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In recent years, two very high-profile comedians — Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock — have admitted they refuse to perform at college campuses anymore, owing to a certain level of political correctness that has seeped into modern undergraduate culture. “It was just like, This is not as much fun as it used to be,” Rock explained at the time, while Seinfeld added awhile later that young people “don’t know what the fuck they’re talking about” because they’re “so P.C.” John Mulaney was asked about..
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Bob Saget is known to millions around the world as the mild-mannered dad from the television show Full House or the benign host of America’s Funniest Home Videos.
But Saget has been a stand-up comic since the late ’70s, and his act is as far from his TV persona as you can get. The 61-year-old’s latest comedy special, Zero To Sixty, includes stories from his own life, and he doesn’t shy away from sexual or profane topics.
“I look at it as a gift to be able to go out and make people laugh. And they get to go home and go, ‘Oh my God. I had so much fun. I didn’t know he was that funny,’ which is always sad,” Saget joked Monday on Morning Shift. “The point is I want to bring happiness to people and give them a good time.”
While in Chicago for a week of shows, Saget joined Morning Shift host Tony Sarabia to talk about Zero To Sixty, his comedy roots, and directing the upcoming movie, Benjamin.
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Five to seven days a week, I walk into rooms with my head down, fumbling through the pages of my notebook, trying to make sure my phone has enough charge to record what I am about to say before I step onto a stage with a spotlight in my face and single mic stand in front of me. This is my life’s passion: To be a professional stand-up comic, to be able to share my stories with people and to make them laugh. When people see me ― middle-brown, fat, femme presenting ― they have often likened my comedy to that of Mo’Nique, the Oscar-winning, Queen Of Comedy from Maryland, to which most fat, black girl comedy is compared.
Certainly, as an up-and-coming comic in the beginning of my career, there could be worse comparisons. Mo’Nique’s resume is legendary, and she bulldozed the way for funny black girls like me. However, after the former “The Parkers” star asked that we (specifically people of color) boycott Netflix because the streaming service reportedly offered her a only $500,000 for a com..
Joel McHale has starred in big-budget movies and headlined one of the most critically-acclaimed television comedies of its era. He regularly pops up on late-night talk shows to banter with the host. He has hosted ESPN’s ESPY Awards. With a quick wit and charm to match, it’s no wonder McHale has risen to such heights.
And yet, despite critical adoration and commercial success, McHale iterates he was, is and will remain true to stand-up comedy. In fact, despite his time on the big and small screens, he never really abandoned the format in the first place.
“I never really left the road,” said McHale, who will performs two shows apiece on January 26 and 27 at the Houston Improv. “I’ve been doing this straight since 2004. I’m a workaholic and have OCD, and I love doing it, so I never stop. People always assume when I come to town that I’m starting a tour, but in reality, the tour never stopped. It’s not like I dropped everything and said, ‘I’m finally returning to stand-up.’ As if anyone wo..
Student comics at the Winter Welcome Comedy Show joked about New Years’ resolutions, college and self-identity.
“Everything I want to do this year makes me an objectively worse person,” said Pippa Spindel, a second-year cognitive science student who performed during the show.
Shenanigans Comedy Club hosted the quarterly show in the Humanities Building on Friday night. Shenanigans began hosting the shows the first week of each quarter to perform alongside different comedy groups on campus around five years ago, said Salma Zaky, the vice president of the club and a third-year English student.
The performances featured four improv teams and eight stand-up comedians, many of whom perform at The Improv Space in Westwood each month. Each group meets and practices separately, but they all came together in one lecture hall to kick off a quarter of comedy.
Business Casual, a self-made group of three students, hosted the evening. After leaving a networking event on campus one nig..
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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.
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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..
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CLOSE Longtime friends Steve Martin and Martin Short talk about why they love insulting each other and how those insults made it into their show next week at Suncoast Credit Union Arena in south Fort Myers. Video and interview by Charles Runnells/news-press.com
Comedy legends Steve Martin and Martin Short(Photo: ANNA WEBBER)
What does Martin Short think about touring with Steve Martin? The comedian has an insult all sharpened up and ready to go.
“Hanging out with Steve is like the movie ‘Deliverance,’” he deadpans. “It’s all fun and games until the banjos come out.”
Then Short erupts into laughter. And so does Martin.
It’s just another day of insults and witty banter for these two amigos.
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