Russell Brand brings his tour to Canada this summer. Calgary, Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa are included in his tour dates after his last Australian and U.S tour. Now, the actor and comedian hosts his own late-night show “Brand X”on FX network and is preparing for a second season. Later this year we will get to see him in Diablo Cody’s directorial debut, “The Hauntepreneur”.
After his UK sell-out tours and sell-out season at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Reginal D Hunter comes back on the road for more great humor. He will come at the Royal & Derngate in Northampton this Thursday.
Actor and comedian Brian Conley has its own TV series but he wants more and we have nothing against it. He is set to perform at Four Bars in Cardiff for a cause. His show comes in aid of Ty Hafan who supports families with life-limited children.
“I met a few of the parents who brought their children to along to the pantomime in Cardiff and it just really touched me. I felt I’ve just got to do something in a small way and this will be a fun night with a great band and myself in an intimate setting”
Conley organized last year another charity event in Devon to support a girl with life-limiting illness.
The actor will show on stage on Sunday, June 16 and will be supported by local group Miss May and the Magic.
“I’m doing a big tour later in the year so I’ll be trying out some new material,” he said. “But I’m happy to do it and delighted that the money is going to a great charity, something I feel so strongly about. It’s the least I could do.”
Amy Schumer is one of the many comedians who use Twitter to amuse or to announce. This time, the comedienne posted some great news for us. Her show “Inside Amy Schumer” has been renewed with a second season by Comedy Central. The sketch comedy became a Comedy Central favorite since the first episode. After not even a month since the launching (April 30), the show gets another season.
Inside Amy opened to 1.6 million total viewers, rising to 3 million across three plays. From comedian Schumer, the series combines standup with sketch comedy. It outranks the recently renewed "Nathan for You", "The Jeselnik Offensive" and "Kroll Show" among total viewers and the targeted demos as the best launch of 2013.
Guests slated to appear during the freshman run include Jon Glaser, Michael Showalter, Amber Tamblyn, Michael Ian Black, Rob Schneider, Abby Elliott, Tig Notaro, Tom Papa, Lisa Lampanelli, Dave Attell, Will Janowitz, Nikki Glaser, Sara Schaefer and Missi Pyle.
John Pinette is on his “Still Hungry” tour since February and almost finishing the first leg. He wants to escape from the big arenas and to end the first tour part in an intimate location like Off the Hook Comedy Club, in Marco Island. This week he will perform five shows.
John Oliver plans a special gift for the audience on June 3rd to June 5th. He will be taping Comedy Central’s fourth season of “John Oliver’s New York Standup Show” at Webster Hall. Monday you will get to see Joe Mande, Maie Lee, Kamau Bell, Phil Hanley, Phil Hanley, Brooke Van Poppelen, Gary Gulman, Ron Funches, Mark Forward and Dan Soder while Tuesday you have Nick Turner, Colin Jost, Reggie Watts, James Adomian, Jessi Klein, Pete Holmes, Joe Zimmerman, Sara Schaefer, and Tom Lennon. On Wednesday you will be entertained by Morgan Murphy, Seth Herzog, Rory Scovel, Ali Wong, Travon Free and Paul F. Tompkins.
Olivia Munn, the actress and comedian reveals all her frustrations in Esquire magazine interview. She is revolted by Zack Galifianakis’ statement that a person can’t be both humorous and good looking. The actress was offended so she wanted to stand-up for all the pretty ladies (or men) in the comedy business.
Freddie Davies known as Parrot Face is a veteran comedian who will join other great celebrities in “The Best of British” show. The variety show is held at the Rose Theatre is a British tradition who will showcase Miss Marple actor, Jess Conrad, Maggie O’Hara, Van Buren, Andy Greaves and Pete Lindup.
Paul Rodriguez needs no introduction since he made the unforgettable “Tortilla Soup”, “A Million to Juan” and many other small screen gigs, game shows or talk shows.
