The fun never stops! Not that we’re complaining. After spending Halloweekend at the Maui Comedy Festival, which we now have a behind-the-scenes feature on to top last week’s extensive coverage, we enjoyed ourselves just as well at a much closer-to-home setting. The New York Comedy Festival took place November 5-9, and pushed our laugh buttons each and every day.
– What do Nick Offerman, Chris D’Elia, Bill Cosby, Carly Aquino, Jessimae Peluso, and Maria Bamford have in common? No, it’s not that they’re comedians, that’s too easy. It’s that they all killed it at the New York Comedy Festival, and we were so impressed that we wrote about it.
– Also in New York over the weekend: we helped put on the first NYC edition of SideOneDummy Storytellers! In case you missed it, here’s what it looked like.
– At the same time, we also shipped up to Boston for our second straight attendance of Comics Come Home, the country’s longest-running comedy benefit. Okay, actually, we sent Under the Gun Review‘s James Shotwell there for us since we were so busy with the New York Comedy Festival, but still, we covered that too.
– We’ve been abuzz in anticipation of the second season of Broad City, so we’re stoked about this new trailer previewing its premiere on January 14.
– The Community revival is continuing to undergo casting changes, with Keith David and Paget Brewster now hopping on board.
– It’s weird to think that Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is just now completing only its first season, but is it as weird as a salmon cannon? Click if you dare.
– HBO shared a piece of their cake with everyone this week: even for viewers without HBO, the second season premiere of the network’s Lisa Kudrow comedy The Comeback is available on YouTube.
– Bill Cosby’s social media team is probably under extra pressure these days after Hannibal Burress’ recent comments about sexual assault charges lobbied against Cosby, but their most recent strategy backfired pretty embarrassingly.
– Online retailer Amazon is continuing its push into the online TV realm with its recent announcement of four comedy pilots for next year.
– Speaking of online comedy TV, IFC is entering the game, although their variant of online comedy, called Comedy Crib, takes the form of assorted sketches rather than actual shows.
– Our most recent feature from comedian Vinnie Vitale addressed the recent outrage over the catcalling video making headlines everywhere.
– Gilda’s Laughfest will return for its fifth edition next March, with headliners including Bo Burnham and Wanda Sykes, among others.
– Are buddy cop films overdone? When we’ve got Kevin Hart and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson teaming up for one, then who cares? It’ll be great.
– We’re wishing Tig Notaro a speedy recovery from the medical emergency she suffered after her show last week. For now, tour dates are postponed, and we’re hoping that this gives Notaro the time she needs and deserves to get better.
– We learned this week that, come Monday, Big Jay Oakerson will have a new album for us. We’ll spend the weekend preparing our lungs for the nonstop laughs ahead.
– The Village Voice is maintaining their interest in New York’s stand-up circuit in a pretty cool way. Their new feature This Is Stand-Up will follow comedians around for about a day; it launched with an episode on Sam Morril.
– Woody Harrelson’s SNL return is oh so close, but not here quite yet – not to fret! We have promos for this!
– Kurt Braunohler and Brooks Whelan have proven to be two of the year’s busiest comedians, and with the announcement that they’ll co-star in the upcoming indie comedy film The Out of Town Wedding, their schedules are set to be even more packed. For Wheelan, life gets even more hectic: he’s recording his debut album during his pre-Thanksgiving set in Madison, WI.
– Looking for new comic talent? Find Comedy Central’s “Comics to Watch” showcase for this year online!
– Jeff Garcia’s Low Budget Madness is probably the funniest thing you could’ve spent your money on this week. Let us convince you.
– Although we haven’t previously known Tyler, the Creator for any comic work outside his Odd Future squad’s Adult Swim show Loiter Squad, his intrusion on a fan’s open mic set is a step closer to being hilarious in the stand-up realm.
– Allen Strickland’s set on Conan dealt with Sigmund Freud and penises, with penis envy somehow never factoring in (which is probably for the better).
– Jack McBrayer’s recent visit to Late Night With Seth Meyers confirms once again that he wasn’t quite acting during his years as 30 Rock‘s Kenneth Parcell as much as he was emphasizing only certain aspects of his persona. Imagine that voice talking about crazy times in Chicago. Actually, one better: watch it here.
– Before there was Flight of the Concords, and then later Bob’s Burgers, Kristen Schaal was the titular character of the web-series Penelope Princess of Pets. This week’s #TBT footage is a hilarious reminder of those times.
– Mike Lawrence’s set on Late Night with Seth Meyers this week was a great follow-up to his excellent jokes at Maui Comedy Festival. The same airing of the show also featured an incredibly meta Aaron Sorkin spoof.
– Nick Offerman or Ron Swanson: who’d be more likely to sell emoji-shaped wood pieces made right at home, with the labors of love? Trick question: Ron Swanson is a fictional character and Offerman is doing it in real life.
– It looks like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is, as everyone expected, going just as strong in its upcoming tenth season as it did when it started way back in 2005. We’re not just speculating: there are videos.