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Half Hour Interviews

  1. Adam Cayton-Holland Stays True to His Denver Roots The 2017 season of Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents comes to a close tonight at midnight with a half hour from Denver’s Adam […]
  2. Solomon Georgio on Standup, Comedic Heroes, and the Beauty of LAToday is an exciting day for comedian Solomon Georgio. Not only does his Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents episode premiere tonight at 12:30, […]
  3. Joel Kim Booster’s Unlikely Path to Standup StardomJoel Kim Booster is the prince of unusual beginnings. As a baby, he was adopted by white, conservative, religious Midwesterners, an experience […]
  4. Talking with Sam Jay About Goals, Standup, and Being the Funniest Person […]For Sam Jay, comedy is a pursuit of happiness. An unfulfilling job had her questioning what makes her happy. When she really thought about it […]
  5. In the Moment with Josh JohnsonThe day before his Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents taping, comedian Josh Johnson sat down with me in the green room of New Orleans’ Civic […]
  6. Anthony DeVito on Overcoming Shyness and Taping His Comedy Central SpecialEvery so often you hear somebody say something like “Oh, I would love to do standup comedy, I’m just too shy.” And more often than not, they […]
  7. Talking Standup, Alone Time, and Why Comedy Is Bullshit with Jo Firestone Jo Firestone spent the day before her Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents (her episode premieres tonight at 12:30) taping sitting by the pool […]
  8. Casey James Salengo on the Importance of Just Enjoying YourselfI spoke with Casey James Salengo fresh off his return from taping his Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents, set to premiere tomorrow. From what […]
  9. Talking Standup, Acting, and Creative Control with Jenny Zigrino I met Jenny Zigrino at New Orleans’ Civic Theater the day before her Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents (her half hour premieres tonight at […]
  10. Shane Torres Is Crushing It A few nights before he recorded his set for Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents (which premieres this Friday night at midnight), Shane Torres […]
  11. The Gospel of Yamaneika Saunders Growing up in the church, Yamaneika Saunders was told by others that she had a calling. “When I was growing up people would single me out […]
  12. How a Three-Year Goal Led to Chris Redd’s Comedy Central Standup DebutComedy Central’s half hours are back this week, rebranded as Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents. The first in this season’s lineup of emerging […]
  13. Talking to Matthew Broussard (and His Mom) About His Fast-Rising Standup […] The final episode of the 2016 season of Comedy Central’s Half Hour belongs to Matthew Broussard, a Houston comedian currently based in Los […]
  14. From Comedy Club Dishwasher to Comedy Central with Ahmed Bharoocha 2016 has been a big year for comedian Ahmed Bharoocha. Not only did he make his network TV debut on Conan, he also recorded his first […]
  15. Jacqueline Novak Is Trying to Just Not Give a Fuck The day before the taping of her Comedy Central Half Hour (which premieres tonight at 12:30), Jacqueline Novak, New York-based standup […]
  16. Mike Recine Isn’t Trying to Offend I was sitting in a conference room in New Orleans’ Ace Hotel, waiting for comedian Mike Recine to wrap up a photo shoot for the intro to his […]
  17. Nick Turner Is Having Fun Nick Turner was born in Texas, raised in Virginia, and sharpened his comedic teeth to a fine point in New York City. While watching him […]
  18. Martha Kelly Embraces the Fear The first words out of Martha Kelly’s mouth when she sat down to chat with me before the taping of her Comedy Central Half Hour were, “Has […]
  19. Erik Bergstrom Went From the Cancer Ward to Comedy Central When comedian Erik Bergstrom was diagnosed with Stage IV Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2015, he had no idea what cancer would do for his career. […]
  20. How Emily Heller Balances Standup with Writing for TV In her new Comedy Central Half Hour, which premieres this Friday at midnight, comedian and writer Emily Heller wastes no time letting the […]
  21. No Crowd Is Too Tough for Ali Siddiq Asking a standup where they got their start in comedy usually yields responses like, “College,” “My hometown’s local open mic,” or, “I was […]
  22. Cy Amundson Just Wants to Do the Work Some comics wear their heart on their sleeve; Cy Amundson wears his city on his chest. In preparation for the filming of his Comedy Central […]
  23. Aparna Nancherla Marks Ten Years In Comedy with Her Comedy Central ‘Half […] After rising through the ranks of the flourishing Washington, D.C. comedy scene, Aparna Nancherla headed to “the biggest apple in the gosh […]
  24. Nate Fernald on Standup in NY vs. LA and His Comedy Central ‘Half Hour’ “I’m in a bit of a haze right now,” said comedian Nate Fernald as he settled down to record this interview prior to his Comedy Central Half […]
  25. Talking with Joe Machi About His Comedy Central ‘Half Hour’ SpecialI was sitting in a small trailer parked outside of New Orleans’ Civic Theater. Next to me was comedian Joe Machi, who had just finished taping […]
  26. Getting Dark with Drew MichaelWhile watching New York comedian Drew Michael tape his Comedy Central Half Hour I couldn’t help but think that thirty minutes barely scratches […]
  27. The Blunt Talk of Noah Gardenswartz “It’s weird having a handler,” were Noah Gardenswartz’s first words as he was escorted into an empty hotel banquet room where Comedy […]
  28. How Ramon Rivas II Reps Cleveland This is a big weekend for Cleveland comedian Ramon Rivas II. Not only is his collective Accidental Comedy putting on their fifth annual […]