Rodriguez took his time to promote the 2012 doc “The Fight For Water” but he made some time to talk about Mexican’s reaction to “50 Shades of Grey”, immigration and other Mexican issues.
As we previously said in another article, Britain is the right place to do stand up for a living. And what living!
If you thought that the football players and actors are the best paid jobs in Britain, you’re wrong. Stand-up comedians are coming to rival their salaries. U.K’s richest comedian is Peter Kay who has a profit of £32.8 million made in the past two years. The money comes from his DVD sales and live shows.
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has banned the transmission of Comedy Cental channel channel for 10 days.
The issue was based on a performance in which a man showed suggestive gestures that “offends good taste or decency”, was “obscene and denigrates women”.
Brendan McKeigan returns to his hometown for stand-up comedy live concert at Jack Doyle's Irish Grille & Sports Bar in Sarnia. He and special guest Andrew Chapman and Andrew Ivimey of Absolutely Comedy Live will show on Friday, June 7. McKeigan moved to Sudbury making it to National Improv Games and run his workshops, teach improve and then started to give stand-up a shot.
Comedian and actor Steve Martin teamed up with Edie Brickell for St. Augustine show.The comedy legend, screen writer, actor and 15-time host of SNL released a bluegrass album with Eddie Brickell called “Love Has Come For You”.
“Mike & Molly” star, Billy Gardell goes off the set to tape his next Showtime comedy special “Billy Gardell Presents Road Dogs” on June 13 at the Plaza Hotel & Casino. Taking the stage alongside Gardell are veteran comedians Don Learned, Earthquake and Bob Zany.
Jerry Lewis was never comediennes’ fan. In 1998 he even told at an Aspen comedy festival that no female comedian is funny.
No he is 87 years-old and he still sustains that the funny woman is not born yet.
Lewis was in Cannes for the premiere of “Max Rose”, a drama directed by Daniel Noah in which Lewis stars as an aging jazz musician. At the Cannes International Film Festival he told the press that his position on comediennes is not changed (not even for Melissa McCarthy or Sarah Silverman).
Milton Jones is the winner of Perrier Best Newcomer Award, Sony Award and British Comedy Award. His comedy style is based on one-line punches delivered in an edgy style. Jones has had many shows on BBC Radio 4 and is a recurring guest panelist on “Mock the Week”.
He often tours across UK and now he is bringing his new show “On the Road” to Croydon on Nov 23 as part of another national tour.
In a www.Croydonguardian.com.uk interview, the comedian speaks about his life and career.
So you wanted to be an actor?
Yes, but no-one else wanted me to - well I didn’t have much work at the time. But the thing about stand-up is that if you have the bottle you can get up and do it if you want. So I gave it a try. My first few attempts weren’t great but I was arrogant enough to keep going. When it began to work I noticed that unlike acting, you didn’t have to rehearse or share the laughs with anyone else. But also unlike acting if it went wrong there was no-one else to blame.
So how did you end up doing one-liners?
I’ve always had a short concentration span. I think I appeal to other people who have short concentration spans. (Not that they will have read this far.) I think if a one-liner succeeds you put a tiny but entertaining cartoon in peoples’ heads.
What’s it like being on Mock the Week?
It’s a bit like doing a comedy exam in public. The hardest part is to get a word in when other people are talking. But next series I will be distracting people with my lucky klaxon.
You’ve been around a while now – how has the comedy scene changed during your career?
Stand-up is much bigger now, but also less risky and inventive than it used to be. When I started there was an act called the Iceman who brought a giant block of ice on stage and melted it with a blowtorch while shouting weak puns about ice. Okay, he’d be unlikely to sell out the O2 Arena but the circuit has lost some of its tin-pot charm. Also all the reality competitions mean audiences often see things in terms of ‘who won?’ rather than just enjoying the variety of a show.
What’s the best or the worst heckle you’ve ever had?Once when I was on stage someone shouted ‘What is this?’. It was a philosophical heckle really. I didn’t know what to reply. It was too big a question for me to answer. In a way I’d like to have ended the show then and there. But we all carried on like idiot.
