comedy

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Mon July 14, 2014

"Going Deep With David Rees" Premieres On NatGeo

    Cartoonist, Comedian, and Artisanal Pencil Sharpener, David Rees is the host of a new show, Going Deep With David Rees, which premieres tonight on the National Geographic Channel.

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.

Arts & Culture
10:08 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Fyvush Finkel At Mr. Finn's Cabaret

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    Emmy Award-winning (Picket Fences) stage and screen legend Fyvush Finkel will celebrates the great songs and humor of show business at Mr. Finn's Cabaret at Barrington Stage.

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.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Steve Martin At The Palace On 6/20

    Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, featuring Edie Brickell are hitting the road fresh off their recent Grammy win for Best American Roots Song! They will be at The Palace in Albany, NY on Friday, June 20.

The concert will showcase new material performed by Martin and Brickell, including selections from their album Love Has Come for You 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.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Fri May 9, 2014

"Will Not Attend" By Adam Resnick

    Adam Resnick is an Emmy Award-winning writer who began his career at Late Night with David Letterman. He went on to co-create Fox’s Get a Life, starring Chris Elliott, and is responsible for the cult favorites Cabin Boy and Death to Smoochy. He also served as co-executive producer and writer for HBO’s The Larry Sanders Show.

His new book is a collection of very funny stories, Will Not Attend.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Mon April 7, 2014

"Ha!: The Science Of When We Laugh And Why" By Scott Weems

    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?

Ha!: The Science Of When We Laugh And Why 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.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Kathy Griffin (And Her Mom) Ready For Proctors

Kathy Griffin
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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.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Susie Essman

      Susie Essman went from an anxiety-ridden, struggling stand-up comic to being one of the funniest women on television, playing Susie Greene on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm. Emerging as one of the most successful performers in her field, Essman joins this morning for a behind the scenes look at a life in comedy.

She will be performing in Boston tonight at the Wilbur Theatre, providing side-splittingly funny wisdom on a range of topics including men, sports, hypochondria, and step-parenthood.

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

The Book Show #1340 - P. J. O'Rourke

    

  For years, P.J. O’Rourke 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.

In his new book, The Baby Boom: How it Got That Way – And it Wasn’t My Fault…And I’ll Never Do it Again, he trains his eye on his own generation. He leads readers on an expedition into the world of the boomer psyche.

He has written 16-books, including the bestsellers, Parliament of Whores and Give War a Chance

The Roundtable
10:05 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Mike Birbiglia To Thank God For Jokes In Troy

Mike Birbiglia
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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.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed March 12, 2014

3/12/14 Panel

    

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.

Topics include:
Jet Off-Course
Feinstein on Spying
Obama on Between Two Ferns
Disaster Care
TU Stories

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