Day: November 3, 2009

Tom Papa to host NBC’s The Marriage Ref

Jerry Seinfeld did not have to look far to find someone to host his first primetime TV series post-Seinfeld. Tom Papa, who has opened for Seinfeld for several years on the road, will be front and center when NBC's The Marriage Ref debuts in spring 2010 after the Winter Olympics. Papa did have to audition, but he already has plenty of solid jokes about his own life as a husband and father to draw upon when he helms the six-episode order in front of a live studio audience in NBC's 30 Rock building (reportedly the SNL stage). They taped a couple of test shows there last month, but OCA says you'll be able to get tickets to 2010 tapings in Hollywood. The Hollywood Reporter wrote about this last night, although close observers of this site will know that we knew all about this for months, and were told that it wouldn't be official until January. Welcome to January! (Don't worry. We know it's November) Papa, seen on big screens this fall in The Informant, also has appeared in episodes of The New Adventures of Old Christine, helped write Seinfeld's animated Bee Movie, and, in 2004, had his own short-lived NBC sitcom called Come to Papa. Speaking of The Informant, we hear that Papa made such a good impression on director Steven Soderbergh that Soderbergh is wanting to put Papa's stand-up act onto the...

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The Second City releases full lineup for its 50th anniversary celebration

We've got the complete schedule for the 50th anniversary celebration weekend for The Second City in Chicago, happening Dec. 11-13, 2009. So without further ado, let's share it. Proceeds benefit The Second City's Alumni Fund, established by Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara and Martin Short to aid Second City performers and staffers. They'll all be part of the anniversary shows, as will performers ranging from original cast member Alan Arkin down through the generations. The special alumni live reunion show tentatively features — get this — Scott Adsit, Jim Belushi, Danny Breen, Frank Caeti, Larry Joe Campbell, Steve Carell, Dan Castellaneta, Stephen Colbert, Kevin Dorff, Robin Duke, Brian Gallivan, Martin Garcia, Jeff Garlin, Ian Gomez, Peter Grosz, Mike Hagerty, Isabella Hoffman, Bruce Jarchow, Fred Kaz, Tim Kazurinsky, Keegan Michael Key, Richard Kind, Robert Klein, David Koechner, Mina Kolb, Bob Martin, Jack McBrayer, Susan Messing, Colin Mochrie, Maribeth Monroe, Jane Morris, Bob Odenkirk, David Pasquesi, Harold Ramis, David Rasche, Horatio Sanz, Jim Staahl, Betty Thomas, Nia Vardalos, George Wendt and Fred Willard. Someone get me a ticket to Chicago! Tickets for all of the shows are available through The Second City. Full schedule after the jump… Friday, December 11th, 2009 7:00 & 10:00pm: LIVE PERFORMANCE: "The SCTV Cast Reunion" – Starring Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Catherine O'Hara, Harold Ramis, Martin Short and Dave Thomas(The Second City Mainstage Theatre...

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Tonight’s finalists for the 2009 Andy Kaufman Award

I only made it through about an hour of last night's semifinals for The Andy Kaufman Award — would you believe 25 acts in all competed at Carolines last night? It seemed like Halloween all over again, with several comedians in costumes, pretending to be people they weren't. And I don't think it was my sleep-deprived imagination fooling me, but one semifinalist from Minnesota took the stage and sounded exactly like 2007 award finalist Mary Mack (also from Minnesota), who some people feel sounds too much like Maria Bamford. Which made me wonder, do all of the female stand-ups from Minnesota have the same exact voice? Not sure how the Kaufman family nor I feel about that. But I do know which six acts, though, lived up to the Kaufman name enough to make tonight's finals — also at Carolines – as part of the New York Comedy Festival. And they are… Mike Amato, Eric Davis (aka Red Bastard), Harrison Greenbaum, Blaine Kneece, Robby Roadsteamer and Sasha and the Noob (aka Steve Gadlin). They'll all be competing for the title tonight, with the "one" and "only" Tony Clifton hosting! True story! Here are the initial video submissions of the finalists, after the jump. Mike Amato: Eric Davis: Harrison Greenbaum: Blaine Kneece: Robby Roadsteamer: Sasha and the...

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