When it comes to stand-up comedy, Ben Kronberg is a master at being dry and absurd. He’s left of center but when he connects with a joke it’s a wonder to see. In fact, in Ben’s set from Late Night with Seth Meyers, he made a Star Wars joke that simultaneously made me laugh and angry in how obvious it was. Damn you Ben Kronberg! You deserved so much better than Roseanne Barr gave you on Last Comic Standing.
Tommy Johnagin returned to Late Show with David Letterman last night to talk about his life as a new dad, his exercise routine, and manliness. Johnagin has been on a roll of late, not only did he release a new stand-up album, he’s also coming off a Half Hour special on Comedy Central, and last night it was Letterman. Bring on the manliness Tommy.
Mark Normand has been having one hell of a week. His album, “Still Got It,” was released on Tuesday and his Comedy Central Half Hour premieres Friday. As if that wasn’t enough, last night Normand was the guest comic on Conan, marking his second time performing on the show. Wearing his signature jacket, Normand talks about his problems with Google, and why he thinks we should be making fun of prude girls instead of the promiscuous ones.
Michelle Wolf is a writer for Late Night with Seth Meyers so it makes total sense that she’d eventually get her chance to showcase her stand-up on the show. Watchers of LNSM probably already recognize Wolf whose been on sketches from the show already like Fake or Florida and Grown Up Annie. Her 5 minute set ended with a thought out body tattoo that, if she were to get it, would give the guy from Memento a run for his money.
Paul Morrissey was the guest comedian on Late Show with David Letterman last night and his material hit a bit too close to home for us. Mainly because we can empathize with both the pale and food jokes he delivered. Good news is he can definitely join up with Jim Gaffigan and Conan O’Brien and become the third member of Pale Force.
Get psyched for tonight is a big night for stand-up comedy! In addition to the premiere of both Damien Lemon and Rachel Feinstein’s The Half Hour shows but it’s also the premiere of Kurt Metzger’s new stand-up special, White Precious which airs at 11pm on Comedy Central.
Kurt is hands down one of our favorite NYC comedians, and you can find his talents all over the place right now. Penning sketches for Inside Amy Schumer as well as writing with Jim Norton and Neal Brennan on their new shows. But if you want to hear pure, unfiltered Kurt Metzger we suggest his podcast Race Wars, which he hosts with comedian Sherrod Small, and his often great Facebook rants that take on topics ranging from free speech to world politics.
You can also check out these clips from White Precious that just hit the web. One of them a clip where the animation company Titmouse takes a bit from the special and gives it some color in the form of rainbows and little children. Read More
Comedy Central’s newest stand-up show, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, is making its long-awaited debut this summer on July 23rd. But since we’re all impatient children, you can stream the first episode online now on Comedy Central’s website (cc.com).
Unlike CC’s other stand-up shows (House Party, John Oliver), The Meltdown takes an already infamous stand-up show and and turns it into a TV program. The show, hosted by Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani (with co-producer Emily Gordon), is already a big success in LA, having produced its show at the Nerdmelt Theater for the past three years, racking up all sorts of accolades along the way. In addition to showcasing some of the best stand-up, the TV show will also be semi-documentary style, bringing the cameras backstage and into the greenroom.
Episode one features our esteemed hosts and stand-up from Steve Agee, Moshe Kasher, Neal Brennan, and David Koechner. Watch it here.
The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail premieres Wednesday, July 23rd at 12:30am.
Scottish comedian Daniel Sloss was the guest comic on last night’s Conan. This was Sloss’ third time performing on Conan, a rare feat, particularly as Sloss is just 23yrs old. Sloss talks about women’s tennis, the all too realistic features of the latest FIFA video game, and the joys of Tinder.