Kathy Griffin Is Trying to Get Back on the D-List

Ever since her Trump joke went wrong in 2017, Griffin has been seeking a professional rebirth, and wondering who among the canceled gets a second chance.

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Philippe Gaulier on the Art of Clowning and Sacha Baron Cohen

The French master teacher Philippe Gaulier has worked with stars like Sacha Baron Cohen. But at 78, are his methods, which include insults, outdated?

#clowns, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #france, #gaulier-philippe, #movies, #television, #theater

Bob Saget’s Sublime, Filthy Comedy

How I explained his offensive jokes to my horrified kids.

#comedy-and-humor, #dirty-joke, #jillette-penn, #offensive, #saget-bob, #the-aristocrats-movie

John Bowman, Comedy Writer With a Knack for Crossing Over, Dies at 64

A white writer who left a corporate job, he became known for working on series with Black stars like Keenen Ivory Wayans and Martin Lawrence.

#black-people, #bowman-john-1957-2021, #comedy-and-humor, #deaths-obituaries, #in-living-color-tv-program, #lawrence-martin, #martin-tv-program, #race-and-ethnicity, #saturday-night-live-tv-program, #strikes, #television, #wayans-keenen-ivory, #writers-guild-of-america, #writing-and-writers

Bob Saget, Comic Who Portrayed Danny Tanner in ‘Full House,’ Dies at 65

The actor, who had also hosted “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” was found dead in an Orlando hotel room while on tour.

#comedy-and-humor, #deaths-obituaries, #orlando-fla, #saget-bob, #television

12 Things Our Critics Are Looking Forward to in 2022

‘Better Call Saul’ returns, Cecily Strong stars in a one-woman show, and Faith Ringgold gets an overdue retrospective.

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As Russian Threat Looms, Ukraine’s Government Is No Laughing Matter

President Volodymyr Zelensky, a former actor, has surrounded himself with advisers from his old comedy troupe. No kidding.

#bakanov-ivan, #comedy-and-humor, #defense-and-military-forces, #europe, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #servant-of-the-people-ukrainian-political-party, #shefir-serhiy, #stefanchuk-ruslan, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #yermak-andriy, #zelensky-volodymyr

‘Don’t Look Up’ Review: Tick, Tick, Kablooey

Adam McKay wants you to know that it’s the end of the world and you should absolutely, unequivocally not feel fine. (But do laugh.)

#comedy-and-humor, #dicaprio-leonardo, #dont-look-up-movie, #lawrence-jennifer, #mckay-adam, #movies, #netflix-inc, #streep-meryl

Continuing ‘The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe’

Lily Tomlin, who first performed this comically cosmic play, and Jane Wagner, its author, discuss a new production with Cecily Strong and Leigh Silverman, its new star and director.

#actors-and-actresses, #comedy-and-humor, #shed-manhattan-ny, #silverman-leigh, #strong-cecily, #the-search-for-signs-of-intelligent-life-in-the-universe-play, #theater, #tomlin-lily, #wagner-jane-1935, #writing-and-writers

A Wall Street Banker Turned to Comedy for Happiness and a Career Change

Shaun Eli Breidbart was a banker on Wall Street for 19 years but he gave up a lucrative career in favor of happiness.

#comedy-and-humor, #nevertoolate2021, #shaun-eli-breidbart

The Most Adventurous Comedy Right Now Is Also the Most Real

John Wilson, Eric Andre and others are drawing on unscripted encounters to elicit deeper laughs but also more vulnerable moments.

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Best Comedy of 2021

The return of indoor shows brought comedy closer to normal, and there were plenty of specials from Bo Burnham, Tig Notaro, Roy Wood Jr. and others.

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Why My Family Loves Giving Leftover Junk

If you’re looking for an antidote to the most expensive time of year, consider giving them the gift of laughter with a “rewrap.”

