Hasan Minhaj Continues To Impress

Hasan Minhaj Continues To Impress

I continue to be impressed by “Patriot Act,” hosted by Hasan Minhaj. While other comics have tried and failed to produce weekly topical shows for Netflix (e.g. Chelsea Handler, Michelle Wolf), Minhaj succeeds by focusing on one issue for the full length of...
POTD: Johnny Carson on 60 Minutes

POTD: Johnny Carson on 60 Minutes

On the 28th anniversary of Johnny Carson’s final “Tonight Show,” let’s look back at the time he allowed Mike Wallace to profile him for “60 Minutes” in 1979. Wallace got Carson to open up about his problems with alcohol and tobacco,...
Patton Oswalt: I Love Everything

Patton Oswalt: I Love Everything

Though Patton Oswalt is known for his work as an actor in plenty of TV shows and a few movies, it has always been his standup comedy I’ve enjoyed most. Like all great comedians, he has the ability to see the silliness in small things and expand on it, turning it...
Marc Maron, “End Times Fun”

Marc Maron, “End Times Fun”

Last June, Martha and I had the great good fortune to see Marc Maron perform at a local comedy club (read my review here). Though I’d been a fan of his for a long time, this was the first time we’d seen him in person. At the time, it was clear he was working out...
Get Well Soon, Will Durst

Get Well Soon, Will Durst

I’m very saddened to read that an old friend, comedian Will Durst, suffered a stroke last month, causing him to cancel performances for the first time in his career. I’ve known Will for over 30 years. He has long been one of America’s top political...
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...