All The Comedy News You Need to Know (July 29, 2022)

Written by Casey Rocket

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As many of you know, the creators of Big Laugh grew up along the Big Muddy River in Southern Illinois.

Every evening, on a day just like today, our grandmothers would call us in from tilling the fields to enjoy an ice-cold glass of lemonade. When our cups ran dry, and we filled up on homemade pumpkin pie, we all gathered around the radio to listen to Dr. Peebleton’s Comedy Brigade. 

Those were the days. And those days are gone. But we have a polio vaccine now, so you take the good with the bad. 

Anyways, it’s always fun to reminisce with old friends. Here is all the comedy news you need to know this week. Be kind to one another.

Something You Missed: Patti Harrison Writes a Song for Dua Lipa in 2019

To look forward, we must first laugh at the past. I don’t know if I made that quote up, but I refuse to Google it or delete it. Let’s clear the air, Patti Harrison makes me cry laughing, and I will stop at nothing until everyone knows her name. 

Harrison first appeared on their radar for the average comedy fan with her criminally hilarious characters on I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson. Did Christmas come early? Everything about these sketches makes me want to take a vow of silence so I don’t cry every last drop of moisture out of my eyes and wind up in a pauper’s grave.

But even before Patti graced our Netflix screens, Comedy Central had the foresight to record this little hidden gem in 2019. What starts as a catchy tune in the style of British superstar Dua Lipa quickly devolves into chaos that will make Patti Harrison a household name someday, and America is all-the-better for it.  

Are You Garbage? Podcast Interviews Louis C.K. & Joe List 

Fresh off the release of their new movie “Fourth of July,” Louis C.K. and Joe List sat down with The Garbage Boys to swap stories about dirtbag family members, seedy vacations, and Miracle Whip (AKA The New Jersey Holy Trinity). 

You would be hard-pressed to find a group of New York comics hotter than these four right now. Of course, I don’t mean “hotter” in the physical sense, these dudes are all busted, but you get what I’m saying. 

The Are You Garbage? Gang, consisting of hilarious co-hosts H. Foley and Kevin Ryan, has ascended to new heights over the past year, with their weekly viewership hitting six figures on YouTube. I must admit that I’m incredibly biased because Kevin Ryan told me he loved my “putting Adderall in my dickhole joke” when I had the pleasure of sharing the stage with the boys at Vulcan Gas Company

Apparent bribes aside, there’s never been a better time to hop on the bandwagon and start enjoying the weekly musings of these two blue-collar killers. As of July 16th, the Fourth of July is currently sitting at a 91% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, so comedy fans might have something special to look forward to during an otherwise dull period for the genre.  

Check out the podcast episode: 

Andrew Schultz Releases “Infamous” Special

“Infamous” is about as good a word as any to describe certified cold-blooded Riff, Rascal Andrew Schultz. 

On July 17th, Schultz finally dropped his long-awaited special to the delight of hard-bodied laugh anarchists worldwide. 

Just in case you live in a world of self-imposed isolation after a terrible workplace accident (these things happen), Andrew Schultz has not-so-quietly taken the comedy world by storm over the last few years, escalating from one of New York’s best-kept secrets to a nationwide phenomenon. Thanks partly to his tenacious work ethic and constantly viral online presence, it’s hard to go down any proper YouTube or Reddit comedy rabbit hole without coming across a clip of Schultz’s devastating crowd work or timely bits.  

Not only is this special everything a true Schultz fan could ask for, but it also holds a special place in the hearts of locals because it was filmed at Austin’s renowned Paramount Theatre. What more can you ask for?

Andrew “SandMan” Santino Pops by Your Mom’s House

When the girls are away, the boys will riff. And riff they do. Very much so.

Sadly, Christina P. was drafted to fight for the People’s Liberation Front this week (and we applaud her bravery), so Andrew Santino joins Tommy “Bones Jones” Segura to hold down the fort on this special episode. 

While the audience waits with bated breath, The Two-Man Crew sits down in sunny Los Angeles to rap about everything from dirt bike accidents to Bobby Lee to Bhad Bhabie. 

Well, one thing’s for sure, you can “Catch Me Outside” LAUGHING at this week’s podcast. I haven’t spoken to my loved ones in over six months. Also, I live outside now due to a chemical spill in my condo, but enough about me. 

When the dust settles, and the episode draws to a close, the boys laugh up watching some infamous Horrible or Hilarious clips that must be heard to be believed. 

Check it out: 

Bill Burr Live at Red Rocks

(Available to stream on Netflix)

While increasingly up-and-coming comedians have chosen to release their specials on YouTube (like our boy Stavros Halkias, experiencing great success doing so), the heavy hitters continue putting out specials on the regular streaming giants that have dominated our screens. 

Enter Bill Burr, walking quip-machine and reigning human comedy god. With his seventh special, Burr has proved yet again that he decides when and where to set the bar for live comedy.  

Filmed at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, Burr takes on fatherhood, cancel culture, and many other hot-button issues during his inspired performance. While I’ve never been a fan of outdoor comedy shows, if anybody can pull it off: Burr’s the man. 

That should wrap up this week’s comedy news, but we are always looking for more suggestions to help us stay on top of the ever-changing landscape of Big Laughs and smiles. Drop us a line if you feel we missed anything during our weekly benders at the horse track. Stay sweet.
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