August 13, 2018

Dear Governor Cuomo, Congratulations on Your Decision to Support the National Comedy Center, It’s a Home Run

I’ve been enthusiastically championing the arrival of the National Comedy Center for about a year now. I first approached the center with a heaping dose of […]
August 9, 2018

Saturday Night Live Originals Dan Aykroyd, Laraine Newman and Alan Zweibel Light Up the Opening of the National Comedy Center

Saturday Night Live Originals Dan Aykroyd, Laraine Newman and Alan Zweibel on Stage Together for the First Time in Decades. The original cast and crew of […]
August 7, 2018

Kelly Carlin, George Shapiro, Lewis Black, W. Kamau Bell, Lucie Arnaz and More Toast The Grand Opening of National Comedy Center This Week in Jamestown

  Sentimental Opening Celebration Kicks Off National Comedy Center Events in Jamestown W. Kamau Bell Declares “This is Where the First Amendment Lives” Speakers Praise New, […]
August 4, 2018

Why Did Lenny Bruce Wear A Trenchcoat and More Answers Revealed at the National Comedy Center Grand Opening

Kitty Bruce Explains Why Lenny Bruce Wore a Trenchcoat, and The Motivation Behind His Comedy at National Comedy Center Grand Opening Thursday afternoon in Jamestown New […]
July 31, 2018

National Comedy Center’s LucyFest Adds Even More Events: Here’s Your Guide to Enjoying The Grand Opening

It’s been a year since we started writing about the National Comedy Center, and now we’re only one day away from the Grand Opening of the […]
July 29, 2018

Andy Kindler Skewers Chris Hardwick, Louis C.K., Netflix, Jeremy Piven, Ricky Gervais and Trump in His Best “State of the Industry” Yet

  2018 has been terrible year for humanity, but a great year for Andy Kindler’s annual “State of Comedy” speech at Just for Laughs in Montreal, […]
July 17, 2018

Writer Calls Comedian Kurt Metzger Pro Rape; Sparks Outrage

Comedian Kurt Metzger Called “Pro-Rape” by Daily Beast Writer Prompting Fans and Friends to Defend Him On Monday, a writer for the Daily Beast sparked intense […]
July 12, 2018

Gina Yashere, Brave in a Time of Timid Comedy

“If all we have to fear is fear itself, why be afraid?” That’s the center thought anchoring a brand new festival hitting the city of Toronto […]
June 26, 2018

W. Kamau Bell Tackles Trump, the Red Hen, Permit Patty and People Getting Fired for the N-Word

Comedian, author, podcaster, talk show host, radio show host and author W. Kamau Bell may have a lot of titles and gigs to go with them, […]
June 21, 2018

Tom Papa Loves Hearing Voices, and Writing About Them

Tom Papa is not only a great comedian, he’s also a consummate writer and proud of it.  When I sat down to talk with him in […]
June 12, 2018

The Stand Comedy Club Goes Out With a Very Loud Bang #TheLastStand

Last night The Stand Comedy Club said goodbye to their Third Street location with a blow out six plus hour show featuring over 40 comedians a very dedicated […]
May 23, 2018

The Incomparable Reggie Watts Does It Again: The Comedy and Tech Pioneer is Airing the First Ever Live Streamed Improvised Sitcom Thursday Night

Reggie Watts has long been known for pushing boundaries, combining creativity and comedy, and blending his ideas with technology that others in the business aren’t even […]
May 17, 2018

Creating Carbonaro Effects: How Michael Carbonaro and His Writers Room Make Magic Happen Every Week

It’s been three years since I first talked with truTV’s Michael Carbonaro, who stars in a big truTV series that involves pranking. No, he’s not the […]
May 6, 2018

Disingenuous Dave Letterman Still Doesn’t Get It

Nine years ago, in 2009, Nell Scovell wrote an excoriating takedown of the lack of women writers in late night, particularly on the shows helmed by David Letterman. This week on his Netflix series, David Letterman finally responded to the controversy saying, he feels bad about it.
April 27, 2018

The Most Memorable Moments of Moontower Comedy Festival 2018

Moontower outdid itself again! This year, the 7th annual Moontower Comedy Festival in Austin Texas promised a tremendous four day comedy festival, and even with high […]
April 19, 2018

KLBJ’s Dudley & Bob + Matt Jumpstart Moontower With a Killer Show, Two Rons and a Big Surprise

Moontower 2018 is officially underway. The starting gun for the four day run of outstanding comedy was a night of gigantic laughs with a live show […]
April 13, 2018

Seth Rogen Explains Why His Netflix Alzheimer’s Fundraiser is the Dirtiest Charity Event You’ve Ever Seen

Hilarity for Charity is currently streaming on Netflix and stars Seth Rogen, Tiffany Haddish, Sarah Silverman, Michelle Wolf, John Mulaney, James Corden, The Muppets, Post Malone, Nick […]
April 11, 2018

Original SNL Castmembers Will Headline National Comedy Center Opening, Plus Schumer, Tomlin, Drescher and More

The National Comedy Center opens its doors during the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in August and comedy fans can expect to see some legends on […]
April 10, 2018

Nell Scovell Broke the Glass Ceiling. Why Are So Few Women Writers Getting to Follow?

Nell Scovell’s New Memoir Shines a Much Needed Light on Some Dark Places in Televisions Writers Rooms Nell Scovell’s new memoir, “Just the Funny Parts” has […]
April 2, 2018

National Comedy Center Will Open Its Doors Aug 1; Schumer Seeking Congressional Designation

The National Comedy Center, the first non-profit cultural institution and national-scale visitor experience dedicated to the art of comedy, announces its opening August 1-5, 2018, coinciding […]
March 2, 2018

Jeff Ross Talks Season Two’s Roast Battle Finale From the Set of HBO’s Crashing

In Season Two, HBO’s Crashing has moved way past Pete Holmes’ failed marriage and open mic appearances. Throughout this season we’ve watched Pete make his way […]
March 1, 2018

Barry Crimmins, a Brilliant Satirist Who Changed Comedy, Has Died

Heartbreaking news today.  Barry Crimmins passed away at the age of 64. A tremendous comedian and political satirist, a true humanitarian and advocate, a fighter in […]
February 7, 2018

Dylan Moran’s Grumbling Mustard Tour Continues in March Across Western US

“Grumbling Mustard is required viewing for serious comedy fans. Whether he’s covering the big political issues facing humanity, or the minutia of everyday life, Dylan is […]
January 12, 2018

On The Set of Crashing With Pete Holmes

Everyone is excited for the return of Crashing, the semi-autobiographical series about Pete Holmes, his untimely divorce, and getting his start in New York City’s stand […]
December 17, 2017

What Happened on Saturday Night Live This Week: Kevin Hart Upsets the Internet with Sexist Jokes, ScarJo and the Foo Fighters Spread Hollywood Cheer

This week, Kevin Hart hosted the mid-season finale of Saturday Night Live, and here’s what you missed. The last show of the year is usually a […]
December 15, 2017

The Clubs Speak! The Best Stand Up Comedy Moments of 2017! (As Decided by the Country’s Best Club Owners, Bookers and Producers)

The Best Comedy Clubs and Producers in the Country Share Their Best In Comedy 2017 It’s our fourth annual look at the greatest comedy moments all […]
December 15, 2017

The Downside of The Discount: Six Reasons Free Admission is Harmful to Comedy

Mark Lonow and JoAnne Astrow are performers, actors and comedians, and producers, they are partners in the World Famous Improv Comedy Clubs and they’re married. They’ve both […]