Month: March 2010

More comedians streaming videos = more nominees for 2010 Streamy Awards

Last year's big comedy winner for The Streamy Awards, one of them thar newfangled honors for the people who produce recurring series for the Internet, is back with new nominations, but in 2010, The Guild will face a new set of competition for comedy prizes. Reserving further comment for later (hopefully sooner rather than later), here are the comedy nominees for the 2010 Streamy Awards. Zach Galifianakis, hosting Saturday Night Live this week in a show that already has prompted everyone who claims to have known Galifianakis before he was "famous" to reserve a spot inside 30 Rock, is up for two Streamys, as is Kevin Pollak for his "chat show," and David Wain's Wainy Days also weighs in with multiple nods. The full slate of comedy nominees for Streamys, after the jump. Best Comedy Web SeriesBetween Two Ferns with Zach GalifianakisEasy to AssembleThe GuildThe Legend of NeilWainy Days Best Male Actor in a Comedy Web SeriesZach Galifianakis — (Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis)Tony Hale — (CTRL)Amir Blumenfeld — (Jake and Amir)Sandeep Parikh — (The Guild)David Wain — (Wainy Days) Best Female Actor in a Comedy Web SeriesIlleana Douglas — (Easy to Assemble)Justine Bateman — (Easy to Assemble)Joanna Cassidy — (Sex Ed)Felicia Day — (The Guild)Lisa Kudrow — (Web Therapy) Best Hosted Web SeriesA Comicbook OrangeDiggnationKevin Pollak’s Chat ShowKnow Your MemeThe Totally Rad Show Best Ensemble Cast in...

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Is Jay Leno’s studio audience made up of hostages? No, but Landline TV makes the case, anyhow

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno made its "triumphant" "return" last night with a cold open that included John Melendez — whom most reporters and bloggers still call Stuttering John and think that he was only just now fired as the announcer, even though he didn't have that task on the failed 10 p.m. show, either — and, of course, Betty White (because Facebook fans demanded she appear on NBC late-night programming, just not this show). And if you think that run-on sentence is going to be an issue, then you don't even want me to get into the actual program, which included a monologue dusted off from the attic — Alan Greenspan? He retired in January 2006. President Bush? He hasn't been president since January 2009. I know facts — and a clearly manic Jamie Foxx. It was horrible. But plenty of us sat through it, just because we had to. Landline TV figured that must be the case for every Leno audience, as they outline in their latest video. I don't buy it, personally. I think Leno's audience is made up of Hollywood tourists who think Burbank is even more glamorous than Hollywood. That drive up through the hills in the rental car might confuse them. And Leno is a famous person. Just think how exciting that must be to see a famous person in real life?...

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Comedy Central greenlights another Internet series for the TV, as “5th Year” becomes “Workaholics”

While I was sleeping this morning (yes, it's perfectly acceptable when you get home at 5 a.m. to sleep until now), Comedy Central announced that they'd ordered 10 episodes of a new series called Workaholics. Except Workaholics isn't a new TV show if you have the Internet. Do you have the Internet? If you need help with that question, just slap yourself in the face, then look at your computer again. Anyhow. This is the third Internet thingy Comedy Central has promoted to the cable TV in the past year, following Secret Girlfriend (still mostly a secret), and Ugly Americans, which debuts March 17. Details, please? The series premieres this summer, starring Mail Order Comedy‚Äôs Blake Anderson, Anders Holm and Adam Devine. Mail Order Comedy? These guys. Kevin Etten (‚ÄúScrubs‚Äù) is their showrunner and executive producer. From the network: ‚ÄúThis pilot was one of the great surprises waiting for me when I arrived here,‚Äù said Comedy Central's Kent Alterman. ‚ÄúThese guys have a unique comedic sensibility that they‚Äôve applied to a very relatable experience ‚Äì that delicate time between college and becoming a responsible adult. For me, that period lasted for decades.‚Äù Here is their debut episode of "5th Year," posted 13 months ago on YouTube. It's earned 1,936 views by the time I saw it this morning. Don't think your dreams cannot come true, people. Roll the...

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The Upright Citizens Brigade welcomes applications for 2010 Del Close Marathon (July 30-Aug. 1)

Do you have an improv group and/or show that you'd like to share with the improv-loving comedy community? Why not share it at the one place where the biggest fans and performers of the genre will be congregated? Why, yes, I speak of the Del Close Marathon. The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre has announced the 2010 dates for DCM 12: July 30 through Aug. 1. Here are some words from the UCB welcoming your participation therein: If you'd like to submit your group to be a part of the DCM, please see our submission guidelines and complete an application at delclosemarathon.com.  Also – again this year we're looking for out-of-town groups to submit late-night shows. If you have a great idea for a late-night improv show you want to do – submit it and make a note in the submission that you're submitting it for a late-night slot! And remember – if you'd like your show to be considered for a primetime slot, and we do not already know you or your show, you should send us a DVD or videotape of the show. The deadline for submission is May...

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Where will you be on March 5, aka IHFS Day? Dave Hill would like you to join him, wherever you are

Comedian and musician Dave Hill may be "Big In Japan" (that's his one-man show, which is on again tonight at the UCB Theatre in NYC, coincidentally! also March 11), and may also be big on NPR (I heard him on the car radio as I drove my dad across Pennsylvania the other night, and Dave is big enough that Ira Glass didn't even to say his last name on This American Life!), but he has something even bigger in mind for this coming Friday, March 5, 2010. He calls it International Holy F@#king Sh*t Day. Look out, Improv Everywhere. Because this isn't about inciting global panic, but rather the polar opposite. As he explained on his blog yesterday: "So here‚Äôs the deal — on Friday, March 5, 2010 at exactly 11:00am Eastern Standard Time in the United States (that‚Äôs 8:00am on the West Coast; 4pm in London; 5pm in Oslo, Norway; 3am, March 6, in Tokyo –sorry for keeping you up so late! — etc. You can find the exact time in your area here), stop what you‚Äôre doing and scream, yell, mumble, or whisper ‚ÄúHoly F@#king Shit!.‚Äù If someone near you does the same thing, you must look at each other and either wink, give each other a military salute, kiss on both cheeks (like the people of France), and/or — if it feels right — pat each...

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