#christmas, #comedy-and-humor, #gifts

‘Don’t Look Up’ Nails the Media Apocalypse

With “Don’t Look Up,” Adam McKay makes a star-studded allegorical satire that shows the news media whistling past the climate-change graveyard.

#blanchett-cate, #brzezinski-mika, #comedy-and-humor, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dicaprio-leonardo, #global-warming, #lawrence-jennifer, #mckay-adam, #meteors-and-meteorites, #movies, #news-and-news-media, #perry-tyler, #scarborough-joe, #social-media

Biden Talks Vaccines and Bob Dole in Interview With Jimmy Fallon

It was the president’s third interview with the comedian Jimmy Fallon, but his first visit to a late-night show since his inauguration.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #comedy-and-humor, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #dole-bob, #fallon-jimmy, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Denis O’Brien, Force in Ex-Beatle’s Film Company, Dies at 80

He and George Harrison created Handmade Films to make “Monty Python’s Life of Brian.” Other successes followed, but the partnership ended badly.

#beatles-the, #comedy-and-humor, #deaths-obituaries, #handmade-films, #harrison-george, #idle-eric, #monty-python, #monty-pythons-life-of-brian-movie, #movies, #obrien-denis-1941-2021

Mel Brooks Keeps It Very Light in ‘All About Me!’

The comedy legend responsible for “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles” and “Young Frankenstein” has written a memoir with the cheer and zip of a one-liner.

#all-about-me-my-remarkable-life-in-show-business-book, #books-and-literature, #brooks-mel, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #movies

For NBA Twitter’s Josiah Johnson, It’s All Jokes. Lots of Them.

Josiah Johnson can find humor in almost any sports or pop culture moment, earning him fans from the N.B.A. to Hollywood.

#basketball, #comedy-and-humor, #josiah-johnson, #legends-of-chamberlain-heights-tv-program, #social-media, #twitter

Joe Pera and the Surprising Pleasures of Gentle Humor

Don’t expect twists in these bits. The standup, who will be at the New York Comedy Festival, has devised a calming aesthetic with rewards of its own.

#comedy-and-humor, #new-york-comedy-festival, #pera-joe-comedian, #television

Camille Saviola, ‘Deep Space Nine’ and Stage Actor, Dies at 71

She was known for her comic work in cabarets, for her performance in the musical “Nine” on Broadway and for her role in a “Star Trek” spinoff.

#actors-and-actresses, #comedy-and-humor, #deaths-obituaries, #saviola-camille, #star-trek-deep-space-nine-tv-program, #television, #theater

Aida Rodriguez Wants You to Laugh at the Pain

The Dominican American comic hopes to broaden the way Latinos are represented in comedy. She’s finally getting her chance.

#comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #hispanic-americans, #rodriguez-aida-1977

Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta Presentation Was Full of Meme References

For those watching closely, his 80-minute video announcing Facebook’s rebrand delivered some self-referential jokes.

#comedy-and-humor, #facebook-inc, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Four Stand-Up Specials That Showcase Hard-Working Comics

Theo Von, Roy Wood Jr., Ricky Velez and Jo Firestone each turn in solid hours filled with smart, funny observations.

#comedy-and-humor, #firestone-jo, #good-timing-with-jo-firestone-tv-program, #heres-everything-tv-program, #imperfect-messenger-tv-program, #regular-people-tv-program, #television, #velez-ricky-comedian, #von-theo, #wood-roy-jr-1978

Kristina Wong’s Pandemic Story: Sewing With Her Aunties

The performance artist ran a mask-making operation during the pandemic. That inspired her new comedy at New York Theater Workshop.

#asian-americans, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #kristina-wong-sweatshop-overlord-play, #new-york-theater-workshop, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #theater, #wong-kristina

There’s No Dave Chappelle or Hannah Gadsby Without Mort Sahl

Before Sahl, who died at 94 on Tuesday, intellectual arguments and controversial stances were off-limits to stand-ups seeking mass acceptance.

