stand-up comedian

    Joan Rivers kept audiences laughing through a 50-year career. It was a career that certainly had its bumps: bankruptcy, getting banned from The Tonight Show, and having her husband commit suicide - however, she was a constant presence on the road. She never stopped working and was always reinventing herself.

In this segment we share an archival interview with Joan Rivers and then welcome Susie Essman to the program to talk about what Joan meant to her.

Susie Essman

Mar 28, 2014

      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.

      Ranked by Comedy Central as one of the top 100 stand-ups of all time, actor and comedian Sinbad has kept audiences laughing in the aisles for the past three decades. He tells stories, and the basis of these stories and his humor is everyone he’s meets, everything he’s seen, and everything he’s done. He has built a loyal following by talking with his audiences and finding the humor in the embarrassing tribulations of day-by-day life. He also has a great ability to make the mundane sound profound without being profane.

He will perform at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on January 16th.

 Michael Ian Black is a comedian by trade, having starred in the sketch comedy series “The State,” “Stella,” “Michael & Michael Have Issues” and more.

But he is also a man of science.

He is set to co-host “Duck Quacks Don’t Echo,” a National Geographic reality series that puts over-the-top theories to the test through in-studio and pre-produced experiments.

Black will co-star alongside fellow comedians Tom Papa and Seth Herzog, who will conduct a variety of zany experiments in order to answer these questions: What happens if you give someone a nonalcoholic drink but tell them it contains alcohol — will they act drunk? Can four ceramic coffee mugs support the entire weight of a pick-up truck? Can pigeons can actually remember human faces?

The show premieres tonight at 10PM on National Geographic.

Comedian Bill Cosby is at a point in his career where virtually every new standup star counts him as a major influence – but Cosby himself has shown no signs of slowing down.

His prolific career has covered beloved records, TV, movies, books, and even a new app.

Cosby’s role on I Spy made him the first African-American to co-star in a dramatic series, breaking television’s racial barrier and winning three Emmy Awards. In the 1980s, he again rocked the television world with the The Cosby Show, which single-handedly revived the family sitcom and rescued NBC.

Cosby has been honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the Kennedy Center Honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award.

On Oct. 13, he will headline the Mahaiwe’s annual gala in Great Barrington, Mass.

Eugene Mirman

Nov 26, 2013

    Eugene Mirman is a stand-up comedian that you may recognize from HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Adult Swim’s Delocated, or for his voice work on the animated Fox series, Bob’s Burgers (or, of course, a number of other places - including ... the internet).

Mirman moved to Massachusetts from Moscow with his parents when he was 4 years old. He attended Hampshire College where he designed a major in Comedy. Eugene was named Best New York City Comedian by the Village Voice, one of “50 Funniest” by Time Out New York, and one of the 10 best comedians of the last decade by Paste Magazine.

Eugene Mirman will perform at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton, MA on Saturday, November 30 and at Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden, CT on December 5th.

The new book Crash and Burn focuses on different moments in comedian Artie Lange’s life-examining and horrifying and often hilarious detail how drugs ruined his career, his intimate relationships and nearly severed his relationship with his own family.

He digs deep into his past critically analyzing his life, pin pointing his decent into the hellish throws of addiction, hitting rock bottom, and the ultimate journey to redemption.


  Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage. is the title of the stand-up comedian’s tell-all-or-most memoir. In it, he vividly shares stories of his childhood, depression, alcoholism (he’s now more than 11 years sober), and that time he put an egg in a microwave.

Rob Delaney is one of the rare people whose time spent on Twitter has helped his career. Before he was making money as a comedian, he was sending out 140 character or less jokes like “Imagine a shark. Terrified yet? Well you will be when I tell you that THE SHARK IS MADE OF GLUTEN!” and “The hour I lose from daylight savings time will now be multiplied by 6 as I try to change the time on the clock in my car.” and many others not exactly suitable for radio.

His twitter-persona is primarily brash, irreverent, and fearless. His memoir is funny - but also stuffed with thoughtful reflections on too-real experiences. And then - as you can count on from any good comedian - funny again.

    Tony nominated comedian Mario Cantone will perform at the Woodstock Comedy Festival on September 21st.

Mario, who is best known for his role as Anthony on the hit HBO series Sex and the City is also an accomplished stage actor and singer. He has performed on Broadway in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Love! Valor! Compassion!, Assassins, and his one-man show, Laugh Whore.

Besides his acting career, he has conquered the comedy scene performing as a standup and impressionist in venues like Carnegie Hall.

    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.