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Nurse Jackie


Here's the news, "Nurse Jackie" isn't funny, it has funny moments, but it's a drama, take note TV Academy. [Photo courtesy Showtime]

If you have been watching Showtime's "Nurse Jackie" this season you will know that the show has gone to a very dark place and any humor that occurs is meant to highlight the drama. That's because "Nurse Jackie" is, and has always been, a 1/2 hour drama despite the TV Academy's insistence on nominating and awarding Edie Falco with Emmys for "Best Actress in a Comedy," something that should not happen this year if the Academy wishes to preserve what little credibiity it may have left. Delving deep into a battle with addiction and the collapse of her family, moments of levity are few and far between. On the flip side, Louis C.K. won resoundingly this weekend at the 2nd annual Comedy Awards in New York City (look for our report on the event here tomorrow) and we had better see similar honors bestowed upon FX's "Louie" this Fall, an innovative comedy show that delves into drama.


An interview with comedian Jo Koy, Comedy Central premieres "Jo Koy: Lights Out" on Sunday

Jo Koy: Lights Out

Comedy Central

Comedy Central premieres "Jo Koy: Lights Out" on Sunday, April 1, at 10pm. [Photo courtesy of Comedy Central]

Comedian Jo Koy, a regular round table panelist who has been on E!'s "Chelsea Lately" literally several dozen times, has a new hour-long special premiering this Sunday night. We had the chance to talk to the busy comedian, who has a full schedule of theatre gigs on his plate, in addition to promoting his special, about what aspects of his life made it into his new act and what's been important to him as he came up. Find out more about Jo Koy and his schedule of shows at his website. Jo Koy next makes it back to the LA area in June for a string of shows at the Brea Improv. Preview a clip of "Lights Out" here.

This Sunday Comedy Central premieres "Jo Koy: Lights Out," you've worked with them before on other occassions, other specials, right?

Jo Koy: It's my second one! My second hour special. My first one was "Don't Make 'Em Angry" and this one I'm most excited about. This one was shot in my hometown, Los Angeles, and in this time I talk a lot more about my son, and a lot more stories about my Mom, the two things I really like to talk about. I really enjoyed it. I also got to introduce my grandmother into the act, another character involved in my special.