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Lgbtq Comedians Respond to Dave Chappelle’s ‘Sticks and Stones’

  • The Wrap
Alison Grillo can see both sides of the debate around Dave Chappelle’s latest Netflix stand-up special, “Sticks & Stones,” which has been criticized for jokes about Lgbtq people. As a comedian, she thinks Chappelle should be free to joke about anything. But as a trans woman, she said one of his jokes “rankled” her a little bit.

“I wouldn’t say you shouldn’t make jokes about Michael Jackson, or you shouldn’t make jokes about trans people unless you’re trans, or you shouldn’t make jokes about school shootings unless you’ve been in a school shooting. No. I wouldn’t put that level of censorship on anyone,” Grillo told TheWrap.

But she didn’t love a joke in which a character isn’t sure what pronoun to use for trans people: “I guess the most offensive joke I would say, personally, was the joke about the Lgbt people in the car,
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New York Television Festival Unveils 2018 Lineup

  • Deadline
Schedule highlights are out for the 14th annual New York Television Festival, which this year moves to the summer for the first time. The event runs July 14-20 at the Helen Mills Theater and Event Space and Sva Theatre in Manhattan.

In addition to the previously announced 59 Official Selections in the flagship Independent Pilot Competition held Saturday-Thursday, the Nytvf again will host several series of events including an opening weekend featuring the new “Creator Bootcamp,” presented in partnership with CBS Entertainment Diversity and Inclusion, on Saturday, and the returning “Nytvf Writers Room” on Sunday. The Writers Room will be keynoted by Sarah Schneider and Chris Kelly – former co-head writers for Saturday Night Live and writers and executive producers for the new Comedy Central series The Other Two. Panel discussions throughout the weekend will include writers from The Break with Michelle Wolf, High Maintenance, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,
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