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Comedy Central prioritizes original web series with new YouTube channel

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 13:57

Comedy Central expanded its commitment to original digital programming this week. The network dropped a teaser video on Wednesday to announce the new Comedy Central Originals YouTube channel.

The new YouTube channel is a “one-stop shop” for Comedy Central’s original digital content. It also aims to showcase emerging talent that has not yet made it onto the network. Comedy Central Originals will offer fans new and returning digital series, social content, and more. Comedy Central will debut five new series on the channel over the next few weeks.

Comedy Central Originals New Series wellRED Comedy

Millennials from the South perform sketches on Southern life and parodies of small-town USA. (debuts March 1)

Comedians Solve World Problems

Comics get together to try to solve major global issues. The show was originally created by Comedy Central UK. New versions will be created for the US as well as nine additional versions on international Comedy Central digital platforms. (debuts March 11)

Shane Torres Conquers Your Fears

Comic Shane Torres helps his comic friends deal with their fears through immersion-therapy. Season One includes Molly Austin meeting a python, Petey DeAbreu handling a baby hedgehog, and Casey James Salengo facing the Gauntlet of Rejection. (debuts March 15)

UNSEND

Comics Joel Kim Booster and Patti Harrison host this series about the best and worst of the internet. Paul Scheer produces. (debuts March 19)

My Least Favorite Thing

Comic Zack Bornstein travels to meet a celebrity as they prepare to do the one thing they that hate doing more than all other things. (debuts April 5)

Comedy Central Originals will also help consolidate returning digital series in a central place. Eight Comedy Centrals web series will return and four new series are currently in development.

Comedy Central Originals Returning Series After Hours w/ Josh Horowitz

Josh Horowitz takes celebrities “to places you never dreamed of.” Previous episodes include Liam Hemsworth, Tiffany Haddish, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Anna Kendrick.

As Seen on CC

A first-look glimpse into consumer goods of the future, including the ones you did not know you needed and the ones you may want to avoid.

Dollar Store Therapist

Connor Ratliff is a low-budget therapist who serves up useless advice from the back of a discount store.

Mini-Mocks

Ultra-short length rockumentaries cover topics such as Gummy Animal Breeder and BDSM Food Porn.

Thank You, Goodnight

A camera crew follows comics hustling around New York City to perform at multiple shows. Comics featured on the upcoming second season—debuting March 11—include Emmy Blotnick, Tim Dillon, and Nore Davis.

That’s An App?

Parody ads for first-world, technological solutions. Previous episodes include OkOedipus and SinMo.

The Foley Artist

Everyday guy Tim Duffy is featured in this mockumentary series about creating television sound effects—from sexy kisses on The Bachelor to sneaker squeaks during basketball games.

You Didn’t Wanna Know

Public Service Announcement parody series with comics explaining things you didn’t want to know. Previous episodes include Bugs In Your Food with Jim Gaffigan and Turtles Have Salmonella with Ben Schwartz.

Comedy Central Originals In Development Agree to Disagree

Comics debate hot topics such as, “Are tater tots or onion rings better?”

Mad Memes

Millennials need to invest in memes because Social Security is bankrupt. This show guides viewers through which memes are excellent investment opportunities and which ones are worthless.

Sex Fails

Comics reveal how low they have gone sexually, while animators show us the gory details.

Tales From the Trip

Comics reveal their wildest psychedelic drug stories in this animated series.

Comedy Central is serious about YouTube

The new YouTube channel will complement the Comedy Central Stand-Up channel, which launched last year. A new stand-up special called Emily Heller: Ice Thickeners will premiere on that channel on March 8. The Emily Heller special will be the channel’s first online-only, original one-hour special.

The new Originals channel adds to Comedy Central’s YouTube page with 7.5 million subscribers and over 3 billion views as of this writing. The Comedy Central Stand-Up YouTube channel currently has 218,000 subscribers and 381 videos. Comedy Central’s previous digital venture CC:Studios launched in 2013 as an incubator to develop web series in-house. That venture led to several TV series, including This Is Not Happening and Idiotsitter.

Many TV networks begin shift to streaming

Comedy Central deepens its roots in digital content as new providers enter the competitive field. In addition to competition from streaming giants Hulu and Netflix, Comedy Central faces impending competition from new platforms such as Snapchat’s Snap Original shows and AT&T’s upcoming streaming service.

Other networks are rushing to create paid-for subscription services with exclusive digital content. CBS All Access launched in 2014 and is the home of Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone reboot. Disney is also prepping the launch of its own premium content service. With more and more people ditching traditional TV subscriptions, Comedy Central Originals gets proactive about the shift to streaming.

Additional reporting by Billy Procida.

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Barstool Sports slammed by YouTube star for stealing video

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 12:52

Barstool Sports is in hot water after YouTube star Miel Bredouw posted a thread about her alleged experiences with the media outlet. The Los Angeles-based writer and comedian states in the thread that Barstool Sports posted a video she made without crediting her or asking her permission. After Bredouw reported the video, Barstool Sports tried to give her money to remove the DMCA report she had filed against them before starting their own counteraction.

DMCA or The Digital Millennium Copyright Act is a 1998 copyright law that protects intellectual property online. Twitter’s copyright policy notes multiple copyright infringement claims can result in the suspension of one’s account. For the media giant, Barstool, having their Twitter account suspended could result in the loss of their 1.47 million followers.

Barstool Sports started off as a sports blog in 2007. While the blog is popular, it has been frequently criticized for its rampant sexism and frat-bro vibe. While it started as a sports specific publication, Barstool Sports often posts comedic content on social media.

Miel Bredouw takes to Twitter for legal help

Bredouw started a long thread on Twitter asking for legal help.

WOW. OK. THREAD ALERT.

I wasn’t going to say anything because I am *above* drama but actually completely 10000% fuck Barstool Sports. if any legal ppl/twitter ppl want to help me out here, please hit me up. EITHER WAY, I HAVE A STORY FOR YOU

— miel (@miel) March 4, 2019

She claims in the thread, “In December, they reuploaded one of my videos without credit. I asked for credit, was ignored, and filed a DMCA takedown. Twitter quickly took it down and IMMEDIATELY Barstool’s social guy sends me an email. I don’t respond. He emails again in early February. I don’t respond.”

