Dick Cavett, the host of The Dick Cavett Show — which aired on ABC from 1968 to 1975 and on public television from 1977 to 1982 — is the author, most recently, of Talk Show: Confrontations, Pointed Commentary, and Off-Screen Secrets.

He will be in Woodstock this weekend as part of the Woodstock Comedy Festival.

    Walking the dog Theater returns for its sixth season at the PS21 Tent with an evening of comedic short plays by contemporary American playwright David Ives.

Long Ago and Far Away and Other Short Comedies shows the verbal dexterity, theatrical invention, and quirky humor that have made Ives popular with audiences and critics alike. His full-length play Venus in Fur recently had an award winning run on Broadway.

The show is up and runs through July 21st. This morning we are joined by Judy Grunberg, president of PS21, and David Anderson, director of Walking the Dog Theater to discuss their latest collaboration at the Tent.

    Allan Sherman was an American comedy writer and television producer who became famous as a song parodist in the early 1960s. His first album, My Son, the Folk Singer, became the fastest-selling record album up to that time.

Mark Cohen has written the first biography of Sherman, Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman.

  Hooray for Captain Spaulding! The intrepid African explorer, inveterate womanizer, and interminable jokester hobnobs with high society as the guest of honor at a swanky soiree. But when a priceless painting is pilfered, he and the guests are swept up in a screwball search for the thief.

The Williamstown Theatre Festival production of Animal Crackers overflows with mirthful melodies, dynamite dancing, and seriously silly slapstick. Animal Crackers brings a new interpretation of the Marx Brothers’ hit Broadway musical and classic film to the Main Stage.

The show is adapted and directed by Henry Wishcamper and the nine-person cast portrays 21 roles. Henry Wishcamper joins us this morning.

  A longtime fixture of radio's Howard Stern Show, comedian Jackie "The Joke Man" Martling was born and raised on Long Island, NY. While touring as a national headliner, Martling released three comedy lp's, 1979's "What Did You Expect?," 1980's "Goin' Ape!," and 1981's "Normal People Are People You Don't Know That Well." He blindly sent the three LP's to Howard Stern upon Howard's arrival at WNBC-AM in New York City in 1982, and Howard called him to make a guest appearance on his radio show. in 1986, Jackie became a full-time cast member and the head writer of Stern's show.

Jackie left the show in 2001 after fifteen-year run as head writer of the radio show

He'll be in our region this weekend.

  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.

Joan Marcus

    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.

Breuer will be at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA on Thursday June 6.


May 8, 2013

    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.

    Aziz Ansari will be at The Palace Theatre in Albany, NY on Tuesday, May 14th at 8pm as part of this leg of his Buried Alive tour. This tour will result in his third hour-long stand-up special - the previous two being Aziz Ansari: Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening and Dangerously Delicious.