Daniel Lehman is a writer and editor for the actors’ trade publication Back Stage, where he also writes about the New York City stand-up, sketch, and improv comedy scenes for BackStage.com and Blog Stage online. While not a performer himself, as a Casting Editor at Back Stage, Lehman works to find casting calls, open mic nights, and other performance opportunities for actors and comedians in New York and across the country. Comedians can find new comedy gigs every week in the pages of Back Stage and online at BackStage.com, or check out the Back Stage Facebook and Twitter pages for more, updated daily.
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Is any comedian having a better year than Kumail Nanjiani? He’s been called a rising “Comedian to Watch” by Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and New York magazine, wrote and starred in Michael and Michael Have Issues on Comedy Central, performed on Letterman and The Colbert Report, hosted the Gotham Awards, was chosen for Comedy Central’s “Hot List,” toured his stand-up act, and is developing a sitcom pilot for NBC. Kumail deserves the acclaim, as a very funny comedian who takes the time to step back and enjoy the wonderment of our bizarre society.
I am guilty of this crime, and I suspect Jackie got help from my girlfriend — whose patience I test every day with what she considers my increasingly “middle-aged dad-like” sense of humor — when writing this hilarious bit about being forced to laugh at her father’s lame jokes. After all, doesn’t the best comedy use a specific example to reveal a universal truth? Read the rest of this entry »