Bredouw says they offered her credit, at first, then a gift card and then ultimately $2,000 in cash. The comedian says she did not respond to any of the offers and even attached screenshots of the various offers and direct messages she claims to have received.

Then the full on harassment begins. I didn’t screenshot all the messages before deleting but across my IG, my twitter, my email, my PODCAST’S INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, AND EMAIL they send me these messages. Hundreds. I block them. They find me again. Still, I don’t respond. pic.twitter.com/bpPEtNupBJ

— miel (@miel) March 4, 2019

After not taking the deals from Barstool, Bredouw received an email from Twitter saying that the video would be reposted in 10 days if she did not file a court order. She states after receiving this information, “They win. That’s it.”

Then within hours, I get this from Twitter (first pic).

Unless I want to get a COURT ORDER, my video will go back up on their channel. They win. That’s it.

Read their full response below and tell me how this isn’t blatant perjury allowed by @TwitterSupport ‘s lack of support. pic.twitter.com/JDwMNEiJth

— miel (@miel) March 4, 2019

Barstool Sports joins content stealing conversation

Barstool Sports is one of several popular accounts that have recently been called out for stealing comedians content. The hashtag #FuckFuckJerry made news last month after Vulture Comedy editor Megh Wright started tweeting about the companies widespread stealing of comedians’ jokes for content. With support from comedians like John Mulaney, the account lost over 500,000 followers and Comedy Central pulled ads from the media group.

The internet has made it easier than ever to steal jokes, but comedians are exposing this practice. Bredouw says, “Thank you for assuming I must have ONE HELL OF A video.” The video that exposed all of this is a parody version of Carol of the Bells which has over 1 million views on Bredouw’s YouTube channel.

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Idris Elba celebrates SNL hosting gig with Aidy Bryant in promo video

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 10:00

Idris Elba got the call almost every actor wants to receive: He’s hosting Saturday Night Live.

In the teaser video for this week’s show, Elba walks down the street in Manhattan wearing a cardigan and beanie hat when he receives the news. That magical call instantly transports him from the sidewalk straight to the SNL sound stage in Rockefeller Center. Elba strolls straight past the bumbling intern into Studio 8H.

A normal-sized bottle of champagne is no good for People magazine’s 2018 Sexiest Man Alive. SNL cast member Aidy Bryant pops open a bottle almost as tall as she is to celebrate the moment. Khalid’s Talk plays suggestively in the background. Recording artist Khalid is the musical guest for Saturday’s show. Both Elba and Khalid are first-time performers on the famed late night sketch show.

Everyone wants Idris Elba right now

Elba’s performance comes right before the premiere of his new Netflix comedy series, Turn Up Charlie. In that show, Elba plays a musician who has seen better days and becomes a nanny. Elba created the show with Gary Reich. The versatile former actor from Luther and The Wire also stars in the upcoming film adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats.

People seem to want Elba in, well, everything. For years, fans have requested he be cast as Daniel Craig’s replacement in the James Bond series. Not only is he a talented actor, but many think he’s a great choice to diversify the perennial spy franchise. Though outlets erroneously reported that Don Cheadle may replace Will Smith in the Suicide Squad sequel, it’s also reported that studio heads are eyeing Elba to put on the Deadshot suit.

Watch Elba host Saturday Night Live on NBC at 11:30 p.m. ET on March 9. For now, watch the Turn Up Charlie star turn up the charm in the promo video below.

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Former Daily Show correspondent to lead ‘evil’ CBS drama

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 20:27

Aasif Mandvi is evil. Well, he may not actually be evil, but he is co-starring in the new CBS drama called Evil. The former Daily Show correspondent is excited to”play a guy named Ben” in the upcoming supernatural pilot.

Mandvi plays deeply skeptical, blue-collar carpenter Ben. He is recruited to join a priest-in-training named David to investigate mysterious situations with a clinical psychologist named Kristen.

The British comedian stars with Dutch actress Katja Herbers as Kristen and Mike Colter as David. Herbers is mostly known in the U.S. for her role on the second season of Westworld. She also had a recurring role on the WGN series Manhattan. Colter starred in Marvel’s Luke Cage Netflix series. Emmy-winner Michael Emerson will also co-star as an expert witness in a mass-murder case.

Aasif Mandvi enjoys acting career post-Daily Show stint

Mandvi started at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart back in 2006. He appeared in 188 episodes until his departure in 2015. One of his most notable moments was an interview with Republican official Don Yelton regarding voter ID laws. The interview was so controversial, it later led to his resignation.

Since his Daily Show departure, Mandvi has pursued many acting opportunities. Immediately after leaving Comedy Central, he starred in 10 episodes of The Brink on HBO. His talents have lent well to both comedy and drama. He landed humorous roles on shows like Another Period and A Series of Unfortunate Events as well as serious turns on Blue Bloods and Younger.

In addition to Evil, Mandvi has several other projects in the works. The actor will appear in the upcoming dramatic film Human Capital with Marisa Tomei and Liev Schreiber. He will also lend his vocal talents to the upcoming animated film Blazing Samurai and the all-Indian Disney cartoon called Mira, Royal Detective. Last week, Mandvi released an album of his award-winning solo show called Sakina’s Restaurant.

Excited to work with this great group of actors and creators… and also play a guy named Ben. https://t.co/1qiWPqyzWA

— aasif mandvi (@aasif) March 5, 2019

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Ali Wong ramps up acting resume with virtual reality project

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 14:47

Ali Wong has crossed over into artificial intelligence. The Baby Cobra comedian is lending her voice for the upcoming virtual reality project called Bonfire from Baobab Studios. The interactive, alien-themed adventure allows the comic and writer to continue her voiceover work. Just last year, Wong lent her vocal talents to Ralph Breaks the Internet and to the children’s animated series OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes.

Bonfire is an interactive story with the user in the starring role of Space Scout 817. Humans need to find a new home after they have left planet Earth in a mess. Unfortunately, the space scout has poor space piloting skills and crashes onto a mysterious planet, 300 light years away from home. Luckily, a bonfire provides a source of light in the strange and noisy darkness of the alien jungle. Instead of the user simply playing an observer, the immersive virtual reality experience allows the user to control the direction of the story based on his or her choices.

