Ahora que Jerry Seinfeld es cuatacho de Netflix (más bien que la plataforma le llegó al precio), el comediante le entregó su proyecto de los últimos cinco años. Se trata de “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”, una serie web bastante relajada en la que el propio Seinfeld recoge a famosos comediantes en algún impresionante vehículo (por lo general carros clásicos hermosos) y los lleva a cafeterías o restaurantes a tomar café. Desde 2012 existe este proyecto, que inicialmente se transmitía por Crackle y que ahora podemos encontrar en Netflix.
En México tenemos nuestra propia versión –más raza, por supuesto– gracias a Alex Montiel y su personaje del Escorpión Dorado, enmascarado que transporta a famosos o los pasea por Ciudad de México, los insulta entre bromas y los deja explayarse sobre lo que les dé la gana.
Bueno, el concepto de Seinfeld es extremadamente fresa, si lo comparamos, pero para el caso es lo mismo. Sus invitados, comediantes famosos gringos (Ricky Gervais, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, David Letterman, Jim Carrey, Jay Leno, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jon Stewart, Amy Schumer, Jimmy Fallon, Steve Martin, Will Ferrell, Larry David y muchos, muchos más), acompañan a Jerry a pasear por las calles de la ciudad y luego toman café y comen algún platillo suculento que siempre se antoja.
Para disfrutar esta serie hay que conocer en algún nivel las carreras de estos comediantes, pues claro, se la pasan hablando sobre sus proyectos pasados… muy pasados y hasta de bajo perfil, en algunos casos. Son como charlas cortas entre amigos que nos revelan algún detalle de la vida o los pensamientos de los comediantes que admiramos; nos ponen al corriente de sus excentricidades (como con Jim Carrey), familias, pasatiempos o ideas sobre la vida. En lo personal, algunos episodios han llegado a sorprenderme, pues ves actores que parecen no salirse nunca de su papel (como Alec Baldwin), y otros que hasta parecen algo nerviosos en una conversación sin guion.
Por su formato web se trata de episodios cortos, que van de los 13 a los 20 minutos como máximo. Su lado más interesante e inteligente es cuando los invitados –y el propio Seinfeld– sueltan dos o tres comentarios reveladores, sobre su vida, el amor, el éxito, la familia, la espiritualidad o los complejos.
Son pequeños instantes que caben en un formato que se acopla muy bien al nuevo mundo de la inmediatez. Si son fans de la comedia estadounidense, ya sean series, late shows, películas o stand-ups, ver esta serie es casi una ociosa obligación.
New Year Eve’s Over, But There’s Still Vodka Left In The Bottle. Here’s What You Should Do
New Year Eve’s Over, But There’s Still Vodka Left In The Bottle. Here’s What You Should Do
Mix it with your shampoo.
Did you party hard on the New Year’s Eve? Duh! Why am I even asking. Of course, you did party hard and then also had a hangover the next morning. Probably it even lasted till evening. As much as we enjoy that glass at a party, the following day or the coming days are about all kinds of detox procedures, gymming, and what not, to tackle side-effects like beer bellies, extra centimetres around the waist, etcetera.
But, the celebration’s a must, and especially if you belong to the millennial generation, you might probably say – Who cares! And continue with your lives the way you do, sipping all the liquor that is there in the world.
Our body doesn’t metabolise liquor the way it does with other edibles we consume. So, does that mean a “No” to buying vodka from tomorrow? I don’t think so.
Because it may be hard for you to believe, but there are a few benefits of vodka:
Russians’ association with vodka goes long back in time. Though there isn’t much of empirical evidence, they believe it helps in keeping the drinker’s skin healthy and abets in hair growth. Also, when consumed (in moderation), it acts as a disinfectant for the body and relieves a person from toothaches when taken with a pinch of salt.
Surprised? Well, I’m not done yet, and by the time you scroll to the end, you will come across seven more surprising facts about vodka and what you can do with it.
Long live the flowers
So, apart from getting high on vodka, you can always keep your flowers fresh for a longer period by adding a teaspoon of sugar with a few drops of vodka.
Vodka is lighter…
…than water. A litre of vodka weighs 953 grams while it is 1,000 grams for water.
If you’re stung by a jellyfish, someday, on your Goa trip then don’t forget to apply some vodka to it. Vodka soothes it and also acts as a disinfectant to the wound alleviating some pain.
