Tag: Comedy and Humor

John Mulaney’s Comic Stew: Sondheim, ‘Drag Race’ and Spalding Gray

You might be surprised that the stand-up comedian John Mulaney’s list of cultural essentials doesn’t contain much that’s overtly funny. “These all informed my sensibility,” he explained. “I think of comedy in different ways, be it Werner Herzog, David Byrne or Spalding Gray.” Mulaney is full of surprises: Take “John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch […]

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Secrets of the Oldest Comedy Club Barker on Macdougal Street

Six nights a week, Pete Burdette arrives on Macdougal Street wearing a Hawaiian shirt and wielding a clipboard. Out of respect for vaudeville tradition, he keeps a rubber chicken in his pocket. “Date night, guys?” he asked a woman in suede high heels walking with a man in a gingham button-down on a recent night. […]

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Ho Chi Minh City’s Hilarious Side

Vietnam’s largest metropolis, Ho Chi Minh City, has long excelled at boundary-pushing night life. But now a vibrant new scene is creating late-night laughter across this city of 9 million: stand-up comedy. Started by English-speaking foreigners, stand-up comedy is increasingly becoming a new tradition among Vietnamese in the bustling city locally known as Saigon. Local […]

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Comedian Hospitalized for Depression. Hilarity Ensues.

If I were a comedy obsessive, I would already have known about the sneaky genius of Gary Gulman. He’s got a devoted following, a winning smile, a corkscrew imagination; in 2016, when he did a six-minute bit on “Conan” about how the states got their two-letter abbreviations, it became a viral sensation, pure catnip for […]

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Garry Shandling’s Riotous Scrapbook

IT’S GARRY SHANDLING’S BOOK Edited by Judd Apatow A little too scattershot and light on details to qualify as either biography or oral history, “It’s Garry Shandling’s Book” is best characterized as a scrapbook. But what a scrapbook! Hard-core fans of Garry Shandling — whose wry, dry style influenced a generation of stand-up comedians, and […]

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How Caroline Hirsch, Comedy Visionary, Spends Her Sundays

In 1982, Caroline Hirsch opened Carolines on Broadway, a comedy club where the likes of Robin Williams, Jerry Seinfeld, Sandra Bernhard and Chris Rock honed their stand-up skills. Although the club still nurtures young talent — and draws headliners like Ronny Chieng and Tiffany Haddish — Ms. Hirsch has branched out. In 2004 she started […]

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A Show That Laughs at Boris Johnson, and May Have Aided His Rise

BOREHAMWOOD, England — There are many theories about how Boris Johnson, Britain’s prime minister, and Jacob Rees-Mogg, another politician leading Britain’s exit from the European Union, rose to power. They were destined to lead thanks to their drive and privileged backgrounds, some say. Or they were best able to tap into a public mood that […]

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Dave Chappelle, Subversive and Charming, Wins Mark Twain Prize for Comedy

WASHINGTON — Dave Chappelle, in the words of Jon Stewart, a former Comedy Central colleague, is the “black Bourdain.” “He’s the man that seeks out people and experience and knowledge and wants to touch it and feel it and be with it on the ground,” Mr. Stewart said at the Kennedy Center Sunday night, referring […]

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Los Angeles Has a New Comedy Clubhouse: Dynasty Typewriter

LOS ANGELES — The small triangular greenroom is typically decorated with artificial vines over a soothing woodland backdrop. Earlier this month it was also crowded with friends, agents, publicists, producers, makeup artists and hair stylists, all hovering around the stand-up Esther Povitsky. Cameras, monitors, lights and a rainbow’s worth of gaffer tape had been trucked […]

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Jenny Slate Wrote a Book-Shaped Thing. What Is It?

SOUTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. — The only piece of fiction in Jenny Slate’s new book, “Little Weirds,” describes a love that grew old in an un-air-conditioned house by the Atlantic Ocean. “I was trying to say goodbye to my ex-husband, who is an important person in my life and a friend,” the actress and comedian said […]

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