Wong is set to play the space scout’s robot companion Debbie in the absurdist tale of outer-space adventure. Wong described the VR experience as surprisingly “touching” and “fun.” The VR experience is written and directed by Eric Darnell, the co-founder of Baobab and the co-writer and co-director of the animated Madagascar film franchise.

Ali Wong also set for Birds of Prey movie, more

In addition to her new VR role, Wong is currently working on several other small screen and film projects. Her new animated Netflix series called Tuca & Bertie is in the pre-production phase. Wong will play an anxious songbird while her co-star Tiffany Haddish will play an easy-going toucan. Wong will also play hard-living detective Renee Montoya in the upcoming superhero movie Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). Wong also co-stars in the upcoming Netflix film Always Be My Maybe.

Amidst all of that work, Wong continues to tour her unapologetic stand-up all over North America. The Milk & Honey Tour kicks off in May and runs through 13 cities by the end of the year.

Baobab Studios has not yet announced a release date for Bonfire.

The presale has begun! Go to https://t.co/baXKigYRkv and use password COBRA to get tix. pic.twitter.com/f6v4vwdcS7

— Ali Wong (@aliwong) February 27, 2019

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RuPaul’s Drag Race star Nina West: I’m the John Goodman of drag

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 14:08

Bob the Drag Queen, Bianca Del Rio, Katya Zamolodchikova. Many iconic comedy queens have become household names after performing on RuPaul’s Drag Race and this season Nina West is set to be the next big comedy icon in the world of drag.

Before competing on Drag Race, West won Entertainer of the Year in 2008. She also started the Nina West Fund which raises money for charities through drag performances. The foundation has contributed to the Ronald McDonald House, Equitas Health, Planned Parenthood, Family Pride Network, the ACLU, and the Columbus-based Kaleidoscope Youth Center.

West uses drag to make audiences laugh, talk politics, and support her local LGBTQ community in Columbus, OH. Laughspin’s Rosa Escandon talked with West about her newfound celebrity, the comedy in drag, and how local queens are the real heroes.

You just appeared on the premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11. How has the response been?

Excellent. I’ve seen a lot of really ridiculously funny memes. I thought, “Oh well, I’ll never be a meme,” but oh my god. They have just gone crazy. The response has been great and for the most part, I think you get out of it what you want to and so I’m living my best life. I auditioned nine times and I’m finally here, so I’m not looking for the bad. I’m really celebrating the opportunity and celebrating all the good that people seem to be giving me.

Nine times. You mentioned that on the episode, too. How was it to audition that many times? Was it hard to deal with the rejection?

I will be honest with you: I remember around the fifth audition getting the email that I that didn’t get cast. I was like, “I’m done. I don’t know what they’re looking for. I don’t know what I can give them that I haven’t done already in the first five auditions.” And then I talked with Detox [Drag Race alum from Season 5 and All Stars Season 2] and she said, “Girl, let me see your tapes.” And she goes, “Who the fuck is this person?” She’s like, “That is not you. That’s not who you are. Why are you submitting these tapes? They’re terrible. And they’re overproduced and they don’t feel authentic.” You just gotta be yourself. The next several audition tapes, I really honed in and tried to figure out what that meant. How do I just be myself on camera? Which is a trick, right? It finally worked out.

 

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7 indie web series that outperform their budgets

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 18:08

We all know someone who “has” a web series (and has likely asked us to contribute to their Indiegogo to fund it). While companies like YouTube and Comedy Central are committing big money producing their own digital content, there is something very special about independent web series. The lighting might be all wrong and the sound might be awkward, but the jokes and performances are there. The struggle to present a professional product can harm a great show’s potential. Laughspin has seven hilarious web series you can quickly binge that totally outperform their budgets.

A Gay Victorian Affair

A Gay Victorian Affair is like Oscar Wilde’s wet dream. It is perfect for any lover of classic literature and laugh out loud comedy. Their first season, which came out in 2018, and they are planning on making a second season. The Candian web series was self-funded by Toronto based comedian Robert Watson and the first episode amassed over 20,000 views on YouTube within a week of its launch!

Bumble Fuck

There are a lot of web series about dating based in New York City, but Bumble Fuck is really well done. Not only is the production value really high, but the performances are fun and memorable. At the end of the seven-episode season, the series will make any 20-something say, “I’ve been on a bad date like that.” Based on the dating experiences of creator Amanda Bear, the series was called by Marie Claire “a web series to ditch Netflix for.”

Distance

Distance is just really smart. Within 10 minutes, each episode is full of so much heart that it will have you laughing and crying. The series follows Emily and Sam as they struggle with a long distance relationship. The perspective of the episodes switches between the members of the couple. Each Emily-centric episode is directed by a female director, while every Sam-centric episode is directed by a man. The series was nominated for awards at SeriesFest and the Gotham Independent Film Awards. It even went to SXSW!

Blacker

After the white Addison Lovingwood is enchanted by a witch, everyone in his rapidly gentrifying New York neighborhood sees him as a black man. Addison is played by both series creators Rhett Owen and Eric Lockley. Through his newfound blackness, Blacker explores racism and privilege. Addison sees his relationship with his girlfriend, his job prospects, and his life change each episode as he searches for the witch to reverse the spell. The series is a strong commentary on race while still showcasing a lot of slapstick and absurdist humor.

Resting Pitch Face

Resting Pitch Face is a must watch for any woman in a male-dominated industry. Following a group of women working in STEM, the series highlights the everyday sexism in the industry in both real and hysterical ways. Production company Grumpy Sailor interviewed real women in STEM to get stories of workplace harassment for the series and found even more than they were originally expecting.

Diagnosis: Boring

Diagnosis: Boring walks the line between surrealism and relatability. The series follows Jess Lowry after her doctor tells her that she has a fatal case of being boring. She then tries to become more interesting. The series is a smart commentary about how millennials praise individuality and have created a need to feel unique and interesting.

Pink Slipped

Pink Slipped is a web series with a message. It takes a hard look at being Latinx in media and community organizing while also talking about the hardships of job insecurity. Pink Slipped does all that while still being funny. A lot of that has to do with a highly likable cast. The series follows three friends and is full of subplots about friendship, dating, and life in Chicago.

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Nathan Macintosh: To The Point has “infectious” energy in album we wish was longer

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 10:00

Nathan Macintosh’s To The Point rapidly explores the crazy, off-the-cuff, and always eventful life of the Nova Scotian-born comedian. The near 22-minute performance by the Positive Anger podcast host delves into lessons learned on his journey from the Great White North to our nation’s comedy clubs stages and late night talk shows.