If you’re already high on vodka, then it wouldn’t make a difference, but if you’re not then while peeling off a band-aid, you wet it in vodka. It will help take it off quite quickly and cause less pain. Scientifically, vodka carries the characteristics of dissolving adhesive.
Cleaner and shiner
Do you face trouble in cleaning chrome, glass, or porcelain fixtures? Well, dip your cleaning cloth in some vodka (because the rest is for you to drink) and get the job done easily.
Moderation is the key when talking about vodka. It is efficient enough to remove the hard water minerals from your hair if a shot is mixed with shampoo. But, it can also damage all the natural oils your scalp has if used in excess.
To my surprise, now even Bollywood is crazy around the idea of vodka, and Kushal Srivastava has actually come up with a directorial debut Vodka Diaries. The film stars Kay Kay Menon, Mandira Bedi and Rimi Sen, to name a few. It’s a thriller drama film full of mysteries and series of murders which Menon is trying to solve as ACP Ashwini Dixit.
The film hit the theatres on January 19. Are you excited? I am and who knows the film might give you a similar high that you get from vodka.
Drink responsibly and keep in touch at email@example.com
Academy Award winning actress and comedian Mo’Nique took to Instagram on Friday to ask her fans to boycott Netflix, following a pay dispute in which she says she was offered a fraction of what the streaming service has paid other comedians for their comedy specials. According to Mo’Nique, Netflix offered her $500,000 to tape a special for them—but reportedly paid Amy Schumer $13 million and Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle each $20 million for their own Netflix specials.
“I am asking that you stand with me and boycott Netflix for gender bias and color bias,” said Mo’Nique in a video she posted on her Instagram. “I was offered a $500,000 deal last week to do a comedy special. However, Amy Schumer was offered $11 million, Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle $20 million.”
Mo’Nique explained that Schumer had originally been offered $11 million to do a special, which she renegotiated with the streaming service to $13 million. “She said, ‘I shouldn’t get what the men are getting, because they’re legends, but I should get more,’ and Netflix agreed,” Mo’Nique said.
“When we asked Netflix to explain the difference, why the money was so different, they said, ‘Well, we believe that’s what Mo’Nique will bring,’” she said. “We said, ‘What about my résumé?’ They said, ‘We don’t go off of résumés.’ Then we asked them, ‘What was it about Amy Schumer?’ And they said, ‘Well, she sold out Madison Square Garden twice and she had a big movie over the summer. Is that not Amy Schumer’s résumé?’ And then Netflix said, ‘By the way, we believe Mo’Nique is a legend, too.’ Why shouldn’t I get what the legends are getting?”
Mo’Nique has been outspoken against inequality in Hollywood since 2015, when she said director Lee Daniels had told her she’d been “blackballed” by the industry after her Oscar win for not playing the “game” of awards show campaigning. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter he said he’d told her that Hollywood’s perception of her was “difficult” as a result of refusing to campaign for herself, and that she’d lost out on work because of it.
Netflix has not yet responded to a request for comment.
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“I’m not just a nerd,” proclaims a bespectacled 13-year-old named Thea, speaking into a microphone on stage. “I’m also a geek.” The audience laughs.
She’s performing a set as part of a workshop run by Gold Comedy, a New York-based startup that coaches girls in the art of stand-up. Being different is a common theme among the jokes, which the students write themselves after mining their life experiences for material. They’ve been able to find the funny in everything from body insecurities to being Muslim to shopping for clothes with Mom.
Whether the goal is to be a professional comedian, Snapchat star or to simply disarm a bully one day, the process of learning comedy can be an incredible confidence builder for those in the trenches of tween and teen life. “Comedy is power,” explains Gold Comedy founder Lynn Harris, a veteran standup comic and author (and former Tonya Harding lookalike—“a long story,” she writes in her bio). Growing up as a bookish kid, Harris gravitated to humor early: “Being at some level aware that I could not compete in traditional popularity, I let my goofball flag fly.”
Harris wants girls to know that the things they might feel ashamed of, the things that make them unique or maybe even weird, are the very things that make them funny. And when they own those qualities—or “double down” on them, as she likes to say—they put themselves in a new, amazing spotlight, one that they get to define.
Anyone can take a Gold Comedy course (“like, even straight white dudes named Norm are more than welcome,” Harris says), but the curriculum was created to help fill the void of women in comedy. “Girls still get the message that comedy is something dudes do and girls laugh at,” Harris says. “I want to give girls the chance to amplify their voices—literally, with a mic.”
