NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — An audience member called 911 on an Egyptian-American comedian who made a joke about being of Middle Eastern descent.
The caller called police Sunday, one day after Ahmed...
Jimmy Kimmel to open comedy club in Las Vegas in 2019
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jimmy Kimmel will see a dream come true when he opens a comedy club next spring in Las Vegas where he will make regular appearances and give up-and-coming comics a chance to hone their talents.
The late-night talk show host joined casino giant Caesars Entertainment in announcing plans Wednesday for the newest comedy club in Sin City.
Roseanne: ‘I gave them the bullet to shoot me with’
PHOENIX (AP) — Ken Jeong's medical degree is nothing to laugh at.
The comedian's training came in handy Saturday when an audience member began having a seizure while Jeong was performing at a comedy club in Phoenix.
The actor's representative, Michelle Margolis, confirmed reports that the 48-year-old Jeong and an emergency medical technician in the audience helped the woman until paramedics arrived. She was taken to a hospital. There was no immediate word on the woman's identity or condition.
Brad Trackman is making tracks. The comedian, who has been seen on Comedy Central, is headed to the Treehouse Comedy Club in Westport, where he’ll perform on Saturday, April 14.
Trackman, who headlines the show, has appeared on such television programs as “Comics Unleashed” and “Gotham Comedy Live.” He has also opened for Dana Carvey, Weird Al Yankovic and the late Robin Williams, among others.
Development of the Stress Factory comedy club is nearing a conclusion with opening day less than a month away, according to owner Vinnie Brand. With his eyes set on an April 14 opening day, Brand said he is looking forward to “bringing the funny” to the growing nightlife scene in downtown Bridgeport at 167 State St.
“Downtown Bridgeport is about to just explode with the residents and the shops and our comedy club and the beer hall. It’s a really great area,” Brand said.
If there’s one thing Ron Bennington knows, it’s the ins and outs of comedy. He used to be a comedy club owner, but now is a comedian and radio talk show host who has interviewed such artists as Wanda Sykes and Jimmy Fallon.
Bennington broadcasts internationally on SiriusXM satellite radio. Through his two radio shows, “Ron Bennington Interviews” and “Unmasked,” he explores the craft of creativity with people who are renowned in their fields.
Carie Karavas grew up in Bethpage, L.I., and originally wanted to be a makeup artist, working in film and television.
She went to Los Angeles to train for her dream job in 1985, but wound up taking a detour. It was a pretty big one, too, landing her right on center stage rather than behind the scenes.
Just because a man likes his clothes to fit, doesn’t mean he’s gay. Jordan Carlos points out such things in his stand-up shows, for those who might be wondering.
He also talks about dealing with thugs, and shares childhood tales about growing up in the suburbs of Dallas, where his friends included a bunch of bullies.
If those tales are true — sometimes it’s hard to tell with him — it’s a good thing he moved away.
Spokane comedian Michael Glatzmaier turns suggestions into songs
The first time Spokane comedian Michael Glatzmaier stepped onstage, he walked up to the mic, looked at the audience and said “Hi, my name is Michael Glatzmaier.”
He then promptly forgot all of his material.
Not wanting to make too abrupt of an exit, he said “Thank you” before walking off stage.
He’s convinced the audience thought it was part of a strange bit, not the nerves of a new comic, and though he technically bombed, Glatzmaier realized comedy was what he was meant to do.
Comedian Chris D’Elia, known for his role on the NBC comedy series "Undateable," will perform at The Egyptian Theatre in Boise on April 28.
Tickets, ranging from $37.50 to $40 for floor and balcony general admission seating, go on sale Feb. 16.
Stand-up comic Tom Cotter has moved on — no longer wallowing in pain and shame.
When Hearst Connecticut Media last spoke to Cotter about two years ago, he was still feigning indignation and emotional trauma over his runner-up status on season seven of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” — a television show-competition featuring all manner of entertainers from magicians and ventriloquists to modern dancers and pop singers.
As a teacher for 11 years, Eddie B knows a thing or two about what teachers “really say” behind closed doors.
When he decided to make a YouTube video about exactly that, it was no surprise that views started pouring in.
“I shot it from my classroom before my students came in,” he said. “And then it hit over 100,000 views and turned into something else. I got more views than I ever got in two days.”