Throughout the album, Macintosh is manic, frantic and overwhelming in his live performance. To The Point feels like drinking a half-dozen double espresso shots dunked in an extra large highly caffeinated dark roast. There are no breaks throughout this set; it’s as if he never stops to take a breath.

Overall, while the bombastic energy found within To The Point is infectious, it eventually becomes a daunting distraction and turns what would be an otherwise enjoyable experience into an exhausting labor of love.

That’s not to say that Macintosh’s efforts here are not praiseworthy. Throughout the set, in which he covers homeless drug use, Starbucks baristas, and the absurdity of the term “plus-sized,” Macintosh shoots out comedic sparks of ingenuity and intelligence befitting of a polished industry veteran. The overcharged delivery choice totally works for him.

No matter how much you love the material, To The Point’s major drawback is its length. It is way too short for a standard comedy EP. Understandable: it must be difficult maintaining such a high-octane pace in front of a live audience. Still, you’d expect to find more meat on the bones, and it’s unfortunate to find a less-than-satisfying portion on your plate for the price tag. You leave wanting more!

To The Point serves a massive shot of adrenaline that, if the body is not ready for the comedic catalyst, it may be overwhelmed from the high intensity of the moment.

Nathan Macintosh’s To The Point hits stores on March 29 via Comedy Records, available wherever comedy albums are sold.

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Pete Davidson, Kate Beckinsale public smooch fuels dating rumors

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 19:20

Sunday morning, surrounded by the smell of Long Island breath and Bud Light, Pete Davidson and Kate Beckinsale shared tongues during a Rangers game at MSG. Rumors have floated around that Davidson and Beckinsale were dating since the 2019 Golden Globes Netflix afterparty in January, where they got cozy and were seen leaving together.

There’ve been several sightings of the pair in the last two months. Beckinsale accompanied the Saturday Night Live star to Largo, a comedy venue in Los Angeles, on February 2. People noticed them holding hands while leaving.

Kate Beckinsale moves in on SNL star

Over the weekend, Beckinsale attended an SNL afterparty with Davidson wrapped in a colorful puffy jacket. On Sunday, they attended the Rangers game where they slammed lips in front of everyone—right next to Antoni Porowski from Queer Eye. Though previous sightings show the couple holding hands, this is the first time the couple displayed this level of…affection.

Fans of both Davidson and Beckinsale were confused as to how they got together. Many, like Perez Hilton, felt awkward with the amount of PDA. In a tweet, Hilton said, “Really identifying with Antoni at the moment #ThirdWheelIsNoFun”

Beckinsale has a taste for younger men. Before Davidson, she was linked to comedians Matt Rife, who is 22 years her junior, and Jack Whitehall, 30. Davidson, 25, is six years older than Beckinsale’s daughter, Lily.

Pete Davidson to Ariana Grande: thank u, next?

Davidson and Beckinsale began dating just two months after his engagement ended with pop star Ariana Grande. Grande has not acknowledged Davidson’s new romantic interest on social media as she prepeares for her “thank u, next” tour in the coming weeks. Grande named Davidson in the song “thank u, next” which talks about moving on from her exes—and it seems he is taking her advice.

Really identifying with Antoni at the moment

Stormy Daniels upset a lot of comedians with comedy club gig

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 14:55

Stormy Daniels made waves after announcing a headlining gig at Joke Joint Comedy Showcase in Houston. Comedians nationwide took offense to Daniels, who likely has never done a comedy open mic in her life, headlining a comedy club on name recognition alone.

But here’s the rub: porn stars have been headlining comedy shows for years. Bree Olson made a web series, Bree Does Comedy, about an adult film star that becomes a stand-up. Sovereign Syre made a name for herself as a dual-action comedian and porn star. Ron Jeremy does a surprising number of club sets.

The prevalence of porn stars getting up onstage makes the backlash to Stormy Daniels doing stand-up only more confusing because this isn’t a new phenomenon.

Earlier this week, Laurie Kilmartin tweeted “Doing standup is not a reward for being famous. Please leave the weekend gigs for actual female comics,” in response to Daniel’s Tour Manager, Dwayne Crawford, announcing her first stand-up show in Texas. While Kilmartin says to “leave the weekends” for actual comics, the show is an independently-produced one-nighter on a Wednesday.

Doing standup is not a reward for being famous. Please leave the weekend gigs for actual female comics. https://t.co/nR6YExAZ5d

— Laurie Kilmartin (@anylaurie16) March 3, 2019

Daniels clapped back saying that she has been writing material “for over 10 years” and that insinuated she should critique Kilmartin’s oral sex skills.

Wow!So supportive. I AM an “actual female” but I’ll never get women who just tear other women down& I know it’s not a “reward”. I’ve been writing comedy material for over 10yrs.Would you like me to critique your bj skills?Your whole foot fits in your mouth so you’ll prob do great https://t.co/HQt2FCu3sE

— Stormy Daniels (@StormyDaniels) March 3, 2019

While her clapback is wonderful, it misses a specific point. Kilmartin says, “Doing stand-up is not a reward for being famous.” Maybe it should be.

Or, at the very least, more famous people should try stand-up.

Comedy is an art form like singing or acting.

As a culture, we usually don’t get mad at actors when they try to sing. We make fun of them if they are bad, but we don’t try to bar them from trying it. We often even encourage it. Everyone can’t stop praising Bradley Cooper for singing in A Star Is Born. The same goes with singers acting—Cher won a damn Oscar.

Stand-up comedy is an art. We often act like it is not, but performing on stage, no matter what you are doing, is a type of performance art. Just like dancing or singing or acting (or stripping). We applaud celebrities who can dance and sing and act. We call them triple threats. Why can’t there be a fourth threat: comedy?

Comedy isn’t seen as a skill and as an art because we don’t treat it like one. We treat comedians as a type of people and not people who are doing a skill. By this viewpoint, people like Daniels should not do comedy because she is ‘not a comedian.’ But what makes someone a comedian? If it is just pursing and doing stand-up, then she is one.

Is Stormy Daniels a comedian?

