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  • Lewis Black and Friends: A Night To Let Freedom Laugh premieres April 16 on AXS TV

    Lewis Black

    Celebrate the Bill of Rights with some of America’s finest comics in this special event featuring sets from Lewis Black, Dick Gregory, Tom Smothers, and More. AXS TV presents a night of comedy and awareness in the star-studded stand-up special Lewis Black and Friends: A Night to Let Freedom Laugh, airing Thursday, April 16. The two-hour event will  shed some light on the freedoms and principles outlined in one of the Nation’s most vital documents, The Bill of Rights. The special was filmed back on February 28 at the historic Warner Theater in downtown Washington, DC, Let Freedom Laugh features performances from a wide variety of established comedy heroes and celebrated up-and-comers, each delivering their own unique and opinionated take in front of a sold out audience. Black, Gregory, and Smothers are joined by  itcom star Cristela Alonzo, Richard Pryor Award-winner Ahmed Ahmed, and comedian and political commentator John Fugelsang. Read More

    Anthony DeVito wins Caroline’s Comedy Madness competition

    Anthony DeVitoCongratulations to Anthony DeVito, who was crowned champion of the 2015 Carolines Comedy Madness Stand-Up Tournament. The five-round competition, modeled after the NCAA college basketball “March Madness” tournament, tipped off on February 25 with 64 of New York’s best and brightest young comedians going head-to-head.  The field was narrowed down to 32, then The Sweet Sixteen, the Elite Eight, and then down to The Final Four — DeVito, Ryan Beck, Joe Larson and Doug Smith.  DeVito bested Larson, and Smith ousted Beck before squaring off against DeVito in the final round.  As a prize for winning, the New Jersey native receives a cash prize, a chance to open for a headliner at Carolines on Broadway and a spot to perform at the New York Comedy Festival in November. DeVito joins the class of Carolines Comedy Madness winners which includes Nate Bargatze, Dan Soder, Michael Che, Adam Newman, Mark Normand and Gary Vider. Among the many highlights of this year’s competition was The Elite Eight Round drop in by Kevin Hart, who dropped by the club at the end of the show and surprised the packed house by performing a hilarious 45-minute set.

    Chris Tucker’s first stand-up comedy special will premiere July 10 on Netflix

    TuckerChris Tucker’s first stand-up comedy special Chris Tucker Live will premiere exclusively on Netflix on July 10. The special was filmed at the Historic Fox Theatre in Tucker’s hometown of Atlanta, GA, the special will showcase Tucker’s comedic chops, including impersonations, as he shares his experiences from childhood to the big time. “I’m thrilled to be partnering with Netflix, one of the true global leaders in entertainment, on my first comedy special,” said Chris Tucker. “Before people started seeing me in movies, I was doing standup. It’s always been a part of me, and now I’m excited to share it with my fans around the world.” Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer, has said “Chris Tucker is a true global movie star and a one-of-a-kind talent whose remarkable energy, delivery and original style make him one of the funniest comedians of our time, We cannot wait to share his distinct and hilarious voice with our members across the globe.” Tucker’s credits include Detective James Carter in the Rush Hour films. He appeared on Russell Simmons’ HBO Def Comedy Jam, and landed his first starring role in the 1995 film cult classic Friday.

    Gilda’s Laughfest 2015: Jerrod Carmichael perseveres through set via whisper

    Photo Credit: Christopher Wilson
    Photo Credit: Christopher Wilson

    For a comedian to have had his first comedy special filmed at the iconic Comedy Store in Hollywood, let alone be directed by a director as huge as Spike Lee, he has to have a combination of incredible talent and remarkable confidence. Jerrod Carmichael has both those qualities, and they were on full display during his set at Gilda’s LaughFest in Grand Rapids this past Friday. Before Carmichael made it on stage, the audience was treated to opening act Brad Wentzel, a Michigan-based comic whose easy-going delivery of one-liners is what you might have gotten if Mitch Hedberg performed his jokes while doing a Jimmy Stewart impersonation. Wentzel is a tremendous up-and-coming talent, and did an excellent job warming up the crowd with a barrage of tightly-written jokes. Of course, it was Friday the 13th so something was bound to go wrong. Read More

    Seaton Smith on Late Night: “Black republicans are like unicorns flying around man, watch out!”

    Seaton Smith discusses Black Republicans, Roots, Cocaine Party Money, and Martin Luther King Jr.’s sex life.

    Gilda’s Laughfest 2015: Patton Oswalt brought down the house, literally

    Photo Credit: Hugh Carey
    Photo Credit: Hugh Carey

    It’s pretty rare that a comedian can say “I literally brought down the house” and not be grossly misusing the word “literally,” but Patton Oswalt was able to make just such a boast at the end of his appearance at Gilda’s LaughFest in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The fact that it was Friday the 13th should have been the first tipoff that something bad could happen during his set. Then there was his opening bit about how it couldn’t possibly end up being his worst set ever, which is a bit like a character in a horror movie saying, “I’ll be right back.” Sure enough, the denouement of Oswalt’s set went awry when he made the mistake of interacting with the backdrop on stage, which in turn caused it to come crashing down on him. Being the consummate professional he is, Oswalt worked through it and ended his set strongly, but for a moment there the audience’s fear that they might have just witnessed the Final Destination-style ironic death of their comedy idol was palpable. Read More

    Dana Gould on Conan, “A couple of months ago I lost my wedding ring”

    Dana Gould explains how dying in front of his kids becomes a goal when you go through a divorce with their mother. He also explains the timing of your last words.

    Beth Stelling on Jimmy Kimmel Live, “It’s so great to be here instead of getting married and having kids”

    Beth was on Kimmel last night promoting her dates at the upcoming SXSW festival. She discusses her Ikea family, Ohio, and her virgin mother. Enjoy. We did.

    Caroline’s Comedy Madness stand-up tournament bracket update

    FINAL-2015-Carolines-Comedy-Madness-Bracket-1-7Tonight is Round 2 of Caroline’s Comedy Madness stand-up tournament in NYC. As always, a panel of industry judges will determine who advances and is eventually crowned champion and the winner will receive a cash prize and a chance to perform in the 2015 New York Comedy Festival this November. Past winners include Nate Bargatze, Dan Soder, Michael Che, Adam Newman, Mark Normand and Gary Vider.

    Cristela Alonzo on Conan, “This chicken is 12 dollars a pound because it played the cello and liked to surf”

    Cristela Alonzo has a sure-fire way to lose weight; some might call it Euro-Style.