Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn ran from 2002 to 2004. It was a breathe of fresh air in a politically charged society. It also started a format that is still used today in the podcast world. Colin Quinn was the host and would have a variety of topics that his 4 comic panelists would share witty and sometimes controversial opinions. With regular appearances from Nick Di Paolo, Greg Giraldo, Patrice O’Neal, and Jim Norton, the show from beginning to end was smart, clever and funny. Tough Crowd is probably best known for when Dennis Leary and Greg Giraldo got into a fight while taping. Never a dull moment, Tough Crowd is a great throwback to a time when funny was just funny. Watch the video of Di Paolo, Giraldo, Carlin and Norton on Tough Crowd. Though it is topic driven, it still remains relevant and speaks to the culture today. To see more episodes head to Youtube where most of the episode are available.
On August 26th, Netflix released Sticks and Stones from Dave Chappelle. This special was only announced a week prior to its release and of course got a bunch of publicity. That same day another special came out on Youtube. It was a completely spur of the moment set with no jokes planned. This was Andrew Schulz: Crowd Work Special. Over the past year Andrew Schulz has taken the comedy industry by storm. He went against the traditional route in waiting for the industry to notice him. A true DIY comedian, Andrew Schulz, has built a brand and has done so on his own terms with the help of his talented friends Alexx Media and Mark Gagnon. A month after its release Andrew Schulz’s Crowd Work Special is over 1 million views.
Andrew states “As a comic it’s my job to push the limits of my craft. Every special I do I want to push comedy forward into the next phase. I think we accomplished that here. I hope you feel the same way. ” This special did not disappoint. Andrew very much accomplished pushing comedy forward and will continue to do so.
Gary Gulman has been a mentor and idol to many successful comics in the industry today. From #GulManTips on twitter to his openness and honesty on stage, Gary Gulman’s newest special is sure to be the best one yet. It has been 3 years since his last hour came out and a lot has happened over those years. After this special Gary will not only be an inspiration to comedians trying to make it in comedy but to the general public on how to deal with life and laugh in the face of depresh! Check out Gary’s newest special, The Great Depresh, October 5th on HBO.
Anthony Jeselnik had a show years ago on Comedy Central called The Jeselnik Offensive. It was short lived and cancelled. Anthony Jeselnik has since gone on touring, being his unapologetic self, and recording a Netflix special. After his on going success, Comedy Central must have realized they made a huge mistake letting Anthony go. Jeselnik is back on Comedy Central with a new talk show that is raw, funny, and really answers the hard questions facing comedians today. Good Talk with Anthony Jeselnik premiered earlier this month and continues to bring a much needed raw and dark talk to the talk show landscape.
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.
If you have seen Vinnie Montez on a Comedy Works stage then you know what a funny guy he is. You probably also know that he is a dedicated Boulder cop. This interesting combination of a cop by day and a comic at night caught the eye of our local 9News team. This feature story goes into what makes Vinnie who he is and how he copes with all that life throws his way. Check out the report and be sure see him live because his enigmatic and infectious positivity is unparalleled!
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.
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.
If you have been in Denver and thought to yourself…”there is nothing to do” , then you are sorely mistaken! Denver.org is not only a great spot to find activities to do in Denver, they have also provided Denverites with an amazing web series called Comedians Doing Stuff. Janae Burris has tried her hand at conducting the Colorado Symphony. Sam Tallent has visited a local brewery. Christie Buchele learned about street art. Everything that makes Denver such a unique place to live is featured on this series plus it showcases the incredibly talented comedy scene we have right at here in our own backyard! Check it out!
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