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  • Bill Hader hosted “Saturday Night Live”: Stefon is pregnant

    …and Seth Meyers is the father!

    Whenever an SNL alum returns to the show there’s two things we can bet the farm on 1) 1 or their classic characters will be revived for nostalgia and 2) We’ll more than likely see another alum (usually from the same cast) show up and play along with them. Yes, we realize this comes on the heels of none of these happening last week when Sarah Silverman hosted, but that episode was the outlier to this phenomenon. Read More

    Sarah Silverman hosted “Saturday Night Live,” with Joan Rivers roasts, Ebola, River Sisters, and blenders

    Sarah Silverman SNL bumper

    When a former Saturday Night Live cast member shows up to host, it’s usually a round of reviving old characters they portrayed on a nonstop nostalgia tour. However, we’re in an interesting predicament with Sarah Silverman at the lead. Silverman was only on the show for one season and she didn’t appear in much, something she does reference in her monologue. So rather than worry about that, we got to see Silverman work her magic in sketches that mostly felt underwritten or executed. Silverman has plenty of sketch experiences that shined when she was given something great to work with (pre-recorded sketches) or was on her own (monologue). Read More

    Cameron Esposito “Same Sex Symbol” might prove that she is indeed a Thundercat (review)

    Cameron EspositoIn her video for album track “Woman Who Doesn’t Sleep with Men” where she shuts down a heckler, Cameron Esposito summed up her outspoken brand of comedy. And in a 2013 op-ed piece for the Advocate in which she said, “I’m not going to hide my sexuality. Because if I stop talking about my life and my sexuality with some degree of candor – not even a huge degree, but some! – then comedy is just left with a sea of dude comics miming wieners onstage forever. I don’t hear myself represented onstage, and that’s OK. I’ll represent myself. I’m happy to,” she proved herself both a comedian and an activist. Representing herself and subsequently her unique perspective is exactly what she does on her latest stand-up album, Same Sex Symbol, in stores this week. Read More

    Chris Pratt hosted “Saturday Night Live:” Crotch shots for everyone!

    Season 40 of Saturday Night Live is upon us. With it comes a revamped look and feel of the show, some new faces are up, some old ones are gone and we’re excited to see how it all shakes out for Lorne Michaels and the crew. Host Chris Pratt was the first to test out the new digs. While it’s Pratt’s first time on the show, you’d be hard pressed to think of someone that has the potential to become a lifer for SNL. Pratt is a great mix of talent, humor, and nice-guyism that hopes are high that he’d gel with the cast and deliver a great start to the season and for the most part he did. Pratt was hugely likable and impressive with what he had to work with, including some rapping, song performance, and crotch touching… a hefty amount of crotch touches. Read More

    Kurt Metzger “White Precious,” is can’t miss stand-up comedy (review)

    Kurt Metzger - White PreciousAt a certain point in his special White Precious, comedian Kurt Metzger homely refers to himself as “Uncle Kurt,” and he might be the kind of Uncle that you’d go visit on a regular basis to get away from the humdrum of everyday life. Erudite without being snobbish, while effecting an easygoing delivery style, Metzger manages to draw from a wild reliquary of scenarios and write extremely well about them – all of which makes the 36-year-old comedian’s first hour stand-up special good enough to share a named with an Oscar-nominated film.

    To clarify, the idea of “Uncle Kurt” is only mentioned one time in this album, so it’s barely even a moniker – let alone an alter ego. However, Metzger’s stage presence is split: the tells-it-like-it-is/no-nonsense Kurt Metzger-persona is, “not enchanted by your whimsy” and really doesn’t like the state of Alaska. However, the sarcastic/satirical Kurt Metzger-persona believes that homosexuals should be firebombed in “God’s drone strikes” and can’t seem to hail a taxicab in New York City despite using “all of his whiteness.” Read More

    Mark Normand, “Still Got It” and never lost it

    Mark Normand, Still Got ItWho is Mark Normand? Well, he won Caroline Comedy Club’s March Madness competition, and he was voted the Village Voice’s “Top Comedian of 2013″ – yes, THAT Village Voice – the first alternative newspaper in the United States; the one that Norman Mailer co-founded.

    You might be thinking, “Ah, so he’s probably a club comic. That’s why I haven’t heard of him.” Why you may be thinking that is your business, but you should know that Mark has made television appearances on (among others), Conan, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, Inside Amy Schumer, Last Comic Standing, and most recently a Half Hour special on Comedy Central.

    You might be thinking, “Oh, wow. He must have mass appeal.” You’re correct, and it’s because he jokes about everything. Normand’s first album, Still Got It, serves up an all-you-can-eat buffet of jokes about race, sexism, homophobia, religion, trying to relate to the opposite sex, alcohol, drugs, sex, animals, the elderly, and generally being a social outlier – the last of which he manages to apply to just about everything, even day jobs. Read More

    Chris Laker “Moments of Greatness” (review)

    Chris Laker - Moments of GreatnessIn an interview with Cringe Humor, Chris Laker was asked how he would describe his comedy to someone who’s never seen his act. “I talk about grown-up sh*t,” Laker affirmed.

    Yes, he totally does.

    “I’ve made some life choices that maybe not everybody has done.”

    Yes, he totally has.

    “I dunno…it’s just me and how I look at…stuff.”

    Absolutely. You can almost envision a squinty-eyed man thoughtfully scratching his head – perhaps raking his fingers through the threads of his beard – before deciding, maybe ultimately, that he’s going to stop cutting both his hair and his beard. The album kicks off with Laker bringing us into the enigma of his appearance: he doesn’t know why he looks the way he does, but he does know that the “Castaway jokes are coming.” Read More

    Andy Samberg hosted Saturday Night Live: The gang’s back together

    Andy Samberg SNLHere it is ladies and gents, the final episode of season 39 of Saturday Night Live. A season that could best be described as uneven. Frustrating possibly. We saw some great times and arguably some of the worst episodes in years (ahem Jim Parsons) but we knew it was a rebuilding year as the season started. We lost one of the show’s biggest linchpins with the departure of Seth Meyers. A huge amount of new featured cast members were named at the top of the year and it made way for a bloated cast that could (and probably will) do with some trimming down between now and next.

    With that being said, let’s bring in a ringer for the final episode of season 39. Who better than one of their own Andy Samberg. Just to ensure the night would be a good one, a lot of Samberg’s pals came back for some good times and nostalgia. Hell, we saw Maya Rudolph, Seth Meyers, Martin Short, Bill Hader, Justin Timberlake (sorta), Paul Rudd, 2 Chainz, Lil Jon, Pharrell, Tatiana Maslany, Fred Armisen, and Kristen Wiig all make cameos. So if nostalgia is your thing, this was probably your favorite episode of the season. Read More

    An hour with Cameron Esposito

    After opening for comedians like Anthony Jeselnik and Maria Bamford, with arguably specific crowds, creating and hosting UCBLA’s weekly stand-up podcast, Put Your Hands Together, and having done her time in Chicago’s Comedy scene, founding Chicago’s open mic night at Cole’s Bar, performing as a cast member of the famed Lincoln Lodge and founding Feminine Comique, a crash course in stand-up comedy exclusively for women, Cameron Esposito is no stranger to being fearless and unapologetically herself. In preparation for recording her upcoming album, Cameron Esposito compiled her best to test on an audience of fans with An Hour With Cameron Esposito on Thursday night at UCB with host, Ian Karmel. If you’re at all like me, a Chicago to Portland to LA transplant, or just someone with ears and a sense of humor, you understand the brilliance of that line-up. Read More