The workshop, which is currently offered as a $19 online course, delves into the mechanics of comedy, teaching students how to structure a set and throw a wrench into a joke (take for instance, the “understatement wrench” in this Garry Shandling bit: “I broke up with my girlfriend. She moved in with another guy, and I draw the line at that”). There are tips on when to pause, when to throw in some physical movement, and how to ease the showtime nerves (pretend like you’re talking to your BFF when you’re on stage). For inspiration, students watch YouTube videos and study the techniques of famous comedians—the measured, deadpan pacing of Tig Notaro, and the way Ellen Degeneres begins her jokes with simple premises and builds up from there.
Eighteen-year-old Brianna Allen, who participated the workshop, told me that when she first got on stage, she was terrified. “But once I started talking and letting it flow, it was amazing,” she says. As part of her set, she recalled an exchange she and her mom had while picking out new clothes at a store: “‘Mom, would you wear this?” “Of course I would, honey!” She immediately put the item back.
Allen says she notices that there are different standards for women and men. “If you curse, people look at you and think, ‘That’s not ladylike,’” she says. “But if a guy does it, it has a different effect.” She says she’s learning not to worry what other people think, and comedy is helping her do that.
Ultimately, Harris says that by giving people comedy skills, she wants to help change the face of comedy. “More diversity in comedy makes comedy better for everyone,” she says. “And better comedy—breaking stereotypes, expanding perspectives, hulksmashing power—makes us all better people. I really believe that.”
Here are some things you can do to help children and teens find their voices through comedy:
Help Them Find What Makes Them Different (Because What Makes Them Different Is What Makes Them Funny)
There is a myth that you need to be a certain “type” to be successful in comedy. That you must be loud, naturally charismatic, and always the center of attention. So people who are not those things try to invent a new comedy persona, but it’s not authentic, and audiences can tell. The workshop teaches kids that instead, “your persona is who you already are.” Just imagine a turned-up version of that. “The thing you don’t like about yourself might actually be your persona, or at least a window onto it,” the online course explains. “Let’s say you said, ‘I wish I were less timid.’ Guess what: Your comedy job is not to be less timid! Your comedy job is to be timid! To talk about being timid. To tell us and show us on stage what it feels and looks like to be timid. Timid is funny, when you write jokes about it! So listen to that voice inside, and then be all, ‘Voice, that thing you’re criticizing about me is actually what’s potentially most funny about me.’”
Pinpoint the Topics That Trigger Big Emotional Responses
Before the workshop, students fill out prompts such as, “I hate _____. I love _____. I’m annoyed by _____. I’m terrified of _____. I’m embarrassed by ______.” Then in class, they talk about what gave them the most visceral responses, what made them want to write more. Harris found that what sparks the strongest feelings is what often leads to the best material. Together, they home in on what gives the student a unique command of the topic. Harris remembers Tess, a girl in the class who started out with the activity just sort of complaining about her annoying dog. “After digging a little, we found out that the really funny part was that she is the only one in her family of six who doesn’t like dogs. Bingo. Anyone can write about annoying dogs, but only Tess can write about that.”
Read the Day’s Headlines With Them
A great way for kids and teens to keep up with current events is to practice giving their take on them. Here’s an exercise from the Gold Comedy website:
X thing happened. If that happened to me/in my life OR if I did that…
Example: [Wily politician or powerful person of choice] lies and no one punishes him. If my mother found out I lied about something like that [she would/I would]…”.
Write 10 of these a day. Don’t try to be funny. Let them be funny when it happens, which it will about 1 percent of the time. The practice is what matters. As you do it more and more, you’ll see the funny and make associations faster, and your percentage will go up.
If students wonder if they should really “go there,” as in tell edgy jokes, the answer is maybe. “I have always said you can write a joke about any topic,” Harris says. “September 11, rape, the Segway. What matters is: who is the joke on? It’s inherently less funny to make fun of someone with less power than you, and—yes—it’s inherently less funny to knowingly/potentially make your audience uncomfortable with an ‘offensive’ joke. This isn’t your journal. They’re paying. Be generous.”
Harris adds that there is an exception for teenagers: “You can totally throw your younger sibling under the bus,” she says.
