Day: September 17, 2009

Danny DeVito is on Twitter, and he told me so

On behalf of my friends at Comedy.com, I attended the red carpet event for It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia last night at NYC's Beacon Theatre. The carpet was yellow, because it's always sunny. The cast is on a mini-tour to promote tonight's debut of their fifth season, by performing a live stage adaptation of last season's musical episode, "The Nightman Cometh." Everything was quite busy (cast arrived late, more press showed up than actual space), so I got all of one question to ask. Want to guess what I asked about? If you said Danny DeVito's new Twitter feed, then you are a winner. If you want to see a blooper video of Danny DeVito naked, well, that's your call. Here is my yellow-carpet footage. Roll the clip!...

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Comedy Central brings back the American Comedy Awards

This is really happening, people. Comedy Central announced today that it had agreed to restart the American Comedy Awards, which had run from the 1980s to 2001 on the TV and celebrated comedy and comedians with their own trophies. Hooray! Sort of. Well. Some comedians are still touring with an "American Comedy Award" as a credit, so they'll be happy, and if you win, so will you. Good luck, you! Here are some quotes from today's press release: “The ‘American Comedy Awards' are about celebrating and honoring the genius of the writers, performers, producers and directors who bring us the best in comedy every year and create what the rest of us quote and share with all our friends," said Comedy Central's Elizabeth Porter. "What the Oscars are to movies and the Grammys are to music, the ‘American Comedy Awards' will be to comedy. We are thrilled to be working with Don Mischer and know he will make this the biggest comedy event of the year.” "We are looking forward to developing a show that will recognize all those who keep us laughing in these stressful times,” said Don Mischer. “We're very excited about working with COMEDY CENTRAL, a network which has broken new ground in television comedy and continuing the tradition started by George Schlatter, who has been an innovator in television comedy for his entire career." “I...

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Ready for the 2009 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival?

The only comedy festival that's aware enough of itself to pretend to be fake, and yet still assemble a funny cast of comedians for multiple nights of themed shows, returns for a second year. Yes, I'm talking about the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, happening Thursday through Sunday (Sept. 17-20) at the Bell House and Union Hall in lovely Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York City. Last year, Mirman offered canvas bags and fake laminates for "industry douchebags." This year features, among other funny people and things, a cardboard VIP room. This bouncer, though, is very real. Roll the clip!...

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