By the established comedy conventions of their era, Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding were true game changers. Never playing to the balcony, Bob and Ray instead entertained each other. Because they believed in their nuanced characters and absurd premises, their audience did, too.
Now, with the full cooperation of Bob Elliott and of Ray Gouldings widow, Liz, together with insights from numerous colleagues, their craft and the culture that made them so relevant is explored in depth in David Pollock's Bob and Ray, Keener Than Most Persons.
Created by Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent, Old Jews Telling Jokes showcases five actors in a revue that pays tribute to and reinvents classic jokes of the past and present. The show also features comic songs—brand-new and satisfyingly old—as well as tributes to some of the giants of the comedy world and to the Old Jews Telling Jokes website, which inspired the show.
Old Jews Telling Jokes has been cracking up off-broadway audiences for more than a year - having opened at the Westside Theatre on 43rd street in May of 2012.
Our guest, Bill Army plays Reuben in the show - here with speak with him about that, his other work, and his goals.
Jim Breuer is one of the most recognizable comedians in the business, known for his charismatic stage antics, dead-on impressions and hilarious stand-up. In 1995 Breuer joined the cast of SNL, where< he quickly became a fan-favorite for his original character “Goat Boy” and his dead-on impressions of actor Joe Pesci.
Comedian and multi-media powerhouse, Mo’Nique, will perform four shows at Levity Live in West Nyack, NY this weekend - two on Friday and two on Saturday.
In 1999, Mo’Nique’s career took a quantum leap once she landed the starring role as Nikki Parker on UPN’s hit television series, “The Parkers.” Mo’Nique was also the first female to host NBC’s nationally televised program, “Showtime at the Apollo” in 2002. She carried the legendary torch for three consecutive seasons. In 2010 she won the Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for the film, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire.
She continues to dominate television, retail sales on QVC and concert venues – including the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield on Friday night. She even still makes the headlines for offending someone about something.
Dr. Gina Barreca, author of It's Not That I'm Bitter: How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Visible Panty Lines and Conquered the World, has appeared on 20/20, The Today Show, CNN, the BBC, NPR, Oprah, and Dr. Phil to discuss gender, power, politics, and humor.
Her earlier books include the bestselling They Used to Call Me Snow White But I Drifted: Women's Strategic Use of Humor. She will be the keynote speaker at a fundraiser for Zonta Club of Northampton, MA on Thursday.
Mrs. Honey B. is a no-nonsense disciplinarian with staunch traditional values, and a modern day life coach. In Ask Mrs. Honey B. she talks with her audience about issues like relationships, parenting, in-laws, sexting and dealing with adult children who boomerang back home.
Usually when we hear from Paula Poundstone on WAMC, she’s making us laugh on a Saturday morning on Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me, where she is a regular panelist, or stopping by Lake Wobegon on A Prairie Home Companion. But she also spends plenty of time on the road performing her unique brand of stand-up. Poundstone has been honing her live act for more than three decades, between writing essays and books, and occasional acting.
For this Woodstock Writer's Festival panel, four of the best writers for late night television come to Woodstock to share the mirth. Panelists include the legendary Bill Scheft (The Late Show with David Letterman), Jess Dweck (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), and Meredith Scardino (The Colbert Report). Moderated by J.R. Havlan, (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart).
The panel will be a live taping of J.R.'s podcast, Writer's Bloc - he joins us for a preview.