‘Late Show’ Staff Arrested at U.S. Capitol Complex Won’t Be Prosecuted

The Justice Department said it would not proceed with charges of unlawful entry against staff members from “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” who were arrested at a Capitol building last month.

#cbs-corporation, #colbert-stephen, #comedy-and-humor, #justice-department, #late-show-with-stephen-colbert-tv-program, #smigel-robert, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021

Jak Knight, Known for the Netflix Series ‘Big Mouth,’ Dies at 28

Mr. Knight, who had been a successful stand-up comedian for several years, was also a writer for the ABC sitcom “Black-ish.”

#big-mouth-tv-program, #black-ish-tv-program, #comedy-and-humor, #deaths-obituaries, #knight-jak, #the-comedy-lineup-tv-program

A Crop of New Novels About Race and Racism Finds Freedom in Satire

Authors of color have turned in recent books to humor and surreal conceits to explore racism, identity politics and the pain of being “on the other side of whiteness.”

#adjei-brenyah-nana-kwame, #books-and-literature, #comedy-and-humor, #discrimination, #hamid-mohsin, #jones-tayari, #okparanta-chinelo, #race-and-ethnicity, #writing-and-writers

5 Smart Comedy Specials From Veteran Standups

Joel Kim Booster, Nikki Glaser, Bill Burr, Fahim Anwar and Cristela Alonzo deliver strong hours ideal for summer viewing.

#alonzo-cristela, #anwar-fahim, #booster-joel-kim-comedian, #burr-bill, #comedy-and-humor, #glaser-nikki

Janeane Garofalo Never Sold Out. What a Relief.

That concept might be the reason her trailblazing stand-up career has been overshadowed; it may also be the reason she’s still so sharp, our critic argues.

#actors-and-actresses, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #garofalo-janeane, #movies, #mr-show-with-bob-and-david-tv-program, #reality-bites-movie, #romy-and-micheles-high-school-reunion-movie, #saturday-night-live-tv-program

Please Laugh About My Abortion With Me

Amid the grief over Roe v. Wade, comedy can be a coping mechanism.

#abortion, #comedy-and-humor, #dobbs-v-jackson-womens-health-organization-supreme-court-decision, #united-states

It’s Time to Stop Living the American Scam

We’ve been “productive” enough — produced way too much, in fact. And there is too much that urgently needs to be done.

#anxiety-and-stress, #capitalism-theory-and-philosophy, #comedy-and-humor, #generation-z, #labor-and-jobs, #millennial-generation

At Comedy Shows in Lviv, Crowds Look for Humor Amid a Deadly War

At the Cultural Defense shows in Lviv, comedians and audiences look for humor amid a deadly conflict. Don’t mind the air raid alarms.

#comedy-and-humor, #cult-comedy-hall, #european-union, #lviv-ukraine, #maksym-kravets, #oleksandr-dmytrovych, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #theater, #vadym-dziunko, #youtube-com

‘Late Show’ Staffers Arrested at U.S. Capitol While Filming

CBS said the group was part of a production team recording interviews at the Capitol building for a comedy segment on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.”

#capitol-building-washington-dc, #cbs-corporation, #comedy-and-humor, #late-show-with-stephen-colbert-tv-program, #television, #united-states-capitol-police

They Know Every Page of ‘The Book of Mormon’

Three original cast members, who are still with the audacious musical as it celebrates its 4,000th performance, discussed its history, reception and staying power.

#comedy-and-humor, #eugene-oneill-theater, #graham-bowen, #john-eric-parker, #lewis-cleale, #lopez-robert-1975, #parker-trey, #stone-matt, #the-book-of-mormon-play, #theater

Summer Vacation Movies

They offer a double dose of escape.

#comedy-and-humor, #girls-trip-movie, #internal-storyline-no, #movies, #road-trips, #travel-and-vacations

Why Is ‘Bob’s Burgers’ So Freakishly Lovable? This Guy.

Loren Bouchard’s accidental career as a comedy mogul has now brought his TV family to the big screen.

#animated-films, #benjamin-h-jon, #bobs-burgers-tv-program, #bouchard-loren, #comedy-and-humor, #movies, #television, #the-bobs-burgers-movie-movie

The Kids in the Hall Have Gotten Old. Their Comedy Hasn’t.

A new documentary explains the undersung Canadian troupe’s brilliance, and a new season of its sketch show confirms it.

