Jim Gaffigan recently spoke with me about why he's reaching out to military families, why becoming famous has been both a blessing and a curse, and why his stand-up doesn't need swear words to hit home.
Paul F. Tompkins' new Comedy Central special is all about work -- namely those less-than-glamorous jobs you take in pursuit of a show-business career. I spoke to PFT about his career and the advice he'd give to anyone stuck in a dead-end job.
Everyone clamors for a book by star comedians who reflect on their rise to success. But what about feature (the guy or gal between the emcee and the headliner) comedians -- the stop on the way to headliner success for some, or the purgatory of comedy for many?
Inspired by the "Broken Windows" theory of crime prevention, I present the "Broken Compliments and Questions About Comedy" theory on making comedians, who are struggling in the increasingly weakening middle class of comedy, happier day-to-day.
There's no question Portland is now firmly established on the national comedy map -- and the credit goes largely to Andy Wood, an electrical engineer turned comic who helped launch Bridgetown, running this week from April 12 to 15.