Day: November 20, 2008

Kathy Griffin to deal out more D-list dish on Bravo in 2009

And you think some comedians churn through too much material? Bravo has agreed to give Kathy Griffin not only a fifth season of Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, but also two one-hour stand-up specials for the network to be filmed "during her current nationwide tour" (emphasis mine, quote comes from Broadcasting & Cable). How many stand-up comedians do you know who have enough jokes to fill two separate specials on one tour? Then again, when your material consists primarily on topical observations based on encounters with celebrities, I suppose her TV show (and her hosting gig for Bravo's A-List Awards) will give her enough fodder to feed her hungry...

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The Comic’s Comic goes to Las Vegas

It's chilly in New York City, so The Comic's Comic has hopped on a jet and headed West, young man, to the more hospitable climes of Las Vegas, Nevada. Oh, there's a big comedy festival going on? What a pleasant coincidence! I guess my plans for the next few days are covered. Come back later tonight and throughout the weekend for my comprehensive and sometimes quite exclusive coverage of The Comedy Festival. I may even figure out how to use my...

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here! Dave Rubin presents “Hot Gay Comics”

After years in the figurative closet, and who knows how long literally trapped in underground comedy rooms, gay comedians are showcasing their variety of stand-up talents on cable TV. The show, "Hot Gay Comics," tapes live at Comix and began airing last weekend on the here! cable network, which is a gay pay channel — although Brooklyn-born host Dave Rubin is quick to point out that's a lot different than a "gay for pay" channel. “We’re in, like, 95 percent of the markets (nationwide),” he says. “On some of the cable systems, it’s just an On Demand channel. But on, say, Time Warner here in New York, it’s two channels, 325 and 326.” It airs at 8 p.m. Fridays. And two more shows tape Monday, Nov. 24, at Comix for future broadcasts. Rubin has had it both ways, so to speak. "I've done stand-up for 10 years, and for seven years I did it straight, or closeted," Rubin says. "There's definitely in some respects less opportunities doing stand-up being gay. But, on the other hand, we have two TV networks now…there's the Internet. Gay is the new black. Black people have come a long way, and now gays are trying to fight for their rights." And they're using comedy as influence to both tweak authority and try to gain some at the same time. Though the cable network might...

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Jim Breuer: Balancing family comedy with “Unleashed” heavy metal

Did you know there are really two sides to the comedy of Jim Breuer? Sure, there is the Half-Baked, heavy-metal rock comedy persona Breuer has developed over the past decade, and certain to be in effect tonight in Las Vegas when Breuer performs with his Sirius "Breuer Unleashed" sidekick Pete Correale. But there's also this "family-friendly" comedy side of Breuer, which you can see in these two new videos… Related: Breuer recently recorded a new one-hour Comedy Central special and DVD, "Let's Clear the Air." For info, go...

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Great moments in SNL history: Short films

Say what you will about last weekend's three-act SNL Digital Short that had Andy Samberg and Paul Rudd painting each other in the nude, attempting to sell one of the paintings at auction, then casting it all as a movie to be talked up in a press junket — after all, the short is titled, "Everyone's a Critic." But it certainly got viewers talking. That's what every great Saturday Night Live sketch over the past 34 seasons has accomplished. Though most of the show remains live TV, the show long has held a place or two for short films. They weren't always digital, naturally. A young Albert Brooks showcased six short films during SNL's first season, among his earliest efforts we saw of him as a writer/director. In recent years, the SNL Digital Short has been the playground for Samberg and his Lonely Island colleagues. Let's look back at some of the great defining moments in SNL short film history, from then to now. We start with the debut episode in season two, when Lily Tomlin's Ernestine character reminds us that large corporations might not care about us little guys (a timely reminder given how big business is reacting to the economic recession of 2008, eh?): Season Two also brought us Mr. Bill. I remember hearing cries of "Oh, no, Mr. Bill!" echoed from my neighbors growing up. For...

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