Pick of the Day: Phoebe Robinson HBO Special Taping (in NYC) 8/13
As live comedy is returning to some of the pace and volume that it used to be, so are exclusive tapings of comedy specials for big time networks and streaming services (and it won’t be something unprecedented like a drive-in or sitting at a converted part of Universal Studios).
The latest high profile special that will be taped will feature Phoebe Robinson, whom you ought to know from 2 Dope Queens/Doing the Most/Tiny Rep Books/guest hosting Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, for HBO Max. Robinson will be bringing her first hour filled with her hot takes on the world that are equal parts sharp and bubbly to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden on Fri. Aug. 13th for two shows, 8PM ET & 10PM ET.
Best of all, tickets are free and you best go RSVP for them right here right now.
Pick of the Day: Padma Puts On a Virtual Comedy Show 12/17
We told you that there would be plenty of big time comedy benefit shows for the Georgia Runoffs and, lordy lordy, there sure are. This latest one is being put up by the one and only Padma Lakshmi that’s very explicit in this regard by being called, “Padma Puts on a Virtual Comedy Show for the Georgia Runoff Elections: An Evening to Benefit FairFight”.
Stacey Abrams’ FairFight was instrumental in registering voters and contributing to Biden’s 2020 Election win and will undoubtedly be crucial in the upcoming special Georgia Senate Runoffs.
So, they tapped Padma for a live benefit show and she, in turn, got one hell of a line-up that includes:
Hasan Minhaj, Phoebe Robinson, Sarah Silverman, Chelsea Peretti, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, Benito Skinner, Mike Birbiglia, John Early, Roy Wood Jr., Julio Torres, Michelle Buteau, Patton Oswalt, Aparna Nancherla, Caleb Hearon, Wanda Sykes, Joel Kim Booster, Tituss Burgess, Meg Stalter, Patti Harrison, Nikki Glaser, Ayo Edebiri, Jo Firestone, Amber Ruffin, Dulce Sloan, Naomi Ekperigin, W. Kamau Bell, Mitra Jouhari, Sydnee Washington, Marie Faustin, and Andy Cohen.
There will also be music from King Princess, Perfume Genius, Waxahatchee, Brittany Howard, Local Natives, Aloe Blacc, and Cautious Clay.
Lastly, the evening’s virtual festivities will be hosted by none other than the Las Culturistas themselves, Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang.
Reads like a festival line-up, doesn’t it? Well, we still can’t do that in person right now, but you can enjoy this gigantic Padma Puts on a Virtual Comedy Show comedy live-stream on Thurs. Dec. 17th at 6PM PT/9PM ET at youtube.com/padmalakshmi and donate to FairFight here.
Get First Look at Amazon Comedy ‘Eulogy’ Special “Yearly Departed”
Though eulogies don’t really cross into the territory of comedy specials, this year hasn’t been a time for anything normal. Actually, 2020 is the focus of said special entitled, “Yearly Departed” and is a good-riddance send-off to the year that has and continues and will traumatize all of us living through it.
For 2020 getting kicked to the curb, this special has a marvelous and feisty line-up of comedy folks including Rachel Brosnahan, Tiffany Haddish, Patti Harrison, Natasha Legerro, Sarah Silverman, Natasha Rothwell, Ziwe, and Phoebe Robinson hosting for the evening.
It’s a roast of 2020 at 2020’s funeral and it sure looks like the socially distanced party had a hell of a time letting 2020 know what they thought of it (even though we’ll have to likely deal with so much of 2020 for a good chunk, if not most of, 2021).
Get your first look at YEARLY DEPARTED with its trailer here, then look for it to stream on Amazon Prime on the Eve of New Year’s Eve, Dec. 30th.
HBO Max Announces a New Trio of Specials from Colin Quinn, Phoebe Robinson, and Aida Rodriguez
Hot off the heels on releasing four different stand-up specials yesterday, HBO Max has just announced three more (in addition to the back half of the Team Coco specials whose production got interrupted by lockdown).
One will be a drive-in special curated, directed, and headlined by Colin Quinn taped in Brooklyn. Quinn’s line-up has yet to be announced (but we’ll keep you in the loop)
Another one will be Phoebe Robinson’s debut special (done solo from Jessica Williams and 2 Dope Queens).
This trio of specials is a more than solid addition to their comedy programming slate over at HBO.
