COMEDY - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/COMEDY News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Review: Utah Shakespeare Festival’s ‘Twelfth Night’ is musical and funny http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58118781-223/twelfth-shakespeare-utah-olivia.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58118781-223/twelfth-shakespeare-utah-olivia.html.csp">Review: Utah Shakespeare Festival’s ‘Twelfth Night’ is musical and funny</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Barbara M. Bannon</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Special to The Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-14T09:36:15.539-06:00">Updated Jul 14, 2014 09:36AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Cedar City • In the opening moments of Utah Shakespeare Festival’s lyrical production of “Twelfth Night,” Orsino muses, “If music be the food of love, play on. Give me excess of it.” Music is at the heart of this production, which begins with Olivia singing a plaintive lament about the sea and ends with Feste, one of Shakespeare’s wise fools, summing things up with the bard’s best-known song, “When That I Was a Little Tiny Boy.” In between, the multitalented Aaron Galligan-Stierle as Feste con...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58118781@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:36:15 MDT ’Game of Thrones’ earns a leading 19 Emmy nods http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58169328-223/nominations-hbo-series-drama.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58169328-223/nominations-hbo-series-drama.html.csp">’Game of Thrones’ earns a leading 19 Emmy nods</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By LYNN ELBER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-10T12:57:11.948-06:00">Updated Jul 10, 2014 12:57PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Los Angeles • The sprawling and bloodthirsty saga “Game of Thrones,” defying the Emmy Awards’ grudging respect for such fantasy fare, emerged as the leader in the nominations announced Thursday with 19 bids, including best drama series. Other top nominees included a pair of ambitious miniseries, “Fargo,” with 18 bids, and “American Horror Story: Coven,” with 17. The AIDS drama “The Normal Heart” received 16 nominations, including best TV movie. The meth kingpin saga “Breaking Bad” got 16 bids fo...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581693282014-07-10T12:57:11.948-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-10T12:57:11.948-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58169328@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:57:11 MDT Emmy nominations flow to HBO http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58171647-68/hbo-drama-series-comedy.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58171647-68/hbo-drama-series-comedy.html.csp">Emmy nominations flow to HBO</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Emily Yahr</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-10T19:23:01.712-06:00">Updated Jul 10, 2014 07:23PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A bold move by “True Detective” paid off - the HBO crime noir series, which made news when it was submitted as a drama instead of a miniseries, scored a best drama series nod at the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards nominations on Thursday morning. The Matthew McConaughey-Woody Harrelson vehicle (both veterans landed nods for lead actor in a drama) was nominated in the fiercely competitive category alongside the predictable regulars: “Breaking Bad,” “Downton Abbey,” “House of Cards” “Mad Men” and “Gam...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58171647@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:23:01 MDT TV preview: ‘The Strain’ is very scary stuff http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58165509-223/watch-sunday-season-series.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58165509-223/watch-sunday-season-series.html.csp">TV preview: ‘The Strain’ is very scary stuff</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-10T16:45:39.027-06:00">Updated Jul 10, 2014 04:45PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">You’ve never seen vampires quite like the ones in Guillermo del Toro’s new series “The Strain.” It opens with terror aboard an airliner, which ends up on runway with no sign of life aboard. Enter Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) from the CDC, and the horror is off and running. It’s intriguing, creepy and downright scary at times. Watch • 11 p.m. Sunday, FX This Weekend — MLS Real Salt Lake at Los Angeles Galaxy. Watch • 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Ch. 30 World Cup soccer Championship gam...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58165509@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:45:39 MDT Movie review: Melissa McCarthy shows grit in comedy ‘Tammy’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58137695-223/tammy-mccarthy-config-data.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58137695-223/tammy-mccarthy-config-data.html.csp">Movie review: Melissa McCarthy shows grit in comedy ‘Tammy’</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Sean P. Means</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-03T14:35:30.572-06:00">Updated Jul 3, 2014 02:35PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">We know that Melissa McCarthy is a wickedly funny performer. To date, though, the fireplug actress has been a supporting player (in “Bridesmaids”) or part of a double act (with Sandra Bullock in “The Heat” or Jason Bateman in “Identity Thief”). Can she fly solo? The answer is yes, as evidenced by the comedy “Tammy,” a funny rough-and-tumble tale in which McCarthy adds some shades to trademark tough-talking bluster. McCarthy plays Tammy, a woman who attracts bad luck. We meet her driving down an ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58137695@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:35:30 MDT Melissa McCarthy’s ‘Tammy’ a family affair http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57875676-223/mccarthy-falcone-tammy-says.