Day: August 6, 2008

Bob and David: “David’s Situation” kaput, what’s next?

Bob Odenkirk laid down the news tonight that he and David Cross have decided to scrap their own HBO pilot that played with sitcom conventions, called "David’s Situation." Although they all thought the pilot succeeded, they felt that the format they had created, well, why don’t I just let Odenkirk say it himself: We "lost interest in the overall concept. The show was a strange hybrid with a "sit-com" base. We used the actual set from Everybody Loves Raymond. The sitcom framework really felt like a drag on our energy and sensibility. This was fairly obvious to us and not as disappointing as it might sound because the whole experience energized us to create something new and more better." Maybe it was the Curse of Raymond?! At any rate, Odenkirk promises he and Cross will try to figure out what their next TV project should be and give the fans something to see and laugh at. Related: Odenkirk this week did release three spoof ads he did for a new giant Samsung phone thingy, based on the new types of "mobile professionals" for jobs that do not exist, such as a Carousel Booking Agent, Brothers for Hire, and a freelancing firefighter (played charmingly by Paul F. Tompkins). I don’t know that any of these ad-type videos make you want to buy the Samsung, but they are fun to look...

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Rob Lathan wants you to Get Psyched!

One of Rob Lathan‘s many crazed characters is Dr. Lanny Latham, who can be hired, and apparently has been hired before, to pump up your seminar with his "Get Psyched!" See, there’s a video and everything. Lathan also will be getting you psyched up tonight at the UCB Theatre, and he tells me that if you miss that show, he’ll be in at least a few different styles and profiles during this weekend’s Del Close Marathon, including The Foxworthy Brothers, America’s Best Comic — The Finals!, and Monkeydick. Note: Latham tells me this informercial includes real seminars he gave to real people in New York City. Ha! That just got me psyched. See more funny videos at Funny or...

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Rob Riggle reports from China

Rob Riggle went out in the field, way out to Iraq last year to file actual reports for The Daily Show, and now he has done it again. This time: China! His nightly reports, "Chasing the Dragon," begin airing Monday, Aug. 11. The Summer Olympics are there. You may have heard about it. If you’re worried that this means Riggle will miss out on this weekend’s Del Close Marathon of improv comedy in NYC, then fret not, for Riggle and his Comedy Central producer already have returned from China. Here is a photo from the trip: Related: Riggle’s staff bio for The Daily Show.Previously: I talked to Riggle about his Iraq...

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Comedy Central joins New York Comedy Festival

The New York Comedy Festival today announced it has entered a multi-year partnership deal with Comedy Central, which means Caroline Hirsch’s annual celebration of big-name comedy in the Big Apple now will get a bigger TV presence. The deal includes an annual Comedy Central special, and perhaps more. So the fifth New York Comedy Festival, running Nov. 5-9, 2008, in varied venues around Manhattan, unveils this early lineup: 11/5: Frank Caliendo, Carnegie Hall11/5: “We Have a Winner” moderated by Lizz Winstead, 92nd Street Y 11/6: Louis C.K., They’re With Me, Town Hall11/6: Katt Williams, Live In Concert, Carnegie Hall 11/7: Carlos Mencia: At Close Range, Avery Fisher Hall11/7: An Evening with Craig Ferguson, Town Hall11/7: Writers Speak! A Potentially Regrettable Evening with the Writers of The Daily Show, Paley Center 11/8: Tracy Morgan: Coming Back Home, Apollo Theater11/8: Sarah Silverman and Friends, Hammerstein Ballroom11/8: Joel McHale Live at Town Hall, Town Hall11/8: Late Night with Conan O’Brien Writers’ Panel Discussion, Paley Center 11/9: Brian Regan Live in Concert, Avery Fisher Hall11/9: B.J. Novak and Friends, Town Hall Tickets start going on sale at 11 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 7. They still have to release the names and special events happening during that week at Carolines. Plenty of big names, though, on the slate, including several repeat performers from last year. Louis CK rocked Town Hall last year, so already...

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Julie Klausner’s “What’s What” on Super Deluxe

Julie Klausner and Michael Kupperman produced three shorty shorts on video for Super Deluxe, and right about now, you’re thinking, oh, I probably never saw them because I’ve stopped clicking to Super Deluxe, and even when I did, I probably missed it because it never showed up on the home page. Well, sorta kinda. All three episodes of "What’s What" dropped online a couple of weeks ago. My pick of the three is "Fear," because, well, Teddy Roosevelt? Math? Although Klausner does show off her, um, holes in "Holes," and the third episode is all about "Garbage" and how one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Anyhow. You can watch....

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