Day: November 12, 2009

TBS unveils lineups for new stand-up showcase, “The Very Funny Show”

Ready for another stand-up comedy showcase on TV? TBS taped several shows at Zanies in Chicago back in June during the TBS Just For Laughs Chicago festival, and they're ready to start rolling them out, two comics at a time, in half-hour episodes starting Nov. 19. The Very Funny Show, with host Tim Meadows, will air Thursdays following George Lopez's talk-show, Lopez Tonight. It's not to be confused with the similarly-named Very Funny Show videos curated by Matt Besser for the network two years ago. Each episode of the stand-up showcase version of The Very Funny Show also will include brief interviews with the comedians about the inspirations for their material. Here is the lineup (subject to last-minute changes): Thursday, Nov. 19, at 12 a.m. (ET/PT) Henry Cho and Nick Thune Thursday, Nov. 19, at 12:30 a.m. (ET/PT) Danny Bhoy and Whitney Cummings Thursday, Nov. 26, at 12 a.m. (ET/PT) John Roy and Louis Ramey Thursday, Dec. 3, at 12 a.m. (ET/PT) Rocky LaPorte and Andrew Kennedy Thursday, Dec. 10, at 12 a.m. (ET/PT) Jeff Dye and Wendy Liebman Thursday, Dec. 17, at 12 a.m. (ET/PT) John Caparulo and Kyle Kinane Wednesday, Dec. 23, at 12 a.m. (ET/PT) Mike Palascak and Patti Vasquez Thursday, Dec. 31, at 12 a.m. (ET/PT) Sebastian and Tommy Johnagin Thursday, Jan. 7, at 12 a.m. (ET/PT) John Mulaney and Pete Correale Thursday, Jan. 14,...

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Jay Leno’s Laugh Squad: From tastemakers to focus group?

I'm not going to give you the ins and outs of every night's episode of The Jay Leno Show — and especially not going to stoke the flames of sensationalistic speculation that the mainstream media is doing regarding Leno's fate at NBC (weren't we supposed to wait until all of the other networks went into reruns for that?). But I do feel a need to say something about his show's Laugh Squad. At first, I thought, hey, great idea giving more exposure to stand-up comedians. But the more I think, and the more I watch, I wonder, hey, wait a second. Why are Bob Read and Ross Mark asking random Internet watchers to tell them if they agree that certain up-and-coming comedians are ready for TV? I can do that, and I don't even have a job as a booker for a network TV show — which is the job Bob and Ross have had for many years, including both Leno's current and former shows, as well as Last Comic Standing. If you think they're ready for TV, put them on the TV! That's your job, isn't it? Or we now focus-grouping stand-up comedy? My apologies in advance to the two comedians cited in this video, as this isn't meant to malign your potential abilities. (Note: Click on the link above if you cannot watch Hulu,...

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Meet Me In New York: Dan Soder

What do they say about New York City: There are eight million stories, and sometimes it seems as though eight million of the people telling them think they're comedians? No, that's not it. It is a fact, though, that America's biggest city is also its biggest comedy mecca. Hollywood may be Hollywood, but New York City is where comedians are born funny, become funny or arrive to thrust their funny upon us. I think we should meet some of these people. This is a new recurring feature, a mini-profile of newcomers, up-and-comers and overcomers of New York's vibrant comedy scene. It's called Meet Me In New York. In this installment, we take a look at a guy who surprised me last year with his pitch-perfect Dave Chappelle impersonation. He'll make his TV debut on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham on Dec. 11. But meet him now: It's Dan Soder. Name: Dan Soder Arrival date: Jan. 6, 2007 Arrived from: Denver by way of Tucson When and where did you start performing comedy? Tucson in July/August 2004 What was your best credit before moving here? Opening for Troy Baxley and Ben Creed. Why did you pick NYC over LA or anywhere else? New York is notorious for making people better comics, there’s more stage time and you’re exposed to a ton of different styles. I just didn’t feel like L.A....

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