The line between comedian and civilian isn’t a clear one. There is a feeling that someone needs to have started from nothing and put in work, but that notion is dated and rings a little false. There are a million ways to start doing stand-up, especially in today’s world. The only thing that all good comedians share is working on their craft and there are a million different ways to do that, too.

Daniels isn’t showing up at open mics, but can you blame her? Imagine what open mikers would say if she did. Doing a show is how she is working on her jokes. The first time, things might not be funny. Like all other comics, she will work it out on stage.

Crawford posted a tweet in Daniels’s defense equating telling her she can’t do stand-up would be like her telling them they can’t have sex.

Having amateur comedians tell @StormyDaniels that she can’t do stand up is like her telling them they can’t have sex. She’s been a writer longer than most of you, get over yourselves. #LieDownComedy #StandUpComedy #ComediansAreSensitive

— Dwayne Crawford (@dwaynejcrawford) March 4, 2019

Stormy Daniels could actually help comedy.

There is something really important to that. You can’t own an art. There are no walls barring entry to those who want to try an art form. Nothing is stopping me as a writer to make a porn tomorrow. Jim Carrey is painting. Rob McElhenney can learn to dance. Jack Black can sing the National Anthem. We don’t care about comedians doing other types of art because we don’t think of those types of arts as an identity.

Comedians have to realize “comedian” is not an identity—it is an art form. It is the only way for comedians to be taken more seriously and seen as artists. It is hard to legitimize an identity the same way we legitimize a career or an art form. However, if it isn’t an identity, we have to get over people who didn’t start stand-up by doing a million open mics.

Stormy Daniels is probably funnier than everyone who has ever taken a class at UCB

— Jake Flores (@feraljokes) March 4, 2019

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New Conan O’Brien podcast goes ‘inside Conan’…without Conan

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 13:36

Conan O’Brien expanded his Team Coco content over the weekend with a new behind-the-scenes podcast. Inside Conan: An Important Hollywood Podcast debuted last Friday. The new podcast is already number five on the iTunes US comedy podcast rankings as of this writing.

Inside Conan is co-hosted by two writers and producers from O’Brien’s half-hour late-night show, Conan. The podcast takes listeners “behind the pompadour” to explore “petty office dramas,” “hot celebrity green room gossip,” and “salacious stories behind” the highlights.

Conan writers lead new Conan O’Brien podcast

Every week, Mike Sweeney and Jessie Gaskell will share what it is like to work on the show. Sweeney has written for Conan for 24 years and “spent more time with Conan than his wife.” Gaskell has written for the show for five years. It’s worth noting that O’Brien is not an actual host on Inside Conan.

In a three-minute teaser episode, the writers said that they will reveal the inner-workings “behind the orange curtain.” Special insights could include how to get the correct almond milk for Tom Hanks, how talent producers “wrangle the celebrity cats,” and generally how the “late night sausage gets made.”

The podcast’s first 47-minute long episode featured guests Ben Sinclair, Jordan Schlansky, and Jose Arroyo. Schlansky is an Associate Producer for the show and Arroyo is a writer. The Team Coco crew discussed writer regrets and sections of Conan that fell flat. The podcast also included an unaired clip of O’Brien talking to Sinclair who created High Maintenance on HBO.

Team Coco ups podcast output

Conan began hosting his own podcast, Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend, in November. That podcast is “a weekly opportunity for Conan to hang out with the people he enjoys most and perhaps find some real friendship along the way.” Within just a few months, O’Brien has already had intimate conversations with notable guests such as Adam Sandler, Bill Burr, Will Ferrell, Marc Maron, and Stephen Colbert.

O’Brien released a five-minute long teaser episode to describe the new podcast. He explained that the writers are “brutally honest” about his everyday life and will probably talk about his “humiliating” “foibles.”

Conan fans can listen to the new podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts.

ICYMI: “Inside Conan: An Important Hollywood Podcast” is a new and disgusting-sounding podcast that takes listeners behind the scenes at #CONAN. Listen @ https://t.co/bEuZSws4sL pic.twitter.com/XtduDJPwxE

— Team Coco (@TeamCoco) March 3, 2019

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John Mulaney’s SNL throwback photos give behind-the-scenes glimpse

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 10:00

John Mulaney got sentimental leading up to his SNL return Saturday night. Last week, Mulaney started posting pictures from his old Saturday Night Live days—and it is as charming as you would think it would be.

SNL ratings rise with John Mulaney as host

The Big Mouth star wrote for SNL for six seasons after auditioning for the show in 2008. Mulaney hosted the show for the first time last year and having him back on the show so quickly turned out to be a smart move. Saturday night’s episode delivered the second-highest ratings of the season, tying the Halsey-hosted episode from February. In fact, SNL was the #1 telecast of the night on broadcast television.

The ratings might have come from Mulaney’s promotion in the week leading up to the show. He posted photos that showed snippets of his time writing for SNL. In one photo, he slumps at his desk during a late night writing session with Andy Samberg.

Writing with Andy Samberg@nbcsnl 2011 pic.twitter.com/yP0FHAKXrs

— John Mulaney (@mulaney) March 2, 2019

Mulaney is one of only three former SNL writers who came back to host. The other two are Larry David and Conan O’Brien. Mulaney shared a photo with David backstage for the 40th anniversary of the show.

Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary rehearsal with @JerrySeinfeld & Larry David. JERRY: “Larry, you goin to the after party?”
LARRY: “No.”
February 15, 2015 pic.twitter.com/ZOSEV3i1M4

— John Mulaney (@mulaney) March 1, 2019

The morning after Mulaney’s second SNL hosting gig, he tweeted a photo explaining the origins of that wild toilet bowl commercial. Apparently, Mulaney’s been trying to get Lorne’s approval for the sketch since 2009.

Simon Rich and Marika Sawyer and I wrote together every week for four years. In 2009 we wrote “Toilet Death Ejector.” It was cut twice. Here’s us in 2019 (with a chimp puppet) We wrote Whats That Name and brought it back tonight too. They’re the greatest friends and writers ever. pic.twitter.com/KzQFRst1Cy

— John Mulaney (@mulaney) March 3, 2019

John Mulaney hypes hosting gig with throwback photos

Mulaney also shared photos of when he was pulled out of the writers’ room to be used as a stock photo model for sketches—even if his face didn’t make it into the show.

