Day: January 29, 2010

Scenes from NYC comedy benefits for Haiti, links to upcoming L.A. comedy benefits

I've been getting more emails regarding comedy benefits for Haiti this week, so I thought I'd try to give you an update on some shows that have happened in NYC in the past few nights, as well as links to upcoming shows in and around Los Angeles. NYC recaps Spin magazine attended the Brooklyn Vegan-produced benefit in Williamsburg last weekend that featured several musical acts, plus Zach Galifianakis and Janeane Garofalo; Black Book magazine checked in and out of the benefit at the Bell House in Brooklyn's Gowanus/Park Slope neighborhood hosted by Todd Barry with many music and comedy acts; Carolines and Power 105.1 FM have many snaps from their benefit; and The Huffington Post recapped last night's show at Comix, with photo sets from Mindy Tucker as well as Kirill Was Here. LOS ANGELES shows to come Tonight, Jan. 29: The Laugh Factory, Stars for Haiti featuring PK, Earthquake, Tony Rock, Natasha Leggero Sunday, Jan. 31: Hollywood Improv, I'm With Coco Haiti benefit Tuesday, Feb. 2: The Wiltern, Tenacious D and friends Stand With Haiti benefit Thursday, Feb. 4: Nokia Theatre LA Live, Help Haiti with George Lopez and friends Friday, Feb. 12: Gibson Ampitheatre at Universal CityWalk, "It's Always Sunny" live and "Family Guy" live: A Special Benefit for...

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Flashback: Conan O’Brien says “Coco” with Robert Reich, in Donald Glover’s TV debut?

This video has circulated in the past day or so, thanks in part to Robert Reich himself posting it to Talking Points Memo, but it dates back to July 22, 2005, if IMDB is to be believed. Yes. It's funny to see Conan O'Brien team up as buddy cops with former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich. And it's not difficult to believe that Reich has a good sense of humor — I've interviewed his son, Sam Reich, who heads up CollegeHumor TV. But what gives it a double-dose of extra fun watching it now in 2010? For one thing, Conan had no problems calling that prostitute "Coco," five years before he'd get tabbed with it as his own nickname. And if you keep watching, you'll see Donald Glover (now co-starring in NBC's Community) in what quite possibly is his first TV credit. Just the kind of fun and informative thing to watch on a Friday afternoon. Roll...

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What’s in store for season 3 of The Sarah Silverman Program? @sarahksilverman dishes, + a new trailer

Like I said, Sarah Silverman took part in a conference call this afternoon to talk about season three of The Sarah Silverman Program, which debuts Feb. 4 on Comedy Central — and also on Logo, the gay and lesbian cable channel that helped fund production costs for the third season. The first episode, "The Proof is in the Penis," has a more cinematic sweep and tone to it, even if it may set a new record for the number of times the word "penis" is said in 22 minutes — including one scene in which Silverman screams "I swallowed my penis!" over and over. You'll also find out that Silverman's donning of a mustache at the Emmys might not have been a prank as much as it was a tease. But the look and feel of the third-season debut definitely feels like a movie, and with a sisterly duet thrown in, reminded me of Silverman's movie, Jesus is Magic. The second episode, "The Silverman and the Pillows," written by comedian Chelsea Peretti, also opens with a musical number, and might have some people mistakenly trying to draw a parallel to the Leno/Conan debacle at NBC. That'd be silly, although Silverman said she's on Team Conan. "I think the first one, 'Proof is in the Penis,' feels really cinematic to me," Silverman told me today. "We haven't been on the...

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Move over, Matt Damon. Sarah Silverman has a new boyfriend, Family Guy writer Alec Sulkin.

Sarah Silverman held a conference call with the "media" this afternoon to help promote the third season of The Sarah Silverman Program, which debuts Feb. 4 on Comedy Central. Many questions asked of her, and a few even had to do with the TV show. One question for her that most certainly had nothing to do with it asked who was the cute guy Silverman was seen dining with earlier this week. She revealed she has a new boyfriend, and his name is Alec Sulkin. Sulkin is a writer and producer on FOX's animated hit, Family Guy, and also has brought his voice to that show as well as spin-off The Cleveland Show. You can tell she digs him, not just because she told all of us about him on the conference call, but also because, well, just check out Sarah Silverman's list of Favorites on Twitter. When someone else asked Silverman what she looks for in a guy, she said, among other things: "He's got to be funny." Obviously. Silverman added: "Also, we enjoy a lot of 'Modern Warfare'" and playing the video games. "What I'm saying is: I'm 10." OK. This ends your salacious comedy "news" item. Now back to some actual news about...

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David Cross heads across the pond to film new UK comedy series (which will air in the US, eventually)

If you attended last night's packed taping of Comedy Death-Ray Radio inside New York's UCB Theatre, you were treated to the mostly improvised antics of Todd Barry, David Cross, Zach Galifianakis and Winny the whiny baby (John Gemberling) with host Scott Aukerman. David Cross, sporting a red, knee-length sweatshirt, joked when Aukerman asked him about a potential third squeakquel to Alvin and the Chipmunks. "I'm so at piece with it," Cross said, adding later: "There's no accounting for the taste of 5-year-olds." He then said that within 12 hours, he'd be flying off to London where he'd be working until August. He didn't elaborate. But he doesn't have to. Cross is starring in a new sitcom for Britain's Channel 4 called The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, in which he plays an American beverage salesman who gets promoted above his skill level to become the boss of the London office. The pilot's cast included brief appearances by Will Arnett and Cross' girlfriend, Amber Tamblyn, and Cross wrote it with British comedian Shaun Pye. Channel 4 has ordered six episodes, so off to the UK for Mr. Cross and company. Great news for the Brits! Don't worry, though, Yanks… The Comic's Comic has learned that IFC has a deal in the works to rebroadcast the first seven-episode season here in the United States. Don't have a date certain just...

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