May 5, 2016 |
Brian Regan is a road warrior, a stand-up comedian who has built a dedicated fan base by touring rather than starring in a sitcom or movie. He likes performing live so much, his latest stand-up special, Brian Regan: Live From Radio City Music Hall , was shown in real time on Comedy Central last year. Listen to his stand-up, and his appeal is readily apparent. He's funny, self-deprecating, and enormously clever, taking observational humor in different directions. We talked with Regan in advance of his Saturday show at the Merriam Theater.
April 21, 2016 |
John Oliver. Amy Schumer. Chris Rock. These were just some of the prominent names floated in winter 2015 after the announcement that Jon Stewart was retiring as host of Comedy Central's satirical news program The Daily Show . But it wasn't a comedy A-lister who ultimately got the gig. Instead, Trevor Noah, a relatively unknown stand-up comic from South Africa, assumed the daunting task of filling Stewart's seemingly unfillable shoes....
April 22, 2014 |
At 18, Douglas is handsome, athletic, and passionate about sports. He plays on his school's football and basketball teams, and he hopes to be a professional hoops star one day. He also enjoys softball and soccer and has participated in seasonal leagues in both sports. But his interests do not end there. He also likes stand-up comedy. "I laugh when something is funny," he says. Enrolled in 12th grade, Douglas receives special education services and benefits from the small class size and individual attention.
March 21, 2013 |
WHAT DO YOU do when you're an Ivy Leaguer who's halfway through law school and you realize that it's just not for you? Go into comedy. That's what comic Demetri Martin decided to do. How it worked out will be on display Wednesday when he performs two sold-out shows at the Helium Club. Martin had a full ride to New York University Law School in 1995 after graduating from Yale University with a degree in history, but just a month or two into the first year, "I realized I didn't want to pursue law," he recalled in an interview this week.
August 22, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - Phyllis Diller, 95, the housewife turned humorist who aimed some of her sharpest barbs at herself, punctuating her jokes with her trademark cackle, died Monday morning in her Los Angeles home. "She died peacefully in her sleep and with a smile on her face," her longtime manager, Milton Suchin, told the Associated Press. Ms. Diller, who suffered a near-fatal heart attack in 1999, was found by her son, Perry Diller. The cause of her death has not been released. She was a staple of nightclubs and television from the 1950s - when female comics were rare indeed - until her retirement in 2002.
August 22, 2011
BRIAN McKIM doesn't profess to be a prophet, but he can claim co-authorship of the Bible. The Pennsauken native and his wife and fellow stand-up comic, Traci Skene, have written The Comedy Bible: The Complete Resource for Aspiring Comedians , which the Barron's imprint will release Oct. 1. According to McKim, who performs today through Thursday at the Comedy Club inside the Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa, the book "has elements of a textbook, but...
August 10, 2008 |
Actor and comedian Bernie Mac, 50, who won acclaim and affection as the goggle-eyed grump with the wise heart, died yesterday in Chicago of complications from pneumonia, his publicist Danica Smith said in a statement. Whether doing stand-up comedy, television or movies, Mr. Mac knew how to get the attention of an audience. He was a star among a new generation of African American comedians, featured with D.L. Hughley, Steve Harvey and Cedric the Entertainer in Spike Lee's 2000 documentary, The Original Kings of Comedy.
May 30, 2008 |
Bill Maher has fresh meat. Maher, who once called himself the "godfather" of political satire, doesn't get many opportunities to do stand-up comedy. So, it's a rare treat when he hits the road. On a summer break from Real Time With Bill Maher on HBO, the humorist will appear Saturday night at the Borgata in Atlantic City. "I haven't done much stand-up since I did The Decider, an HBO special, last July," Maher said. "I don't like to do the same jokes people have already seen.
January 1, 2008 |
Born Standing Up A Comic's Life By Steve Martin Scribner. 207 pp. $25 Many comedians have written memoirs, but few have risked much in the effort. It's all too easy to package a stage routine into a book, slap on a grinning front-cover portrait and a catchy one-word title (Seinlanguage, Fatherhood) and hope nobody remembers hearing the same funny stories on The Tonight Show last year. But Steve Martin has never taken the easy way out, and his latest offering will be held to high literary standards by readers who have enjoyed his previous books.
April 21, 2006 |
What James Brown is to soul, Robert Klein is to wry, intelligent comedy - the Godfather. Jump back and kiss yourself. Though the Bronx-born Klein got his chops doing improvisational comedy at Chicago's Second City and stand-up at New York's Improv, most audiences know of his literate observational aplomb and breathy musical interludes through his HBO specials. In fact, he was the first comic to tackle the famed form in 1975, with a bit based on his Grammy-nominated album, Child of the '50s.