“Rowboat” was a band mentioned once in one sketch but they needed a photo. Me @ColinJost @ShutupLutz and Kenan Thompson obliged. 2008. pic.twitter.com/CPMELiAOcx

— John Mulaney (@mulaney) March 2, 2019

One commenter revealed that Will Forte replaced him in the final version of a ‘graduation’ shot.

this photo was taken for an SNL sketch that I don’t recall but it’s very possible I was used as a stand in to have someone else photoshopped over me. 2009-2011? pic.twitter.com/zLUMLPLNzj

— John Mulaney (@mulaney) March 1, 2019

Mulaney also retweeted an SNL video explaining one of the fan favorite sketches from when he hosted in 2018.

Presenting…

Saturday Night Live recap: John Mulaney should always host SNL

Sun, 03/03/2019 - 12:47

John Mulaney is great and this week he made Saturday Night Live great. After spending six seasons as a writer, Mulaney is very at home at Studio 8H. He was wonderful when he hosted SNL last April and the Big Mouth star is always a treat when he pops back in (for example, to review The Mule). Mulaney really elevates SNL whenever he comes back and, while there were some misfires on this week’s show, his energy and commitment set the gold standard for hosts. As always, Laughspin is breaking down what you need to watch (and what you can skip) with our SNL Star scale!

SNL Cold Open

This week’s cold open was simply too long. Clocking in at almost 10 minutes, this sketch feels even longer than that. While it has its moments, the cold open is more star-studded than it is funny. Ben Stiller and Bill Hader appear as Michael Cohen and Jim Jordan, respectively, during last week’s Michael Cohen testimony. Kate McKinnon is also funny in this sketch, but she comes in so late that you will already be asking yourself, “When is this thing over?”

John Mulaney SNL Monologue

Much like the cold open, Mulaney’s monologue was lengthy for SNL—but it was great. Mulaney did a tight eight minutes of stand-up that will leave you thinking, “Why doesn’t a comedian always host this show?” Honestly, Mulaney should host every week. He is such a great stand-up, we named his 2018 Netflix special, Kid Gorgeous, the sixth-best special of the year!

Chad Horror Movie

Chad is one of those characters that the SNL writers use often. If someone isn’t falling in love with him, he’s learning a new truth about himself. The character has never had much to say by design, making it important that the other person in the scene is funny and engaging. This sketch is just ok, but Mulaney’s knock-off Scream character makes this sketch. Without him, this Chad sketch would be less than okay. Even with him, it’s average in the myriad of Chad sketches.

What’s That Name?

Hader’s return sees him reprise his role in this iconic game show. SNL does a lot of game show bits, but What’s That Name? is one of the more remembered ones of the past decade. A lot of that has to do with Hader. The feminist take and end of this sketch make it better than the original What’s That Name? from five years ago.

Bodega Toilet

This is the spiritual sequel to Diner Lobster. However, this one doesn’t capture the magic of the original Diner Lobster sketch. Part of the reason this sketch doesn’t work as well as the first one is, while every diner has lobster on the menu, New Yorkers know that bodegas don’t have bathrooms. If you ask for a bathroom at a bodega, they will usually say they don’t have one—even if you watch someone leave the bathroom as you’re told this. Also, the music is not as good as the original. While the sketch is funny, it doesn’t do a good enough job as a follow up to hold it’s six-minute run time.

Legal Shark Tank

Legal Shark Tank is actually a great pitch for a real show. However, this sketch suffers from some issues. One is an interstitial of Celino & Barnes. Not only is the reference super New York-specific, but it doesn’t really fit into the rest of the sketch. The other issue with this sketch is the editing. No one watches SNL for the editing and, usually, it isn’t something you would even think about. However, the editing of this sketch is distracting. The best editing goes unnoticed, but when it is bad, it really detracts from the sketch.

Toilet Death Ejector

It is surprising that they hired real elderly people for this sketch, but the rest is a typical SNL parody commercial. The physical comedy really makes this one hilarious. It is one of two toilet sketches in this episode and, while the other one will get more attention, this is the funnier one.

SNL Weekend Update

The best part of this week’s shorter-than-usual Weekend Update is McKinnon and Aidy Bryant’s strange meat joke. Their characters own a farm. When they come out with a box of meat, everyone breaks. It can be annoying when cast members break too much, but seeing McKinnon break feels like a treat.

To Have and Have Not

This reviewer has seen the film To Have and Have Not, but it is unclear if this sketch is funny without seeing the original film. The only real joke here is the Lauren Bacall character, played by McKinnon, doesn’t know how to whistle. It is hysterical, but you might need to have seen the original scene to get the context of this sketch. Especially since some parts are shot-for-shot.

Cha Cha Slide

This sketch is haunting. What does it mean? Are the greater social implications and commentary going unstated? What is happening in this sketch? You will find yourself asking all these questions, but more importantly, you will be laughing. There is so much going on in this final sketch of the night, but at its base level, it is Mulaney dancing at an all-black wedding. How could that not be hilarious?

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Late night round-up: Mo Welch, Colin Quinn

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 19:34

Not a lot of stand-up on the late night shows this week. Mo Welch made a solid late night stand-up debut on Conan where she reminds everyone how weird it is to be from Normal, Illinois. Certainly worth a watch. Colin Quinn popped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert this week. Quinn did not do any stand-up, but he did give us a taste of his new one-man show Red State Blue State. From a couch, he gives some examples of how this country got so polarized. We tossed it into our round-up this week so you had a little more to watch while figuring out an excuse to not go out this weekend.

And, hey, if this wasn’t enough for you, go check out our other late night round-ups.

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Late Night with Seth Meyers Late Show with Stephen Colbert Late Late Show with James Corden Jimmy Kimmel Live! Conan

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Bill Maher PETA video attacks Canada Goose-wearing “hipster douches”

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 18:56

Bill Maher has a new rule: Don’t be that person wearing Canada Goose. In a special New Rules segment for PETA, Maher calls out “hipster douches” and “hipsterazzis” who insist on wearing jackets sporting the fur and feathers of tortured coyotes and geese.

“New rule: No more douches. I mean the hipster douches who piss away $1,000 on a Canada Goose parka and the hipsterazzi who max out their credit cards to look like them,” Maher states.

