comedy

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Tue April 16, 2013

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Woodstock - Panel at The Woodstock Writer's Festival

J.R. Havlan

    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.

Arts & Culture
10:56 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Aimee Mann at Helsinki Hudson on 4/18

Aimee Mann most recent album, Charmer, was released on her own SuperEgo label in September of last year. It was her 8th solo album after splitting with the new wave band, Til Tuesday in 1990. Mann is is playing at Helsinki Hudson in Hudson, NY on Thursday, April 18th at 8pm. Ted Leo will open.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu April 4, 2013

David Sedaris - One new book and three regional shows

    David Sedaris' new book, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, will be released by Little Brown on April 23rd.

The satirist and public radio favorite will be at three venues in three different cities in our region: The Bardavon on 4/5The Mahaiwe on 4/6, and The Egg on 4/11.

The Roundtable
9:35 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Rachel Dratch

    Anyone who saw an episode of Saturday Night Live between 1999 and 2006 knows Rachel Dratch. She was hilarious! So what happened to her? After a misbegotten part as Jenna on the pilot of 30 Rock, Dratch was only getting offered, she says, roles as “Lesbians or Secretaries. Sometimes secretaries who are lesbians.”

Her career as a female comedian at a low point, she suddenly had time for yoga, dog-sitting, learning Spanish—and dating. Dratch reveals the joys and terrors of putting herself out there in a quest to find love and then becoming a mother in an undreamed-of way in her book, Girl Walks into a Bar . . .: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle.

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WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

The Book Show #1283 - Dave Barry

    Insane City is Pulitzer Prize winning humorist Dave Barry's first novel in more than 10 years, though he has been writing non-fiction best-sellers during that time. In the book, Seth Weinstein is on his way to his destination wedding in Florida.

Little does he know what's in store: Russian gangsters, angry strippers, a desperate Haitian refugee and her two children on the run from some very bad men, and an 11-foot albino Burmese python named Blossom.

Arts & Culture
9:40 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Eddie Izzard at The Bardavon

British comedian Eddie Izzard will bring his brilliant and unique form of stand-up comedy to the stage at The Bardavon in Poughkeepsie, New York this Saturday, February 16th (as of this posting, tickets are available for the 6pm show, available on The Bardavon website or by calling 845-473-2072).

Comedian, dramatic actor of stage and screen, activist, transvestite, marathon runner, any one descriptor (or even a bundle of them) applied to Izzard would fail to summarize his career or the man himself. Still - with his help - we try in this segment.

Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Wed January 30, 2013

We are doing this: stand-up comedian and podcast host, Marc Maron

Credit Larry Hirshowitz

    Stand-up comedian, Marc Maron, kicks of his “Out of the Garage” Tour at The Egg in Albany, NY this Friday, February 1st.

The title of the show refers to the home-studio in his garage – the primary location used to record his very popular podcast “WTF with Marc Maron.” The podcast features perceptive stream-of-consciousness introductions and lengthy (usually one-on-one, occasionally one-on-two for example: Tenacious D) conversations with iconic entertainment personalities. The podcast premiered in 2009 and regularly hits #1 on iTunes and has been called a “must-listen” by Vanity Fair, The New York Times, and many other publications and entertainment websites.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Kevin Meany

Credit kevinmeaney.com

  With a blend of lunacy that includes physical humor, impersonations, stylized caricatures of nightclub singers and his signature "man on the street" interviews. Emmy Award winner Kevin Meany has been one of the country's most popular standup comedians for more than 25 years.

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Fri January 11, 2013

2 actors, 7 books, 70 minutes: Potted Potter in the GE Theatre at Proctors

In June of 1997, the first of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” books was published in the UK. The scarred and bespectacled boy wizard’s popularity is virtually immeasurable and his adventures fill the pages of 7 total books - which have been the basis for 8 feature length films. As with anything – if there is anything – as popular as Harry Potter, the creativity doesn’t stop there – or even with officially sanctioned theme parks. Fans of the world Rowling created continue to retell and re-imagine the stories through fan-fiction, music, and theater.

In Potted Potter, two actors, Daniel Clarkson and Jeff Turner, comically and energetically deliver Harry Potter’s story on stage in 70 minutes. 7 books in 70 minutes. In their production – which was nominated for an Olivier award in London and has toured globally – Jeff Turner plays Harry, and Daniel Clarkson plays everyone else.

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu December 20, 2012

"After the Fall" by Victoria Roberts

After the Fall: A Novel introduces us to a brilliantly eccentric family from New York’s Upper East Side.

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