Encourage Them to Keep Going
Most of the material that your budding comedian will write won’t be funny, and that’s okay. Comics must practice, revise, and practice again, in front of a mirror, in front of friends, in front of Grandma. Some local comedy clubs will let those under 18 perform on certain open mic nights—call and find out. “Even the most practiced comics … practice,” the course explains. “They need to make sure that what seemed funny to the people in their head is actually funny to the people in the audience. They need to tweak it and play around and make it funnier. That’s all part of the process, and now it’s part of your process, too.”
It’s been a few years since we had any comedy movies worth bragging about, but this year there’s a few to be excited about. This years offerings include two strong documentaries covering very different subjects, a critically beloved rom com that took the festival circuit by storm, a mainstream comedy that launched the career of a comic to a new level, a based-on-a-true-story film about beloved cult figure, a record breaking and genre bending hit that will change how movies are made, a comedy film getting buzz as one of the best films of the year, and some very strong offerings in the indie arena. This year there were great comedy movies that didn’t even get nominated so make sure you check out all the movies on our list. Have to give honorable mention to a really interesting movie that didn’t make the cut, but is truly one of the more innovative and strange movies we saw this year, and that’s Collossal. Don’t read about, don’t try to understand it, just let it roll.
Now it’s your turn to vote for the #1 comedy movie of 2017.
In 2014, Wes Anderson’s gorgeous Grand Budapest Hotel took the honors in this category. In 2015, it was Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck that got your vote. And in 2016, Deadpool was your favorite movie. Who takes the trophy in 2017?
Netflix produced this documentary using 100 hours of footage from the set of Man on the Moon, the 1999 Andy Kaufman biopic that starred Jim Carrey in the lead role. In JIM & ANDY: THE GREAT BEYOND, filmmaker Chris Smith uses that archival footage to explore the strange transformation Carrey underwent for the film. Carrey narrates the film looking back at his portrayal that, if you believe the doc, bordered on possession as Carrey claims he completely lost himself in the role not only of playing Kaufman, but also Kaufman’s alter ego Tony Clifton. You may love or hate Carrey, admire him or consider him a narcissist, buy into his claims that he became Kaufman or not, but regardless of how you feel about Carrey, the film is an irresistible look into the mad psyche of at least one comedy legend, maybe two.
Directed by: Chris Smith Starring: Jim Carrey
The Big Sick is a heartfelt, comedic love story, that like all the best romcoms, turns issues of life and death into comedy. The film shot out like a rocket at Sundance this year, selling to Amazon Studios for $12 million, promising to be one of the best and most talked about romantic comedies released this year. And The Big Sick delivered on that promise, winning over critics and audiences for its authentic depiction of a Pakastaini-American family on screen, its tremendous on screen talent, emotionally cathartic story, and its and big laughs.The movie is based on the real-life courtship between writers Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon, and tells the story of a Pakistan-born aspiring comedian who connects with a grad student after one of his stand up sets. What they thought would be just a one-night stand becomes something more, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry, who he’s never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart. Comedy star maker Judd Apatow produced the film. Michael Showalter directed, and the cast is a dream cast starring Kumail as himself, Zoe Kazan as Emily, and and as her parents.
Directed By: Michael Showalter Starring: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano,
Written by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon
Every year needs at least one great comedy movie- a film that isn’t looking to win awards, or reveal deep truths about the human condition- its just supposed to make you laugh out loud. This year’s pure comedy sensation GIRLS TRIP, contained the breakout performance of the year by comedian Tiffany Haddish. We haven’t seen a breakout comedy performance this exciting since seeing Melissa McCarthy light up the screen in Bridesmaids. The movie itself is a solid comedy, but Haddish’s performance elevates it to top ten material. Girls Trip stars Regina Hall, Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifa as old friends who are all living seperate and less-than-whole lives. One of the girls, a rising celebrity motivational speaker who appears to be living a perfect life brings her former besties along on a working vacation to New Orleans. The crew includes an uptight single mother and nurse, a failing gossip columnist, and an impulsive unemployed party girl. The story is predictable, it’s The Hangover, it’s Bridesmaids and plenty of others. But lack of new ground aside, it’s great fun.
Directed by: Malcolm D. Lee Starring Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifa
Lady Bird is a coming of age story of a high school senior that is getting rave reviews everywhere you turn. This bittersweet tale of a girl’s rocky relationship with her mother, and her attempts to navigate her way through romantic relationships and friendships in high school, actually broke the Rotten Tomatos record for best movie ever by recieving 170 positive reviews, and zero negative ones. Greta Gerwig wrote and directed the film which stars Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf, that is heartwrenching without being cliche, but simultaneously smartly funny. That’s all you’ll want ot know about it before seeing the film for yourself. Expect to see Lady Bird continue raking in award nominations.
