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, […]
May 31, 2018

Boston Calling Comedy Experience Year Two Review: Some Success But the Magic of Year One Fails to Materialize

Ordinarily, I am loath to compare an entity or experience to its iteration the year prior. I wanted badly for this to be the case with […]
May 27, 2018

Boston Calling Day 2: Pod Saves America, Martin Urbano, Jo Firestone, Tony Hinchcliffe and Bridget Everett

Photos via Vanyaland617 on Instagram Pod Save America and Plenty of Stand Up One of my favorite festival pastimes is guessing who a festivalgoer is hoping […]
May 26, 2018

Boston Calling Comedy Report Day 1: Jon Lovett Brings Silliness and Meaningful Insight

In day 1 of Boston Calling’s comedy offerings, we learned that we have Harvard University’s admissions department to thank for Lovett or Leave It and Pod […]
May 10, 2018

Review: Sorry to Bother You

Sorry to Bother You is a 2018 science fiction comedy film written and directed by Boots Riley and starring Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, Omari Hardwick, Terry Crews, Patton Oswalt, David Cross, Danny Glover, Steven Yeun, and Armie […]
May 1, 2018

Who’s Really Writing The Funniest Moments on Comedy Knockout? Damien Lemon Takes Us Behind the Scenes

Wednesday marks the third season premiere of truTV’s gameshow Comedy Knockout, in which comics battle through a series of games to determine who’s the funniest person […]
April 26, 2018

Boston’s 2018 Women in Comedy Festival: That’s a Wrap

It feels wholly uninspired to ask the founder of the Women in Comedy Festival how it feels to plan such an event in the age of […]
April 22, 2018

Emma Willmann Headlines With Boston Hometown Comics at WICF

When we spoke to Emma Willmann ahead of this weekend’s Women in Comedy Festival, she marked it as an opportunity to make sure she had new […]
April 21, 2018

Kerry Coddett Breaks Through Race and Color Barrier to Write on HBO’s Newest Late Night Show

Comedian, writer, actress and activist  Kerry Coddett (HBO, Comedy Central, MTV) is a staff writer for Wyatt Cenac’s PROBLEM AREAS  which debuted Friday, April 13th @ 11:30 PM ET on HBO, making her one of the few black, […]
April 21, 2018

Televsision Networks In Record Attendance at Women in Comedy Fest in a #TimesUp Year

This year’s Women in Comedy Festival boasts its largest level of involvement with television networks in the festival’s history. Between workshops, sponsorships, and panels, nearly every […]
April 20, 2018

Boston’s WICF Young Comics Showcase Brings Some Really Young and Really Impressive Talent to the Stage

It’s not often that a comic on a festival lineup has an intro that features the phrase “excited to be playing hooky from school.” But the […]
April 14, 2018

Emma Willmann Checks in at WICF After a Crazy Year

When we spoke, I congratulated Emma Willmann on a blockbuster year- one that included a recurring role on The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, the Inside the Closet […]
March 31, 2018

Don’t Make Assumptions About Aida Rodriguez

There was a central theme in my conversation with Aida Rodriguez: fearlessness. That fearlessness drives the way she informs and structures her comedy, it informs the […]
March 27, 2018

Three New Paths for SXSW Comedy

Well, this is frustrating. After another year at SXSW Comedy, and taking some time to sort through my feelings about this year’s event, I’m dismayed to […]
March 14, 2018

Film and Comedy Collide at SXSW: Leonard Maltin on Stage with Jim Gaffigan to Talk Gaffigan’s First Film Lead, and Adam Pally Hosts Live Storytelling Show to Promote Film

In previous years, the SXSW Film and Comedy festivals operated fairly independent of one another, save the natural overlap of Doug Benson’s Doug Loves Movies podcast […]
March 12, 2018

Butterboy Brings New York Comedy and Lots of Girl Power to Esther’s Follies at SXSW

Fresh off the heels of a mention in the New York Times,  Gowanus-based comedy showcase Butterboy made a strong debut at SXSW’s Comedy Festival last night. […]
February 27, 2018

The Africans in Black Panther are Funny. Here’s Why That Matters

“Africans on film and TV are typically one of three things: the object of the joke (The Gods Must Be Crazy), all but invisible (The African […]
February 18, 2018

In Soft Focus: Jena Friedman Hits Hard Topics With Quiet Humor

An entertaining but ultimately thought-provoking look inside current issues, neatly packaged in what at times looks like a parody of news exposés. As he reflects on […]
February 14, 2018

Belladonna Celebrates One Year: Find Out Why This Niche Site Devoted to Spotlighting Female Satirists is on Daily Read Lists Everywhere

Belladonna (n):  From Latin/Italian for “fair lady,” the deadly nightshade plant that, when prepared, creates a poison historically used to kill men. It was with this […]
January 16, 2018

On Aziz and Modern Romance

Amma Marfo is a writer, speaker, and podcaster based in Boston, MA. Her writing has appeared in Femsplain, The Good Men Project, Pacific Standard, and Talking […]
January 6, 2018

2018 Boston Calling Lineup Arrives, Comedy Experience Continues

A month shy of last year’s Boston Calling Musical Festival, a surprise was dropped: an expanded comedy experience featuring the likes of Pete Holmes, Tig Notaro, […]
January 4, 2018

Fake Expertise is Much More Entertaining Than Hearing Real Advice; Just Ask the Fabulous Marie Faustin and Sydnee Washington

  The Unofficial Expert podcast is far from a vanity project. But the friendship that yielded it? That was a little bit based on vanity. “It’s […]
November 30, 2017

Michelle Wolf: It’s Time to Destroy the Stereotype that Women are Nice

Michelle Wolf was (and is) lovely to chat with. From her many appearances on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and […]