Comedy

Web of Funny: Seeking Fame Under UCB’s Net

Web of Funny: Seeking Fame Under UCB’s Net

On a cold March night on New York’s Upper East Side, about 50 people gather in the halls of the Manhattan Neighborhood Network television studio eagerly awaiting the unexpected. The group is the studio audience for The Special Without Brett Davis, a new public access talk show that has already […]

 
 

Writing for Laughs

Writing for Laughs

Sitting comfortably on a bench in Washington Square Park, the spatial center of New York University, Monica Skoko seems very relaxed for someone just weeks away from graduation and jumping into a highly competitive job market: television writing. Perhaps it is the newly arrived spring weather, as flowers peek through […]

 
 

Sophie Mitchell Turned Sweet 16, But Did She Turn Sweet at 16?

Sophie Mitchell Turned Sweet 16, But Did She Turn Sweet at 16?

The former Super-Sweet-Sixteener dishes what really happened on her 16th birthday and how she rose above the harsh backlash. by Julia Morpurgo On August 15, 2005, Sophie Mitchell and her mother sat back in the plush seating of P. Diddy’s luxurious New York Dream Hotel, watching the video of Mitchell’s […]

 
 

The Silicone Screen: Cell Phone Cinema

The Silicone Screen: Cell Phone Cinema

As technology expands and improves, cell phones have become an increasingly popular method for viewing and recording video By Julianne Mosoff It’s a Wednesday night at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and a group of students are crowded together watching a funny video that junior Elisabeth Brown made for […]

 
 

How Comedian Alonzo Bodden Used Reality T.V. to Propel his Success

How Comedian Alonzo Bodden Used Reality T.V. to Propel his Success

How Reality Television served as one Comedian’s Introduction to America By Chip Hammell The house lights dim and the spotlights rise as the comedy club owner takes the stage at the Vinnie Brand’s Stress Factory in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  Brand warms up the crowd by joking about the recent […]

 
 

Taking the Piss: The Controversy of America’s First Modern Comic

Taking the Piss: The Controversy of America’s First Modern Comic

Whether on stage or in court, Lenny Bruce broke comedy barriers speaking the unspeakable By Michael Menta Comic, “vomic,” prophet, blasphemer, moral equalizer and self-professed money-hungry hypocrite: who the hell was Lenny Bruce? He was the quintessential “sick comic” in the 50s and 60s who used vulgarity and taboo subjects […]