Category: Comedy

Louis CK Comes out Against Trump. Like, Against Hitler Against

from Ryan Matera

Every so often in the course of history something occurs which is so monumental, so unbelievably exciting and universal, that everyone can’t help but but focus on it. It happened with Hitler and it happened with the Beatles, and it happens at a rate today where it has become so common it is no longer monumental. It’s a shame that in this Charlie-Bit-My-Finger Era there is no longer room for something to break into the collective consciousness with enough gusto to inspire people to action, for action is what builds community and drives history. So maybe we’re lucky to have Donald Trump. Maybe he is what we need now, a force of disgusting evil infiltrating and abusing a flawed system not to fix the system but to abuse it for his own desire. read more

21 Top Stand-Up Performances of All Time

By James Lang

We talked about some of the best stand-up performances previously on Netflix. To try and create a comprehensive list of all the best stand-up performances would be virtually impossible, but we’ve never shied away from the impossible here at BCT. After all, we were the first website to bring NYC comedy fans an online marketplace for tickets.

For those of you that can’t attend a live stand-up routine at the Greenwich Village Comedy Club, or visit Rodney Dangerfield’s namesake in person, sometimes a DVD or stream will have to do in a pinch. So you’re in the mood for comedy right this second? Here’s a list of 21 stand-up favorites that are sure to delight funny bones of all shapes and sizes. read more

Crazy Funny: The Secret Behind the Best Comedians

By James Lang

Why strive to fit in if your goal is to be funny? A recent study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry suggests that the secret to making other people laugh is having an unusual personality. Originally reported on Reuters, the study and the surrounding discussion offers some insights into what makes people so funny.

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Basically, there’s a sweet spot between howling at the moon and avoiding intimacy that scientists have begun to identify as the best mental state for a career in comedy. To those in the business of making people laugh, it comes as no shock that you need to be a little bit nuts if you want to succeed. read more

American Humor Lagged Behind Europe Before Jumping Ahead and Trailblazing Stand-Up Comedy

By James Lang

If you jumped into a time machine and went back to the America of the 1800’s, you’d find a young country that had just begun to define itself. Throwing off the shackles of a colonial power and trying a completely revolutionary form of government: democracy.

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The home of comedy was not the United States. In fact, Europeans of the time would comment on the dull, pioneering spirit of the Americans they met. British writer Charles Dickens would comment on his experience with Americans that “…They certainly are not humorous people, and their temperament always impressed me as being of a dull and gloomy character.” read more

NYC vs. LA: Moving for Your Comedy Career?

By James Lang

Are you looking for ways to chase your dream of becoming a professional stand-up comic? Do you see yourself as the next Louis C.K. or Kevin Hart? Wow, if you answered yes, you definitely don’t lack ambition. But, maybe we can help you figure out some options for your next move.

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I was reading a fantastic article by Priyanka Mattoo on SplitSider and it inspired me to build off her points and maybe even take this blog article in a slightly different direction. Who’s Priyank Mattoo? How dare you! Well, I guess there’s no such thing as a bad question, but we’ll probably have to get you up to speed pretty quickly if you want to avoid embarrassing yourself in the future. read more

20 of the Best Comedy Shows and Specials on Netflix

By James Lang

Comedy has a home on Netflix, so how will you get your binge on? Whether it’s the recent addition of Tom Segura’s second comedy special Mostly Stories, or classics like Louis C.K.’s Chewed Up, you really can’t go wrong.

Wait, I take that back. I’ve seen Airplane II: The Sequel. So much bad that can’t be unwatched!

Let’s take a look at some of the best comedy on Netflix so you can get your laughing binge on!

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Eddie Murphy: Delirious

If you’re looking for that raw Eddie Murphy stand-up routine that embodies how he became a comic in a league of his own, this is it. Combine the loud outfit with his uncensored routine and you’ve got an incredible 68 minutes of comedy gold. read more

Jerry Seinfeld Takes on Obesity in America

By James Lang

You gotta love Jerry Seinfeld. Not only did he make an incredible, award winning TV sit-com, Seinfeld, but he keeps on chugging in the world of stand-up. Bailing out Stephen Colbert’s dismal ratings on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Seinfeld took to the stage to do an epic monologue on virtually anything and everything happening in America today.

He took on the movement to fight for emergency weight-loss measures in the United States by asking “Do we really have an obesity problem in this country?” He posits that until we’re all smooshed together, coast to coast, like a jar of olives screaming for our own space, we really aren’t facing a national emergency. read more

Amy Schumer Loves Getting Picked-Up

By James Lang

Comedy Central has renewed Amy Schumer’s hit TV show, Inside Amy Schumer, for a fifth season in a row. This is exciting news for fans of Amy’s work and serves as the perfect start to a new year, after a 2015 that was so full of wins for the comedian from New York City.

Last year Schumer enjoyed critical acclaim for her movie Trainwreck, HBO’s Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo and the fourth season of Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer.

What Schumer has proved is that modern television isn’t about getting the highest ratings. It’s about who can become the most viral online. Jimmy Fallon rocketed the ratings of The Late Show by focusing on cleverly curated skits that could be uploaded later to YouTube. Schumer is clearly reading from the same playbook. read more

The Many Talents of Anthony Kapfer

by Ryan Matera

NYC Standup Comedian Anthony Kapfer is a musician, an animator, an editor, a writer, an actor, and an Alternative Comedy trailblazer. And his new special is just the beginning.

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Kapfer was never known for taking projects lightly. When he says he’s spent his whole life in the City, it means he’s lived in every borough. When he says he released an animated standup comedy special, it means it was written, directed, animated, voiced and edited all by Kapfer himself. How does one man learn to master all of these arts while performing in multiple bands throughout his childhood? Essentially, by growing up before the iPhone was invented. read more

Youtube Superstars: Gangnam Style, ISIS, Funny Turkish Cats, Article #2

Written by: Mike Shvenderman

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Hear Ye! Hear Ye! All ye Kings and Queens, Knights and Nobles! Thou have been summoned to join in the festivities! Held in the court of Virtual Reality!

First, let me start this article with an apology: I’m sorry for the excessive and obnoxious amount of exclamation marks in my opening two lines.

Moving on, in this article I am going to evaluate the success of the following three Youtube Sensations: Gangnam Style, ISIS and Funny Turkish Cats. Please understand that you made all three of those channels famous. You. YOU. You, the people, got Gangnam Style to be performed on Saturday Night Live. You, the people, proved to the world that Turkish Cats ARE in fact the funniest type of cat. And, you, the people, made ISIS. Your clicks, streams and countless minutes of awe proceeding a barbaric beheading DIRECTLY contributed to the fame and power which ISIS holds today. Odds are you did it by accident, through your primitive pastime consisting of a 4 hour virtual vacation on Youtube (which, I can relate to). I recently took a 4 hour virtual vacation myself visiting all sorts of cool places like: Alabama where I saw a guy in a camo hat shoot himself in the dick with a paintball gun; Antarctica where I got a 360 Degree HD view of the continent; and even a brothel in Thailand where I witnessed what may or may not have been a consensual gangbang (Asians have some outside-the-box fetishes and I don’t want to jump to conclusions). On a random side note; why is an ISIS beheading video have “An interview with a single, innocent Muslim mother,” under other videos you may like? Apples and Oranges, aye? Here’s my point; if you watch ISIS videos it’s hypocritical to then bash them through social media. You can cute-ify your profile picture with a flag but you can’t undo fame. read more