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Why Dave Chappelle Walked Offstage Last Night

New York Times comedy critic Jason Zinoman, who recently released the e-book Searching for Dave Chappelle, parses the comic's aborted Hartford show.

By Jesse David Fox

New E-Book ‘Searching for Dave Chappelle’ Out Today

The NY Times' comedy critic Jason Zinoman has written a new e-book, called Searching for Dave Chappelle, that comes out today and dives deep into the comedian's life and the reasons behind his disappearance from the spotlight in 2005 with [...]

By Bradford Evans

Judah Friedlander: World Champion of Crowd Work

"Some of the most boisterous comedy audiences I’ve witnessed in this city have been at Mr. Friedlander’s shows. In an age when much stand-up comedy can seem like a meticulous accounting of personal anxieties and observations, Mr. Friedlander [...]

By Jesse David Fox

The Tightrope Act of Improv Comedy

"An art form without an author, improv comedy is sometimes compared to a high-wire act, but truly to understand the level of difficulty, imagine a team of tightrope walkers chained together. Then every few seconds one daredevil must make a [...]

By Jesse David Fox

Telling Stories in New York

Over at the Times, comedy critic Jason Zinoman takes a look this week at the flourishing storytelling scene in NYC, talking about stories and shows by Ophira Eisenberg, Dave Hill, Kevin Allison and others. It's worth a read if you're interested [...]

By Adam Frucci

Talking to Jason Zinoman, the New Comedy Critic for the New York Times

A couple weeks ago, the New York Times debuted its newest column, one focusing on comedy. Previously, the paper's coverage of comedy generally stuck to major TV and film releases, with the occasional profile or trend piece throwing a bone to [...]

By Adam Frucci