comedy http://wamc.org en "Going Deep With David Rees" Premieres On NatGeo http://wamc.org/post/going-deep-david-rees-premieres-natgeo <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Cartoonist, Comedian, and Artisanal Pencil Sharpener, <a href="http://www.artisanalpencilsharpening.com/">David Rees</a> is the host of a new show, <a href="http://www.channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/going-deep-with-david-rees/"><em>Going Deep With David Rees</em></a>, which premieres tonight on the National Geographic Channel.</p><p>In each episode of the show, David and his team consult with experts on how to excel at seemingly simple day-to-day tasks like how to tie your shoes, swat a fly, dig a hole, and, make an ice cube.</p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:35:44 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 94780 at http://wamc.org "Going Deep With David Rees" Premieres On NatGeo Fyvush Finkel At Mr. Finn's Cabaret http://wamc.org/post/fyvush-finkel-mr-finns-cabaret <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Emmy Award-winning (<em>Picket Fences</em>) stage and screen legend Fyvush Finkel will celebrates the great songs and humor of show business at Mr. Finn's Cabaret at <a href="http://www.barringtonstageco.org/">Barrington Stage</a>.</p><p>Accompanied by his two sons – Ian Finkel, the World’s Greatest Xylophonist, and Elliot Finkel, concert pianist extraordinaire – the 91-year-old Fyvush offers a first-hand account of his incredible career spanning English and Yiddish roles, from Second Avenue to modern-day television stardom.</p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:08:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 93604 at http://wamc.org Fyvush Finkel At Mr. Finn's Cabaret Steve Martin At The Palace On 6/20 http://wamc.org/post/steve-martin-palace-620 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.stevemartin.com/">Steve Martin</a> and the <a href="http://www.steepcanyon.com/">Steep Canyon Rangers</a>, featuring <a href="http://www.ediebrickell.com/">Edie Brickell</a> are hitting the road fresh off their recent Grammy win for Best American Roots Song! They will be at <a href="http://www.palacealbany.com/">The Palace</a> in Albany, NY on Friday, June 20.</p><p>The concert will showcase new material performed by Martin and Brickell, including selections from their album <em>Love Has Come for You</em> along with the unique hybrid of bluegrass and comedy that Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers have been delighting audiences with at their sold-out, critically acclaimed shows.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 92962 at http://wamc.org Steve Martin At The Palace On 6/20 "Will Not Attend" By Adam Resnick http://wamc.org/post/will-not-attend-adam-resnick <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Adam Resnick is an Emmy Award-winning writer who began his career at <em>Late Night with David Letterman</em>. He went on to co-create Fox’s <em>Get a Life</em>, starring Chris Elliott, and is responsible for the cult favorites <em>Cabin Boy</em> and <em>Death to Smoochy</em>. He also served as co-executive producer and writer for HBO’s <em>The Larry Sanders Show</em>.</p><p>His new book is a collection of very funny stories, <em>Will Not Attend</em>.</p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 90045 at http://wamc.org "Will Not Attend" By Adam Resnick "Ha!: The Science Of When We Laugh And Why" By Scott Weems http://wamc.org/post/ha-science-when-we-laugh-and-why-scott-weems <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Humor, like pornography, is famously difficult to define. We know it when we see it, but is there a way to figure out what we really find funny—and why?</p><p><em>Ha!: The Science Of When We Laugh And Why</em> is an investigation into the science of humor and laughter, cognitive neuroscientist Scott Weems uncovers what’s happening in our heads when we giggle, guffaw, or double over with laughter.</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 87595 at http://wamc.org "Ha!: The Science Of When We Laugh And Why" By Scott Weems Kathy Griffin (And Her Mom) Ready For Proctors http://wamc.org/post/kathy-griffin-and-her-mom-ready-proctors <p>One of our most prolific comedians, Kathy Griffin occupies a space all her own in the entertainment world, from her sold-out stage shows to television appearances to books and albums. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Ian Pickus 87470 at http://wamc.org Kathy Griffin (And Her Mom) Ready For Proctors Susie Essman http://wamc.org/post/susie-essman-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.susieessman.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Susie Essman</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> went from an anxiety-ridden, struggling stand-up comic to being one of the funniest women on television, playing Susie Greene on HBO's </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Curb Your Enthusiasm</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Emerging as one of the most successful performers in her field, </span>Essman<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> joins this morning for a behind the scenes look at a life in comedy.</span></p><p>She will be performing in Boston tonight at the <a href="http://www.thewilbur.com/">Wilbur Theatre</a>, providing side-splittingly funny wisdom on a range of topics including men, sports, hypochondria, and step-parenthood.</p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 86915 at http://wamc.org Susie Essman The Book Show #1340 - P. J. O'Rourke http://wamc.org/post/book-show-1340-p-j-orourke <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>For years, <a href="http://www.pjorourke.com/">P.J. O’Rourke</a> has trained his wit and critical eye on institutions ranging from the U.S. Government and the global economy to the automobile industry and American politics.</p><p>In his new book, <em>The Baby Boom: How it Got That Way – And it Wasn’t My Fault…And I’ll Never Do it Again</em>, he trains his eye on his own generation. He leads readers on an expedition into the world of the boomer psyche.</p><p>He has written 16-books, including the bestsellers, <em>Parliament of Whores</em> and <em>Give War a Chance</em>.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:06:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 86398 at http://wamc.org The Book Show #1340 - P. J. O'Rourke Mike Birbiglia To Thank God For Jokes In Troy http://wamc.org/post/mike-birbiglia-thank-god-jokes-troy <p>Comedian, actor, filmmaker and playwright Mike Birbiglia has been making public radio fans and live audiences laugh for years through his embrace of the awkward and absurd and masterful monologues. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 14:05:00 +0000 Ian Pickus 86115 at http://wamc.org Mike Birbiglia To Thank God For Jokes In Troy 3/12/14 Panel http://wamc.org/post/31214-panel <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Mike Spain; Associate Editor of the Times-Union and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.</p><p>Topics include:<br />Jet Off-Course<br />Feinstein on Spying<br />Obama on Between Two Ferns<br />Disaster Care<br />TU Stories</p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 85652 at http://wamc.org 3/12/14 Panel