Category Archives: National Comics

LESLIE JONES LEAVES SNL

SNL veteran Leslie Jones is not returning for the upcoming 45th season this fall. Jones started out on the show in 2014 and quickly became a fan-favorite. With this exit, she is slated to host a reboot of the popular game show, Supermarket Sweep. Some popular character impersonations during Jones’ time at the show include parodies of The View (playing Whoopi Goldberg) and special appearances on the highly-popular Weekend Update. She is also in the process of a Netflix original comedy special to premiere in 2020 and the film, Coming to America 2, with Eddie Murphy.

Check out a list of her top sketches on SNL HERE!

Metallica opener, Denver Headliner

Joe Sib did not start doing stand-up the way your average comedian does. In the early ‘90s, Sib’s punk rock band Wax was signed to a major record deal. Just a few years later he started his own indie label, SideOneDummy Records, and launched the careers of many diverse bands. Eventually, Joe began touring a one-man show and started his stand-up career based on stories from his life.

After six years of stand-up, he began opening for comedian Jim Breuer and the two quickly became close. After a couple years together, Sib got a call from Breuer that would change his life. Breuer invited Sib to join him opening for legendary metal band Metallica. The two worked together to put on an opening show like no other. They used a combination of DJing, storytelling, and crowd-work to fire up 40,000 metal heads and sometimes performed for over two and a half hours. Sib once told the band that he had seen them on their Injustice for All tour and was extremely jealous of the people with floor seats. Metallica told Joe to make it up by pulling 10 people from the nosebleeds and giving them floor passes at the end of every show.

Fresh off of the tour with Jim Breuer and Metallica, Joe Sib is headlining Comedy Works November 3rd – 6th

Dana Gould experience at The Simpsons

Dana Gould is known as one of the industry’s best stand-up/comedic writers. Having written for one of the most iconic shows of all time, The Simpsons, Dana has been able to make his mark both comedically and personally on the show. He joined the staff in 1999, got his first joke in the show about 9 months into his 7 year career at The Simpsons. In this interview he discusses the differences between him and the other writers, having been one of the few who did not attend Harvard. He also mentions how he was able to put his own experience of adopting a child from China into the show. Listen to the full interview with Jim Norton, Sam Roberts, and Bobcat Goldthwait here for more amazing stories from these hilarious, legendary comics.

That 70’s show alums join Nate Bargatze for Abc pilot

Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp (That 70’s Show) are returning back to multi-camera comedy! Nate Bargatze has enlisted the help of Smith and Rupp to play lead roles opposite the comedian. The show, based on Nate’s life, follows him and his wife (Katie Aselton) transitioning from life in hectic Los Angeles to quiet Tennessee to raise his family. The Red and Kitty Foreman actors will play Bargatze’s dad and mom in the ABC pilot. This will be Bargatze’s first time as a leading man in a series and Smith and Rupp’s first time together since wrapping That 70’s Show. The pilot will be directed by University of Colorado Boulder alum Drew Goddard, who has written, directed, and produced many notable TV series and movies. Hopefully the pilot airs on ABC soon, but until then, don’t miss Nate Bargatze live in Denver September 7th, 2019 at the Paramount Theatre! Get tickets here.

Chris Distefano meets a Penguin

Chris Distefano had an interesting childhood to say the the least. Most people never get to meet a penguin in their lifetime let alone in a Brooklyn basement. Everyone has an odd uncle but Chris Distefano wins the oddest uncle award. Roasting and storytelling at its finest! Watch the clip because you will not believe it unless you hear it from Chris. Also you will learn how to deal with mob.

Brad Williams’ Daddy Issues

Have you seen Brad Williams’ hour special, Daddy Issues? Have you ever wonder how this material came to be and what makes this hour so special and heartfelt to Brad? When Brad was on The Honeydew with Ryan Sickler, Brad explains the origin story behind the hour and the emotions that went along with it. It is truly a touching story and we are glad Comedy Works was here when Brad needed it the most.

Patriot Act Deep Cuts

Patriot Act touches on issues that face society today in a fun and educational way. It is filmed in front of a live studio audience, which makes it feel like a live stand up show. The difference here is that Hasan Minjah does a segment called “Deep Cuts”. Basically this series show the parts of the filming that does make it to the final cut of the episode. It gives Hasan a chance to engage with the audience and answer personal, silly, and sometimes serious questions about the world we are living in. The questions he answers during this part are submitted by an audience member. The crowd gets the chance to interact with Hasan on a personal level and helps with the overall atmosphere of the show in general. Sometimes they even get some comedian friends to stop by and talk like Phoebe Robinson, Desus and Mero. You never know what is going to be discussed but you know it will be entertaining. Hasan says “This is my favorite part of the show!” Check all the episode at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE6linSnhLs377HnPjCNKbSezvRjLHg0k

Would You Party With The Machine?

On episode three of 2 Bears 1 Cave, the newest podcast from #ThiccBoys Tom Segura and Bert Kreischer, the pair talk about a show they pitched that didn’t make it on television. The show, Buzzed, was a cash cab style game show where random people were picked up from a bar on a party bus and drank while trying to win money. Contestants would party and drink with Bert, while playing ridiculous games written by Tom. As you can imagine, the games escalated and became something the two would never expect. We may never get to see the show but enjoy this clip of them describing the craziness that Comedy Central wouldn’t air. Click here to see more episodes of 2 Bears 1 Cave and don’t miss Tom Segura in Denver on September 28th, 2019!

Stand ups Doing Make Up

We all know Kelsey Cook from her podcast, Self-Helpless, and her video series on All Things Comedy, Wrists of Fury, but have you seen or remember her show on youtube, Stand-ups Doing Makeup? She is a foosball champ, hilarious comedian, and a really good makeup artist. Is there anything she can’t do? With that being said there are many comedians that should just stick to telling jokes on stage. Despite their best efforts, her guests transform Kelsey’s face into some version of the joker without fail. It is the thought that counts though, right? Some guests on the show were Sean Patton, Mark Normand, Ryan Sickler, Bert Kreischer, Brad Williams, Jessimae Peluso, Jim Norton, and Sam Tripoli. Kelsey no longer does this show but it is nice to go down memory lane!

Joel McHale Debut Special

Between The Soup and Community, Joel McHale fans have been used to their once a week fix of this hilarious actor and comedian. Well Tuesday, August 6th, the world will be able to watch Joel over and over on his first hour long comedy special streaming on Comedy Dynamics called Live at Pyongyang! It is bound to be an incredible special considering Comedy Dynamics is involved. Any comedy lovers should have this special on their radar!