The HBO host informs viewers that, in order to make the fur-lined hoods, trappers crush and mangle coyotes in steel traps that are so painful and indiscriminate that they’re banned in more than 85 countries. Maher says of the jackets, “But this shitty outfit isn’t content to kill coyotes. It stuffs its jackets with the down feathers of geese it also murders. Referencing a disturbing video PETA says was shot at a Canada Goose down supplier, Maher says, “They’re grabbed by the neck, stepped on, and crammed into crates so crowded they make clown cars look like Cadillacs.”

“Don’t wear Canada Goose, “ Maher prompts. “Only a douche does that.”

Bill Maher continues tango with controversies

Maher’s video is part of a larger PETA campaign to inform consumers about Canada Goose. This isn’t the first time that the Real Time host has called out injustice. From golden retrievers being bred to develop muscular dystrophy to the deer being hunted at his alma mater, Cornell University, Maher rarely shies away from speaking out.

Though Maher tells his audience not to be a douche, the Religulous star is frequently at the center of controversy himself. People on both sides of the political aisle have taken offense at things said on the perennially Emmy-nominated talk show. Liberals have not appreciated his attack on social justice warriors and conservatives still supporting President Donald Trump do not take kindly to his constant criticisms of the current administration.

Canada Goose vs. PETA battle continues

Canada Goose has stated it doesn’t believe trapping is inherently cruel. “We believe all animals are entitled to humane treatment in life and death, and we are deeply committed to the ethical sourcing and responsible use of all animal materials in our products,” reads a statement on the company website.

PETA has been campaigning against Canada Goose and other wild animal exploitation. The company states, “We do not condone any willful mistreatment, neglect or acts that maliciously cause animals undue suffering.” Canada Goose says it recognizes the option to wear fur as a “personal choice” and that they respect that.

Maher’s video sheds light on the unlawful mistreatment of animals for vanity purposes. He ends the segment saying, “Moral of the story: don’t be that person who wears the fur and feathers of tortured animals. You won’t look cool—you’ll look cold.”

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John Mulaney is really bad at SNL auditions in promo video

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 17:33

John Mulaney returns to Saturday Night Live this weekend to host for a second time. On Wednesday, the show released a promo video in which the Kid Gorgeous comedian reveals that he auditioned to appear on the Saturday night sketch show 44 times. This may be an exaggeration.

Viewers are treated to a compilation of auditions spanning from the Not Ready For Prime Time Players days to a 2004 trial of celebrity impressions. In his first ‘audition’, the Big Mouth star states, “This is my first, and I assume, only audition,” before rattling off an awful mix of celebrity impressions in an attempt to impress Lorne Michaels.

The SNL promo goes on to feature impressions of John Travolta in Lord of the Rings, Barbra Streisand doing Jaws, and an original bit, The Brunch Club.

Kenan Thompson: John Mulaney is ageless.

SNL cast members Cecily Strong and Kenan Thompson try to help Mulaney with his auditions but to no avail. Thompson says of the comedian’s numerous auditions over the span of several decades, “He never seems to age. I mean, he’s either, like, a fresh 31 or a stale 76.”

In the end, Mulaney says that eventually, Michaels pulled him aside. “We don’t need whatever it is you are.”

Having hosted once before in 2018, Mulaney was originally hired as a writer back in 2008. Mulaney says of this week’s show, “I think if I host well for a second time, I’m gonna get another audition.”

John Mulaney a busy star after SNL

Mulaney is a busy guy these days. The Emmy Award-winning writer and prolific stand-up comedian made the Laughspin top 20 stand-up specials list with his Netflix special Kid Gorgeous. He and friend Nick Kroll wrote and starred in a hit Broadway play Oh, Hello—now available on Netflix—and the two created a sex education sensation with their animated series Big Mouth, also on Netflix. After starring in the Oscar-winning Marvel movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Mulaney still has time to go on tour with/keep an eye on SNL’s Pete Davidson.

Saturday Night Live returns March 2 with musical guest singer/songwriter Thomas Rhett.

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Muslim-American comedian sues neo-Nazi site for over $1 million

Thu, 02/28/2019 - 16:09

SiriusXM host and Muslim-American comedian Dean Obeidallah is close to winning his libel lawsuit against neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer and its founder, Andrew Anglin…but mostly because the neo-Nazi didn’t show up last year. Obeidallah has yet to see any money from the suit. Last week, his attorneys applied for a default judgment in an Ohio federal court for $250,000 in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages from the neo-Nazi siterunner.

The Daily Stormer claims comedian responsible for Manchester bombing

Obeidallah alleged that Anglin and his fellow white supremacist and neo-Nazi associates, under his Ohio-based label Moonbase Holdings, LLC, had launched a smear campaign against him due to his identity as a Muslim-American. Anglin and his team of neo-Nazi writers claimed repeatedly on social media and The Daily Stormer that Obeidallah was a “terrorist.”

In particular, they named Obeidallah as the mastermind behind the tragic bombing at Manchester Arena during an Ariana Grande concert in May 2017. Neo-Nazi “activists” falsified tweets and other reports in articles about the bombing, faked to look as though the radio host was taking responsibility for the tragedy. Attempts to serve Anglin with the suit failed, and Obeidallah won by default.

Muslim-American comedian uses platform to combat ignorance

The New York-based stand-up, a former lawyer and current CNN Opinion and Daily Beast columnist, was the first Muslim-American to host a national radio show. He has worked with and interviewed comedy and TV greats from Lewis Black and David Cross to Jon Stewart and Rachel Maddow. Obeidallah frequently uses his platform to champion Muslim-Americans and Arab-Americans in comedy. He produced The Muslim Funny Fest, stand-up comedy festival for Muslim-Americans in 2017. He also co-produced and co-directed The Muslims Are Coming!, a documentary that examined prejudice and ignorance about Islam.

It’s because of this history, Obeidallah believes, that neo-Nazi extremists targeted him. In his court filing last week, he says, “The emotional harm and anguish that I suffered as a result of the [article] was especially damaging because it undermined the dedication that I have shown to improving the image of Muslims and Arab-Americans in American culture.”

Though Obeidallah is Anglin’s most public opponent, he isn’t the white supremacist’s only one. Anglin is embroiled in two other legal battles with people who say he and other neo-Nazi extremists targeted them with racist and anti-Semitic threats and doxxing campaigns.

Obeidallah, who’s represented by Muslim Advocates, will find out about the fate of his filing in a few weeks.

