Ted Alexandro is a staple in the New York comedy scene as well as a traveling headliner with numerous TV appearances on Letterman, Comedy Central and more. Ted thought he was going to be a jazz pianist as he entered college but as fate would have it he discovered stand-up and didn’t look back. Here Ted discusses his history with Jazz and the similarities he sees between his musical background and his stand-up performances.
I don’t really keep up with any web series but I’ve watched every episode of modern comedian twice. As we all know I love performing stand up but even more than performing I love watching other comedians perform and the entire process of comedy and this web series covers it beautifully. I don’t have a favorite episode but if I did it would be the one with Todd Glass but that’s because I’m biased and Todd Glass is my favorite comic. The documenter also interviews Lynn Shawcroft about her marriage to Mitch Hedberg but I wish he also focused on her stand up. I did a show with her once and she was amazing. I was in awe of her the whole time and just wished I could come off half as comfortable on stage as she did. It was like listening to a friend tell a story. I want to be like that one day. I’d say the only bad thing about this web series is that I wish he would do more episodes centered around female comedians but I’ll still keep watching as long as he keeps making these.
Rich Vos is a veteran of stand-up comedy. What most people don’t know is that Rich’s career started when he was in the throws of a brutal drug and alcohol addiction. Here we see Rich tell that story from the beginning and where he is now.
lynn shawcroft, mitch hedburg’s widow, takes us through the comedian’s writing process in this awesome doc. loved when they showed his notebooks & the makings of a joke while simultaneously listening to his delivery
setting up your life so that you can have that time to use your imagination.
Modern Comedian Shows The Open Mic Life with Subhah Agarwal
Open mics are an unavoidable part of being a comedian. They’re often brutal and, in fact, you shouldn’t think of them any other way, but they are also crucial to developing your voice as a comedian so when you do a big show, you don’t fuck it up (hopefully).
Scott Moran’s amazing series Modern Comedian for PBS Digital follows up and coming comedian Subhah Agarwal who grinds it out at open mics in NYC as much as humanly possible and exhibits how hard work and focus can be quite rewarding in comedy. Watch the episode here.
Subhah Agarwal is one of the hardest working comedians/ human beings I have ever met in my life. It is safe to say that comedy is her life and we’ll try to understand if having such a hard work ethic can make life harder.
Listen as we cover performing over 20 times a week, fear of getting your heart broken, and we try to figure if Indian parents have ever been proud of their non-doctor offspring.
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Season 3 of Modern Comedian Starts This Week + Season 2 Outtakes
Straight from series creator/director/editor/more Scott Moran, Modern ComedianSeason 3 will premiere this Tuesday, Apr. 30th. To be featured on this season will be Phil Hanley, Jim Gaffigan, Calise Hawkins, Kate Berlant, and more!
Chris Gethard is an amazing person with a big heart, who also happens to be one of the most entertaining people around. Last year, Chris was cast as the lead in a sitcom that was canceled right away. So he decided to stick with something that was he could control … a public access show on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network. The decision to pause a more typical acting career in Los Angeles in favor of a public access TV show was not an easy one. But as we see here, the show has become an important thing in a lot of people’s lives, particularly young people with mental health issues. As Chris says, it is the closest thing to a ‘calling’ he has ever experienced.