Day: April 17, 2008

Lucky Louie saved!? Louis CK inks CBS sitcom deal

Spent most of the day in a productive meeting (more on that later?) and happily returned back to my Internet to find that Louis CK had signed a sitcom deal with CBS — with script commitment, which means it will air on primetime television! (Punchline bloggy notes here) The show reunites him with Lucky Louie co-star Pamela Adlon, putting them back together as TV marrieds with kids. So the Save Lucky Louie campaign had some impact, after all? CK reported the news on his site without further comment (for now). Perhaps this is what CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler meant when she told The Hollywood Reporter earlier this week: "We’d like to open another night for comedy. That’s definitely on horizon." CK’s deal comes on the heels of Mike Birbiglia’s pilot production, so perhaps they’ll end up on a new stand-up sitcom night. Related: My in-depth report on the state of the stand-up...

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Jeff Kreisler explains My Wall Street Journal

Back in the day (that’s a term, loosely translated, meaning before you were born), magazines such as the National Lampoon engaged in a practice commonly known as lampooning, sometimes so much so that these lampooners would produce and publish an entire spoof of another news publication. Tony Hendra, who once worked at the Lampoon, masterminded the new buzzed-about parody newspaper My Wall Street Journal (see it online now or later!) that hit the streets Tuesday (though some reports had it surfacing earlier, according to the New York Times, still for the moment an actual newspaper source of record). I spoke with satirist Jeff Kreisler, one of three executive editors on the 24-page paper, which blends elements of Rupert Murdoch’s tabloidy tabloid of daily tabloids, the New York Post, with his new acquisition, the Wall Street Journal. Is it also a play on Murdoch’s other big get, MySpace? You’ll just have to watch the video and find out as Kreisler flips the pages with us from a hotel lounge in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan (does the lounge’s electronic music soundtrack enhance or distract from the comedy? we embed, you decide!): Jeff Kreisler on My Wall Street JournalUploaded by thecomicscomic Buy it on Amazon.com with a click! Related: Comedy blogging friend Todd Jackson from Dead-Frog served as one of several consultants, and here is his brief report. Furthermore: Kreisler brings...

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Balls of Comedy Central Records safe from Robert Kelly’s kicking foot

The sales tallies are in…and Robert Kelly will not get to kick the president of Comedy Central Records in the groin area. Oh well. His CD/DVD, Just the Tip, ranked #7 this week in sales for comedy albums. It would’ve needed to chart #10 on the overall Billboard 200 to reach his goal of 30,000 discs sold in its first week. "It’s been in the top ten on Amazon all week and it’s been in the top 30 on iTunes all week,  which is great," Kelly wrote to fans in a MySpace bulletin overnight. "I have to keep getting the word out...

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