#amazon-com-inc, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #documentary-films-and-programs, #foley-dave, #kids-in-the-hall, #mcculloch-bruce, #mcdonald-kevin-1961, #mckinney-mark, #television, #the-kids-in-the-hall-comedy-punks-movie, #thompson-scott-1959

Michael Che Is Still Trying to Crack the Code

As he readies a new season of his HBO Max series, “That Damn Michael Che,” the Weekend Update anchor contemplates his future at “Saturday Night Live.”

#che-michael, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #saturday-night-live-tv-program, #television, #that-damn-michael-che-tv-program

A New Class of Campus Satire

With shows like “The Chair,” a fresh group of storytellers are using college life to explore — and lampoon — privilege and identity.

#academic-freedom, #batuman-elif, #books-and-literature, #cohen-joshua-1980, #colleges-and-universities, #comedy-and-humor, #dear-white-people-movie, #dear-white-people-tv-program, #delillo-don, #hsieh-chou-elaine, #kaling-mindy, #mccarthy-mary, #nabokov-vladimir, #race-and-ethnicity, #reed-ishmael, #simien-justin, #the-chair-tv-program, #the-sex-lives-of-college-girls-tv-program, #travel2022, #writing-and-writers

After Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle Attacks, Comedy Venues Increase Security

Will Smith slapped Chris Rock onstage at the Oscars. Dave Chappelle was tackled at the Hollywood Bowl. Now some venues are increasing security to protect comedians.

#assaults, #bars-and-nightclubs, #chappelle-dave, #comedy-and-humor, #movies, #rock-chris, #smith-will, #theater

The Strange Afterlife of George Carlin

Nearly 14 years after his death, his provocative humor has been embraced by people across the political spectrum. What happens when comedy outlasts the era it was made for?

#carlin-george, #comedy-and-humor, #documentary-films-and-programs, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #george-carlins-american-dream-tv-program, #television

In Comedy, Timing Is Everything, Especially at Netflix’s Festival

Planned long before the streamer hit a rough patch, the expansive event had the feel of the end of an era. Still, there were plenty of stellar shows.

#cho-margaret, #comedy-and-humor, #davidson-pete-1993, #iglesias-gabriel, #jeselnik-anthony-1978, #netflix-inc, #praw-robbie, #stalter-meg, #television

White House Correspondents’ Dinner Returns With Jokes and a Try for Normalcy

Amid concerns about Covid, President Biden offered some humor and received his own ribbing at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, a ritual that had gone on hiatus during the pandemic.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #comedy-and-humor, #freedom-of-the-press, #news-and-news-media, #noah-trevor-1984, #united-states-politics-and-government, #white-house-correspondents-assn

In ‘I Love That for You,’ Vanessa Bayer Sells Out

The “Saturday Night Live” veteran’s new sitcom draws on her experience of childhood cancer and her obsession with home shopping TV.

#actors-and-actresses, #bayer-vanessa-1981, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #i-love-that-for-you-tv-program, #saturday-night-live-tv-program, #showtime, #television

James Corden Says He’ll Leave His CBS Show Next Year

The British-born host, who was a successful actor and comedian before joining the network’s late-night lineup, has been signaling for some time that he was considering leaving.

#cbs-corporation, #comedy-and-humor, #corden-james-1978, #television, #the-late-late-show-with-james-corden-tv-program

Sarah Silverman on ‘The Bedwetter,’ Her New Musical Comedy

“Everything’s couched with hard jokes, but it’s also vulnerable,” the comic said of “The Bedwetter,” her new musical comedy.

#comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #depression-mental, #harmon-joshua, #kauffman-anne, #music, #neuwirth-bebe, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #schlesinger-adam-1967, #silverman-sarah, #the-bedwetter-play, #theater, #yazbek-david

Covid on TV, in Movies and in Books: What Will the ‘Covid Plot’ Be?

We have neither a shared language nor a shared understanding of what we’ve just been through. What will the “Covid plot” be in the story we tell of this time?

#anxiety-and-stress, #comedy-and-humor, #epidemics, #memory, #movies, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Randy Rainbow on His Memoir of Love, Turmoil and Trump

Rainbow made the nation laugh by setting witty political commentary to Broadway tunes. Now he has a memoir on his rise from theater kid lip-syncing in his bedroom to social media star.

#books-and-literature, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #rainbow-randy, #social-media, #st-martins-press, #theater

Robert Morse, Impish Tony-Winning Comedy Star, Is Dead at 90

He dazzled as a charming corporate schemer in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” His later triumphs included a memorable role on “Mad Men.”

