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  • Laurie Kilmartin is taping a new special ’45 Jokes About My Dead Dad’ October 17-18 in LA

    Comedian and Conan writer Laurie Kilmartin announced today via Twitter that she will be taping a new comedy special this fall. Entitled ’45 Jokes About My Dead Dad,’ Kilmartin will be taping a unique, short special on October 17th and 18th at the Lyric Theater in Los Angeles. Here’s what she had to say on the facebook event for the taping:

    Hey Guys
    This October 17th and 18th, I’m taping a comedy special at the Lyric Theater in Los Angeles. It’s a one-topic special, and I don’t know how long it will be.

    You are all invited.

    The show is called “45 Jokes About My Dead Dad.” When I came up with the idea last month, I had about 4 decent minutes about the March 2 passing of my father. I thought it might be fun- or at least interesting- to release a 5 minute special that was shot the way most comics shoot their hour. Theater, three cameras, the works. I booked a venue, hired a producer and director.

    “45 Jokes About My Dead Dad,” will probably be longer than 15 minutes, but no more than 25. This is not a one-person show. I don’t do that. In my heart of hearts, I’m a nightclub comic. No tears. No message. Some dick jokes.

    I’m doing every spot possible here in LA. On upcoming weekends, I’ll be working out at venues in Portland, Dallas, San Francisco and hopefully New York on a hiatus week. If you have a venue in LA, all you have to do is ask. If you have a venue outside of LA, all you have to do is ask. (I can only do Saturdays if it’s out of state.)

    I’m not fucking around here. This is costing me a ton of money (actually, it’s costing my son a ton of college tuition) and I want it to be great and funny. Hope to see you at the Lyric on Oct 17th and/or 18th.

    Love,
    Laurie

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    Watch the trailer for Jason Reitman dramedy ‘Men, Women & Children’


    Jason Reitman, director of Juno and Up in the Air, returns to direct his newest film Men, Women & Children. The dramedy takes a look at the sexual frustrations that young teenagers and adults face in today’s world. The film marks the return of “serious” Adam Sandler, who will play alongside Jennifer Garner (Juno, Alias), Judy Greer (Archer, FX’s Married), Ansel Elgort (The Fault in our Stars), and J.K. Simmons (also, Juno). Although the trailer makes it seem like this will lean way over to the drama side, it should be interesting to see how Reitman draws out the humor.

    Chris Laker “Moments of Greatness” (review)

    Chris Laker - Moments of GreatnessIn an interview with Cringe Humor, Chris Laker was asked how he would describe his comedy to someone who’s never seen his act. “I talk about grown-up sh*t,” Laker affirmed.

    Yes, he totally does.

    “I’ve made some life choices that maybe not everybody has done.”

    Yes, he totally has.

    “I dunno…it’s just me and how I look at…stuff.”

    Absolutely. You can almost envision a squinty-eyed man thoughtfully scratching his head – perhaps raking his fingers through the threads of his beard – before deciding, maybe ultimately, that he’s going to stop cutting both his hair and his beard. The album kicks off with Laker bringing us into the enigma of his appearance: he doesn’t know why he looks the way he does, but he does know that the “Castaway jokes are coming.” Read More

    David Letterman pays tribute to Robin Williams, his friend of 38 years

    One week after the passing of Robin Williams, David Letterman returned from a week hiatus. During the show, Letterman spent 10 minutes of the show recalling the early stand-up days at The Comedy Store when they first saw the late comedian take the stage declaring, “it was nothing we’ve ever seen before… we were like morning dew, he was like a hurricane.” Letterman recalled Williams’ kind spirit, and willingness to help other comedians joking about an early appearance on Mork & Mindy. Letterman then played clips from some of Williams’ 50 appearances on late night with the host. Letterman wrapped the segment saying goodbye to his friend of 38 years as he held back tears and stated how, like others that he was sorry he, “had no idea that the man was in pain, and that the man was suffering. What a guy, Robin Williams.” Read More

    Check out the complete schedule for FXX’s “Every Simpsons Marathon”

    simpsons-marathonThis Thursday, FXX is launching the biggest marathon of all time. Their “Every Simpsons Marathon” will run for twelve days, playing every episode of The Simpsons from all twenty-five seasons. That’s a little bit much to sit through. You probably have a job, or school, or a bed you have to go too. Well, the good people over at Uproxx put together the complete schedule for the marathon, so you can strategically map out your days.

    When’s “Kamp Krusty?” August 22. When’s “Mr.Plow?” Also August 22. Same season, see how that works? “Homer’s Enemy?’” August 25th, my friend. Read on to find out when to expect the rest of your Simpsons favorites to be on. Now if you excuse me, someone has to make some room on her DVR. Read More

    A conversation with High Plains Comedy Festival co-founders Adam Cayton-Holland and Andy Juett

    Denver, Colorado has one of the most underrated comedy scenes in the country. The scene has boomed in the past few years and has now become a destination city for up-and-coming comics to put down roots. A big part of this boom has been because of a handful of hardworking local comics, two of which launched an indie comedy festival last year. Adam Cayton-Holland and Andy Juett, co-founders of the High Plains Comedy Festival, are bringing in heavy hitters from coast to coast (Kumail Nanjiani, TJ Miller, Ben Kronberg, Jared Logan, Kate Berlant, etc.) to join some of Denver’s finest for the fest’s second year this weekend, August 21-23rd. I had the opportunity to talk to Adam and Andy about the Denver comedy scene and what they have in store for this year’s festival. Check it out. Read More

    Sabrina Jalees and Liza Treyger ask Bonnie McFarlane the hard-hitting questions in new web-series “How Many Questions”


    It looks like we weren’t the only ones having a blast in Montreal. Comedians Sabrina Jalees and Liza Treyger launched a new web-series today they taped at this year’s Just For Laughs festival, How Many Questions. Bonnie McFarlane stars in the debut episode tackling a barrage of questions from a (drunk) Jalees and Treyger. They each have two minutes to ask McFarlane as many questions as they can. Questions like: “Can you tell I’m Jewish just by looking at me or do I have to speak to you?,”Favorite HBO show?,” “That’s So Raven, why did it get cancelled?,” and, “What’s the most off-putting part about Liza when you first meet her?” This web-series is delightfully confusing, and silly, and just f*cking funny. Instant subscribe… Oh, and [spoiler alert] episode one ends in a “Guess what age I had an abortion” challenge. Again, instant subscribe. Read More

    Nathan Fielder and Conan O’Brien talk scandalous Instagrams and Dumb Starbucks


    Nathan For You star, Nathan Fielder, stopped by Conan last night. Conan O’Brien asked Fielder to explain his recent Instagram scandal that got his account suspended. Fielder’s response, “You gotta give something back to the fans.” In Fielder’s eyes, fans want pictures of him smiling in different locations and eating food… with porno images hidden in the background. And of course, the conversation switched over to Fielder’s Dumb Starbucks prank. Read More