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57875676-223/mccarthy-falcone-tammy-says.html.csp">Melissa McCarthy’s ‘Tammy’ a family affair</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JAKE COYLE</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-03T14:54:39.307-06:00">Updated Jul 3, 2014 02:54PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The idea for Melissa McCarthy’s new comedy, “Tammy,” was born over breakfast. The film is directed by McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone. They wrote it together, from Falcone’s early-morning epiphany. “He came downstairs one morning, blurry-eyed, hair all over the place, in his pajamas, and goes: ‘I’m not sure if I had a dream, but I want to write a movie where you go on a road trip with your grandma and I think she’s an alcoholic and she sleeps around,’ ” says McCarthy. “He was, like, not fully a...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-578756762014-07-03T14:54:39.307-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-03T14:54:39.307-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57875676@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:54:39 MDT Movie review: ‘Obvious Child’ is fiercely funny and bravely honest http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58104563-223/child-donna-obvious-stand.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58104563-223/child-donna-obvious-stand.html.csp">Movie review: ‘Obvious Child’ is fiercely funny and bravely honest</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Sean P. Means</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-27T15:55:30.571-06:00">Updated Jun 27, 2014 03:55PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">There’s a certain bravery about “Obvious Child,” and I’m not just talking about the way this risk-taking comedy defiantly tackles an issue — abortion — around which bigger movies, like “Knocked Up” or “Juno,” quietly danced. The other bravery that writer-director Gillian Robespierre and especially her star, comedian and “Saturday Night Live” alumna Jenny Slate, exhibit in this low-budget comedy (which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival) is in how they show the raw emotions and roman...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58104563@www.sltrib.com Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:55:30 MDT Above-the-belt Utah comedic duo promises laughs without offense http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58046134-223/comedy-schlegel-holy-schleg.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58046134-223/comedy-schlegel-holy-schleg.html.csp">Above-the-belt Utah comedic duo promises laughs without offense</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Autumn Thatcher</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Special to The Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-26T14:57:26.484-06:00">Updated Jun 26, 2014 02:57PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The comedic duo of Ryan Holyoak and Ryen Schlegel — aka Holy Schleg — is easy to spot upon entering Juniors Tavern on a recent afternoon. Sporting MVP medals dangling from a red, white and blue ribbon around their necks, Holyoak and Schlegel smile like two schoolboys up to mischief. As if on cue, once they recognize their interview is about to start, they wrap their arms around each other in the booth and flash their medals. When asked about their prestigious awards, they break into laughter ov...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58046134@www.sltrib.com Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:57:26 MDT Louis C.K., Sarah Silverman among comics at Oddball fest, Sept. 6 at USANA Amphitheatre http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/moviecricket/58113116-66/com-http-comedy-oddball.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/moviecricket/58113116-66/com-http-comedy-oddball.html.csp">Louis C.K., Sarah Silverman among comics at Oddball fest, Sept. 6 at USANA Amphitheatre</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By SEan P. Means</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-26T13:33:29.301-06:00">Updated Jun 26, 2014 01:33PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Sure, USANA Amphitheatre can handle thousands of KISS devotes or hordes of Tim McGraw fans — but can the West Valley City venue handle some of the nation’s funniest comedians? Utah will find out on Saturday, Sept. 6, when a touring comedy extravaganza, with the unwieldy title Funny or Die Presents Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival 2014, rolls into USANA Amphitheatre, 5150 S. 6055 West, West Valley City. The line-up for the Utah show includes: • Aziz Ansari (“Parks & Recreation”) • Chris Hard...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58113116@www.sltrib.com Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:33:29 MDT Stand-up comedianDanny Villalpando likes to size up his audience http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58027036-223/villalpando-stand-comedy-egyptian.