Comedy Central's inaugural "Comics to Watch" showcase of new talents will be hosted by Christian Finnegan, with the spotlight put on the following stand-up comedians:
with special guest James Smith
The intent of "Comics to Watch" is for Comedy Central to show support for comedians who have not yet appeared prominently on the network, and showcase them to the rest of the industry. Many of them already have been featured in one way or another here on The Comic's Comic.
Just when you thought you knew the truth about professional wrestling, James Adomian and his L.A. group The Midnight Show have another theory. A conspiracy theory. Starring Adomian as Jesse Ventura, Paul F. Tompkins as Iron Sheik, Josh Fadem as Ultimate Warrior & Nic Wegener as Vince McMahon. Directed by Payman Benz. Roll the clip!
How are you ringing in the new year? A party. Some laughs, maybe. Some retrospection on the year gone by. Comedian Josh Fadem hears you on all three counts, in one handy little video. So many haircuts. So many laughs. Hahahahaha. Roll it!
As I sit here, living off of the boissons gratis of the 24-hour Subway restaurant and paying for temporary WiFi access in Montreal's Trudeau airport terminal, I realize that my initial plan to bring you a full slate of reviews from Montreal's Just For Laughs festival today might not come to fruition. Something about spending most of the afternoon trying to get a flight to New York City, then boarding a flight that takes off, and almost makes it there only to circle back and land in Canada, forcing you and your fellow passengers to pass through Customs even though you just left (the Customs agent had a quizzical view of the situation, as well), then spending the rest of the evening and into the morning hoping that the skies have cleared and airports reopened -- it all leaves me tres fatigue, as the French write. At least for a few hours, though, I was sitting in a chair in the sky!
With that nod to Louis CK, who put on two of the best shows (and hottest tickets) during the fest, I do want to share some initial thoughts about Montreal's annual celebration of comedy, and how it fared this summer. More in-depth reviews of the shows I saw will get published once I'm back home in New York City, to be sure. But first, a few thoughts, opinions and ideas to get you thinking about -- and hopefully talking about -- comedy.