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine renewed at NBC

Thu, 02/28/2019 - 12:11

NBC seems happy with their decision to pick up Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The network renewed the popular cop sitcom for a seventh season on Wednesday. Season 7 will be Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s second season at NBC.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine aired five seasons at Fox before the network curiously canceled the cult comedy led by Andy Samberg, Melissa Fumero, and Stephanie Beatriz. Fox cited low ratings, but fans lost their minds on social media, enough so that just one day later NBC flew in to save the day.

NBC gambles—and wins—with Brooklyn Nine-Nine

The series has brought in solid ratings among adults 18-49, that crucial demographic that makes or breaks the fate of most TV shows. The award-winning comedy averaged 3.9 million viewers, an increase from its numbers at Fox last year. That probably explains why NBC quickly added five more episodes to its original 13-episode order.

“It’s been one of our great joys as a network to give Brooklyn Nine-Nine a second life,” said Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, Co-Presidents of Scripted Programming at NBC Entertainment. “Cheers to Dan Goor, Mike Schur, [executive prodcuers] Luke Del Tredici and David Miner, and our amazing cast and crew who each week turn New York’s finest into New York’s funniest.”

In true #Brooklyn99 fashion, we waited 9 seconds to tell them the good news.

Alex Jones on Joe Rogan podcast: “I’m kind of retarded.”

Thu, 02/28/2019 - 11:13

Joe Rogan invited Alex Jones back onto his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, for the 1255th episode—and it got weird. The nearly five-hour podcast live streamed on YouTube and currently has over 1 million views. Clips of the podcast appeared all over social media in real time and people are raising their eyes at the content.

The InfoWars host returned to the podcast after his first appearance back in February of 2017. “We decided to do another podcast. We cleared the air on the phone and decided to clear it more on a podcast,” Rogan stated at the top of the show.

He told Jones on the podcast, “I told you a long time ago that I would have you back on and, in the interest of being completely honest, I was hesitant to do it. Not because I didn’t want to talk to you, but just because the amount of bullshit that I get from people who get angry that you and I are friends.” He continued, “You and I have always had a good time together…our only problems are when you are talking about me or if I am talking about you, not about when we are talking to each other. It’s the distance that has been the problem.”

Alex Jones finally admits Sandy Hook was real

The episode started with the two discussing Jones’s very controversial take on the school shooting at Sandy Hook and other mass shootings. Jones tried to distance himself from the perception that he was “the Sandy Hook guy,” even though he is currently being sued by the victims’ families. He even said to Rogan he now believes that “Sandy Hook was real.”

After talking about how conspiracies and schizophrenia are linked, Jones distanced himself from his conspiracy theorist reputation. “I have my own mild psychosis,” said the conservative talk show host. Jones credits his distancing himself from other theorists by being on the receiving end of theories, including claims that people think he’s Bill Hicks in disguise. He later called himself “kind of retarded.” A clip of this made it to Twitter and was quickly spread and reposted numerous times.

the soundbite to last generations

Alex Jones: “look here’s the thing, I’m gonna be honest with you, I’m kind of retarded” pic.twitter.com/VLHVB9jII3

— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) February 27, 2019

Joe Rogan Experience episode pushes bizarre conspiracy theories

While Jones originally walked back on his identity as a conspiracy theorist, later in the podcast, he brought up some wild theories of his own. Jones, who is banned from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other platforms, told Rogan all about how the USA government secretly runs Mexico as a lab.

This just got pretty racist: Alex Jones is on the Joe Rogan show and just casually claimed (Rogan just enjoying himself) that the government runs Mexico like a lab because Native Americans “genetically” go into groupthink pretty fast and therefore are easier to “mind control” pic.twitter.com/e0W5rkUlel

— cristina lópez g. (@crislopezg) February 27, 2019

It is not only what Jones said that came off as unhinged. It is also the way he said it at times. He becomes emotional in several parts of the stream and almost cried over children he had in a distant past life starving to death. (We told you it got weird.)

Alex Jones getting emotional about his kids starving to death in a past life pic.twitter.com/ojxi8htXgB

— Mark Readings (@MarkReadings) February 28, 2019

In another clip, he starts screaming at Eddie Bravo about late-term abortions and won’t let Bravo tell him that his take is just another conspiracy theory. Live viewers clipped out these bizarre moments and quickly posted on social media. Both Alex Jones and Joe Rogan trended on Twitter for hours.

IM CRYINGGGG LMFAOOOOOOOO!!!!BRO THIS IS THE BEST JOE ROGAN PODCAST YET! ALEX JONES IS HILARIOUS!!! pic.twitter.com/ovuafsrJEc

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Final Brody Stevens podcast will ‘push positivity’ in live stream today

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 14:40

All Things Comedy is streaming one last episode of the highly celebrated Brody Stevens Podcast Festival of Friendship following the comedian’s passing last week. The broadcast will feature a special rotating panel of comedy friends sharing stories.

Previous guests on Festival Of Friendship include Duncan Trussell, Jeffrey Baldinger, and sports legend Alan Jaeger. The podcast was famous for Brody Stevens candidly discussing depression but also baseball, apple cider vinegar and everything in between.

One of the best things about comedy is its ability to celebrate life, stress, friendship, and unity through shared passions and discussions. Stevens and his Festival Of Friendship were a shining example of this. It is a podcast that celebrated the good, the bad, and the ugly in life through Stevens’s unique comedic lens. Each episode was a journey in and of itself shared with Stevens and his guests. With his death, the podcast ends but the final episode will stream live today.

Stevens was a beloved figure of the LA comedy scene. Court McCown and Eric Oligny will be among the guest list. In his tweet, Oligny pledged that Stevens’ closest friends would be there “pushing positivity” in true Brody Stevens style. He also promised one last round of the popular Baseball card game that was a staple of Festival of Friendship.

Tune in between 2:00-4:00 p.m. PST today to the All Things Comedy Facebook Page to witness the last bit of magic for yourself.

We are celebrating the great Brody Stevens life with the final ‘Festival of Friendship’ live on the ATC Facebook page Wednesday 2pm (PT) @allthingscomedy with all of his closest pals pushing positivity & yes there will be a final Baseball Catd Game. pic.twitter.com/H43UfofXIE

— Eric Oligny (@EricOligny) February 25, 2019

 

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