What else have you been up to this year?
I spent three weeks in New Zealand in the spring. It was excellent as it is a lovely place and its still 1995 over there, which meant I could do all my old jokes. I’ve also been doing a few panel games and trying to think of TV ideas. My diary this summer seems to be full of festivals. These days any town that can get hold of a marquee and microphone seems to have a comedy tent.
Any plans for the future?
After On the Road I would like to do more TV acting, have my own TV show and maybe be in a film. Then I would like to own a castle, a small city and so on until eventually I have an empire that stretches from West London to the outskirts of China. But to be honest it’s more likely to be the same round of radio, TV panel games and odd visits to arts centers.
Tig Notaro is planning a new Los Angeles tour but for now the comedienne, actress and writer will release an expanded CD version of her “Live” album on July 16 with a bonus disc, “Live at the Moth” which contains 15-minutes story about the death of her mom and her relationship with her stepfather.
July brings another great comedy festival “Montreal’s Just for Laughs”. Sarah Silverman and Seth Meyers are set to host the event while Eddie Izzard and Joan Rivers will also emcee on main-stage comedy.
After signing with Hannibal Buress earlier this week, Comedy Central takes another comedian to“The Half-Hour” show. Local stand-up performer Milton Howery known as Lil’ Rel is set to perform on June 7 as part of the showcase.
Larry the Cable Guy, on his real name Dan Whitney, as many may know him is one of the Blue-Collar comedy boys but also a sold-out show performer, History Channel star and a great supporter of charity events.
He will hold two shows on May 26 at the Deadwood Mountain Grand and has big future plans.
The popular actor Rob Schneider puts movie career on hold to focus on his stand-up comedy career. He comes to McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre in Sarasota this weekend for 7 shows.
He stopped doing stand-up for 20 years and now he wants to take it out of the box “You have to do it a lot. I hate to say this, but you almost have to do it every night if you want to be good at it, if you want to be the best at it” he says.
Joey Waldon’s talent is his legacy. The funny, talented and artistic comedian and cartoonist died Sunday, May 12 after fighting cancer for three years. He was 57.
The energetic veteran comedian Arnez J gets your attention with family issues materials, rednecks and his childhood dreams. After a long and successful career that includes such honors as hosting BET’s “Comic View” and opening for Prince, the comedian is thanking a fight passenger who inspired him to enter in stand-up comedy world.
The Emmy award-winning actress and comedienne Judy Gold takes the Bristol Riverside Theatre scene on August from 9th to 11th for a stand-up comedy program.
Named “the finniest mom” Judy Gold has many awards for her work as a comedian. In addition to her regular appearances on “The View” and “Tru TV Presents World's Dumbest”, Gold has written and starred in two off Broadway shows, “25 Questions for a Jewish Mother” and “The Judy Gold Show - My Life as a Sitcom”, for which she won a 2012 Outer Critics Circle Award and the 2007 GLAAD award for "Outstanding New York Theater."
Billy Crystal might be getting old but his jokes are fresher than ever. After many decades of ruling the stand-up scenes, Crystal is set to star in FX comedy pilot for the half-hour series “The Comedians”.
Britain is the perfect place for a comedian to make good money. Performers move overseas to perform in front of the British stand-up lovers and not because it is a beautiful country and the people are great but because they pay very well for a stand-up show. Club owners give up to £350 pe act to an average comedian while professionals won’t show up without £2000.
The classic sitcom that used to make our days better is returning but not in the same formula. “Everybody Loves Raymond” is set to be remade in UK with Lee Mack in Ray Romano’s role and Catherine Tate as his beautiful wife. Lee Mack wrote the pilot for BBC. The action takes place in Cheshire and Mack is a sports journalist living too close to his parents and older brother.
