Arsenio Misses

Arsenio Misses

I was disappointed by Arsenio Hall’s Netflix standup special, “Smart and Classy.” While never a huge fan, I did like some of the things he did on his syndicated late-night show in the 1990s, particularly in having many guests who were never booked by...
A Night At The Comedy Store

A Night At The Comedy Store

While I was in Los Angeles last week, I caught up with several friends, including my old college pal Phil, who joined me for dinner at a place on Sunset Boulevard. Afterwards, we walked over to The Comedy Store, a venue I hadn’t been to for some thirty years....
Turn Off The Lights

Turn Off The Lights

Although I wasn’t a fan of “Parks and Recreation” or “Master Of None,” I did enjoy Aziz Ansari’s new Netflix special, “Right Now.” I like the way, right up front, he handled the #MeToo situation he was ensnarled in last...
How Does She Bring The Funny?

How Does She Bring The Funny?

I agree 100% with Rita Rudner about Chrissy Teigen being a judge on NBC’s upcoming “Bring The Funny”: “I’m sure she’s a nice woman, and I respect her politics. But she is not a comedian, and it’s disgraceful that there is not a female comedian...
Review: Marc Maron

Review: Marc Maron

I’ve been a fan of so many things Marc Maron has done, from his WTF podcast (which set the standard for online long-form interview shows) to his work on the Netflix series “Glow” to his appearances on Conan O’Brien and David Letterman’s...
Review: Jeff Ross and Dave Attell

Review: Jeff Ross and Dave Attell

Separately, Jeff Ross and Dave Attell are both veteran standups known for their quick wit and biting comedy. Together, they are a one-two punch who seem to want to make each other laugh as much as the audience. Saturday night, they accomplished both. The pair recorded...