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Lockdown laughs: Will comedy survive?

BBC
With many theatres and live entertainment venues in the UK still closed because of coronavirus, comedians, performers and entertainers have taken to online platforms to survive. The BBC has spoken to four comedians about how they’re adjusting to this ‘new normal.’ Video produced by Trystan Young and Daniel South Listen......
BBC Entertainment

Comedy clubs get serious with funding warning

BBC
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption “I don’t think there will be an industry to go back to,” says Kiri Pritchard-McLean Comedy clubs have called for a slice of the government’s £1.5bn emergency arts funding, with a warning that hundreds face closure within the next year. Comedy wasn’t mentioned when......
Cleveland Scene

Dave Chappelle is Throwing Intimate, Celebrity-Packed Comedy Pop-Ups in Rural Ohio — And I Got a Ticket

ClevelandScene
click to enlarge On June 12, comedian Dave Chappelle released 8:46, a stand-up special filmed just days before in his hometown of Yellow Springs, Ohio. It’s hard to call it comedy — after all, the title refers to the length of time that police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on the......
Detroit News

Review: Dead-end Netflix comedy ‘Desperados’ is a drag

Detriot News
Detroit News – For more and to sign up click here Adam Graham, Detroit News Film Critic Published 3:01 a.m. ET July 3, 2020 Nasim Pedrad stars in exhausting comic dud In the bawdy bomb “Desperados,” there’s a feline whose facial features resemble a certain German dictator, a graphic gag about a......
New York Post

‘SNL’s infamous ‘cue card guy’ Wally Feresten launches side hustle

NYPost
He’s playing his cards right. For the past 30 years, Wally Feresten has been writing and holding the off-camera script cards for America’s top performers on “Saturday Night Live” — and now, regular folks are engaging his services too. With the hugely popular sketch show on hiatus due to COVID-19,......
Cleveland Scene

Amazon’s PG-13 Surveillance Comedy My Spy Delivers on Low Expectations

ClevelandScene
click to enlarge Courtesy of Amazon Studios Chloe Coleman and Dave Bautista in My Spy. Poor My Spy never had much of a chance. The kid-cop buddy comedy starring Guardians of the Galaxy’s muscle-bound Dave Bautista and nine-year-old Chloe Coleman (Little Fires Everywhere), was meant to open last August. It......
BBC Entertainment

‘There’s comedy in the most difficult situations’

BBC
Image copyright Universal Pictures Image caption Judd Apatow (centre) and Pete Davidson (left) first worked together on Trainwreck Filmmaker Judd Apatow has never been afraid to poke fun at serious subjects. In Knocked-Up he found the humour in an unwanted pregnancy from a one-night stand. In This is 40 he......
Cleveland Scene

Pete Davidson is King in Judd Apatow’s Sweetly Mediocre Staten Island Comedy

ClevelandScene
click to enlarge Mary Cybulski, Universal Pictures In one of the first scenes in Judd Apatow’s new comedy King of Staten Island, Scott (Pete Davidson) and Kelsey (Bel Powley) have one of those awkward define-this-relationship conversations after sex. They’re grade-school chums, now both in their mid-twenties with nothing quite figured......
In the News

40 Memes That Sum Up 2020 So Far

IA
2020 is still far from over but a lot of people think that it’s one of the worst years in recent modern history. So much so that they’re using humor to cope with just how bad things got. People are posting hilarious jokes about 2020 that a lot of us......
CNBC Business

ViacomCBS networks like MTV, Comedy Central air nearly 9 minutes of breathing to remember George Floyd

CNBC
CNBC – For more and to sign up click here ViacomCBS’ “I Can’t Breathe” spot. ViacomCBS Several ViacomCBS TV networks, including MTV, Comedy Central, VH1 and more, ran eight minutes and forty-six seconds of breathing sounds with the words “I can’t breathe” Monday evening. The company said the video is......
In the News

20 Hilarious Former Winners’ Photos Tease Our 2020 Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo Awards

IA
From the masterminds behind the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, the competition is calling on all pet owners or animal lovers to submit images of funny furry (or not so furry) friends for a chance of winning £3,000 and being named the 2020 Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photographer of the Year.......
TMZ.com

Byron Allen Says ‘Feeding America Comedy Festival’ Came Together Instantly

TMZ
Play video content Exclusive TMZ.com Byron Allen says the news about people waiting in line for hours to feed their families motivated him to do something, and he got instant support from a slew of superstar comedians. The famed TV mogul told us he hatched the idea for the “Feeding......

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