Hotseat: Dave Foley

The Kids in the Hall member talks boobs, red wine and Mr. Heavyfoot.

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To describe Dave Foley as a utilitarian humorist would be reductive—but not disingenuous. As part of Kids in the Hall, Foley has been a significant figure in sketch comedy since the ’80s. In the ‘90s, he led a cast on NewsRadio that included Phil Hartman and Stephen Root. And now, while keeping a foot in both the sketch-comedy and sitcom worlds, the L.A. resident has also returned to standup, ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

Hotseat: Michael Ian Black

The comedian, a member of sketch group the State, talks about reality TV, web videos and Meghan McCain.

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Way back in 1993, MTV took a flyer on a group of sketch comedians from New York University and gave them a television show.  That show, The State—because that was the troupe called themselves—lasted only two years, but it left a permanent mark on American comedy. Many of its members would stay in show biz, turning out such shows as Stella, Reno 9-1-1, Viva Variety on another upstart cable ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 MIKE ACKER

Hotseat: Cameron Esposito

The super-smart, side mullet-sporting comedian talks podcasting, Portland and Macklemore.

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Cameron Esposito has been busy lately. LA Weekly and Time Out Los Angeles both tapped her as a comedian to watch. She’s been featured on Chelsea Lately and at comedy festivals across the country (locally, she was at Bridgetown in 2013 and All Jane No Dick the same year). She’s toured the nation with Anthony Jeselnik.The side mullet-rocking, perennially denim-jacket clad Esposito has done all ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 MIKE ACKER

Hotseat: Don Horn

The founder of Triangle Productions discusses his new play about Oregon-born Native American jazz musician Jim Pepper.

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Jim Pepper was a Native American saxophonist who grew up in Oregon, producing music that fused jazz, pop and traditional Native music. Some of his songs found mainstream success—1969’s “Witchi Tai To” is the only song in the history of the Billboard charts to feature a Native chant—but Pepper died from cancer in 1992 at the age of 40.Don Horn, who founded Triangle Productions 30 years ago ...   More
 
Thursday, May 8, 2014 LAURA HANSON

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