Month: April 2009

Who needs Last Comic Standing when we have Oprah?

We don't know what is happening in Oprah's world, but something is awry. Over the past month or so, Oprah has tried learning Facebook and Twitter during live broadcasts, and now she is seeking wannabe stand-up comedians. What is this? Straight from her site to ours, and now to your eyeballs which have just exploded into flames. Click on Oprah's site here if you must. Are you a comedian just waiting to be discovered? Are you a funny person? Are you always the life of the party?  Do you day dream about becoming a comedian someday, maybe even practicing your material in front of the mirror from time to time? Do you have other Mom's and Dad's constantly cracking up? Do you feel like you are destined for the improv stage or the comedy circuit?  Do people constantly tell you how hilarious you are?   We want to know if you think you are America's next big comedian.  If you want a chance to wow us with your jokes, this may be your chance.  Please only respond if you are willing to appear on The Oprah Winfrey...

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Paul Mooney doesn’t like Earthquake calling him gay

The Friars Club and Comedy Central aren't the only roast games in town. The TV One network (check your local listings) has taped an upcoming "Roast & Toast of John Witherspoon," and during the roast, Earthquake compared Paul Mooney to everyone's "gay uncle." Apparently, that hit a bit close to home for Mooney, who snapped back at Earthquake with a series of NSFW profanities that sounds like it wasn't all in the name of good, clean fun. The roast airs May 25 (and was filmed at the Friars Club in Beverly...

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What’s next for Bill Burr?

Bill Burr may get worked up onstage when he's on a comedic roll, and his everyman take on the world that's rumbling and crumbling all around us has picked up steam — as well as a slew of new fans of his stand-up comedy. Thank repeated airings of his 2008 special, Why Do I Do This?, on Comedy Central, for helping to spread the word of Burr. When he last headlined Carolines in New York City, fans made special trips to the Big Apple from as far away as Montana and Florida, just to see him perform live and meet him in person. Burr is back at Carolines this weekend (April 30-May 3), and I caught up with him recently to talk about where his career goes from here. (Related: I also shot a short video riding in a taxicab with Bill Burr) Burr recorded a pilot for Comedy Central in the past year. It made the network's short list for final consideration, and when they passed, he admitted it was a tough blow; but at the same time, also inspiring. He realized he could and did want to do more. That's one of the reasons he moved from New York City to Los Angeles last year. After having the run of the Big Apple's biggest clubs and touring the country as a headliner, what would the next step...

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Funny or Die visits Land of the Lost

Some "entertainment reporters" at "press junkets" try to be "funny." For the upcoming summer tentpole movie version of Land of the Lost, Seth Morris and Funny or Die help Will Ferrell get out in front of the press. And also expose the world of Sid and Marty Krofft to be a little more sexual than you remembered. Then again, it was the 1970s. EXCLUSIVE Land Of The Lost Set Visit from Will...

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More details on 2009’s Just For Laughs Montreal

The 2009 edition of Montreal's Just For Laughs festival is starting to take shape. Tickets for some shows already are on sale, with the rest available starting May 2 for the 27th annual fest, running July 16-26. Here's what we know so far… The Galas: John Cleese hosts a British gala (July 22) with Ross Noble, Jimmy Carr, Mark Watson, Danny Bhoy, Gina Yahsere, Idiots of Ants, and Simon Amstell; Lewis Black (July 23), Whoopi Goldberg (July 24), Martin Short (July 25), and the finale all-star edition features Louis CK, Louie Anderson, Jeff Ross, Caroline Rhea, Robert Schimmel and David Alan Grier (July 26). The JFL Trifecta: Louis CK reportedly will be the first comedian to perform at all three JFLs this summer, in Montreal, Toronto and Chicago. Of course, this is JFL's first year in Chicago. One night only: Bill Cosby performs July 25, while Russell Peters plays the Bell Centre arena on July 24. New for 2009: The fest will launch Chaos Montreal, a spin-off that puts the "New Faces" industry showcase in a new home at the Cabaret Theatre, and also includes the Flying Solo, Amp'd, Alternative shows and a selection from Edinburgh Fringe. We'll find out more in May via the dizzying Chaos Montreal site. One-person shows: Roberto Benigni (remember him?!) performs his "Tutto Dante" in both French and Italian; Tommy Tiernan does "Eh" (July...

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