#comedy-and-humor, #sahl-mort

Mort Sahl, Whose Biting Commentary Redefined Stand-Up, Dies at 94

A self-appointed warrior against hypocrisy, he revolutionized comedy in the 1950s by addressing political and social issues.

#comedy-and-humor, #deaths-obituaries, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #sahl-mort

Apocalypse Now-ish (Cocktails, Anyone?)

Are we ready for a pandemic novel? Gary Shteyngart, the author of “Our Country Friends,” thinks so.

#books-and-literature, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #dutchess-county-ny, #hudson-river-valley-ny, #our-country-friends-book, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shteyngart-gary, #writing-and-writers

Pre-K, Child Care and Other Priorities

Readers discuss the social programs in the budget bill and negotiations about what to trim. Also: Dave Chappelle; ride-sharing.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #chappelle-dave, #child-care, #children-and-childhood, #comedy-and-humor, #education-k-12, #education-pre-school, #federal-budget-us, #manchin-joe-iii, #united-states-politics-and-government

Aack! A Millennial’s Audio Odyssey Through the ‘Cathy’ Comic Strip

The comedian Jamie Loftus returns with another limited-run podcast, this time exploring white boomer women through the lens of a much-maligned comic strip.

#aack-cast-radio-program, #comedy-and-humor, #guisewite-cathy, #loftus-jamie-1993, #lolita-podcast-radio-program, #my-year-in-mensa-radio-program, #podcasts

Ciao, Alitalia

A satirical goodbye is bade to Alitalia, airline to the popes. 

#airlines-and-airplanes, #alitalia, #comedy-and-humor, #popes

Chappelle’s Netflix Show Just Isn’t Funny

The comedian needs to just move on.

#blue-origin, #chappelle-dave, #comedy-and-humor, #global-warming, #internal-sub-only, #netflix-inc, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #viacomcbs-inc, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Dave Chappelle Isn’t Canceled. He Just Likes to Talk About It.

In Netflix’s “The Closer,” he returns to views about transgender people that drew anger in his last special. With his popularity partly built on courting outrage, it’s no surprise he’s doubling down.

#chappelle-dave, #comedy-and-humor, #netflix-inc, #television, #transgender-and-transsexuals

Comedian Sydnee Washington on the Need for Jokes Now More Than Ever

When live performance moved online, Ms. Washington started a cooking show on Instagram. Now she’s back in front of audiences, who seem eager to hear jokes in person again.

#comedy-and-humor, #coronavirus-reopenings, #instagram-inc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #social-media, #washington-sydnee

Chappelle Special on Netflix Draws Criticism and Internal Unrest

The comedian Dave Chappelle’s comments on transgender people and gender in “The Closer” have led to outside criticism and internal unrest at the company that upended Hollywood.

#chappelle-dave, #comedy-and-humor, #hastings-reed, #netflix-inc, #sarandos-ted, #the-closer-tv-program, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #web-original-programming

What Dave Chappelle’s Netflix Special’s Trans Remarks Show

If the comedian expects us to take a joke, he should be able to take criticism. 

#black-people, #chappelle-dave, #comedy-and-humor, #discrimination, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #womens-rights

Do the Memes Help the Movies?

The internet is offering strange new ways for scenes from movies to become iconic.

#comedy-and-humor, #dear-evan-hansen-movie, #marriage-story-movie, #movies, #parasite-movie, #platt-ben-1993, #social-media, #uncut-gems-movie

A Brief Introduction to Philosophy (Through a Certain Sex Act)

For the comedian Jacqueline Novak, the embarrassing and uncomfortable are a gateway to the profound.

#comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #depression-mental, #poog-radio-program, #sex, #theater, #women-and-girls

Samantha Bee Doesn’t Miss Donald Trump

The comedian and advocate talks about life after covering the former president.

#bee-samantha, #comedy-and-humor, #full-frontal-with-samantha-bee-tv-program

Give Phoebe Robinson the Title She Deserves: Boss

The comic has a publishing imprint, TV deals, even a primer on leadership she wrote after noting the absence of Black women’s perspectives in business books.

