Month: November 2009

Did Judd Apatow answer your question on the Internets?

Funny or Die hosted a live chatty session with one of its masterminds, Judd Apatow, last week. Did you take part in it? Did you get Apatow to read your question out loud? Hooray. Even if you didn't, or if you just want to relive it all again, but this time in under five minutes, then you, my friend, are in luck. Because FoD just produced an edited version of Apatow's chat session. Among the highlights, yes, of course you'll get the soft sell on the Funny People DVD release, but also you'll learn: Is Bill Hader working on a horror movie with Apatow? Will Aziz Ansari star in a Funny People spin-off focusing on his alter-ego stand-up character, Raaaaaaaandy? SPOILER ALERT! Click and find out. Judd Apatow Funny People Live Chat from Judd...

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What would Louis CK have done, if not for “Louie” debuting on FX in March 2010? (NSFW, obvs)

I know that you know that I know that we all think Louis CK is doing some great things for stand-up comedy these days, and it's great to see that FX is giving him another chance at making some sitcom magic in March 2010. Here is his first video tease for that, which isn't so much a look at what you're going to see on FX, but rather, what you would see if Louis CK didn't have any other options. Two words: Gay porn. One Internet acronym: NSFW. Are you fully prepared and forewarned? If so, then watch at your own risk. Roll the...

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Behold, Chris Gethard: Superfan, super ad man

Chris Gethard may be known to Upright Citizens Brigade fans for his ability to improvise, or perhaps for his curious impersonation of Darryl Strawberry. But on the TV, for ESPN, he is the Superfan. Here is Gethard's latest commercial for ESPN. When can we get our own Me + Lo = Melo shirts? But that's not all. You saw how that said "The Return of Superfan," right? In case you missed it last year, here was what happened when Gethard got picked up by an RV carrying the Celtics' Paul Pierce. Of course, neither of those videos are as cruelly funny as the music video Gethard did last year for another NBA star, "I'm Gay (for Gilbert Arenas)." Now that's a superfan. Meanwhile, here are some other ads that have featured Gethard in the past year… Chris Gethard for D-Con: Chris Gethard for H&R...

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Robin Williams brings “Weapons of Self Destruction” to NYC for final run before HBO

Robin Williams began an extended run tonight in New York City, with seven nights at Town Hall (and the weekend in Atlantic City), finishing up his "Weapons of Self Destruction" tour before bringing it to HBO on Dec. 6. Dave Itzkoff at the New York Times recently caught up with Williams during a swing through the Southeast. Here's a money quote from the piece, which ran yesterday: Only now that the hyper-verbal Mr. Williams finds himself in a confessional mood, he isn‚Äôt sure he knows when to stop. ‚ÄúHow much more can you give?‚Äù he asked rhetorically. ‚ÄúOther than, literally, open-heart surgery onstage? Not much. But the only cure you have right now is the honesty of going, this is who you are. I know who I am.‚Äù Although this quote might be even more compelling: ‚ÄúI‚Äôve always felt that Robin‚Äôs blinding speed and flash of wit was an effort at concealment, rather than revealing,‚Äù said Eric Idle, a longtime friend. ‚ÄúHe would be talking about something personal or sexual, but it was always in general, not about him.‚Äù The rest of the article takes stock of where Williams is, at 58, in both his personal life and his career, and where he goes from here. It's a bit like Idle's quote in that way, hinting at something deeper. Will we see a different, bolder Robin Williams onstage? Maybe someday soon....

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Michaela Watkins returns to “The New Adventures of Old Christine” Dec. 9, w/ guest star Amy Sedaris!

If people ask me, "Are women funny?", I shall direct them to the CBS television network, which broadcasts a funny sitcom that features several funny women, called The New Adventures of Old Christine. It stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus, with her character's best friend played by Wanda Sykes. And I can report exclusively that Michaela Watkins, unfairly booted from SNL after less than a full season, returns to her recurring role as Matthew's ex-girlfriend, Lucy, on the Dec. 9 episode in a very memorable scene when she SPOILER ALERT. I don't want to say much more. But suffice it to say, she'll appear in future episodes. In the Dec. 9 show, meanwhile, Amy Sedaris also takes on a large guest-starring role as the SPOILER ALERT who interacts with Christine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and Barb (Wanda Sykes) because she was a SPOILER ALERT. Sedaris steals pretty much all of her scenes. It's quite funny. How do I know all of this? Because I was at the...

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