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.

Priyanka Mattoo

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

Jon Stewart Continues to Impact the World

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Written by James Lang

Bill for 9/11 first responders finally passes Congress

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Comedian Jon Stewart listens to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) at an event to urge U.S. lawmakers to re-authorize the Zadroga Bill at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Sept. 16, 2015. Photo by Gary Cameron/Reuters

Comedians get a bum rap. Many are seen as cynics, while others seem to make light of serious situations. Every once in a blue moon, you end up with a truly amazing human being. Enter, John Stewart.

From his time as a student at William and Mary, to his meteoric rise to anchor The Daily Show on Comedy Central, John has always been a hardworking, standup guy (pun intended). He’s really a role-model to aspiring comics.

Making a Difference and Solving Tough Problems

After John left The Daily Show, some thought he would retire and live a life as a man who was finally free to follow his whims. Those who thought Stewart would just shrink into the background are horribly mistaken. One thing that truly chafed the living legend of comedy was the gridlock in Washington. read more

A Spotlight on Comedian Kevin Bartini

Written by Gary Miller

A warm audience is an important aspect of any comedy show. Having an opener for any type of performance is commonplace and encourages the audience to participate and build up energy. In comedy, a a warm audience means a crowd that is ready to laugh, they are open, and in a club setting more often than not a little bit drunk. When a televised show is filmed before a live audience a warm up comic is generally used to facilitate the necessity for a warm crowd. The warm up comic is the unsung hero of a great audience ready for a TV taping. The comic is usually not noticed by a larger audience, but appreciated in the entertainment industry greatly. Their job is to make the crowd feel like an integral part of the show, usually working alone and at times explaining parts of the show. read more

New York Comedy Festival 2015: Thursday Lineup

Written by Gary Miller

For New Yorkers that love comedy and those who are looking for some fun, The New York Comedy festival is in town with a terrific lineup. Beginning on Monday, The New York Comedy Festival (Nov 10-15) continues today with this lineup

Stand Up For Heroes: A Benefit For The Bob Woodruff Foundation

Performances by Chris Botti, Seth Meyers, John Oliver, Ray Romano, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart and Surprise Guests

The Theater at Madison Square Garden

BUY TICKETS

Week at the Creek: Bonnie McFarlane

The Creek and The Cave

Norm Macdonald

Carolines On Broadway read more

Why Stand-up Comedians Love the Mets

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Written by Grant Reed

From Chris Rock to Adam Sandler, the second fiddle of New York baseball could fill a dugout with A-List comics—ones who love to embrace suffering

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The 2015 MLB playoff-bound New York Mets may see some A-list comics in the stands during their games against the Los Angeles Dodgers. From Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock to Jon Stewart, here’s why comedians love the Mets.

Mets Win! – or something phenomenal like that …This Friday the mets will face the L.A. dodgers in a rare event, the likes of which hasn’t been seen since the unlikely union of planet niburu smashing into pre-earth to create what we have now, or the parting of the red sea.  Ok so maybe it hasn’t been that long since they’ve seen a penant  – only 15 years… And certainly a little bit of a wait since the series win.    However, that’s what its all about; existence in the face of seeming randomness and futility.  But fans aren’t going home just yet, and actually would probably prefer to stay at the ball park. read more

The New Daily Show: Trevor Noah Loved by America

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Written By Joseph Santiago

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Trevor Noah, the new host of ‘The New Daily Show’ is loved by America; this was loudly and clearly shown through social media last night. The show was kicked off with lots of confidence, laughs, intelligence, and a smile that had the power to move a mountain. Noah promised to continue Jon Stewart’s bullshit war.

Using his own style and tone to showcase the segments and qualities of Stewart, Trevor Noah won the hearts of Americans with a performance that was almost flawless. He played to all groups by commenting on the Pope, immigration, comedy, the election, and touched on the smart crowd, non-sports fans, the millennial crowd, and fans of sports with many sly winks atop some self deprecating laughs for a good time. read more

Stephen Colbert Brings Jon Stewart to Tears in The Daily Show Farewell

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“All of us who were lucky enough to work with you for 16 years are better at our jobs because we got to watch you do yours,” former correspondent tells host

BY CATE MISCZUK I August 8, 2015

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Stephen Colbert ditched his alter ego, and funny guy routine, to wish fellow late night host Jon Stewart a heartfelt goodbye this week.

In his surprise appearance on the last episode of The Daily Show, Colbert did manage to make us laugh, kicking off the segment by comparing Stewart’s Daily Show journey to Colbert’s beloved Lord of the Rings: “Like Frodo, you are leaving us on a voyage to the undying lands … For 16 years, you and your basic cable fellowship of funny, clutched that ring of power and trudged up the steep slopes of mt. doom”. read more

Jon Stewart Returns to Stand-Up

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Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show w/ Jon Stewart, is set to hand over the reins to Trevor Noah on August 6. As his 16 years at the helm of Comedy Central’s primetime hit comes to a close, it’s clear that Jon is letting himself explore areas of his career that were largely ignored for some time.

This was the case when he visited The Comedy Cellar, a premier locale for NYC comedy fans, on Wednesday night. Accompanied to the club by Rory Albanese, current Producer of Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show, and former Producer of The Daily Show, Jon surprisingly made his way onto the stage for a 10 minute stand-up set. read more

Obama Says He Will Issue Executive Order for Jon Stewart to Continue Hosting Daily Show

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By : Cate Misczuk

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OBAMA ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER: JON STEWART TO CONTINUE HOSTING THE DAILY SHOW

President Obama put his executive powers into use Tuesday — ordering Jon Stewart to continue his hosting duties on The Daily Show. Obama’s late night appearance was his seventh, and final visit to the New York studio.

The President kicked off his usual banter with Stewart saying he couldn’t believe the comedian was leaving before him. Stewart has just two weeks left as host of the satirical news program, Obama’s duties at the White House don’t wrap up for another 18 months. read more