• Josh Gondelman is Dancing on a Weeknight and in our hearts (Review)

    Comedian Josh Gondelman is an eternal optimist. In fact, he sees the world through rose-colored glasses and only expects to die, as his friend puts it, after falling “off a Ferris wheel trying to catch a falling star.” That kind of jubilant, self-elevating humor prevails throughout the Massachusetts-born comic’s third comedy album, Dancing on a Weeknight. Gondelman is charming and intelligent, engaging with the focus of his material, and overall,

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    Lashonda Lester shines one last time in posthumous album Shondee Superstar

    In 2017, Lashonda Lester was riding a wave of stand-up superstardom. She was viewed as the Queen of Austin Comedy and the Funniest Person in Austin for 2016. Lester was opening shows for Marc Maron and was set to star in her own Comedy Central special. However, tragedy struck on April 6 of that same year when Lester, 41, died due to complications of a chronic kidney disease. Fans and

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    SNL recap: Emma Stone is wasted on subpar sketches

    Emma Stone came back to SNL for her fourth time as host. Stone’s first time hosting was in 2010 and in the nine years since she has become a hosting fave. While Stone has a lot of experience on the SNL stage, the episode might have belonged to BTS. The show referenced the super popular K-Pop boy band a lot. The screams from the audience every time BTS was mentioned

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    Chris Redd: But Here We Are is sharp and hilarious, but brief

    Comedian Chris Redd begins his debut album But Here We Are with a thunderous rebel yell and a warm greeting to those who were in attendance at Comedy on State comedy club in Madison, WI. “Hello white people,” he says. “I see you are still doing well.” After laughing, he adds, “That is not how I thought I was going to start this but here we are.” It is an introduction that

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    SNL recap: Kit Harington let loose hosting Saturday Night Live

    Kit Harington took a break from promoting the final season of Game of Thrones to host SNL. The ‘King of the North’ was almost unrecognizable on Saturday Night Live without his trademark beard and hair. Harington overall did a good job as a host. He somehow blended into many of the sketches and, in some, you forget that he was just a special guest. This episode will have you laughing,

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    Jim Breuer: Live from Portland reminds you not to sleep on this comedy great

    When fans of stand-up are often asked to name who stands memorialized on their fictional Mount Rushmore of Comedy, many select a varying combination of superstars: George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Ellen DeGeneres, Sam Kinison, Dave Chappelle, Eddie Murphy, Garry Shandling, Joan Rivers, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock. But one name often overlooked during the deliberation process is Jim Breuer. The Saturday Night Live alum, whose memorable characters and spot-on impressions graced

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    SNL recap: Sandra Oh makes writing a cheque an Emmy-worthy performance

    Sandra Oh stopped by SNL to host for her first time Saturday night. Oh became just the third Asian woman to host the show in its 44 seasons. While most of the time, Oh was confined to playing the straight woman, she got to step out and showcase herself in a couple of sketches. The Killing Eve star generally seemed a little nervous throughout the show but seemed to try

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    Emma Arnold: Abortion. Abortion. Abortion. does nothing new with old topics

    There’s a peculiar feeling that comes with listening to the latest Emma Arnold stand-up album, Abortion. Abortion. Abortion., and it has little to do with her triumvirate use of the titular medical procedure. When someone tells a story in a distinctive and enthralling way, they will captivate an audience no matter how familiar the tale or how much they expect the endgame. With Arnold’s latest offering, it seems she prepares

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    Ryan Cownie a future superstar in debut comedy album

    When first looking at the tracklist for Ryan Cownie’s debut album I Can’t Die, one could easily say, “What am I getting into here?” After all, the digital set starts with a track titled Titties, an enthusiastic rally cry by Cownie for the audience to audibly confirm their overwhelming love for women’s breasts followed by his condemnation of their overtly sexist reactions. Yet, as you dive deeper into the despondent

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    Bill Maher: Live From Oklahoma makes even right-wingers laugh

    To call Bill Maher “politically incorrect” would be an understatement. In fact, the Real Time with Bill Maher host wears the title like a badge of honor. In his 11th HBO stand-up special, Live From Oklahoma, Maher pushes boundaries to new limits, exploring a few “new rules” and some familiar ones tackled on his long running HBO talk show. He targets the hot button issues found in current events, including the

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    SNL recap: Watch Idris Elba crush it on Saturday Night Live

    Thes new Idris Elba Netflix comedy, Turn Up Charlie, debuts March 15. This week, the Wire star hosted Saturday Night Live to show off his comedic chops. It was Elba’s first time hosting the Saturday Night sketch show and he threw himself into it, doing a variety of characters and accents. The show had a lot of sketches that featured social commentary and current events this week—with a few twists.

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

    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

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    Saturday Night Live recap: John Mulaney should always host SNL

    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

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    Album Review: Mike Bocchetti takes on the Rodney Dangerfield mantle in Thank You!

    After hearing the comedy of Mike Bocchetti for the first time, you might wonder “What’s the catch?” After all, he is not your typical stand-up despite being a veteran of the industry (he started performing in 1992). In fact, when the “Shakespeare of Staten Island” reached national recognition as a frequent guest of Opie and Anthony throughout the past decade, the hosts and their listeners often laughed at him and

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    Album Review: Sara Schaefer soothes the soul in Live Laugh Love

    When you first look at the cover art for Sara Schaefer’s second comedy album Live Laugh Love, you would think you were about to listen to an Elizabeth Gilbert-esque sage tell the story of how she embarked on an internal, spiritual breakthrough that’s universally relatable to a wide audience. However, after listening to the Virginia-born comedian’s hour-long set, you will experience something more enjoyable and possibly more soothing for the

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