Month: March 2010

Would you like to see Jon Glaser’s ski-masked face in NASCAR? Vote for Delo-Car-Ted 2

I'm not sure how or why, but Toyota is throwing a contest that allows fans to "Sponsafy Your Ride" for an upcoming NASCAR all-star race, and comedian Jon Glaser, star of Adult Swim's Delocated, decided to design his own ski-masked ride as part of a promotion for the upcoming second season of his TV series. Actually, he submitted a "Rage Cage" design earlier, but that got rejected. This one is in the running, and had 578 votes by early this morning. You can check out Delo-Car-Ted 2 and the rest of the gallery here. As Glaser wrote yesterday on his Tumblr for the show: If I win, which will never happen, this car will get made for real and I will get driven around a race track for a lap in it before a race. FINGERS...

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Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show Great Job of parodying SNL’s opening credits for “Season Cinco”

You can say whatever you want about the humor of Tim and Eric — I know I have, and continue to have a very mixed opinion about what they're doing with their show on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim — but nobody can deny the amusement that is and was their parody (or homage) of Saturday Night Live with their opening credits that launched "Season Cinco" early Monday morning. It could be either and/or both, all at the same time. Tim Heidecker? Eric Wareheim? Nice...

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Montreal’s Just For Laughs hosts a comedy conference: Take Three!

Montreal's annual comedy shebang — its Juste Pour Rire or for you non-Francophones, Just For Laughs — takes over the French-Canadian city each July. This year, for the third straight year (and second under JFL proper), the festival plans an ancillary conference for the show business industry. JFL always has had panels and seminars running concurrently to all of the live comedy, but began ramping things up in 2008 with a more formal "Comedy Conference." For July 15-17, 2010, Montreal has lined up Lewis Black to deliver a keynote address to the conference. This is in addition to Andy Kindler's annual must-see "State of the Industry" speech. Other elements to this year's conference include a "Comedy Bootcamp for Film" in conjunction with CFC Film's Telefilm Canada Features Comedy Lab (if you want to participate, check the eligibility and application requirements starting March 15 at www.cfccreates.com and www.hahaha.com/conference. The annual TV pitch event also returns this year to Montreal, with a panel of industry executives and network people involved in an open-forum session. ‚ÄúThese two programs add a new dimension to our goal of discovering and promoting emerging talent and gives them a shot at getting opinions of decision-makers who can change their lives in an instant‚Äù said Just For Laughs Chief Operating Officer, Bruce Hills, in a press release today. ‚ÄúIn addition to our seminars and panel discussions, these two pitch...

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Obligatory post on Funny or Die’s SNL Presidential Impersonation round-up for a banking PSA

If you were to tell me that Saturday Night Live would gather up all of its grand presidential impersonators for a one-time reunion, then I'd remind you that Phil Hartman is dead, and stop playing me. But you kept at it, and told me, hey, what if we got Jim Carrey to play the ghost of Ronald Reagan with a dash of Ace Ventura, then I'd go, oh, really, well, which SNL is this going to be on? Oh, it's not on SNL. It's on Funny or Die. OK. Ready for the viral video action! Wait. This is a PSA? Or as you kids call it, a public service announcement. For the banking crisis. Directed by Ron "used to be Opie or Richie Cunningham if you're an older person, and just another big movie director if you're a kid" Howard. For real this time. If you think SNL's political "cold open" sketches are weirdly too focused on making points, then full speed ahead into the danger zone. At least Dan Aykroyd looks more like Jimmy Carter a generation later (can you believe Aykroyd pretended to be Carter with a mustache on live TV?), as does Chevy Chase as the late Gerald Ford. As for Dana Carvey as Bush 41, Darrell Hammond as Bill Clinton, Will Ferrell as W., Fred Armisen as Barack Obama and Maya Rudolph as Michelle Obama,...

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Tim Hawkins sings a song, or two, for Chick-fil-A

I know from the Internet that there is, in fact, a Chick-fil-A in New York City as part of a New York University dining hall, but I'm more interested in a comedian who got the fast-food chain's recognition. And no, I'm not talking about Aziz Ansari. Tim Hawkins, a musical comedian who prefers performing predominately in non-demoninational chuches, posted a video a year ago about the chain Chick-fil-A. It's like the Beatles, but not, really. Roll it! This apparently got the attention of the powers-that-be, because Hawkins performed an entirely new parody song for the corporation just last week. Considering Hawkins usually plays churches, this is not a foreign concept for him. But I wonder how many other stand-ups had a bit about a company and ended up getting hired by that same company to entertain them with said mockery? Of course, it's the Lee Greenwood song. Roll the...

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