10 Questions with Jen Kirkman

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By Ryan Meehan

Jen Kirkman is a stand-up comedian and a New York Times Bestselling Author.  Her first book, “I Can Barely Take Care of Myself (Tales of a Happy Life Without Kids)” hit shelves in April 2013. Her follow-up book “I Know What I’m Doing & Other Lies I Tell Myself (Dispatches From a Life Under Construction) was released on April 12th, 2016. Her Netflix Original Comedy Special, “I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)” is now streaming worldwide on iTunes today and was named one of the top ten stand-up specials of 2015 by The Atlantic and Time Out New York. You’ve seen Jen on her regular appearances on Comedy Central’s @midnight.  She’s done stand up on many late night shows: Conan, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,  John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up ShowThe Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson and moreJen was a long time writer and round table guest on Chelsea Lately. Kirkman is also well known for her roles as the narrator in many episodes of the Emmy Nominated TV series “Drunk History” on Comedy Central, and also voiced many characters on the Cartoon Network cult classic “Home Movies.” Jen has released two stand-up albums Hail to the Freaks (released March 2011) which hit #13 on the Billboard Charts. Her debut album was 2006’s “Self Help.” Her weekly podcast, “I Seem Fun: The Diary of Jen Kirkman”, is often in the top 100 in comedy on iTunes. Jen tours the world as a stand-up but lives in Los Angeles, and we are very lucky to have her as our guest today in 10 questions. Continue reading

10 Questions with Jeff Lawrence

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by Ryan Meehan

Recently labeled a “big name talent” by the New York Times, Jeff Lawrence is a prototypical native New Yorker, born and raised in Queens. He was once a rock singer who has appeared on MTV Europe, and with Bob Dylan as a member of his entourage at the Grammy Awards, Whether he’s bashing religion, debunking gay stereotypes or suing his landlord in Chinatown, he always leaves audiences wanting more. Jeff has appeared on the front pages of Wall Street Journal as well as the Tampa Bay Times, and has been heard on Playboy Radio talking sports, the Dr. Fritz Show in addition to college radio stations all across the United States. He is the founder of Laughing Buddha Comedy; recognized as creating the very best showcases, classes, and mics for aspiring comedians in New York City and rated as a top 10 comedy spot in the NYC by USA Today. He is also a regular at NYC’s “Laughter in the Park”, and has his own show at The Stand Comedy Club. Festivals he has participated in include The NY Comedy Festival, The NY Underground Comedy Festival, March Madness at Caroline’s and Laughing Devil. He has headlined internationally in numerous cities including Buenos Aires, Barcelona, Berlin, India, and the Greek Islands. After beginning his entertainment career as a rock singer, Jeff migrated to the stage playing Ernest Hemingway in the musical “Scott and Zelda” at the Wings Theater. As a musician, Jeff has recorded and performed with members of The Cult and Buckcherry, released records, charted on radio, and toured internationally. He is openly gay, single, and more than happy to tell you he doesn’t have time to look for a partner, which is fine with us because he was able to make time to be our guest today in 10 questions. Continue reading

David Letterman Leaves Late Night Television

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by Ryan Meehan

On Wednesday, May 20th, the last episode of The Late Show with David Letterman will air on CBS.  The show will mark the end of an era in late-night television, one which saw Dave become a fixture on the central focus of living rooms throughout the United States and eventually the world.  Letterman will be replaced by Comedy Central alumnus Stephen Colbert, who will have to shed the faux-conservative persona he worked so tirelessly to develop but will likely do Dave’s time slot a tremendous amount of justice.  Nevertheless, his departure will leave a monumental void in the world of network television entertainment.   Continue reading

7 Questions with Tom Cotter

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by Ryan Meehan

If laughter is the best medicine, prepare to be heavily medicated. Tom Cotter’s high energy, rapid-fire style of comedy leaves audiences clutching their sides and rolling in the aisles. Recently, Tom became the first comedian to ever reach the finals of NBC’s“America’s Got Talent”. His runner up finish on the show has catapulted him to the comedic stratosphere.  Before his historic run on the world’s largest talent competition, Tom won the Seattle International Comedy Competition, the grand prize at The Boston Comedy Festival and was voted “Best Stand-Up” at The Las Vegas Comedy Festival. He has become a familiar face on television shows like The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”, The Today Show and his own series, TWO-FUNNY, on The Women’s Entertainment Network. Other TV credits include CBS’ The Late Late Show, Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend”, Comics Unleashed and a Barbara Walters Prime-Time Special among many others. Since moving to New York City, Tom filmed his very own Comedy Central special, “Comedy Central Presents… Tom Cotter”, and was featured in the Miramax film, “Next Stop Wonderland”. Tom has performed at over 300 colleges and wide variety of venues the world over, from London to Beijing, to the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He has also been featured in dozens of television commercials, for products like McDonald’s, Doritos, Pepsi, and Amstel Lite, just to name a few. Tom’s star is rising quickly, and he’s our guest today in 7 Questions. Continue reading