Michelle Wolf “destroys” other comedy talk shows in Segment Time

Michelle Wolf went meta by mocking similar weekly comedy shows in this segment of her Netflix series, The Break with Michelle Wolf, called, obviously, Segment Time. “This is comedy now,” Wolf says. Comedy on a TV talk show now = Sincerity, lots of facts, accompanied by graphics, and a courageous stance. Take that, Emmy-nominated Last […]

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Open Mic Magazine presents Every Comedy Poster

From our friends at Open Mic Magazine, Tampa comedians Becca Childs and CJ Hernandez, comes this week’s fun mockery of ourselves. Above is “Every Comedy Poster,” complete with all of the randomness anyone who has been in the comedy game for more than a minute notices — while every new comedian on the poster hopes […]

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The conundrum of comedy criticism in 2017

This is my 11th consecutive year covering Montreal’s Just For Laughs, but the first in which I’ve experienced serious blowback while still at the festival. What’s going on here? A few different things, and I’ll try to clear the air on as many of them as I can. Usually, comedians, comedy fans and the industry […]

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Review: Dylan Brody’s Driving Hollywood, at The PIT

Dylan Brody looks like he could be Dana Gould’s big brother. Both in life and in comedy. They’re both funnier and smarter than even the above-average stand-up comedian, still funny more than three decades after they started hitting the comedy club stages, and perhaps more appreciated by their peers than by the masses. But as […]

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Rachel Bloom makes a music video to show how much she doesn’t care about award shows

Rachel Bloom has won a Golden Globe and two different awards from critics for her starring role in The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and been up for multiple Emmy Awards in recent years. But as Hollywood’s “For Your Consideration” Emmy campaigning hits full steam seemingly across all of Los Angeles, Bloom decided to have a little […]

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Maria Bamford commencement address to University of Minnesota class of 2017

Maria Bamford graduated from the University of Minnesota with a creative writing degree in 1993, and returned 24 years later to deliver a creative and meta commencement address to the class of 2017. In her speech, Bamford described exactly how she ended up getting invited and paid to speak. “Was my alma mater lowballing me? […]

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Review: Punching Henry

After Henry Phillips released his semi-autobiographical movie, Punching the Clown, in 2010, Showtime expressed interest in developing a companion series. That series never came to fruition. But the awkwardness of that failure inspired Phillips and Gregori Viens to co-write and direct a sequel. Originally titled And Punching the Clown when it premiered a year ago […]

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