Day: February 5, 2010

Meet Me In New York: Sean Patton

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. I began Super Bowl week with a profile of an up-and-coming stand-up with ties to Indiana, so why not end the week with a look at someone who grew up in New Orleans. Especially when that somebody is making his network television debut tonight on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon! Who Dat? Who Dat be Sean Patton. After performing in alt rooms around New York City, Sean Patton made a big splash in 2008 as a "New Face" at Montreal's Just For Laughs festival. You can watch the video I shot with Patton in the hotel lounge a few hours after he became a buzzed-about comic by industry types in Montreal. Now he's ready to make an even bigger splash. So let's...

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Pete Holmes graduates from self-made Doritos ad to voice of E*Trade baby in this year’s Super Bowl

Last year, Pete Holmes and his comedy partners from Front Page Films got flown down to the Super Bowl in Tampa to find out if their self-made ad for Doritos would have a chance to win $1 million. They didn't win the big prize, but did get to see their ad during pre-game coverage (and several times more on TV subsequently). Here's a video they did for CollegeHumor later that will catch you up on their "lost" Doritos ad. Well, for 2010, Holmes and Co. might not be in the running for the Doritos contest, but Holmes and the rest of us definitely will hear his voice during the Super Bowl — and already are hearing him — as the new voice of the E*Trade baby. Pete let us know the news a couple of weeks ago via his @peteholmez Twitter feed. Please note the spelling on that. Here's one of the new ads featuring comedian Pete Holmes as the E*Trade baby, or in this case, babies: There's another one I saw get a sneak peek this morning on Today in which Holmes' baby calls up his girlfriend and howls like a wolf. I think. And here is a series of outtakes that allegedly won't make it to TV — it's already earned more than 500,000 views this week. You can see the rest on E*Trade's TV...

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New promos for NBC’s “The Marriage Ref” feature Seinfeld stand-up, ice fishing with host Tom Papa

NBC has been running new ads for its upcoming show, The Marriage Ref, and by the initial looks of it — plus reports back to me from people who have been in the studio audience — there will be some funny unscripted moments as the celebrities and comedians weigh in on the various married couples and their idiotic arguments. The network also has unveiled some additional new promo videos online to generate interest in the show, which debuts with a preview episode Feb. 28 following the Winter Olympics closing ceremonies before settling into a regular 10 p.m. Thursday time slot. Here, for instance, is executive producer Jerry Seinfeld warming up the studio audience (following who appears to be Martha Stewart's warm-up guy) with some of his stand-up material about marriage, and introducing host, longtime friend and his opening act on tour, Tom Papa. Then we get to see an extended short film of Seinfeld and Papa ice fishing (previously seen on TV in a 30-second spot) spliced in with clips from the show. And here is a look at an early production meeting with Seinfeld, Papa and the staff, in which Seinfeld describes how "living together" is much different from being married, when talking about one potential couple on the show. "They're still rookies!" Seinfeld said. "I don't want to see people take BP. I want to see them...

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National Lampoon confirms “Vacation” reunion in Super Bowl ad, 15-minute “Hotel Hell” short film

Eddie Rawls, one of the National Lampoon writers responsible for the "Vacation" reunion of Clark and Ellen Griswold (Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo"), confirmed overnight that it's happening as part of a Super Bowl ad, promotional campaign and short film. "It’s really going to be great and I can tell you the writing is terrific, hilarious, and fresh," he wrote with obvious bias. Anyhow. Own it! More details? I showed you the Super Bowl "Hotel Hell Vacation" ad a couple of days ago. On Super Bowl Sunday, you'll be able to watch the entire 15-minute short film on the HomeAway.com site. The plot has Chevy Chase's Clark Griswold and wife Ellen (D'Angelo) taking a romantic second honeymoon, only to end up in one mishap after another, and meeting up with their son, Rusty. There's a Clark Griswold Facebook fan page and Griswold Twitter account, as well as online games and contests. Judging by this second teaser video put on Facebook yesterday, "Hope Ellen Doesn't See This!", it doesn't appear that your dreams of an Anthony Michael Hall "Rusty" will come to fruition. Unless the former child actor really looks and sounds a lot different now than I thought. Then again, they did seem to like changing the kids up in those "Vacation" flicks, didn't...

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