Comedy http://nhpr.org en Writers On A New England Stage - B.J. Novak http://nhpr.org/post/writers-new-england-stage-bj-novak <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">NHPR and The Music Hall present&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.themusichall.org/calendar/program/writers_on_a_new_england_stage" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;" target="_blank"><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Writers on a New England Stage</em></a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;with <a href="http://instagram.com/picturesoftext" target="_blank">B.J. Novak</a></span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">, recorded live at&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.themusichall.org/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;" target="_blank">The Music Hall</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;in Portsmouth. </span></p><p>Best known for his role as “Ryan the Temp” on <em>The Office</em>, Novak talks with us about his debut collection of short stories <a href="http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780385351836" target="_blank"><em>One More Thing</em></a> which he thinks is even more revealing than a memoir.</p><p>We’ll also get his take on his rising fame, and the not-so-heavy burden of being a celebrity author.</p><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 17:15:17 +0000 Virginia Prescott 44434 at http://nhpr.org Writers On A New England Stage - B.J. Novak Harold Ramis, Of Comedy Fame, Has Died http://nhpr.org/post/harold-ramis-comedy-fame-has-died <p></p><p>It's a sad day in the Word of Mouth cube as we remember an actor and filmmaker who brought so much joy and so many laughs through his decades-long work. Beloved <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2014/02/24/us/ap-us-obit-ramis.html?hp">comedy actor and filmmaker Harold Ramis has died</a>, but his comedy is timeless. Ramis' influence endures both on and off screen. His comedic repertoire is classic, having co-written <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077975/">Animal House</a>, directed<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107048/"> Groundhog Day</a>, and starred in <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087332/">Ghost Busters. </a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087332/"> &nbsp;</a><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087332/"> &nbsp; &nbsp; </a></p><p>Thank you, Harold Ramis, for giving us all of the laughs and leaving us with all of the feels. You will be missed.</p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 20:24:35 +0000 Sarah Thomas 44069 at http://nhpr.org Harold Ramis, Of Comedy Fame, Has Died A Love Supreme: Justice Sonia Sotomayor's Dating Profile http://nhpr.org/post/love-supreme-justice-sonia-sotomayors-dating-profile <p>Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is looking for love! She recently joined Word of Mouth for <a href="http://nhpr.org/post/writers-new-england-stage-supreme-court-justice-sonia-sotomayor">Writers on a New England Stage</a> and revealed she is open to meeting that special someone. Well, we think Justice Sotomayor is a great catch, so we took the liberty of creating a video dating profile for her. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:58:41 +0000 Zach Nugent, Virginia Prescott & Sarah Thomas 43605 at http://nhpr.org A Love Supreme: Justice Sonia Sotomayor's Dating Profile Colin Quinn Will Make You Laugh At The Constitution http://nhpr.org/post/colin-quinn-will-make-you-laugh-constitution <p>Here’s a topic guaranteed to get a big laugh…the Constitution.</p><p>The national tour of comedian <strong>Colin Quinn </strong><a href="http://colinquinnunconstitutional.com/" target="_blank"><em>Unconstitutional</em></a>, is stopping at <a href="http://www.thecolonial.org/CalendarOfEvents.htm" target="_blank">The Colonial Theater</a> in Keene this Friday. Quinn, after all, made the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal funny as anchor of Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live, and has now condensed the Constitution’s history into a witty 75-minute one-man play. His new show finds the humor in how the right and the left argue over the meanings and interpretations of the Constitution.