The Second City expands comedy classes for teens with autism
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's renowned sketch comedy club The Second City has expanded its class offerings for people with autism to include teenagers in the city's suburbs.
The comedy club has partnered with the Lisle-based Giant Steps to expand its Improv for Autism program, the Chicago Tribune reported. Giant Steps runs a private school for students with autism and offers therapy and other programming.
Comedian Will Ferrell brings laughs to the Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — American actor and comedian Will Ferrell isn't just at the Australian Open this week for the tennis. He also came to (jokingly) announce his retirement from acting.
"I have kind of done all the movies I want to do. It's a great way to go out," Ferrell told the media at Melbourne Park on Thursday.
It was just one of several lighthearted moments during an unusual news conference with former No. 1 Jim Courier that felt more like an impromptu comedy club routine.
Regina DeCicco, who has been seen on FOX TV’s “Laughs,” brings her stand-up act to the Treehouse Comedy Club in the Westport Inn on Saturday, Jan. 20.
Spoiler alert — yes, she’s Italian. And yes, that aspect of her background inspires some of her comedy, like when she talks about how her mom wanted her to marry Tony Danza. She was only 5 at the time and Danza was an adult, but her mother was ready to overlook that issue.
Comedian Andy Woodhull to share more about life as a stepfather at Spokane Comedy Club shows
Comedian Andy Woodhull has a simple request for fans.
“The best thing anyone could do for me is go to Pandora, make an Andy Woodhull station, put your computer on mute and let it play for the rest of your life,” he said.
More plays equal more royalties, after all.
Woodhull currently has three albums on his Pandora page: 2008’s “Sounds From the Rainforest,” 2012’s “Lucy” and 2015’s “Step Parenting.”
Vincent Pastore, of ‘The Sopranos,’ at Treehouse Comedy Club in Westport
Vincent Pastore, best known as Salvatore “Big Pussy” Bonpensiero from HBO’s “The Sopranos,” will be the special guest when comedians Tony Liberati and Goumba Johnny perform at The Treehouse Comedy Club at the Westport Inn on Saturday, Dec. 30.
Everyone has a story — something that makes them unique. Comedian D.C. Benny, who performs at the Fairfield Comedy Club on Saturday, Dec. 23, tells his like this:
“I’m a half-Jewish, half German-Catholic comedian, married to a black psychologist who looks Indian. I live in an old Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn now full of young hipsters, and everybody thinks I’m Puerto Rican, except for Puerto Ricans, who think I’m a cop.”
Comedy clubs struggle to stay open in Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sioux Falls appears to have a problem with humor. Or at least comedy. More specifically, comedy clubs. Over the last 15 years, a string of comedy clubs have closed, their names now line up like gravestones of the local comedy scene.
Funny Bone. Closed. Fat Daddy's. Closed. Nitwits. Closed. Rookies. Closed. Wacko's. Closed.
Most women wouldn’t want to be associated with something called “Hormonal Beast.” But Lynne Koplitz is not most women. She’s a comedian, and “Hormonal Beast” is her new Netflix special. She thinks its name is cool.
Koplitz, who is performing at Mohegan Sun’s Comix Comedy Club, Thursday, Dec. 7, through Saturday, Dec. 9, said the special came out earlier this year, and her work with comic Louis C. K. played a role in it.
The godfather of comedy looks back on a lifetime of laughs
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The godfather of comedy has a few secrets to share: First, he never intended to become the godfather of comedy, never had any idea how to accomplish the feat and, a half-century later, isn't quite sure how he did it.
Beverly Perkins, known professionally as the “Baby Hair, Super Fresh” B-PHLAT, comes to the Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St., on Sunday.
The St. Louis native moved to Philadelphia in 1992 to do graduate work in art administration at Drexel University. It was later that she found her true career path was in comedy after she left school and got a job in a law firm.
“I Need You to Kill” opens with Louis C.K. praising the virtues of Minneapolis’ Acme Comedy Club and its owner, Louis Lee, for giving him his first serious payday. The scene, selected long before the comedian admitted to sexual misconduct, is a distraction in more ways than one.
Aside from icky feelings it may trigger, that clip from “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” suggests that the documentary will focus on Acme’s — and Lee’s — special place in the comedy world.
