On Monday, August 15, Comedy Central canceled The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. The half-hour comedy news series wasn’t on a break when Comedy Central president Kent Alderman broke the news, though. The staff was working on upcoming shows including that day’s, so the stars and staff were in the rare position of having a final week to write and perform even though they knew they were done.
Tonight, Addy Najera will record her first comedy album, Isn’t This Fun. It’s not something she’s dreamed of, though. Najera has no fond recollections of memorizing Steve Martin routines from A Wild and Crazy Guy, or of having new worlds opened to her while listening to albums by George Carlin, Joan Rivers, Sam Kinison or Margaret Cho.
The stereotype of stand-up comedians is that they’re neurotic messes. The game show structure behind Comedy Central’s @Midnight seems to heighten the stand-up contestants’ antic qualities, and NPR’s Linda Holmes affectionately described comedian Marc Maron as “an open wound”—a phrasing he might not choose but an emotional assessment he doesn’t deny.
[Updated] For the fourth annual Hell Yes Festival, The New Movement has raised its profile. Huka Entertainment has joined the stand-up and improv comedy crew to help it make this year’s festival more of an event when it takes place October 1-11.
My Spilt Milk picks the week's favorites, including Stooges Brass Band, Drake, Lee Fields, Flux Pavillion, The Head and the Heart, Bonobo, big laughs at Hell Yes Fest, the release party for "Roll With It," and a festival for the ladies.
Comedian, musician, actress. Megan Simon is all three, and ever since high school, people have been well-aware of that. “The Yearbook staff came up to me and said, ‘Hey Megan, you won two superlatives and you have to pick one: ‘Most Likely to Win a Grammy’ and ‘Most Likely to Win an Oscar.’ I chose the Oscar,” she says.
“When I have free time, I text strangers.” This might seem like an usual hobby, but for stand-up comedian Theo Von, founder of the absurd and amusing CrankTexts website, it’s one of several hobbies that has brought him success. Von takes the phone numbers of friends, switches up a few numbers, and starts a conversation. His website features photos of the resulting text messages. “I’ve texted around 30,000 numbers at this point,” Von says.