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As Cable TV Fades, Fearing ‘the End of Comedy Central’

As Cable TV Fades, Fearing ‘the End of Comedy Central’

As Cable TV Fades, Fearing ‘the End of Comedy Central’ As Cable TV Fades, Fearing ‘the End of Comedy Central’ Last year there were signs of hope for Comedy Central. Trevor Noah, the host of “The Daily Show” since 2015, had found his footing. New series like “The Other Two” and “South Side” got strong reviews. Awkwafina, the breakout star …

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Can Physical Comedy Work on Zoom? Bill Irwin Wants to Find Out

Can Physical Comedy Work on Zoom? Bill Irwin Wants to Find Out

Can Physical Comedy Work on Zoom? Bill Irwin Wants to Find Out Can Physical Comedy Work on Zoom? Bill Irwin Wants to Find Out In Bill Irwin’s lockdown performance space, his apartment in the Flatiron district of Manhattan, his laptop perches on a stack of books. Off to the side, DVDs from the Kennedy Center Honors make a platform for …

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Is Your Office Closed? Compensate With a Workplace Comedy.

Is Your Office Closed? Compensate With a Workplace Comedy.

Is Your Office Closed? Compensate With a Workplace Comedy. Is Your Office Closed? Compensate With a Workplace Comedy. To begin, a confession: My husband, an essential worker, goes to an office every weekday. He walks about a mile, navigating the sidewalks like a player in some virus-inflected Frogger game, and rides a lonely elevator to an empty 10th floor suite. …

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5 New Comedy Specials to Remind You of the Old Normal

5 New Comedy Specials to Remind You of the Old Normal

5 New Comedy Specials to Remind You of the Old Normal 5 New Comedy Specials to Remind You of the Old Normal “Laughter is the best medicine” is a cliché that has been skewered so many times it’s easy to forget the animating truth behind it. No, a joke will not save us, but it can provide solace, and not …

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Tim Brooke-Taylor, a Mainstay of British Comedy, Dies at 79

Tim Brooke-Taylor, a Mainstay of British Comedy, Dies at 79

Tim Brooke-Taylor, a Mainstay of British Comedy, Dies at 79 Tim Brooke-Taylor, a Mainstay of British Comedy, Dies at 79 This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here. Tim Brooke-Taylor, who helped define British comedy in the 1970s as a star of the long-running television sketch show, “The …

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Code 404, review: As with the bungling DI John Major himself, this comedy only just about works

Code 404, review: As with the bungling DI John Major himself, this comedy only just about works

Code 404, review: As with the bungling DI John Major himself, this comedy only just about works Code 404, review: As with the bungling DI John Major himself, this comedy only just about works Viewers have been left reeling from one problematic remake of a 1970s classic, ITV’s “new” Van der Valk. Now we are hit with another, Code 404 …

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Can You Make Money in Live Comedy Right Now? Some Producers Say Yes

Can You Make Money in Live Comedy Right Now? Some Producers Say Yes

No one in live comedy is thrilled about moving shows online. “Doing standup without an audience is like sex without an orgasm,” quipped Felicia Madison, the booker for West Side Comedy Club. “Why bother?” But in the era of social distancing, you make do. Comedians quickly adjusted, telling jokes on their social media feeds and holding online benefits. But after …

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‘Why Don’t You Just Die!’ Review: Attempted Murder, but Make It Comedy

‘Why Don’t You Just Die!’ Review: Attempted Murder, but Make It Comedy

There’s a sense in which this Russian film, a raucous, violent comedy of vengeance written and directed by Kirill Sokolov, may immediately feel familiar — at least if you’re a genre film aficionado. Its early shots show our hero, so to speak — Matvey (Aleksandr Kuznetsov), a young fellow with an unusually shaped nose wearing a sweatshirt with a Batman …

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Kenya Barris Plumbs His Id to Reinvent the Family Comedy

Kenya Barris Plumbs His Id to Reinvent the Family Comedy

Kenya Barris is not an actor. A 45-year-old screenwriter, he has produced reality television (“America’s Next Top Model”), written movies (“Girls Trip”) and mined his own life for the long-running ABC show “black-ish.” Now freed from the constraints of network television thanks to a $100 million Netflix deal, Barris is aiming to reinvent the family comedy by taking a page …

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‘Netflix of comedy’ helps housebound comedians to reach fans and earn income amid coronavirus lockdown

‘Netflix of comedy’ helps housebound comedians to reach fans and earn income amid coronavirus lockdown

Comedians stuck at home amid the coronavirus crisis have been given a platform to stream their live shows and recoup some of their lost income thanks to a London-based start-up. Comedians, most of whom are self-employed, have suffered financially along with venues and promoters during the ongoing lockdown, with financial support from the government not likely to arrive until June. …

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