• Natasha Leggero, Morgan Murphy developing Ratchet at CBS

    Another period might begin for Natasha Leggero at CBS. Leggero is writing Ratchet with comedian Morgan Murphy. The multi-camera comedy centers on Jessica Ratchet, played by Leggero, who must start a new life and make new friends after her rich fiancé dies suddenly, leaving her to fend for herself. Leggero is poised to wrap her Comedy Central series Another Period in 2019. Ratchet gives her a chance to continue leading

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    New season of John Oliver’s New York Standup Show will feature W. Kamau Bell, Paul F. Tompkins, Reggie Watts, more!

    Dear, readers in the New York tri-state area: Cancel your evening plans from June 3rd to June 5th (Instant Netflix will still be there when you get home) because John Oliver will be taping the fourth season of Comedy Central’s John Oliver’s New York Standup Show at Webster Hall and you can be there as a witness. Tickets are available through The Black List NYC. There will be three shows

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    Ray Romano, Marc Maron and more to perform for government watchdog charity

    Come on out to laugh for the EveryMan… well, at least if you’re going to be in the Beverly Hills area this Sunday. The consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen is holding its annual ‘Stand Up For Main Street’ benefit. According to its website, “the Washington D.C.-based watchdog group is a champion of the public interest, representing citizens’ rights before [Capital Hill].” Basically, the group tries to make sure that you

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    Jim Norton, Morgan Murphy, more to roast Oscars on newly launched TweetRoast

    For years, Twitter has been an excellent platform for professional and amateur comedians alike to make their quips seen in 140 characters or less. The concept of live-Tweeting an event, especially, has become an esoteric art form. To prove it, you need to look no further than the deluge of hilarious comedian-generated Tweets from last night’s Republican Presidential debate in Arizona, which aired live on CNN. And come this Sunday,

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    Women In Comedy Festival accepting comedian submissions (Video)

    You guys. The 4th Annual Women In Comedy Festival is going down March 21 through 25 next year in Boston. I’m letting you know for two reasons. The first, is that I got a chance to check out the fest last year and based on my experience, I believe that, if you live within a few hundred miles of the Greater Boston area and you enjoy laughing, you should get

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    Video: Backstage with Morgan Murphy, Jen Kirkman, Kristen Schaal

    Over the weekend, I dropped by the Women in Comedy Festival, which was going down in Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts. The third annual event, which ran from March 9 – 13 hosted comedy panels, workshops and of course shows– lots of shows covering stand-up, sketch and improv. On Saturday, headliners Morgan Murphy, Jen Kirkman and Kristen Schaal (with sketch partner Kurt Braunohler) did two shows in Cambridge at the Brattle

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    Morgan Murphy, Kristen Schaal, more headline Women in Comedy Festival

    Morgan Murphy, punks!

    Hey, New England comedy fans! Boston’s Women in Comedy Festival is around the corner, and they’ve just released the lineup and schedule for the event. Some of the many performers include sketch duo Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler, Jen Kirkman and Morgan Murphy. And, if you’re interested in the nitty-gritty underbelly of comedic performance – how to break into the field, how to

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    Rob Delaney is Naked and Bloody: Post-show video interview

    Last night, I had the chance to check out comedian Rob Delaney’s one-man show Naked and Bloody; it went down at a packed house at the UCB in New York City. Delaney’s been performing his show around his base in Los Angeles. But this was the first time he brought the show to the East Coast. As you could probably surmise from the title of the show, Delaney dips into

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    Denis Leary putting out book of tweets; good Twitter comedians are not

    Denis Leary is adding to the already giant stack of books written by comedians in 2010. In what feels like a strictly money making project, the comedian and actor has compiled his funnier tweets, had someone create illustrations around some of them and packaged them in hardcover book form. Though in his defense, in his web video promoting the book (see below) he does admit it’s more of a “comedy

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    Comedian and Fallon writer Morgan Murphy breaks 'Lost' world record

    Comedian and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon writer, Morgan Murphy set a World Record for answering the most questions about the show Lost in two minutes. The twist is that the record she broke applied only to someone who’s never seen the show. She accomplished this feat at a World Record Appreciation Society event held at Joe’s Pub in New York City on May 25, answering a total of 19

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    Michael Ian Black, Doug Benson and more launch WitStream

    WitStream, the new Twitter-like site that focuses on the tweets of comedians, enjoyed a festive launch on Monday night at Comix in New York City. Michael Ian Black, who co-founded the site, hosted the show. He was also on-hand throughout, critiquing the live feed of his peers’ WitSream one-liners from a laptop at the side of the stage. He also gave the best explanation of WitStream I’ve heard so far:

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    Michael Ian Black launches site for Twitter comedians

    Nothing hits the spot like a snappy one liner. Twitter, with its 140 character or less update system, has become the go-to spot for comedy fans to get frequently updated content from their favorite comedians. The only problem is, you have to sift through an awful lot of boring Tweets to get to the good stuff. Comedian and sitcom star Michael Ian Black has tackled this problem with a new

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    Morgan Murphy: The evolution of a comedy mind

    Former Jimmy Kimmel show writer and current scribe for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Morgan Murphy recently uprooted her life as a well-respected comedy upstart in the Los Angeles comedy scene to head to New York. But will the East Coast embrace her quirky sensibilities? Yes, they will. But read the story anyway. After making a name for herself in comedy at a young age with a writing gig at

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    Alternative Comedy Festival hits Boston; will Beantown ever laugh the same?

    Check out exclusive photos of AltCom by Rob Turbovsky here. What the hell is alternative comedy? That seemed to be the question posed by AltCom — that is the Alternative Comedy Festival in Boston, or near Boston, really — or at least the question I posed to festival director Brian Joyce ad infinitum. After both nights of the festival at the Somerville Theatre this weekend, I’m still not sure how

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