Most people likely know Sal, Joe, Murr and Q as the maniacs behind the hit TruTV show, Impractical Jokers. Also known as The Tenderloins comedy troupe, what makes Impractical Jokers so lovable aren’t just the pranks they pull on each other in front of unbeknownst strangers (as hysterical as they are), but rather the chemistry shared between the four (they have, after all, been friends since high school). It’s clear that this bond seen on screen is purely genuine within seconds of seeing the four perform together onstage (something I had the joy of witnessing last year at the Best Buy Theatre in Times Square). That’s why it was especially extraordinary to see them perform one of four shows at New York’s Highline Ballroom this weekend. While the Jokers’ signature ribbing on each other was in full effect during the night, the four were specifically testing out new material in the intimate setting for their upcoming tours (revealing stories that even their fellow troupe members never heard before). It was a rare opportunity to witness a group beloved for their seamlessly quick wit further generate humor on the whim. Read More
LA comedian and storyteller Dave Ross will be recording a 7-inch vinyl this week. Ross’ most current tour (which included stops at comedy festivals Hell Yes Fest and The Fest in New Orleans and Gainesville) will conclude in a recording for A Special Thing Records in Denver, CO on Wednesday, November 19th at “Too Much Fun” at The Deer Pile.
Ross is one-fourth of the great WOMEN comedy sketch group whose videos have been featured on Tosh.0. He is also the host of the Terrified podcast on the Nerdist network, was recently featured on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, is a MOTH Grand Slam winner, and was a storyteller on the second season of Comedy Central’s Drunk History. Ross is also a regular at LA’s Nerdist Theatre and the Hollywood Improv.
Comedian Brooks Wheelan will be recording comedy album next week in Madison, Wisconsin. Wheelan announced on Twitter yesterday he will be recording his first album on November 22nd at the ever popular Comedy Club on State, where he will be headlining a weekend of shows.
It’s been a big year for Wheelan. As previously announced, he recently was cast in the indie comedy The Out of Town Wedding alongside Kurt Braunohler, and starred in the Adult Swim pilot Biker Bar. Wheelan has performed stand-up on Conan and Adam Devine’s House Party, as well as at the Montreal Just For Laughs festival, the South Beach Comedy Festival, and was named one of Comedy Central’s “10 Comics to Watch” at the 2012 New York Comedy Festival. He also was a writer/performer on season 39 of SNL.
If you were looking for something to do something fun and free this weekend, here it is. Comedian Jimmy Dore is set to tape a new hour special in LA on Friday, November 7th. Dore’s last special, 2008’s Citizen Jimmy, was named Best of 2008 by iTunes.
Dore has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and the Late Late Show in addition to a number of Comedy Central shows. Dore also host the radio program The Jimmy Dore Show which airs nationally via Pacifica Network, and is a frequent host on the online news show The Young Turks.
Dore will filming his special over one show at LA’s El Portal Theater November 7th at 9:30pm. You can grab free tickets to the taping, here.
New York comedian Sam Grittner is recording his debut album this fall. Grittner will be recording his album, Poor Decisions, Expensive Mistakes, at NY’s Treehouse Theater (formerly This Theater) on November 21st. Joining him will be comedians Emmy Blotnick, Luke Thayer, Todd Mole, and Abbi Crutchfield, who will open the show. Grittner first announced the recording on his website.
“Last November my friend Mo Fathelbab (founder of the comedy label THE EXPERIMENT and a jovial, fantastic human being) approached me and asked me if I wanted to do a stand-up residency at a room in a bar in Brooklyn for one year. The proposal was I would perform 8-10 minutes every Tuesday for a year and when the year was up, record my first album.”
In addition to stand-up, Grittner is a regular contributor to Witstream.com. His writing has been featured on MSNBC, Mashable, The Huffington Post, and CNN.com He also created @TonightonGIRLS, an absurdist homage to the HBO show ‘GIRLS.”
It’s been about 3 years in the making. This this afternoon, at the end of 121st street between Amsterdam and Morningside the dedication of a street to the late, great George Carlin became a reality. We were present to witness the event. Among Carlin’s family, friends, comedians, and fans, the city of New York paid tribute to one of its native sons. Read More
The wonderful Dan Telfer is gearing up to record his new album this fall. Telfer will hit Los Angeles’ Nerdmelt Showroom, a popular spot for recordings lately, to record his second full-length album on November 15th via ASpecialThing records.
Telfer had previously released his first full-length album Tendrils of Ruin also through AST records in 2012, following his EP Fossil Records which was released as a split with Greg Proops and Paul F. Tompkins. Telfer has performed at both Chicago and Montreal Just For Laughs festivals, currently writes for Comedy Central’s @Midnight, and had one of the greatest late night sets of all time debating “The Best Dinosaur” on The Pete Holmes Show.
Telfer will be joined by fellow comedians Emily Heller, Maria Bamford, and Ricky Carmona who will open the show. The recording is free to attend and will offer free beer. What the hell more could you want? Reserve your seats now, here. Read More
The universe has been handing us some real doozies recently, making it hard to figure out which stories in our newsfeed are real and which are satire. Take for instance the recent partnership between the Susan G. Koman foundation and Baker Hughes, one of the world’s largest oil and fracking companies, to create pink drill bits. Or when a University in Norwich, England announced this week their campaign called “Go with the Flow,” which encourages students to pee in the shower in order to save water. Seems real life is giving funny a run for it’s money as even The Onion couldn’t make this stuff up. In further news of the “WHAT THE,” for the first time in it’s three years, Portland, Oregon’s all-women comedy fest, All Jane No Dick, found out their promotional materials were being destroyed by a men’s rights activist group. Read More
SiriusXM is once again running an Unmasked taping for a comedian. This time around the guest to sit down with Ron Bennington, and talk about his career is Dane Cook. Bennington and Cook will set up shop in Caroline’s On Broadway in Times Square NYC on Wednesday October 15th at 3pm. It should be said that on the 11th, Dane’s new stand-up special (and directorial debut) Troublemaker will premiere on Showtime.
Want to be in the audience? Fire up your Twitter machine and request tickets. But this is Unmasked dude, there are rules. Read More
Great news folks, Nate Bargatze is prepping to record a new stand-up hour for Comedy Central. The greater news is that Bargatze will be taping the special in New York at Gramercy Theater on October 14th. The greatest news is that the public can score tickets to the taping(s). Just go here and fill out your name and make it so. There’s an early show (7:30pm) and a late show (9:30pm).
If you aren’t familiar with Nate Bargatze, take some time to learn about him, he’s one of our favs. Bargatze has made plenty of late night appearances, including The Tonight Show, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and Conan. Hell, Nate was loved so much that Jimmy Fallon that he inked a development deal with him. So do what we’ve already known for a while now and is to pay attention to Nate Bargatze. Start by going to his the taping of his new special. Read More