Day: March 16, 2010

In other random comedy news…

Today seems like random day in my comedy mailbag. To wit: TV Land, which started as a way to celebrate old sitcoms, is now doing new sitcoms, and its first one will co-star Betty White, who's all up in the comedy news in 2010. Finally. Hot in Cleveland debuts in June, starring Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick. I got the email, too. Here's the AP brief. Laffapalooza Live from Las Vegas, hosted by Tracy Morgan way back in November 2008 (read my review from the taping), is just now out on DVD today? Buy it at Amazon: Laffapalooza Live From Las Vegas – Hosted By Tracy Morgan If you were at the Night of 140 Tweets, perhaps Robyn Von Swank took your picture? This lady has put the pie vs. cake argument to bed with various charts and graphs. Whom is more pleased by this development, Paul F. Tompkins or Jim Gaffigan? (Hyperbole and a Half) Sarah Silverman tells People magazine that she'll always love her ex-boyfriend, Jimmy Kimmel, even though she's dating another comedian, Alec Sulkin. See. Comedians, they're just like us! Crazy for their exes. (People) My friend Nick Zaino catches up with Joe Wong, who is preparing to tell jokes to President Barack Obama at the Radio and TV Correspondents banquet. (Boston Comedy) And last but not least, comedian David Angelo has alerted everyone that...

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Pete Lee wins CMT’s Next Big Comic

That was nice about the college kids and all, but what about grown-up professional stand-up comedians who want to perform at the Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival and win national recognition from a cable television network? Meet Pete Lee, winner of CMT's Next Big Comic. Congrats,...

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TBS will bring Rooftop Comedy’s funniest collegians from Aspen to Chicago at Just For Laughs

Rooftop Comedy's third annual National College Comedy Competition won't end in Aspen with Rooftop Comedy's fest, because the company has partnered with TBS to send the four top college stand-ups to Chicago for one more final face-off at Just For Laughs Chicago. Or as TBS calls it, "TBS Presents a 'Very Funny' Festival: Just For Laughs." That's a mouthful! At any rate. The competition opens this spring with 32 colleges and universities competing in both live stage matches and online voting, via stand-up plus rival roast videos and one-liners. The "Funniest Four" teams head to the Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival from June 10-13, and the top four individuals will be invited to move on to the "National Student Finals" at JFL Chicago from June 15-19. But what to the executives have to say about it? “Teaming up with Rooftop Comedy for the 2010 National College Comedy Competition is a great way for us to check out some of the incredible talent emerging from the college scene,” said Dennis Adamovich, senior vice president of brand and digital activation/general manager of festivals for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “For the four young comics chosen to perform at our Festival in Chicago, it will be the opportunity of a lifetime as they pursue their comedy dreams in the city that has been the proving ground for some of America’s greatest...

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