#2-dope-queens-radio-program, #black-people, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #careers-and-professions, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #robinson-phoebe, #television, #women-and-girls

Alan Kalter, Longtime Voice of Letterman’s ‘Late Show,’ Dies at 78

Far more than just an announcer, he contributed all sorts of outlandish, incongruous comic bits to “Late Show With David Letterman.”

#comedy-and-humor, #deaths-obituaries, #kalter-alan-1943-2021, #late-show-with-david-letterman-tv-program, #letterman-david, #television

Book Review: ‘A Carnival of Snackery,’ by David Sedaris

In his second collection of diary entries, the popular essayist welcomes readers into the kitchen of his brain.

#books-and-literature, #comedy-and-humor, #diaries, #sedaris-david, #writing-and-writers

For Al Franken, a Comeback Attempt Goes Through Comedy Clubs

Onstage, the ex-senator and “S.N.L.” star doesn’t exactly address his fall from grace. But he doesn’t not address it either. Asked if he’ll run again, he is noncommittal.

#metoo-movement, #comedy-and-humor, #comedy-cellar, #content-type-personal-profile, #democratic-party, #franken-al, #saturday-night-live-tv-program, #senate, #television, #united-states-politics-and-government

Ego Nwodim Used to Be Obsessed With Jay-Z. Now She Is Again

The ‘S.N.L.’ comedian talked about navigating life with ‘The Four Agreements’ and why “The Town” will always be her favorite movie.

#comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #jay-z, #nwodim-ego, #saturday-night-live-tv-program

Jay Sandrich, Emmy-Winning Sitcom Director, Is Dead at 89

Acclaimed for his work on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Cosby Show,” he also made a crucial casting decision about “The Golden Girls.”

#comedy-and-humor, #deaths-obituaries, #emmy-awards, #sandrich-jay, #television, #the-cosby-show-tv-program, #the-golden-girls-tv-program, #the-mary-tyler-moore-show-tv-program

Comedians Turn Their Attention to Abortion

Alison Leiby has an hourlong set looking at the experience of an unwanted pregnancy. She’s among a spate of female artists finding humor in the issue.

#abortion, #alison-leiby, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #comedy-and-humor, #law-and-legislation, #movies, #oh-god-an-hour-about-abortion-play, #plan-b-movie, #unpregnant-movie

Anthony Johnson, Actor Known for ‘Friday,’ Dies at 55

Mr. Johnson, whose other film credits include “House Party” and “Menace II Society,” died on Sept. 6, his agent said.

#actors-and-actresses, #comedy-and-humor, #compton-calif, #deaths-obituaries, #johnson-anthony-1966-2021, #movies

Norm Macdonald’s Comedy Was Quite Christian

His faith is key to understanding his comic legacy.

#christians-and-christianity, #comedy-and-humor, #macdonald-norm

Here’s Why Norm Macdonald Was Comedy Royalty. It’s Not ‘S.N.L.’

He may have been best known for his work on “Saturday Night Live,” but he should be really remembered for decades of club sets and you-can’t-miss-this clips.

#comedy-and-humor, #hitlers-dog-gossiptrickery-tv-program, #macdonald-norm, #saturday-night-live-tv-program, #television

Norm Macdonald, ‘Saturday Night Live’ Comedian, Dies at 61

Acerbic, sometimes controversial, he became familiar to millions as the show’s “Weekend Update” anchor from 1994 to 1998.

#comedy-and-humor, #deaths-obituaries, #macdonald-norm, #saturday-night-live-tv-program, #television

Jeanne Robertson, 77, Down-Home Humorist With a Pageant Past, Dies

She told family-friendly stories from everyday life, about things like family squabbles and sending a man to the grocery store. Her YouTube fans were legion.

#beauty-contests, #comedy-and-humor, #deaths-obituaries, #miss-america-organization, #public-speaking, #robertson-jeanne-1943-2021, #sirius-xm-radio-inc