Day: September 4, 2008

Preview: Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy

Only a few days before Seth MacFarlane’s latest animated venture, his Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy, debuts online Sept. 10 in Google Ads with an assist by Burger King. Two teasers went up on Seth’s YouTube channel. There also promises to be a Seth blog and Cavalcade newsletter. Judging from this tease, the short format certainly plays to MacFarlane’s short-attention span, rapid-fire delivery of jokes that you’d find on Family Guy. Do they all work? Um, no. Leading off with a simple play on the famous lyric, "I Shot The Sheriff," doesn’t help win fans. But blink and it’s on to the next quick quip. They can be offensive. They can be bizarre. In other words, just what you’re looking for from MacFarlane, right? Watch this tease for a better idea: Related: New York Times report on the deal, which puts the BK-sponsored clips into Google’s AdSense, which means you can maybe possibly start seeing them on the side of this site’s main page? Check back next...

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Give to the War PSA, with Sarah Silverman

Did you know that our foreign wars are costing us $3 trillion dollars? If Sarah Silverman asked you to help out with a financial contribution, would you? Watch this public service announcement Silverman shot for the Shoot the Messenger folks and "Friends of Foreign Wars" and see if she can sway...

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Hourlong comedy special tapings for Schimmel, Correale, Ferrara, Breuer

Apologies in advance for the last-minute notice: This week is a busy one for new hourlong comedy special TV/DVD tapings, especially at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College here in New York City, where Robert Schimmel is taping his latest special for Showtime tonight, and Pete Correale, Adam Ferrara and Jim Breuer all follow suit with their own individual stage-to-screen efforts this weekend. Ticket info...

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Preview: Louis C.K., “Chewed Up”

Louis C.K. is the funniest stand-up comedian working in America today. I’ve said it. Ricky Gervais has said it. Other people who know funny from funny have said and written it. And you, too, shall learn the truth on Oct. 4 when his latest special, Chewed Up, debuts on Showtime. My friends at Videogum saw that CK uploaded a clip of this show, taped earlier this year in Boston. This clip has audio sync issues. But a fan has fixed it, sort of, and, so…Official NSFW warning/spoiler alert: I don’t know anyone else who can tell a joke about masturbation, include a 9/11 reference and get a laugh. Enjoy! Updated with an official...

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Final taping for Chris Rock’s new HBO special, Kill the Messenger

Chris Rock’s new HBO special, Kill the Messenger, has posters up around the city and a couple of video teases, one of which opens quite autobiographically, with Rock saying: "I grew up in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. I started out in clubs making $5 a night. Now I’m here playing the world stage. America. Europe. South Africa. It’s been a mind-blowing, crazy ride, and they say I’m pretty good at making people laugh. Luckily for me, it’s an election year, and I got a stimulus package for your ass!" They’ve already filmed footage of Rock in London and South Africa and across America, and now there’s only one thing left to film before it debuts Sept. 27: Just look at the Ticketmaster banner on my page… Chris Rock performs at the Apollo Theater in Harlem on Sept. 12-13. HBO will be there. Buy tickets here or here. Related: Here is a snippet Chris Rock filmed for a different HBO project, the documentary film, The Black...

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