John Wenzel

Why So Serious, Tig Notaro?

Tig Notaro has one of those fabled “good problems.” The Los Angeles comedian attracted a new and much larger audience in 2012 after a career-defining set that found her discussing her cancer diagnosis and other life-altering events.

Why So Serious, Rhys Darby?

Flight of the Conchords fans know Rhys Darby as the bumbling band manager Murray Hewitt from the HBO series of the same name. But over the last decade Darby has also forged a successful stand-up career in the U.K., Australia and elsewhere with similarly quirky (if not quite as bobble-headed) material that he's increasingly taking on the road -- including at downtown's Comedy Works Thursday, Oct.

Why So Serious, Keenen Ivory Wayans?

Call it favorite-child syndrome. For all of Keenen Ivory Wayans' work as a writer, actor, director and producer, including groundbreaking comedies like "I'm Gonna Get You Sucka" and Eddie Murphy's legendary concert film "Raw," one project stands out from the pack.

Album review: Mark Mulcahy, “Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You”

Mark Mulcahy "Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You" (Fire Records) Evoking the soul of Americana, folk, alt-country, indie rock, and other currently ubiquitously genres seems to be the Holy Grail of many freshly-minted bands, as if making a definitive musical statement somehow also involves sampling the full spectrum and pretending it adds up to something more than a cheap buffet.

Why So Serious, Ben Kronberg?

Quick: what are you doing tonight? It's probably nothing good. Getting drunk? Lame. Well, maybe not so lame if you're around a TV. Here's what you should be doing: watching Denver-bred comedian Ben Kronberg's first Comedy Central half-hour special, which debuts at 12:30 a.m.

Why So Serious, George Lopez?

When TBS canceled “Lopez Tonight” in 2011, it was an unmistakable blow to its host. Comedian George Lopez had not only made history by becoming the first Latino to helm a major late-night talk show, he also was gaining creative ground by developing his interview chops and diversifying the appeal of his program.