The Year Our Comedians Took Our Politics Seriously

Share this:For comedians, 2017 has been a breakthrough year, when they didn’t shy away from taking down the rich, the famous and the powerful.Left: Shyam Rangeela; Right: East India Comedy’s ‘The Modi Song’. Credit: The Wire/YouTube As we bid farewell to 2017, The Wire looks back at some of the markers of disruption that affected different spheres, from politics and economics to technology and films. In October this year, a young comedian, competing in a television show on Star Plus, was told that his act imitating Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be dropped. It had already been recorded and the video, which started doing the rounds on social media, showed that the judges were quite amused. But the segment was never aired, and nor was another, where he mimicked Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Shyam Rangeela was not fazed. He spoke about it to whoever asked, and in a video interview with The Wire, promptly did the same bit. Quite a change from even a year earlier, when it was a brave..

Bug meat & brain surgery: The Jim Gaffigan interview

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Comedian Bryan Callen: ‘Stand-Up Comedy Is The Last Bastion Of Free Speech’ – CBS...

(CBS Local)– Comedian Bryan Callen is starting to get older and he’s thinking about the world differently. The 52-year-old tackles many of society’s issues in his new Amazon comedy special “Complicated Apes.” Callen wants us all to stop being afraid of the ideas of other people. “You start out trying to be funny, but then as you get older you see the world is changing for better and for worse,” said Callen in an interview with CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith. “This world is changing so quickly. I felt like stand-up is the last bastion of free speech...

Comedian Nathan Macintosh to perform at FTC's StageOne

Photo: Phil Provencio / Contributed Photo Image 1of/1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Comedian Nathan Macintosh will perform at Fairfield Theatre Company’s StageOne on Jan. 20. Comedian Nathan Macintosh will perform at Fairfield Theatre Company’s StageOne on Jan. 20. Photo: Phil Provencio / Contributed Photo Comedian Nathan Macintosh to perform at FTC’s StageOne Back to Gallery Puppy love played a role in Nathan Macintosh’s career as a comedian. It turned out, however, the girl he used to moon over was into his sense of humor, but was unfortunately oblivious to his overall charm. “I first learned I might be able to do comedy when I was a kid and made a girl I had a huge crush on laugh,” Macintosh said. “It felt amazing. She ended up dating some grease bag, so I also learned I had to work harder.” Macintosh, who hails from Canada, did just that and wound up performing at such events as the Halifax Comedy Festival and the prestigious Just for Laughs Comedy Festival. He also had his own spec..

India's funniest stand-up comedians from 2017

This was an important year for Indian stand-up comedy in terms of numbers—14 stand-up specials were released on Amazon Prime Video, three stand-up artists made their debuts as show writers exploring genres beyond comedy, and, on Netflix, the first Indian female comedian made her debut with a stand-up special. But even though on paper, the collective efforts of a small ecosystem paid off with lucrative deals with two of the biggest online content streaming giants, only a few of these specials were on point. A majority featured either old material from the comics (Aditi Mittal’s Things They Wouldn’t Let Me Say) or were underwhelming (Anuvab Pal’s Alive At 40) or were off the mark (Aadar Malik’s Stand Up—The Musical and Sorabh Pant’s My Dad Thinks He’s Funny). In a market that is increasingly saturated with numerous professional stand-up comedians, comedy collectives, and online content creators, there were a few newcomers who hit that coveted sweet spot of viral fame this year. And elsew..

Vic and Bob, interview: 'What do modern comedians do? Do they just tell long,...

Vic and Bob are bringing their Big Night Out back to the BBC. The Christmas special, which will be followed by a four-part series, includes a jaunty song about trousers, a skit on First Dates, a punch-up, Ed Sheeran, some “observation comedy” and a baker from Wisconsin selling “perfuffle” cakes. You should see the stuff that didn’t make the edit, says Vic. “There were some spectacular moments, like when we tried to get a horse on the stage.” A horse? “We wanted to look under it and see what was going on,” says Bob, casually. “But the horse was a bit frisky. He wouldn’t go on.” He gestures at the BBC Comedy offices opposite. “You’d think there’d be someone out there who deals with horses.” “We’ll say, ‘what shall we write a song about? Blackberries? Chinese parrots?’ Then Jim says ‘trousers’ and we both laugh our heads off” It is 30 years – or thereabouts – since Vic Reeves (real name Jim Moir) and Bob Mortimer teamed up, so when the BBC asked them for a one-off special, they decided to..

Nikki Haley Pranked by Russian Comedians

( -- December 24, 2017) --US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley became the latest victim of well-known Russian phone pranksters Vladimir Krasnov and Aleksey Stolyarov, aka Vovan and Lexus. Impersonating Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, the Russian pranksters expressed concern about violation of human rights in Ukraine. Ambassador Haley responded that the US appreciate Poland’s support during the recent voting in UNGA. However, Poland wasn’t on a list of US supporters in the case, but abstained from voting. In a 22 minute recording of the conversation in question the voice that Russian pranksters claim belongs to Nikki Haley is heard supporting the fake Polish PM by politely responding to all sorts of nonsense. At one point, the prankster asked Haley what her opinion is on an imaginary South China Sea island – Binomo. He even spelled the name so Haley would know exactly which island was the topic of the conversation. The island, however, does not exist on the world map, but ..

Dave Chappelle Stumbles Into the #MeToo Moment

Advertisement In “The Bird Revelation,” the first comedy special to focus on the #MeToo movement, Dave Chappelle, sitting on a stool at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles in November, pauses to give advice to some comedians in the back. “You have a responsibility to speak recklessly,” he says. In that special and a second one, “Equanimity,” both released on Sunday by Netflix, he makes a show of hesitating before wading into controversial territory. It’s an old tactic of his, building suspense by suggesting he is about to say something taboo. But it’s worth asking: Just how reckless is Dave Chappelle being these days? “Equanimity” is a defensive, occasionally hilarious hour, shot in his hometown Washington, D.C., and covering the material that he developed in his monthlong stint at Radio City Music Hall last summer. The real headline is “The Bird Revelation,” which addresses accusations against Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K. and Harvey Weinstein with the conspiratorial tone of someone who wants ..

Your guide to a happy new year… by Dawn, Eddie and other celebrity self-help...

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Your guide to a happy new year… by Dawn, Eddie and other celebrity self-help gurus The GuardianFull coverage

MoCo’s Most Famous: Actor/Comedian and Magruder Graduate Jason Kravits

You may not know his name but chances are you know the face and have seen him on TV over the last several years. Jason Kravits has had roles on many prominent shows like Friends, Curb Your Enthusiam, The Practice, Law and Order, Everybody Loves Raymond, 30 Rock, Blue Bloods and many more. He grew up in Gaithersburg attending Magruder High School then the University of Maryland where he started up an improv group that still exists today. Kravits is back in town this week for a one-man improvised cabaret show at the AMP in Rockville. He joined Jo..

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