One of the greatest comediennes of all time, Carol Burnett is finally getting her well deserved Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. “From her television program and appearances, as well as her performances on Broadway and in film, Carol Burnett has entertained generations of fans with her vibrant wit and hilarious characters,” he says. “We are delighted to pay tribute to this unique and beloved entertainer,” said Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein.
Fox Valley Repertory is hosting “Comedy For A Cause” benefit night on June 20. Community will enjoy a great night of great performances and will also support the education of performing arts. The show will be taking place at Zanies Comedy Club in St. Charles and will be featuring stand-up comedian Pat McGann.
After starring in many great movies and getting an Oscar, Jamie Foxx returns to the small screens as a producer for TBS's new comedy series called “Dad, Stop Embarrassing Me!”.
The show is based on the actor’s relationship with his 18 year old daughter Corrine and explores the life of a parent and his child.
>New Wave Entertainment is teaming up with NCM Fathom Events for a new comedy event. They want to bring comedy into movie theaters across the country. Fathom is known for its one-night only concerts, festivals, opera, plays or sporting events and now they want to expand bringing A-list comedians to the cinema this summer.
Comedian Tom Green is book for five stand-up comedy shows at Yuk Yuk’s in June from 13th through 15th but that’s not the big news. Ottawa comedian teamed up with Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. in Vankleeek Hill to create the Tom Green Beer.
“Just for Laughs Chicago” festival is one of America’s largest comedy festivals offered by TBS. This year, fans will be able to access a digital comedy hub for free @ Stage 33 which will be on several platforms (Team Coco, Dailymontion, Yahoo!, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, Pandora and more).
“Comedy Bang! Bang!” returns July 12 with a second season hosted by Scott Aukerman and Regie Watts. 20 new episodes will feature Jessica Alba, Jim Gaffigan, Aziz Ansari, Zack Galifianakis, Rashida Jones, Anna Kendrick, Zoe Saldana, Sarah Silverman and many others.
The first ten episodes will air from July 12 - September 13, followed by a short fall hiatus before returning on October, 18 for more ten episodes.
Comedian Dustin Kaufman will be on State Theatre stage for some traditional comedy show and also will tour across Bay City for his documentary “Weediculous”. “This idea of doing a comedy tour and documenting it. It did start with a pot tour, telling about weed. But then I thought, `Let's do something real.' I've always been a political comic. It's a cause I believe in and it's a cause a lot of people believe in. We've had an overwhelming amount of support,“ he said.
He has L.A, Seattle and Ann Arbor as well on his city list.
Louie Andreson is the new added member for TV show “Splash” and now he dives back into comedy at the Plaza Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Our favorite cartoon character will begin his show on July 10 and he will perform Wednesday through Saturdays for a $50,95 ticket price.
After announcing last week his new show, comedian David Adkins aka Sinbad is bankrupt. Last month he filled for bankruptcy claiming his debt exceeds his income. He declares to earn $ 16, 000 a month and has a $10,991,715 debt credited to sate, credit cards and federal taxes. He owes almost $400,000 to backs and $2.3 million to the CA Franchise Tax Board.
Cornbury Music Festival gathers top comedians for the first Festival of Words which will run alongside the music fest at Green Tew Park on July 5-7.
The lineup includes BBC QI stand-up comedian Alan Davies, writer Julie Burchill, Robert Llewellyn and comedienne Katy Brand.
Paula Poundstone, comedienne, writer and actress comes to The Orleans Showroom with her amazing stand-up act on July 5 and 6.
Paula Poundstone starred in multiple HBO comedy specials and SNL. She was the first woman to receive a Cable ACE Award for her one-hour HBO special “Cats, Cops and Stuff”. She received her second Cable ACE Award for her self-titled HBO talk show series
YouNow is a live social network that allows users to broadcast live and interact with audiences in real time. In search for the best stand-up comic, the network hosts an open call for YouNow on May 22. The Stand Up Throwdown comedy contest is hosted by Shimmy. The finalist from Wednesday’s show will compete one on one in the Final Round on Friday, 24 May.