Last week, Conan O’Brien performed at the 2013 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, lightheartedly teasing President Obama. You can check out the complete video here. It was the second time O’Brien has hosted the dinner, following a previous appearance in 1995 during Bill Clinton’s presidency. We thought it would be a good time to take a look at some of the best White House performances by comedians. Take a look and let us know what you think!
A couple months ago Stand Up NY Labs sat down with local favorite Joe Machi for a short interview, and today we’re going to take an even closer look. Machi works harder than anyone; and although he’s found success on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival, he’s still seen at open mics all over the city, perfecting his craft to a tee while still finding time to help up-and-comers with theirs. Whenever you’re around Joe, he makes you remember that comedy is a community and we’re all here to support each other as we inch towards our dreams. We at Stand Up NY sat down with him to dive into his comedic background full-force, so without further ado, it’s Joe Machi! Continue reading
Last week, we looked at some of the best comedian autobiographies available. After some feedback from our fans, we realized that our first list left out some excellent memoirs that comedy buffs should read. Without further ado, here’s part two of our list of excellent comedian memoirs.
Well, what can be said? Last week was certainly one of the biggest American nightmares since 9/11, but you already know this. Of course it’s hard not to dwell on the tragedy, but there is always some light to find in any situation and this one is no different. At Stand Up NY, we thought it would be relevant to compile a list of some of the elite comedians to come out of the wonderful city of Boston. Remember, laughter’s the best medicine out there and our nation currently needs that more than ever!
We’ve looked at some great comedian biopics and documentaries in prior weeks. Today, we are going to examine some of our favorite autobiographies and memoirs about stand-up comedians. All of these can be ordered from Barnes and Noble or Amazon, and you can listen to them on Audible. Whatever it takes – transfer these words from the page into your brain, so you can learn about the lives and careers of some of these great stand-ups straight from their own mouth.
Can you believe it’s already April? It feels like just yesterday we were complaining about the seemingly never-ending snowfall, but now the sun is shining and America’s favorite pastime is back. Now, I know you’re probably asking yourself, “Why in the world is he writing about baseball on a comedy blog?” I’ll tell you why: What better way to bring in the new season than compiling some of the funniest baseball flicks of all time (especially with 42 premiering today). These films will take you back to your younger days, so sit back, relax, and grab some peanuts and Crackerjacks—its time for baseball and comedy.
Keeping up with our Late Night theme (check out our blog about all the previous hosts of The Tonight Show) we are now going to write about some late night talk shows which you may be unfamiliar with, because they didn’t last. It’s not a given that a late-night show will have a healthy run, so here are some examples of programs that couldn’t sustain. Continue reading
Only a couple weeks ago, some mild rumors arose about Jay Leno potentially leaving The Tonight Show at the conclusion of the 2013-14 television season, and now we know the rumors to be true. Starting in Spring 2014, Jimmy Fallon will be taking over the 11:35 time slot on NBC. With all of this recent madness around The Tonight Show, it only seems appropriate to provide a list of previous hosts, with a bit about how each changed one of America’s favorite TV programs of all time. Continue reading
We recently launched a new Stand Up NY Labs segment, Joke-ology, where we talk with a comedian and dissect a specific joke from their act. Today, we thought we’d blog about a specific, random comedy topic, and share some of our favorite comics’ bits on that subject. The subject we chose today was outer space bits. Continue reading
Every summer, roughly two million people swarm the streets of Montreal, Quebec, all for one reason—comedy. Whether you’re a diehard fan looking to see your favorite performers, along with the world’s top up and comers, or are a comic yourself looking to form a couple connections, the Just for Laughs festival is right up your alley. With auditions taking place throughout New York and Los Angeles over the past few weeks, it only seems fitting to provide a history of one of the biggest comedy events out there. Continue reading