Written and Directed by: Greta Gerwig Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Lucas Hedges.
You don’t have to have seen Tommy Wiseau’s cult classic movie The Room to enjoy The Disaster Artist, but Wiseau’s fans will enjoy this one on an added level. The Disaster Artist tells the true story of Wiseau as an eccentric filmmaker who much like Ed Wood had a love and passion for the art, but questionable skills. Wiseau created The Room, which has since become known as the greatest bad movie ever made. The Disaster Artist is both fun and really really funny, and its wonderful to have movies to see this year that can be both. It’s also thoughtful and sweet with great performances all around.
Directed by and starring James Franco. Also Starring Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Ari Graynor, Josh Hutcherson, Alison Brie, Megan Mullally, Hannibal Buress, Jason Mantzoukas, Paul Scheer, Andrew Santino, Jerrod Carmichael, Casey Wilson.
Hailing from the mind, the camera and the persistence of director Neil Berkeley, comes GILBERT: A GILBERT GOTTFRIED STORY, the surprising new documentary about the comedian we would have imagined to be least likely to be the subject of a documentary. Notoriously guarded and private, has spent his career as a character of sorts on stage and has kept his persona so undercover that even hardcore fans and some colleagues had never heard his real voice, and didn’t know much about him. Gilbert, which includes candid footage of the comic in his home and on the road, and interviews with his wife and kids, changes all of that. The film covers Gilbert’s unusual quirks and compulsions and it’s all fascinating. But the most compelling parts of the film center on Gilbert’s close relationship with his sister, a talented semi-pro photographer and singer who is undergoing treatments for stage four breast cancer, with her brother at her side lending quiet support. Everything about Gilbert is quiet, in fact, in stark contrast to his stage persona. Gilbert is a tremendous portrait of a fascinating performer.
Directed by: Neil Berkeley Starring: Gilbert Gottfried
If you love a quirky, sweet, indie film, this is definitely your year, and Brigsby Bear is going to be a favorite. Kyle Mooney co-wrote the film, and stars as a child who grew up obsessed with his favorite television show, Brigsby Bear. A set of unlikely circumstances lead to some harsh realizations including finding out that he is the only person who has ever watched the show. He sets out to make a movie about the character that occupied his entire childhood. Mark Hamill co-stars. That’s all you want to know going into this oddball indie except that Mooney is probably the only person who could have played this role this well. It’s a beautifully odd film, and one of the year’s best.
Directed by David McCary Written by Kyle Mooney with Kevin Costello Starring Kyle Mooney, Mark Hamill, Beck Bennet, Clair Danes, Greg Kinnear, Matt Walsh
Jordan Peele’s directorial debut shocked and awed the twin worlds of comedy and horror fans with this thriller about a black man who is in for some surprises when he visits with his white girlfriend’s family. GET OUT premiered at Sundance. Get Out ended the year as the highest ranked movie of 2017 on Rotten Tomatoes (beating out record setter The Big Sick) with a 99% rating from critics and 87% from fans. The combination of camp, horror, comedy and thrill should appeal to any audience, and Jordan Peele has an exciting new career as filmmaker ahead of him.
Directed and Written By: Jordan Peele Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Lil Rel, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener.
Snatched did not enjoy a run of stellar reviews, but it was a solid family comedy that will likely stand the test of time and will ultimately be remembered as a better movie than it was received as in 2017. How could it not be? Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer are well matched, and while there’s nothing unexpected in the storyline, it’s a classic action comedy with plenty of laughs.
Directed By: Jonathan Levine Written By: Katie Dippold Starring: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Ike Barinholtz, Wanda Sykes, Joan Cusack.
Indie fans, and fans of Jenny Slate will love this family tale about infidelity, compromise, and complicated shades of gray that upset the applecart of traditional family values. The cast is incredible. Jenny Slate shines in everything she does, and newer comer Abby Quinn who plays Slate’s younger sister proves a worthy co-star for the young comedienne. Add in Edie Falco, and John Turturro as the heads of this household, and you’ve got yourself a highly worthy endeavor.