Jared Freid gets Thanksgiving weekend duty at Comix
You love Uncle Joe and Aunt Samantha.
But when spending the entire Thanksgiving weekend with the relatives borders on too much ... you hunger for a bit of relief — comic relief.
“You know the feeling,” said comic Jared Freid, laughing, during a recent telephone chat. “That’s why I love performing on holiday weekends, when we all need to get away from our families for a breather. Audiences want to hear someone else talk” other than the relatives. “Why do you think football is so popular?”
STAMFORD — NYC-based comedians Ben Rosenfeld (Stamford High Class of 2002), Ruchir Pandya (Westhill class of 2007) and Robbie Bernstein return to their hometown for a night of laughs on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. at Quattro Pazzi, 269 Bedford St.
Tickets cost $20 in advance and $30 at the door. There is also a $15 minimum on food/drink orders. For tickets, see www.StamfordComedyClub.com.
Pittsburgh’s Improv Comedy Club plans long stay, expansion of The Waterfront site
The Improv Comedy Club in The Waterfront in Homestead, is set to undergo a multimillion-dollar renovation in the near future.
The 15-year-old club also announced a long-term lease agreement with Levity Entertainment Group.
"The Pittsburgh Improv has been one of The Waterfront's most popular tenants for almost two decades — it attracts more than 75,000 visitors a year," says Marty Sweeney, senior vice president of The Waterfront's parent company, M&J Wikow, in a news release.
New Charleston bus tour provides a comedy club on wheels, not local history
It all started with the "Two-Drink Minimum": a hefty yet undeniably tasty concoction of Maker's Mark bourbon, chartreuse and lemon swirled together into what Pineapple Tour Group director of tourism Ben Criscitiello describes simply as "potent."
Comedians react to Louis C.K .accusations
Laughing at cancer
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Next Wednesday evening, Steve Thompson will stand up in a comedy club and talk about something profoundly unfunny: cancer.
Thompson, 47, a teacher and coach in Hanover County, was diagnosed this year with stage 4 colon cancer.
"Stage 4 is the worst," he said. "But I just consider the alternatives. What are you going to do? It doesn't help to sit around and mope. It helps to get up and move, so I get up and move as much as I can."
Comedians and residents will stand up to cancer at a dinner and comedy show event in Stratford.
The 12th annual Standing Up to Cancer event is sponsored by MP Construction, LLC, and proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society, a press release said. Three comedians from The Treehouse Comedy Club’s program will be featured at the event.
The dinner, which is open to the public, is set to take place on Saturday, Nov. 4 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Riverview Bistro at 946 Ferry Blvd in Stratford.
When it comes to comedy clubs, The Improv has defined quality and talent for decades. During the cable boom of the 1980s, "Evening at The Improv" was a portal into the world of stand-up comedy for many of us still too young to see comics live. That show was also the first time most of the world outside Los Angeles met Budd Friedman, the man behind the magic.
Anthony DeVito is a funny Italian guy, who is also a talented comic. He’s honest and humble, too.
As he says on his website: “Hi, this is Anthony. I made this site, so it’s probably not great. I’m a comedian, not a web designer. But, feel free to click on things.”
What does the “Cash Cab” guy do when he’s not picking up passengers in the Discovery Channel series’ game-show car? You know, the cab where riders win money for answering trivia questions, or get kicked out after three misses.
Emmy-winning comic Ben Bailey, the driver, spends some of his free time writing material for his stand-up shows, like the two he’s doing at the Treehouse Comedy Club in Westport, on Saturday, Sept. 23.
Actor and comedian Tim Meadows, probably best known as the longest running cast member on “Saturday Night Live,” comes to the Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St., tonight and tomorrow night.
During his 10 years on the popular late-night show, Meadows crafted some of the most memorable characters including Leon Phelps, Lionel Osbourne and his favorite, The Ladies’ Man.
The list of entertainment options in downtown Bridgeport again includes the Bijou Theatre.
The 275 Fairfield Ave. venue is under new management, with Naugatuck native Gary Peterson promising an array of entertainment including music, live theater, comedy and film screenings plus corporate events.
Almost 10 years after the property changed hands, apartments in a State Street building overlooking McLevy Green in the heart of downtown Bridgeport are almost ready for occupancy.
