Chris Gethard is comedy's favourite underdog. He is the fine wine that other comedians cannot recommend enough. His years of study as an improviser at the UCB Theatre in New York have made him a great listener and a truly empathetic storyteller.
When Donald Trump decided to announce he was running for President, it seemed like a comedy goldmine. He had always been an over-the-top character, with his name in big, bold letters on everything he owned, and was already a frequent punchline before officially entering the political fray.
If you were to ask me my biggest influences in comedy, at the top of the list would be Greg Proops. When I was young, he was there as a staple cast members of Whose Line is it Anyway?, but as I aged I discovered he's also one of the most apt social critics working in stand-up comedy today.
The UK is home to a plethora of comedy panel and game shows. From QI to Would I Lie to You? to Mock the Week -- and seemingly hundreds more -- there are so many opportunities to catch some of your favourite UK-based comics (with the occasional Canadian, American, or Aussie thrown in) regularly on tele.
Folks, it's the week of JFL42! Living in Toronto, this means I get to go to comedy "space camp" and interview some of my heroes. First up on that list of heroes is Maria Bamford.
Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld are the writers, actors, and editors behind the award-winning webseries Jake & Amir, which began while the pair were writers at College Humor. Besides its immense popularity online, their series also appeared on television on MTV's The CollegeHumor Show.
In the fall of 2017, Toronto comic Courtney Gilmour was coming off the biggest professional accolade of her comedy career: being named the co-winner (along with Montreal's DJ Mausner) of the Homegrown Comics competition at Just for Laughs Festival.
Rhys Darby may be best-known to audiences as Murray Hewitt on the acclaimed HBO series Flight of the Conchords, but the New Zealand Army veteran is also an accomplished stand-up comic, having worked all over the globe for nearly 2 decades and put out 3 stand-up specials.
If you're a North American comedy fan, you may recognize Morocco-born comedian Gad Elmaleh from his various appearances over the last couple years on the talk show circuit: Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, CONAN, Bronx-born comic, writer, and actress Gina Brillon started her stand-up career much earlier than most, at only 17 years old. Finding a way to fit in with the other older comics at New York City clubs -- and keeping audiences laughing along the way -- gave her experience most comics don't get until their late 20s or 30s.
Posted by: Paul Little // October 20, 2017 @ 12:46pm
Bronx-born comic, writer, and actress Gina Brillon started her stand-up career much earlier than most, at only 17 years old. Finding a way to fit in with the other older comics at New York City clubs -- and keeping audiences laughing along the way -- gave her experience most comics don't get until their late 20s or 30s.