Directed by Gillian Robespierre, Starring Jenny Slate, Abby Quinn, John Turturro and Edie Falco
Have you heard the one about what Stewart Lee was wearing at his last gig? Or the one about the gendered material of Ken Dodd? No, neither have I. When it comes to comedy, it’s impossible to shy away from the fact that women have a tougher time of it than men. Female comedians are judged more heavily on their material, but also on their looks, appearance, mothering skills, sexual status… the list goes on.
But not only do women get judged more harshly as performers, they also account for only around 10 per cent of the industry – with most of the top gigs and pay packets going to the men.
This discrimination that occurs in the comedy industry is, on one level, a microcosm of what happens in society. So although women are now much more prominent on the comedy circuit, the sad truth is that there is still a long way to go before women get heckled in the same way as men.
That’s why Amazon’s new comedy series, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel – which features a woman with a knack for stand-up – is depressingly brilliant. Depressing because, although the show is set in the 1960s, its observations about the industry are frustratingly relevant to this day. And brilliant because the show’s creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, has seen there is clearly a growing appetite for women in the funny roles – after a successful showing of its pilot, the show has been picked up for two seasons.
The US stand-up Amy Schumer recently asserted during an award acceptance speech that the act of being a female comic is in fact an act of feminism since it strongly suggests that a “woman’s comedic voice is as valuable as a man’s”.
My own research looks at the “constrained voice” of the female stand-up. This is the idea that the female comedy voice is so heavily scrutinised, and has been entrenched in patriarchy to such an extent that the female comic is inhibited and unable to express herself authentically.
In this way, the female comedy performer’s career path is unlikely to be very easy, since she, by the very nature of her act, invalidates cultural norms of respectability and traditional femininity.
Amy Schumer has said that being a female comic is an act of feminism as it implies that ‘a woman’s comedic voice is as valuable as a man’s’ (Getty)
To try and tackle the inherent sexism in the comedy industry, some time ago the BBC banned all-male panel shows – pledging to include one female in each programme.
But such gestures have led to a kind of “spotlight effect” where the elected woman may feel responsible for representing all women – and are then potentially scrutinised as “the woman” in a male-dominated show.
It can also lead to the female guest in question finding herself part of a tired format that relies on heavy editing. This is probably why stories on the comedy circuit of women loathing those gigs are plentiful.
To stop this from being the case, more needs to be done to get the numbers and the ratio of men to women equal in comedy. It wouldn’t be hard; there’s no shortage of funny women for these shows.
Similarly, there needs to be an equal number of women on comedy bills, as well as more female sketch shows and female centred sitcoms commissioned by TV channels. Getting more female directors involved would also help make programmes relevant for the 50.8 per cent of the population who aren’t male.
It is clear then that, just like Miriam Maisel in early 1960s New York, many female comedians and comedy fans are still frustratingly waiting for a time when the female comedy performer is judged solely on her ability to make people laugh.
But until then, despite the fact that women have to work much harder to gain the respect of their audience – and their peers – it is encouraging to see a new generation of female comedy talent coming up through the ranks to share their voices with the world. Whether it’s a world that’s ready for them yet, though, is another issue.
FLORENCE, S.C. – Four superstar comedians kept the audience laughing all night on March 25 during “The Comedy Get Down” at the Florence Civic Center.
The show featured Cedric “The Entertainer,” Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley and George Lopez.
A lineup of this caliber meant the Florence Civic Center wanted to do something different for the performers and audience members.
“This is one of the biggest celebrity entertainment lineups to hit Florence,” Nick Hooker, the civic center’s director of marketing, said before the event. “First time in over 15 years we’ll have a center stage concert setup with 360-degree seating…The stars will be right in the middle of the audience members.”
Each comedian, with his own unique backgrounds brought to the stage equally different sets for the audience.
Cedric “The Entertainer” is most known for his performances in hits such as “Barbershop,” “Be Cool,” “The Original Kings of Comedy” and “Madagascar.”
Eddie Griffin has most notably been featured in “Def Comedy Jam,” HBO’s “One Night Stand,” and “Malcom & Eddie,” for which he won the NAACP Image Award for best actor in a comedy series. Comedy Central also has honored Griffin as one of the top 100 greatest stand-up comedians of all time.
D.L. Hughley is the star of his namesake TV show, “The Hughleys,” was a part of the docu-film, “The Original Kings of Comedy” and can be heard nationwide on his radio show, “The D.L. Hughley Show.”
George Lopez hosted “Lopez Tonight,” a late-night talk show for two seasons, and starred in the sitcom “George Lopez” for six seasons.