</p><p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 18:35:33 +0000 Virginia Prescott 38535 at http://nhpr.org Colin Quinn Will Make You Laugh At The Constitution "Furious Cool: Richard Pryor And The World That Made Him" http://nhpr.org/post/furious-cool-richard-pryor-and-world-made-him <p>Richard Pryor changed stand-up. He created comedy with no jokes. Instead, he unleashed a parade of street characters rarely glimpsed by white people and mortifying to middle class African Americans. Pryor wrote that the neighbors, whores and winos he saw growing up around his family’s bars and brothels inspired a lifetime of comedic material.</p><p>Pryor’s stand-up was outrageously blunt, fearlessly black and openly angry. His talent ran in tandem with episodes of self-destructive, violent, behavior -- often triggered by drug use – which jeopardized his career and endangered his life. Yet, in movies, Grammy-winning albums, and even a short-lived TV special, Richard Pryor’s unapologetically irreverent comedy crossed over to capture a huge American audience; Brothers <strong>Dave </strong>and <strong>Joe Henry</strong> among them. Dave is a screenwriter, Joe is a singer and songwriter and together they’ve written <a href="http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781616200787" target="_blank"><em>Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him</em>.</a></p><p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 19:49:03 +0000 Virginia Prescott 38139 at http://nhpr.org "Furious Cool: Richard Pryor And The World That Made Him" Word Of Mouth 09.28.13 http://nhpr.org/post/word-mouth-092813 <p>We like to think of the Word of Mouth Saturday show as a convenient, one-hour public radio field trip. So pack a special picnic lunch and grab a buddy, here&#39;s what&#39;s on the itinerary this week:</p><ul><li><strong><a href="http://nhpr.org/post/conversation-bill-maher" target="_blank">Bill Maher </a></strong>Love him or hate him, it really doesn&#39;t matter, Bill Maher is a great interview.</li><li><a href="http://nhpr.org/post/when-field-trips-get-cut-what-are-kids-losing" target="_blank">Field Trips</a> <strong>Jay Phillip Greene </strong>explains his recent study on the power of the school field trip. Turns out they have real and powerful educational value.</li></ul><p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 22:14:44 +0000 Virginia Prescott 35632 at http://nhpr.org Word Of Mouth 09.28.13 A Conversation With Bill Maher http://nhpr.org/post/conversation-bill-maher <p>Long before he was pushing the boundaries on television’s <em>Politically Incorrect</em> or hosting <em>Real Time</em> on HBO, <a href="http://www.billmaher.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Bill Maher</strong></a> was a stand-up comedian. He still does about 50 shows a year, in venues all over the country, and he’s coming to the <a href="http://www.ccanh.com/event/bill-maher" target="_blank">Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord</a> next Saturday, October 5<sup>th</sup>. Some love him, some hate him, but his biting wit has made him one of the leading satirists in America today.</p><p></p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 16:43:48 +0000 Virginia Prescott 35556 at http://nhpr.org A Conversation With Bill Maher Paula Poundstone Hates Sex... http://nhpr.org/post/paula-poundstone-hates-sex <p>...but she loves her kids, political comedy, and being a panelist on Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 16:05:39 +0000 Virginia Prescott 1851 at http://nhpr.org Paula Poundstone Hates Sex... Sam Kinison: Comedy Genius Turned Comic Book Star http://nhpr.org/post/sam-kinison-comedy-genius-turned-comic-book-star <p>Sam Kinison, <a href="http://www.kinison.com/">the comedian </a>known for screaming politically incorrect rants with the passion of a preacher, became on of the biggest comedy acts of the 1980's. He died in 1992, just shy of his 40th birthday.</p><p><strong>Chris Canibano</strong> has helped turn the life of Kinison, whom many regard as a comedic genius, <a href="http://buyindiecomics.com/2013/comedian-sam-kinison-comic-book-hits-stores-this-week/">into a comic book </a>called, simply, "Sam Kinison."</p><p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 13:16:56 +0000 Virginia Prescott 34334 at http://nhpr.org Sam Kinison: Comedy Genius Turned Comic Book Star Reggie Watts: Beatboxer, Comedian, Musician http://nhpr.org/post/reggie-watts-beatboxer-comedian-musician <p>We spoke with beatboxer, comedian, musician, and kinda TV talk show host <strong>Reggie Watts</strong> about his music and other ongoing projects. Reggie takes suggestions submitted via Youtube and turns them into original songs which have never before been performed, and may never be performed again. It’s all part of his online comedy collective called <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/JashNetwork">Jash</a> with comedians Sarah Silverman, Tim and Eric, and actor Michael Cera. In addition to his online performances, Reggie has also been playing shows and festivals around the country. He’ll be at the <a href="http://www.themusichall.org/calendar/event/reggie_watts">Portsmouth Music Hall</a> in the fall.