The British stand-up Ashley Blaker attempts the balancing act of making religious and secular audiences laugh while poking fun at the devout.
Author Archives: JASON ZINOMAN
What happens when your family is what frightens you? A renaissance in terrifying movies skips jump scares in favor of dread based on adult fears.
John Connolly’s “He” fictionalizes the career of one half of the Laurel and Hardy team.
Matthew Miele’s documentary about the Carlyle Hotel, on the Upper East Side, is more interested in burnishing a reputation than in exploring it.
He’s the comedian whom comedians make fun of. So, how has Carrot Top had 13 years of sold-out shows? We investigate.
Thanks to sharp bits about gender roles, she’s on the cusp of stand-up comedy’s A-list, the rare working mother to make the cut. Every step of the way has been carefully considered.
This anarchic, unhinged 30-ish comedian with a demented weekly cable access show also pulls stunts for a podcast, including marrying a Tide bottle.
This film about Roxanne Shante has an intimate indie vibe nicely suited to its subject: rap stardom in the days before hip-hop culture went global.
The Australian stand-up Hannah Gadsby examines a culture that excuses abuse and takes on comedy’s pieties. Laughter is not good medicine, in her view.
Nell Scovell is the rare woman in TV comedy writers’ rooms, and while she welcomes the current reckoning brought on by #MeToo, she is wary of change.