 2019

Boston Calling Quietly Announces SNL Centric 2019 Lineup

Last week Boston Calling, New England’s signature music and entertainment festival, released the lineup for its landmark 10th edition. Fanfare was showered over returning music acts […]
November 28, 2018

YouTube Abandons Plans For Netflixification, and That’s Good News for Comedy Fans

Well, it was fun while it lasted if you watched Cobra Kai. If you were (for whatever reason) pondering buying a YouTube Premium subscription for a […]
November 20, 2018

Rachel Bloom and Cameron Esposito Share Struggles While Previewing “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” Final Season

Laughs were had. Truths were revealed. And a little ballet was performed. At this weekend’s Vulture Festival, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend creator, writer, and star Rachel Bloom sat […]
November 20, 2018

IFC Previews Documentary Now’s Third Season at Vulture Fest

We’ve gotten our first look at season 3 of Documentary Now!, and it puts a song in the heart of the show. At Vulture Festival, fans […]
November 19, 2018

Schitts Creek Relocates to LA for Holiday Party at Vulture Fest

PopTV sure knows how to throw a holiday party. In an auditorium packed with fans, the network offered the first US airing of their Canadian-produced hit […]
November 19, 2018

Krolls One Man Table Read Covers Many Characters at Vulture Fest LA and Announces Season Three

In total, Nick Kroll serves as the voice of 25 characters on the acclaimed Netflix comedy Big Mouth. Vulture Festival-goers were treated to the sounds of […]
October 31, 2018

Big Mouth’s Back, and Even Better With More on the Awfulness of Puberty

As I’m sure you remember, puberty has an odd progression to it. You spend the years leading up to it fervently wishing to change, only to […]
October 11, 2018

Dave Chappelle Honors Parents, Promises One More Special in DuBois Acceptance Speech

I imagine there has never been more laughing from an award preamble at this ceremony. There certainly hasn’t been that much laughing prompted by the mention […]
October 10, 2018

Sam Jay Greets a Stratospheric Moment With a Smile and a Shrug

I aspire to the calm and cool of Sam Jay. Ahead of a four show night at Newport’s Rogue Island Comedy Festival, the Comedy Lineup comic […]
October 3, 2018

D.L. Hughley Challenges Audience With Strong Perspective in New Netflix Special: “I think we have, as comedians, an obligation to help society see itself.”

There are two closed-captioning surprises to be found when watching D.L. Hughley’s latest hourlong special (and first for Netflix), Contrarian. The first is the description of […]
September 28, 2018

Kevin Hart is Everywhere: A Look at the Ever Expanding Gigantic Empire of Kevin Hart

. You’re not imagining it. Kevin Hart really is everywhere. The breakneck pace of his press tour for Night School, opening today and also starring Tiffany […]
September 20, 2018

Reggie Watts JFL42 Preview: Why HBO’s Barry is a Real Breakthrough, and How Absurdism Can Create Change

  It’s never worthwhile to ask Reggie Watts what to expect from his performances. The highly innovative comedian/musician/bandleader/actor’s success hinges on his ability to continually subvert […]
September 17, 2018

BoJack Horseman Season 5 Review: Is BJH Still a Comedy?

I still remember the first season finale of BoJack Horseman, and the emotionally poignant moment where the titular washed-up actor—deeply embarrassed by what’s been revealed about […]
September 13, 2018

In the New Comedy Studio, Comedy Nerd Rick Jenkins Builds His Dream Clubhouse

“The community is very excited about it, but I don’t think they have a clue of how great it’s going to be.” Back in May, this […]
August 11, 2018

Oscar Has a Comedy Problem. Most Popular Film Will Make It Worse.

  Do you remember the last time a comedic film won a Best Picture Oscar? By official record, you’d have to go back to 2011’s silent […]
August 10, 2018

Tacarra Williams Wants To Take Your Thoughts on Jail to the Next Level with Kevin Hart

“Interesting lives make for amazing stories!”, The Next Level host Kevin Hart says to Tacarra Williams just before she heads up for her life-changing set on […]
June 29, 2018

In AmERIKan Warrior, Erik Griffin Unites a Crowd, and Parts of Himself

When Erik Griffin took to the stage for his latest special, AmERIKan Warrior, he looks calm and composed, ready to ease into his newest hour of […]
June 13, 2018

The Challenge of a Divided Nation: The Sklar Brothers Take You on a Seven Hour Ride Through America With a Little Help From Scott Rogowsky

Sklars and Stripes Embraces the Challenge of a Divided Nation Circa 2017 I still remember texting a comedian friend of mine a few days after the […]
June 7, 2018

Review: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. In Season 4, Kimmy Gets Real

Early on in the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt pilot, the Indiana mole women are interviewed on the TODAY Show by Matt Lauer. In a now eerie line, […]