We are pondering about one small thing: are there going to be those hybrid comedy specials done over at HBO and HBO will just use HBO Max for more conventional stand-up specials? We’ll just have to wait and see at this point.
Phobe Robinson to Launch Her Own Imprint, Tiny Reparations Books, at Plume
The publisher Plume is taking their partnership with comedian/one of the 2 Dope Queens, Phoebe Robinson a few steps up. Robinson had her book You Can’t Touch My Hair published there and, announced today, will be having her own imprint at Plume that she’s calling Tiny Reparations Books. With that imprint at her disposal, she’ll utilize to give an opportunity for more diverse voices in both fiction and non-fiction.
This launch of Tiny Reparations Books perhaps comes at an opportune time as Robinson has live dates she lined-up in a few months, some of which are in LA, but no live show is really set in stone these days given the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. and the continued non-existence of a vaccine.
In any case, whatever Phoebe has planned for Tiny Reparations Books ought to be something to really watch for, especially since you’re probably doing plenty of reading of BIPOC books already.
One of the Dope Queens of 2 Dope Queens is on a book tour!
Phoebe Robinson’s latest book, a collection of essays titled Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay comes out this month (Oct. 16th and you can pre-order it here FYI) and she’s coming through LA to Tuesday, Oct. 23rd to the lovely Largo at the Coronet. You’ll be able to take in all of Phoebe that you can with this show and the book itself if you’re in attendance.
The rest of our listings for comedy shows, events, screenings, open mics, maps, and more can be found at www.thecomedybureau.com.
The 2 Dope Queens Specials Premiere on HBO Tonight
Tonight, Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson will officially enter the realm of being another podcast-to-TV success story with the premiere of 2 Dope Queens on HBO at 11:30PM.
You’l get to enjoy the pitch perfect chemistry that Jessica and Phoebe have as well as other comedians that they’ve handpicked to highlight. You’re going to want to have access to HBO somehow for this.
In the meantime, enjoy their splendid Colbert interview from this week.
Boston Calling Announces Its First Comedy Line-Up
For years now, Boston Calling has been a big music shindig for Boston not unlike Outside Lands for SF, Bonnaroo for Tennessee, SXSW for Austin, etc.
Like those festivals, it’s now featuring a dedicated comedy portion of the festival billed as a “A Comedy Experience Hosted by Hannibal Buress”. In fact, look at the flyer and you’ll see it’s a pretty nice weekend all around that they’ve got lined up.
Tickets range from $99 for Single Day GA to $199 for 3 Day GA and $199 for Single Day VIP to $529 for 3 VIP.
Get more details and tickets here.
Bonnaroo 2017 Announces the Line-Up for Its 2017 Comedy Theatre
From Burress to 2 Dope Queens to The Improvised Shakespeare Company to Chris Garcia to Jo Firestone Hari Kondabolu to Natasha and Moshe, you’re not going to want to miss comedy at all at this year’s Bonnaroo.
The festival is set to take place from Thursday, June 8th-Sunday, June 11th right at its home in Manchester, Tennessee. Passes start at $324.50.
Seriously, we know that there’s plenty of great music there (Chance The Rapper, Future Islands, Lorde, etc.), but you’d probably regret it if you didn’t catch the comedy too.
We hope that you’ve been to one of the many amazing benefit shows that has taken place since the election (and we’re glad to see that there have been a lot).
Plenty more benefit shows will be coming through while under the Trump Administration, like Pussy Control next Sunday at Hotel Cafe in Hollywood. Phoebe Robinson, Guy Branum, Wendy Ho, and hosts Kyle June Williams and Brooke Van Poppelen are on a very stacked bill.
Tickets are $20 with a $4 service charge and you should get them here.
The rest of the listings for comedy shows, events, open mics, maps, and more can be found at www.thecomedybureau.com.
Refinery 29 Launched Their Own YouTube Comedy Channel “Riot” and They’re Off to a Pretty Nice Start
Refinery 29 is expanding beyond being an online cultural destination for women by getting into making their own online content. Amidst developing short films, channels, etc., Refinery 29 has also launched an online comedy channel on YouTube called Riot. It’ll give a platform to many of the best female voices in comedy.
Specifically, absurdist puberty tips from Aparna and Jo and an intimate conversation about depression and anxiety between Jacqueline Novak and Lena Dunham are two you definitely want to watch.
So, keep an eye on Riot or subscribe to make that way easier.