Charlie Murphy was the fifth comedian in the show but didn’t take the stage. Fifteen days later, he died of leukemia. Murphy was a writer and performer on “Chapelle’s Show,” most commonly known for his “True Hollywood Stories” performances. Murphy also appeared in “Lottery Ticket,” “Our Family Wedding” and “The Perfect Holiday.”
This year saw social media at its strongest, so much so that it made us believe some of the weirdest news that kept coming our way. While social media is necessary to spread the news and to have a bit of fun, today’s public should be well aware of the ‘breaking news’ that might have broken to just break our heads off with hoax information.
Having said that, a number of viral flawed and invalid stories and news had flooded the social media with a storm. One after the other, it all got a seal of the ‘wow’ or ‘oh my god’. Sadly, these fake news are still considered to be real and need to be out with a full stop to them. Here is a list of such news, that had made us cringe, laugh and mostly weirded us out. Take a look!
1. Pictures of the G20 Summit that went viral.
The leaders of particular countries were photoshopped into the picture which saw many powerful world leaders coming together and discussing something serious. This picture was trolled, and some did believe that their respective leader was in fact, the VVIP among the VIPs.
2. Fake Rs 200 note picture.
The new Rs 200 note picture started circulating, and people started to believe that after Rs 2000 and Rs 500 notes, this was the new currency note that would be seen soon. There were reports that the government is considering such a new currency to fill the gaps. However, this was just a great work in photoshop.
3. Kiran Bedi’s tweet of a picture where monuments around the world were lit up in tricolour.
Kiran Bedi tweeted a picture of monuments such as Leaning Tower of Pisa, Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty, etc., which were lit up in tricolour on the eve of the Indian Republic Day. The truth was that apart from Burj Khalifa, no other monuments were lit up that way.
4. The picture with Golden Temple lit with lanterns on Diwali.
This was an extremely beautiful picture that went viral on Diwali. The picture had the Golden Temple and lanterns flying in the sky signifying the festival of lights. Later on, the truth came out by the editor of the picture, Navkaran Brar, who took to Twitter to announce that it was his piece of editing and that this was not a real picture.
5. A girl underwent 50 surgeries to look like Angelina Jolie.
The viral pictures of the Iranian teenager Sahar Tabar went berserk because it was earlier claimed that she had undergone 50 surgeries to look like Hollywood star Angelina Jolie and the outcome to all those surgeries is in front of you. Not only this, but she was also claimed to look like Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, among other equally horrific names. Later, it was known that all of this was nothing but a fake news. She just photoshopped her own image, and the pictures that she posted did not look like her at all.
6. Indian soldiers at the Siachen Glacier picture.
A picture showing soldiers braving extreme conditions in trenches were believed to be that of the Indian forces. BJP MP Kirron Kher tweeted the photo which was captioned, “Night Stay Of Indian Soldiers At Siachen Glacier. Respect and Salute To Indian Army. Feel Proud To Share This Picture.” However, this picture was not of the Indian Army but was claimed to be of the Russian Army.
7. GPS chip in the new currency notes.
Indians did not even come out of the shock of the currency demonetization when media outlets had spread the news of Rs 2,000 having the GPS imbedded in them. It was said that it was PM Narendra Modi’s propaganda to win fight against corruption and black money. Eventually, later it was confirmed by the RBI that they didn’t feature any such new currency.
8. Ambani’s picture in PM Modi’s office.
A photo that has been around all the social media platforms. Any guesses? A photo of Narendra Modi sitting in his office with Sachin Tendulkar. There is nothing strange, right? But, wait… here comes the strange part, there’s a framed picture of Mukesh Ambani with his wife hanging on the wall of the Prime Minister’s office. Anyway, it was just a fake picture.
9. Any call answered from 777888999 will make your phone blast.
A lot of viral messages went on to circulate that any call answered from 777888999 number would make your phone to blast and eventually will lead to your death. Many pictures of people getting their ears burnt went on to circulate as a shred of evidence. Later on, it was termed as hoax news.
10. Madhu Trehan’s news of having issues with the film ‘Baahubali’.
A WhatsApp spread pointing that Newslaundry’s Madhu Trehan had an issue with one of the most talked about movie ‘Baahubali’. It is said that she had an issue that Muslim characters didn’t make their way in the movie and she kept being trolled. However, Madhu came out and spoke out loud that these were not the words that came out from her mouth at all.
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