</p><p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 16:44:03 +0000 Virginia Prescott 29996 at http://nhpr.org Reggie Watts: Beatboxer, Comedian, Musician Best-Selling Trend: The Funny Female Memoir http://nhpr.org/post/best-selling-trend-funny-female-memoir <p>Lena Dunham, creator of the HBO hit series <em>Girls</em>, recently signed 3.5 million dollar book contact for a memoir<em>. </em>When published, Dunham’s book will share shelf space with bestsellers like <a href="http://nhpr.org/post/bloggess-pretends-never-happened">Jenny Lawson</a>’s <em>Let’s Pretend This Never Happened:&nbsp; A Mostly True Memoir</em> and Heather McDonald’s <em>My Inapropriate Life: Some Material Not Suitable For Small Children, Nuns Or Mature Adults.&nbsp; </em>Part humor, part memoir, books in this category are almost always written by women and openly explore sex, drinking and even mental illness in a brazen and unrepentant manner.&nbsp; And readers, especially those that are not offended easily, are snapping them up.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Jean Railla</strong>, a writer and cultural observer is here to tell us more<strong>.&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong></p><p><em>Related: Gawker's <a href="http://gawker.com/5966563/here-is-lena-dunhams-37-million-book-proposal">viral blog</a> about Lena Dunham's book deal. </em> Wed, 01 May 2013 14:30:39 +0000 Virginia Prescott 26635 at http://nhpr.org Best-Selling Trend: The Funny Female Memoir The Best Used Mini Cooper Ad In History http://nhpr.org/post/best-used-mini-cooper-ad-history <p></p><p>Back in November, “The Best Used Car Ad in <a href="http://nh.craigslist.org/">Craigslist</a> History” was brought to&nbsp;my attention through a Facebook post. I hit the "contact" button and got in touch with its author, New Hampshire’s own Tim McLaughlin. It's kind hard to describe…so I'll&nbsp;bring it to life&nbsp;for you. First, you'll hear Tim tell you what he's trying to sell. <em>(A note to listeners: the Craigslist ad was a tad saucy…so I’ve added plenty of bleeps.)</em></p><p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 15:31:52 +0000 Bill Barry 20949 at http://nhpr.org The Best Used Mini Cooper Ad In History The Queens of Comedy Podcasts http://nhpr.org/post/queens-comedy-podcasts <p>2012 has been a fantastic year for funny ladies on television. Comedians Chelsea Handler, Whitney Cummings, Mindy Kaling, Amy Poehler and Joan Rivers all star in their own shows. A number of lesser known laugh-out-loud women are reaching new audiences with self-produced podcasts, and networks are paying attention.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.jeanrailla.com/"><strong>Jean Railla</strong></a>, a writer and cultural observer based in New York City tells us more.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 18:38:36 +0000 Virginia Prescott 18254 at http://nhpr.org The Queens of Comedy Podcasts A New Hampshire Comic's Quest For Laughs http://nhpr.org/post/new-hampshire-comics-quest-laughs <p></p><p>New Hampshire is better known for a tradition of community theater than for comedy.&nbsp; Still, there is <em>something</em> of a comedy scene here…if you’re willing to look for it.<a href="http://adammccune.com/"> Producer <strong>Adam McCune</strong> </a>happens to be a regular at one of Manchester’s regular open-mic events, and brings us along in search of a laugh.</p><p>And check out <a href="http://jaychanoine.com/">Jay Chanoine's website here</a>.</p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 15:41:15 +0000 Virginia Prescott & Adam McCune 15975 at http://nhpr.org A New Hampshire Comic's Quest For Laughs The Rise of the Gay Male Comic...Finally http://nhpr.org/post/rise-gay-male-comicfinally <p>According to New York Times Comedy Reviewer <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/19/arts/gay-male-comics-await-the-spotlight.html?_r=1&amp;pagewanted=all">Jason Zinoman</a>, comedian <a href="http://www.earwolf.com/jamesadomian/">James Adomian </a>could very well be the first openly gay male comedy star. One question comes to mind...why hasn't there been one before?</p><p></p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 15:37:49 +0000 Rebecca Lavoie 11928 at http://nhpr.org The Rise of the Gay Male Comic...Finally