Day: November 13, 2008

Video highlights: Time Out New York’s comedy fest showcase

Did you miss last week’s Time Out New York approved comedy showcase at the UCB that was part of the New York Comedy Festival? Would you like to see some highlights from the sets of Anthony Jeselnik, Max Silvestri, Reggie Watts, Sean Patton, Seth Herzog, The Hazzards and host/TONY Comedy Editor Jane Borden? Of course, you would. So here that is. Note: Language is...

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10 MADtv sketches worth watching, even if FOX has pulled the plug on the show after 14 years

The rumored demise of MADtv hit the fans on message boards two days ago, then Defamer and later FOX itself confirmed the news yesterday that the 14th season would be the last for MADtv, which never quite emerged out from the shadows of NBC's Saturday Night Live. MADtv's co-creator David Salzman told both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter that he's already looking at shopping his sketch show — as well as the archives, which end its licensing/rebroadcast deal with Comedy Central at year's end — to other networks. The 326th and final episode will tape in December but air in May. "We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished, we’re appreciative of what Fox has done and we don’t think it should be over yet," Salzman told THR. Even longtime fans of the show realized the end was near, what with wholesale changes in format and the cast in the past couple of years. As SNL rebounded from the writers strike with heightened buzz and record viewership, MADtv failed to get much of a mention, no matter what they tried. Was it their fault, or the network's? This past year, the show seemed to enjoy a new infusion of talent from the likes of Erica Ash, Eric Price and Matt Braunger, a wild variety of skilled celebrity impersonations from Nicole Parker, a multi-episode arc on critical cult fave Mad Men by...

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