#actors-and-actresses, #comedy-and-humor, #deaths-obituaries, #how-to-succeed-in-business-without-really-trying-play, #mad-men-tv-program, #morse-robert, #television, #theater, #tony-awards-theater-awards, #tru-play

Jimmy Kimmel’s Take on Post-Trump Comedy and Cancel Culture

The talk show host discusses our partisan divide and why it’s still worth hearing from those you disagree with.

#cancel-culture, #comedy-and-humor, #culture-arts, #jimmy-kimmel-live-tv-program, #television

Jerrod Carmichael Wears the Truth in His HBO Comedy Special

The comedian’s latest HBO special, which explores family secrets and sexual orientation, is as much a therapy session as a stand-up show.

#carmichael-jerrod, #comedy-and-humor, #hbo-max, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #murphy-eddie, #pryor-richard, #rothaniel-tv-program

Drawn and Caricatured: French Cartoonists on the Campaign Trail

Cartoonists play a high-profile role in France’s political discourse, and they have been busy drawing the presidential candidates as the race approaches its end.

#cartoons-and-cartoonists, #comedy-and-humor, #elections, #france, #hidalgo-anne-1959, #le-pen-marine, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #pecresse-valerie, #politics-and-government, #zemmour-eric

Only Gilbert Gottfried Could Be So Dirty and So Heartbreaking

He turned shocking jokes and “Howard Stern” appearances into something of an art form, one he practiced even when the occasion was a school fund-raiser.

#comedy-and-humor, #gottfried-gilbert, #television

Let Him Entertain You: Billy Crystal Returns to Broadway

The comedian is starring in “Mr. Saturday Night,” a musical version of his 1992 movie about an aging performer who won’t accept that his time in the spotlight is up.

#barrington-stage-co, #brown-jason-robert, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #crystal-billy, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #mr-saturday-night-play, #theater

Gilbert Gottfried, Comedian With a Distinctive Voice, Dies at 67

His credits ranged from the family-friendly “Aladdin” to the unfettered vulgarity of “The Aristocrats” and included a brief stint on “Saturday Night Live.”

#aladdin-movie, #comedy-and-humor, #deaths-obituaries, #gottfried-gilbert

Janelle James Loves Being a Bad Boss in ‘Abbott Elementary’

The comedian talks about her breakout acting role as a hilariously terrible elementary school principal in the hit ABC sitcom.

#abbott-elementary-tv-program, #comedy-and-humor, #james-janelle-comedian, #television

Molly Shannon, of Saturday Night Live, Has a New Memoir, “Hello Molly!”

In a new memoir, “Hello, Molly!”, Shannon — the “Saturday Night Live” alumna — recounts her comedy career and the devastating family tragedy that changed her life.

#books-and-literature, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #shannon-molly, #white-mike-1970

Louis C.K.’s Grammy Victory Leads to Backlash

Some comedians are questioning how the Recording Academy saw fit to bestow an award to someone who had admitted to sexual misconduct.

#metoo-movement, #c-k-louis, #comedy-and-humor, #grammy-awards, #music, #recording-academy, #sexual-harassment, #television, #women-and-girls

Jerrod Carmichael Comes Out in ‘Rothaniel,’ but It’s About More

In “Rothaniel” on HBO, the stand-up grapples with secrets that defined his upbringing, the toll silence has taken and the price he’s paying to break it.

#burnham-bo-1990, #carmichael-jerrod, #comedy-and-humor, #hbo-max, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #rothaniel-tv-program, #saturday-night-live-tv-program, #television

Oscars Producer Did Not Want Will Smith Physically Removed After Slap

Will Packer, the producer of the telecast, said that Smith had been asked to leave after slapping Chris Rock, and then there were discussions of having him physically removed.

#abc-inc, #academy-awards-oscars, #apologies, #assaults, #comedy-and-humor, #good-morning-america-tv-program, #movies, #packer-will-1974, #police-department-los-angeles-calif, #rock-chris, #smith-will, #television

The Furor Over Will Smith’s Slap

Readers point the finger at Mr. Smith, Chris Rock, the Academy, toxic masculinity and a censorious nation.

#academy-awards-oscars, #comedy-and-humor, #rock-chris, #smith-will, #womens-rights

The Furor Over Will Smith’s Slap

Readers point the finger at Mr. Smith, Chris Rock, the Academy, toxic masculinity and a censorious nation.

#academy-awards-oscars, #comedy-and-humor, #rock-chris, #smith-will, #womens-rights

The Brilliance of Charo

The guitarist, singer, actress and comedian has long wrapped her prodigious talents in a glossy, over-the-top persona. Decades later, she’s still going strong, and it’s time to take her seriously.