The McLevy Square development by Darien-based Forstone Capital will bring new residents to the neighborhood and, just as importantly, give them something to do, with a comedy club and beer hall looking to begin operations in the coming months.
“Comedian. Writer. Idiot.” That’s how Chris Millhouse describes himself on his website.
The first two words are true, but not the last. That’s just for comic effect.
Originally from Trumbull, Millhouse splits his time between Los Angeles and New York City, where he performs at clubs such as The Hollywood Improv, Caroline’s and The Comic Strip.
Billy Winn didn’t start out as a comic, but he was “definitely the class clown” while growing up in Stratford.
“My friends always said I was the funniest, and should think about comedy,” Winn said, via email.
His early jobs included one at a post office. While there, at 27, he decided to enter a talent show in New Haven.
“I did six jokes. The first three drew lots of laughs. The rest bombed, but I was still high off the laughter from the first three. I was hooked.”
When comedian Brian Regan was first building his career, the Florida native would perform in spots around the Southeast, including locations in Augusta.
Regan now hits more than 100 cities a year, with Augusta a planned stop on his current tour.
Piff the Magic Dragon brings old dog, new tricks to Spokane Comedy Club
When he’s not on the road, Piff the Magic Dragon, like any good dragon, likes to spend time in his cave.
In Piff’s case, his “cave” is a cozy two-bedroom in Henderson, Nevada, that he shares with his chihuahua, Mr. Piffles, who happens to be the “World’s First Magic Performing Chihuahua.”
On the day he spoke to The Spokesman-Review, Piff and Mr. Piffles had just released the latest episode of their podcast, “The Piff Pod.”
“Mike & Molly,” “Sun Records” star Billy Gardell returns to his stand up roots
For six years, Billy Gardell answered to “Mike,” as in Officer Mike Biggs, the character he played on the CBS sitcom “Mike & Molly” alongside Melissa McCarthy as Molly.
Earlier this year, Gardell went by Colonel, starring in the CMT miniseries “Sun Records” as Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley’s manager.
But before he was the Colonel, and before he was Mike, the actor was Billy Gardell, stand-up comedian.
Comedian J.J. Ramirez, who appeared in the film, “The Latin Legends of Comedy,” brings his stand-up show to Westport. Ramirez will appear at the Treehouse Comedy Club, located below Bistro B at the Westport Inn, on Saturday, July 15.
The show also will highlight the talents of David Cooperman, who was featured at the Boston Comedy Festival, and Joey Novick, who has been on MTV and Comedy Central.
Joe Machi sometimes looks as if he’s a kindergartner trying to practice his smile for the class portrait. He’s just got that kind of face that makes you want to pinch his cheeks. And that gets him laughs, before he even opens his mouth.
Joe List is checking off the boxes on his comedy to-do sheet. He started working as a stand-up shortly after high school. Since then he’s been featured on late-night television shows hosted by David Letterman and Conan O’Brien, and has recorded a “Comedy Central” special and multiple albums.
At the end of the day, Carlos Mencia just wants to be happy. In fact, it’s vital to his success as a comedian.
“I bring happiness and in order for me to bring happiness, I must be happy,” he said while on the way to the airport to fly to Charlotte, North Carolina, for a weekend of shows.
Mencia’s extensive tour schedule brings him to Spokane for yet another weekend of shows, kicking off Thursday at the Spokane Comedy Club.
NEW YORK (AP) — Dying is easy. Playing the owner of a circa-1970s L.A. comedy club — THAT'S hard.
"But when I say that it was hard and that it was a reach for me, I mean: Those are the things that interested me as an actor," says Melissa Leo, who stars as Goldie, the tough-love gatekeeper to fame and fortune for a rising wave of standup comics on "I'm Dying Up Here," which premieres Sunday at 10 p.m. EDT on Showtime.
Kane Holloway might not have become a comedian had it not been for Pop-Tarts.
After hearing comedian Brian Regan’s joke questioning the need for the directions on Pop-Tarts boxes, the then 12-year-old Holloway told the bit to his mother, taking credit for it after she asked if he had thought of the joke himself.
“Ever since then, I’ve been trying to be a comedian,” Holloway said.
Holloway will perform at the Spokane Comedy Club, his own jokes, mind you, on Sunday.