Addy Najera Is Just Trying to Have Some Fun

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.

Hell Yes Fest is Cracking Up

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.

Just Say Hell Yes

"Come up with a cool name like Hand Bomb, Water Park, The Language. These would also be cool band names."

For The New Movement Theater's Chris Trew, if your improv comedy troupe's name could be mistaken for that of a band on Secretly Canadian Records, you could be good. It's not a completely reliable tell, but it's accurate enough, and survey of the improv groups that will perform at this year's Hell Yes Fest in New Orleans reveals many such groups: CB Radio, Shipwrecked!, Personality Plus and The Green Team to name a few. 

Trew Stories

“I’m an expert at the sport of air sex,” Chris Trew announced by way of introduction when he appeared earlier this summer on America’s Got Talent. Then, while a slow jam played, the heavily bearded Trew licked and caressed a woman’s body, only there was no body there.