#charo, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #jesus-martinez-shuga-cain, #kim-perlak, #music, #reubens-paul

Roxane Gay: Will Smith Was Wrong, but Being Thin-Skinned Is Not

A defense of thin skin.

#academy-of-motion-picture-arts-and-sciences, #alopecia-areata, #black-people, #campion-jane, #comedy-and-humor, #hair, #jackson-ketanji-brown-1970, #los-angeles-calif, #movies, #rock-chris, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #smith-jada-pinkett, #smith-will, #supreme-court-us, #television, #will-book, #williams-serena, #williams-venus, #women-and-girls

2022 Oscars Gets Higher Ratings Than Last Year’s Academy Awards

Early results showed a 32 percent improvement from last year’s event, to 13.73 million viewers.

#academy-awards-oscars, #alopecia-areata, #comedy-and-humor, #movies, #nielsen-media-research, #rock-chris, #smith-jada-pinkett, #social-media, #television

The Oscars Slap Divides Hollywood and Raises Questions

When Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Academy Awards for telling a joke about his wife, it divided Hollywood, sparking denunciations, defenses and debates.

#academy-awards-oscars, #alopecia-areata, #comedy-and-humor, #rock-chris, #smith-jada-pinkett, #smith-will, #television

In ‘How We Roll,’ Pete Holmes Looks to Bowl Over Mainstream America

After years in stand-up and on premium cable, the wholesome and deeply spiritual comedian has a feel-good sitcom on CBS. All is right with the universe.

#actors-and-actresses, #cbs-corporation, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #holmes-pete-1979, #how-we-roll-tv-program, #television

Exploring the Diversity, and Precariousness, of French Stand-Up

Fanny Herrero, the creator of “Call My Agent!,” returns with a Netflix show called “Standing Up,” which follows four struggling Parisian comics.

#comedy-and-humor, #minorities, #paris-france, #television

‘All My Friends Hate Me’ Explores British Social Anxiety

The film “All My Friends Hate Me” satirizes anxiety and paranoia among upper-class British millennials. Its writers say they are laughing at themselves most of all.

#all-my-friends-hate-me-movie, #anxiety-and-stress, #comedy-and-humor, #gaynord-andrew, #great-britain, #men-and-boys, #mental-health-and-disorders, #millennial-generation, #movies, #palmer-tom-actor, #paranoia, #stourton-tom, #sudjic-olivia

Akaash Singh and His Case for Bringing Back Apu

The stand-up comic, whose special has gone viral, takes issue with how some South Asians like Hari Kondabolu portray their experience in the United States.

#bring-back-apu-web-original-program, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #indian-americans, #kondabolu-hari, #race-and-ethnicity, #singh-akaash-comedian, #the-problem-with-apu-movie, #web-original-programming

The Queer Young Comics Redefining American Humor

For years, gay male performers were left out of the comedy landscape or tokenized within it. Now, a new wave of entertainers are succeeding by playing to themselves.

#booster-joel-kim-comedian, #comedy-and-humor, #discrimination, #escola-cole, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #rogers-matt-comedian, #saturday-night-live-tv-program, #skinner-benito-benny-drama, #torres-julio-comedian, #yang-bowen-1990, #young-white-jaboukie

John Szeles, Who Mixed Jokes With Gore as the Amazing Johnathan, Dies at 63

Mr. Szeles, who performed steadily in Las Vegas, smoothly incorporated vaudevillian jokes and bloody magic tricks into his act.

#comedy-and-humor, #deaths-obituaries, #detroit-mich, #las-vegas-nev, #magic-and-magicians, #szeles-john-amazing-johnathan

The Yes Men: Revenge of the Pranksters

A collective that blazed a trail with corporate hoaxes occupies an uneasy space between art and activism.

#art, #bush-george-w, #carriage-trade-manhattan-ny-gallery, #cohen-sacha-baron, #colbert-stephen, #comedy-and-humor, #dow-chemical-company, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #lower-east-side-manhattan-ny, #new-york-times, #politics-and-government, #world-trade-organization, #yes-men

Is It Funny for the Jews?

For a cultural critic, a sense of humor is integral to his Jewish identity. But these dark times raise existential questions about comedy and its uses.

#anti-semitism, #audio-neutral-immersive, #audio-neutral-informative, #caroline-or-change-play, #comedy-and-humor, #edelman-alex-comedian, #einbinder-hannah, #jewish-comedy-a-serious-history-book, #jews-and-judaism, #mason-jackie, #movies, #people-love-dead-jews-reports-from-a-haunted-present-book, #silverman-sarah, #television, #the-merchant-of-venice-play, #theater