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58027036-223/villalpando-stand-comedy-egyptian.html.csp">Stand-up comedianDanny Villalpando likes to size up his audience</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Scott Iwasaki</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Park Record</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-06T13:08:29.448-06:00">Updated Jun 6, 2014 01:08PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">When stand-up comedian Danny Villalpando performs at the Egyptian Theatre in Park City this weekend, audience members may see him staring at them from somewhere in the house before he goes on. “I do have one weird quirk,” Villalpando said during an interview with The Park Record in a phone call from his home in Los Angeles. “I like to look at audiences before I hit the stage. I like to size them up and figure out what I’m going to talk to them about.” Read the full interview at www.parkrecord....</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58027036@www.sltrib.com Fri, 06 Jun 2014 13:08:29 MDT Jerry Lewis keeps the comedy coming at 88 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58031974-223/lewis-club-comedy-friars.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58031974-223/lewis-club-comedy-friars.html.csp">Jerry Lewis keeps the comedy coming at 88</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By SANDY COHEN</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-05T09:23:02.085-06:00">Updated Jun 5, 2014 09:23AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Los Angeles • At this point, Jerry Lewis feels more comfortable with an audience than without. So after nearly 70 years in show business, Lewis continues to do standup and serve as leader of the storied Friars Club. He was set to host a dinner at the venerable comedy institution on Thursday night to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his film “The Nutty Professor.” He’s also set to perform a show in Las Vegas next month and has two fall concerts planned for Los Angeles. “The Friars are the third ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580319742014-06-05T09:23:02.085-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-05T09:23:02.085-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58031974@www.sltrib.com Thu, 05 Jun 2014 09:23:02 MDT Insult king Rickles honored in Spike TV tribute http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57993444-223/rickles-spike-tribute-fey.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57993444-223/rickles-spike-tribute-fey.html.csp">Insult king Rickles honored in Spike TV tribute</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By FRAZIER MOORE</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-05-27T15:46:55.586-06:00">Updated May 27, 2014 03:46PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Don Rickles engages in what might be called Comedy S and M. He insults audience members (whether famous or unknown, each a hockey puck in his eyes) and they laugh and beg for more. It’s a manic, lacerating style Rickles has commanded for a half-century-plus. Now he’s being feted by Spike TV with a 90-minute special, “One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute.” A black-tie affair taped earlier this month at Harlem’s storied Apollo Theater, it airs Wednesday, packed with love and a healthy dose o...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-579934442014-05-27T15:46:55.586-06:00" id="#license-2014-05-27T15:46:55.586-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57993444@www.sltrib.com Tue, 27 May 2014 15:46:55 MDT Movie review: Favreau whips up a tasty comedy in ‘Chef’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57962845-223/favreau-chef-carl-comedy.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57962845-223/favreau-chef-carl-comedy.html.csp">Movie review: Favreau whips up a tasty comedy in ‘Chef’</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Sean P. Means</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-05-27T01:14:29.708-06:00">Updated May 27, 2014 01:14AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">With his “passion project” comedy “Chef,” Jon Favreau reminds us why we liked him in the first place. That was back in 1996, when Favreau was an unknown who wrote himself a lead role in an indie romance, “Swingers,” as an insecure guy navigating the L.A. bar scene and keeping then-unknown Vince Vaughn from stealing every scene. Since then, Favreau has grown into a hotshot filmmaker, directing “Elf,” the first two “Iron Man” movies (in which he also played Tony Stark’s bodyguard, Happy Hogan) and...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57962845@www.sltrib.com Tue, 27 May 2014 01:14:29 MDT TV preview: ‘Undateable’ is disappointing http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57971747-223/watch-sunday-comedy-pbs.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57971747-223/watch-sunday-comedy-pbs.html.csp">TV preview: ‘Undateable’ is disappointing</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-05-23T01:01:02.45-06:00">Updated May 23, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The new sitcom “Undateable” comes to us from some very funny writers (“Scrubs”). It stars a bunch of funny standup comedians (Chris D’Elia, Brent Morin, Ron Funches and Rick Glassman). And yet, somehow, it never comes together. This comedy about guys who aren’t good at relationships isn’t really … good. It’s not awful. But it’s sort of … meh. Too bad. Watch • 8 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday, NBC/Ch. 5 This Weekend — Undercover Boss Utah Jazz CEO Greg Miller. (Repeat) Watch • 7 p.m. Friday, C...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57971747@www.sltrib.com Fri, 23 May 2014 01:01:02 MDT