All posts by Leon Wagner

Showtime’s ‘I’m Dying Up Here’ finds the drama in comedy

Robert Loyd, Television Critic | Los Angeles Times | June 2, 2017

“I’m Dying Up Here,” Showtime’s amiably dark new drama about comedy, takes its name and material, though not exactly its characters, from William Knoedelseder’s book of the same name. That volume’s focus was Mitzi Shore, her Comedy Store and the comics who played there in the 1970s, including Richard Lewis, David Letterman, Robin Williams, Elayne Boosler, Jay Leno, Tim Reid and Tom Dreesen, along with many lost to time; his narrative arc put them on a collision course, culminating in a 1979 strike against the club that sundered some relationships forever more.

Read the full article on the Los Angeles Times.

A Look Back at the ’70s L.A. Club Scene That Gave Rise to Comedy Legends

Vulture | May 20, 2017

Brooklynite Elayne Boosler got her start in New York club circuit and became a regular headliner at the Improv. In the spring of 1976, she moved to L.A. to chase the rising scene and found herself among many of the comic pals she’d made in New York. She was, however, one of the few women in comedy at the time, and her confidence in the face of the challenges that presented was notable.

Read the full article on Vulture.

The All-Time Best Standup Comics On Cannabis, #50-41

From Civilized.life | By James McClure  |  Feb 23, 2017

Comedians have always pushed boundaries and questioned social taboos, so it’s no surprise that so many of them have become part of cannabis culture — whether intentional or not. So to celebrate their contributions, we’ve put together a five-part series on the best marijuana moments from the all-time best standup comics, based on the list of the top 50 Best Stand-Up Comics of All Time published earlier this month by Rolling Stone.

Here’s part one, featuring comedians ranked from #50-41. [Read article on Civilized…]

 

50 Best Stand-Up Comics of All Time — Rolling Stone

By Matthew Love | Rolling Stone | February 14, 2017

Imagine the prototypical female comic of the 1980s: Big hair, suit jacket with shoulder pads and the sleeves rolled up, the ubiquitous brick wall behind her. You’re imagining Elayne Boosler – but before that image became a cliché, it was just part of the stand-up act she had been honing for years.

Read the full article on Rolling Stone.

November 10-12, 2017 — Will Shortz’s Wonderful World of Words

Will Shortz’s Wonderful World of Words

Mohonk Mountain House
1000 Mountain Rest Road
New Paltz, NY 12561
Phone: (855) 681-9912

November 10-12, 2017. A wonderful weekend for all those who love language, puzzles, and games! [More info…]

It’s a new “Words” weekend with another great line-up! The New York Times crossword editor and NPR Puzzlemaster Will Shortz is our host, along with composer and NPR quizzicist Greg Pliska, and some very special guests.

Breaking the Comedy Mold with Elayne Boosler

Sunday, November 12, 10:00AM

In February, Rolling Stone magazine named Elayne Boosler one of the “50 Best Stand-Up Comics of all Time.” She’ll show us how, step by step, she prepares and presents a joke for maximum effect. With lots of examples. Prepare your laugh muscles!

Reservations are required. Book online. Or call (855) 681-9912.