The Herald (Scotland): Who is the Dundee comedian now ‘committing war crimes’ in Ukraine?

The Herald (Scotland): Who is the Dundee comedian now ‘committing war crimes’ in Ukraine?. “GRAHAM Phillips could soon be the first comedian from Dundee to end up in The Hague. He was condemned by MPs in the House of Commons this week for his interview with a British prisoner of war taken captive by the Russians during the Ukraine conflict. In the 45-minute video film, Phillips interrogates Aiden Aslin, who surrendered to Russian forces after fighting in the besieged city of Mariupol last week.”

University of North Carolina: Comedian Lewis Black donates archive to UNC-Chapel Hill University Libraries

University of North Carolina: Comedian Lewis Black donates archive to UNC-Chapel Hill University Libraries. “Black, who has won Grammy Awards for his comedy albums and has written three best-selling books, recently donated his plays, television pilot scripts, and materials from his comedy career to the University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. They will be part of the Southern Historical Collection at the Wilson Special Collections Library.”

‘It’s like SNL TikTok’: A peek inside ‘Stapleview,’ a viral live comedy show (Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Times: ‘It’s like SNL TikTok’: A peek inside ‘Stapleview,’ a viral live comedy show. “With minutes to go before the premiere of the second episode of ‘Stapleview,’ the set of the sketch comedy show is abuzz with the unmistakable energy of a live production barreling rapidly toward showtime. But amid all the commotion — as crew members rush to set up script monitors and hand out last-minute props — the cast has its focus turned elsewhere. The actors are on their phones, using TikTok.”

IssueWire: Three Stooges Author Announces Website Honoring Former Stooge (PRESS RELEASE)

IssueWire: Three Stooges Author Announces Website Honoring Former Stooge (PRESS RELEASE). “The new website features nearly 170 high-definition clips, many rare and never before seen until now, from [Joe] Besser’s nearly 350 memorable movie and TV roles, including as the malevolent brat, Stinky, on The Abbott and Costello Show, as a member of the iconic Three Stooges comedy team, as the frustrated and henpecked building superintendent, Jillson, on The Joey Bishop Show, and so much more.”

The Conversation: How social media forces stand-up comedians like Trevor Noah and Basket Mouth to self-censor

The Conversation: How social media forces stand-up comedians like Trevor Noah and Basket Mouth to self-censor. “As an art form based on abuse and amusement, comedy uses potentially offensive material. One would expect the audience to be either delighted or infuriated. But stand-up comedy creates a space where a kind of agreement is reached, which renders most offensive gags inoffensive. This happens through elements like audiences choosing to attend, the venue and shared socio-cultural knowledge. Stand-up comedy has its own norms about how jokes are made and received. The synergy between comedians and live audiences allows for a momentary suspension of offence. But when these jokes start to circulate in a separate space – like social media – they are subjected to other sets of appraisal and questioning.”

CNET: COVID-19 pushed a lot of entertainers to VR. Now VR events are infiltrating the real world

CNET: COVID-19 pushed a lot of entertainers to VR. Now VR events are infiltrating the real world. “COVID-19 continues to disrupt the entertainment industry, forcing local performers to find alternatives to their standard venues. While many flocked to Zoom, others found VR apps offered a better way to engage with a live audience. And with many cities across the US supporting a return to live events, performers are looking for ways to incorporate these virtual audiences into the real world performances.”

CNN: Nigeria’s social media comedians are making laughter pay

CNN: Nigeria’s social media comedians are making laughter pay. “In Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, an emerging crop of young comics are leveraging social media to create video content that makes people laugh — and makes money. What started as a hobby is now turning into a lucrative business opportunity. By leaning on the growing internet access across the continent, these comics are creating characters and skits on TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter that can be sold to brands.”

New York Times: Carl Reiner’s Archives Will Go to the National Comedy Center

New York Times: Carl Reiner’s Archives Will Go to the National Comedy Center. “Reiner, who would have turned 99 on Saturday, also left behind a trove of documents, artifacts and personal memorabilia, working on TV programs like ‘Your Show of Shows’ and ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’ and films like ‘Oh, God!’ and ‘The Jerk.’ Now this personal archive will live on: his family is donating it to the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, N.Y., so that current fans and future generations can appreciate the breadth of his accomplishments.”

New York Times: Cheech Marin’s Chicano Art Museum Is to Open This Fall

New York Times: Cheech Marin’s Chicano Art Museum Is to Open This Fall. “In the mid-1980s, Marin, buoyed by a burgeoning film career, made the leap from merely admiring Rembrandts and Vermeers in museums to acquiring work. A third-generation Mexican-American, he focuses on Chicano artists, and has amassed one of the largest such collections in the world. Now, his more than 700 paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures will have a permanent home in the former Riverside, Calif., public library.”

BBC: ‘It’s a scary time for stand-up comedians’

BBC: ‘It’s a scary time for stand-up comedians’. “The last real comedy show that stand-up Rob Broderick played to a room full of real people was in mid-March, at Adelaide’s Corona Theatre. ‘Literally the last words I said on a stage were, “Goodnight Corona!”‘ he tells the BBC. ‘Then it was 24 hours in the air, and when I landed most of my work was gone.’”

TikTok Trump Impersonator Becomes Hollywood Commodity: “It’s Been Insane” (Hollywood Reporter)

Hollywood Reporter: TikTok Trump Impersonator Becomes Hollywood Commodity: “It’s Been Insane”. “Sarah Cooper has been called many things — writer, actress, stand-up comedian, former Google staffer, TikTok superstar, etc. But on a recent outing from her Brooklyn apartment, someone on the street saw her and shouted out a name that perfectly summed up Cooper’s surprise pandemic fame: Donald Trump.”

The Project Comedy Club Database

Another one of those things I stumbled across thanks to the Bing News RSS feed: The Project Comedy Club database. From the About page: “Project CCDB came to fruition when a few comedians in a text feed were complaining about the lack of women/POC diversity in nationwide comedy club line-ups, even in large markets like Los Angeles, where the population contains more than enough qualified (audience-drawing) comics for booking. After months of exchanging photos of predominantly white male lineups, these comics got sick of complaining about it and connected with an interested computer scientist to gather actual data from clubs over a three month period and see if the hearsay was true or just rumors of a resentful messaging group. So, here are the facts as they stand of what genders and ethnicitites are most represented.”