Category: Stand-Up Comedy

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” Trailer Promises Obscenity vs Domesticity

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The initial pilot for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was near perfect to my mind. Set in the late 50s, Miriam “Midge” Maisel has established her ideal life - husband and two kids on the Upper West Side. When that blows up, she begins performing stand-up (an aspiration of her less-talented husband). The first episode captured the central contradiction of Joan Rivers so perfectly - a comedian who sometimes re-enforced societal expectations on women even while breaking many herself. Plus it pulled off presenting Midge credibly as an actually funny comedian, as funny as other characters asserted she was. In a drama about comedy this is no small feat. No wonder Amazon ordered it to series for not just one season but two.

From the looks of this first trailer above, we'll be seeing Midge at first having a lot of run-ins with the law for obscenity and a run-in with the (former?) in-laws at a dinner. "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" start on Amazon Prime November 29.

Posted by Todd Jackson at 03:41 PM | Comments (0)

Watch Tonight: Funny How? on Viceland

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I'm very much looking forward to this series. Kliph Nesteroff seems to be combining his incredibly deep knowledge of comedy with an appropriate amount of humility and jokes targeted at himself. It's something that anyone who claims to know about comedy should do (including me!).

See this tweet:

And this one:

Funny How premieres tonight on Viceland at 11 PM with an episode about Christian Comedy. A new episode follows every night this week at 11PM.Check out the trailer below.

Posted by Todd Jackson at 04:26 PM | Comments (0)

Trailer for “Rory Scovel Tries Stand-Up For The First Time.” Or Perhaps Teaser is a Better Word.

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'Cuz - Spoiler Alert - Rory Scovel has done this before.

I could try and "Yes And" the premise of the facetious title for Rory Scovel's upcoming Netflix special "Rory Scovel Tries Stand-Up For The First Time.” Pretend that this could be the most painful hour ever streamed and chide Netflix for running out of comics to give specials to. But I think I'm going leave this in professional hands.

Considering how difficult and weird our times are, Scovel's brand of partly improvised silliness is so welcome. That real sense of play - that he's having fun up there - just transfers and washes over an audience. Completely infectuous. Looking forward to this. 

And you don't have to wait long. "Rory Scovel Tries Stand-Up For The First Time" premieres June 20th on Netflix.

Posted by Todd Jackson at 02:49 PM | Comments (0)

Dave Chappelle Screens Unreleased Special to Minneapolis Crowd

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I live near Webster Hall in NYC... so Kanye West's not-to-be pop-up show was a fascinating spectacle for me in the difference between music and comedy. Earlier that day, my attentions had been on a quieter pop-up event in Minnesota.

Last night at the Riverview Theatre in Minneapolis, Dave Chappelle showed a unreleased comedy special to a crowd of roughly 700 people. Chappelle has not released a special in over 10 years. So to see something he might release is pretty big.

There hasn't much been about the content of the special online - not even a title. But the audience did love it:


Sounds great. Will it ever be released? At least a couple folks from the audience seemed to think that was unlikely...

I'm sure that's disappointing for sure, but that's Dave Chappelle. He's does what he wants. And he should.

What could help him to decide to release it? Post Comedy Central, money has not been the driving factor for Chappelle. Netflix or HBO would offer a great deal of money for a new Dave Chappele special, but I doubt that would make a difference.

With the Internet, never have stand-ups has more control in how they release their specials, but Dave doesn't have a website or even an active Twitter account. I'm not certain Chappelle looks at the Internet as a place for artistic freedom. Considering the no-cell-phone policy at his shows, I'd imagine that the web seems like more of a nuisance to him that anything else. So I'm not sure even a self-released special is likely.

This special screening was added late in Chappelle's Minneapolis run of shows, which suggests to me that this was pretty spontaneous. So when Chappelle does come to your town, I would not be surprised if he does it again - at a moment's notice. A pop-up special. Try not to stampede anybody on your way there.

Posted by Todd Jackson at 10:29 AM | Comments (0)

Timeline: 60 Plus Years of Stand-Up to Explore

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I added this feature last week to the Stand-Up Comedy Database that I'm planning on iterating over and improving over time. Here's a link to it:

<a href="">Timeline: Stand-Up Comedy Year by Year</a>

I'm calling this section the "Timeline", although I don't think that goal is entirely achieved yet that's really where the ball is going. For right now, it's a rundown of births and deaths and notable releases of specials, albums and books in the Stand-Up Comedy world for each year. We go from now to 1955, so over 60 years is represented here for you to check out. Along with adding an actual timeline of the big events in stand-up, I've got plans for adding a section for the major awards given for each year (even though I don't entirely believe in awards for comedy). I'll try and make this the best reference I can. Feel free to write me with suggestions on how to improve it.

I'm a bit of a perfectionist at times, so I hope you like it, but I think an important thing to note here is that I'm fighting my addiction to brain crack and y'all should be supportive of me.

Posted by Todd Jackson at 07:20 PM | Comments (0)

Hey Look Kids, The Trailer for Patton Oswalt’s Talking for Clapping is Here

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The hard thing about being a fan of a comedian is after a while, you learn their rhythms enough that they don't surprise you as much. And then you become one of those "I liked his early stuff better" guys.  

I don't think I'll feel that way about Patton Oswalt any time soon. There's some familiarity in this trailer for Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping... but it's more like hearing an old friend telling his new stories to you.

But I do know I'm disappointed in the marketing guys at Netflix. That rotation between three UN words - Unflinching, Unfiltered, Unleashed. Yikes. Do we have to sell all stand-up with "You never, ever hear this talk in day to day life!"

Enjoy the trailer. Just ignore the titles. Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping becomes available for streaming on Netflix April 22.

Posted by Todd Jackson at 05:22 PM | Comments (0)

More Than a Mouthful of Shame: Jim Norton

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Esquire has a great story about Jim Norton which explores some of the contradiction that makes him such a brilliant stand-up:

Norton's early stint in rehab was the turning point when he first got sober and learned the power of self-discipline. Which, frankly, sounds like the a boring Faustian bargain, but is one all the same: He will have a career pushing the envelope in standup and calling out society on every little hypocrisy he notices, and in exchange he will give up any possible fun. No boozing or drugs, of course. But also no cake or rich food, and yes to gallons of green juice. No to smoking, yes to seeing a personal trainer daily. 

The amount of self-knowledge and self-awareness that Norton has for handling addictive qualities is incredible considering so much of his early material is based in self loathing. A comedic persona sure, but it can't be far from the man himself. Self loathing can lead people to indulge. It can also drive success. Somehow Norton has manage to keep the disgust without it swallowing him up. 

<a href="/comedians/tour_dates/jim_norton">See all of Jim Norton's upcoming dates for Mouthful of Shame here.</a>

Posted by Todd Jackson at 04:53 PM | Comments (0)