Day: April 16, 2010

Why is the new Zach Galifianakis movie having its world premiere in Asheville, N.C.? ActionFest!

The ShoWest comedy star of the year, Zach Galifianakis, has a new movie that has its world premiere tonight, in North Carolina, and you've likely heard very little to nothing about it. What gives? ActionFest, that's what. The weekend tribute to action movies kicked off last night in Asheville, N.C., and boasts an appearance by Chuck Norris to complement screenings of his classic movies and a panel discussion on his stunts. Action movies certainly include a certain amount of intentional and unintentional comedy. But tonight's world premiere of Operation: Endgame jumps out as a comedy-driven action flick. Formerly called Rogue's Gallery, the film was picked up a couple of months ago for distribution by Anchor Bay and renamed Operation: Endgame. Along with Galifianakis, the movie also co-stars Rob Corrdry, Bob Odenkirk, Adam Scott, Ellen Barkin, Ving Rhames, Emilie de Ravin, Jeffrey Tambor and Brandon T. Jackson. It's set to be released wider this fall. As the ActionFest people note in their description: It's "just a giant ball of fun on the big screen, and we're hoping the word of mouth catches on about it so we can say we helped put it on the map." You could argue that since Galifianakis maintains a farm in North Carolina, it makes perfect sense for the state to host the premiere. But why haven't we seen anything about it yet? What's wrong...

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Advice from Nick Kroll and Donald Glover on why and how to make your own Internet videos

My friends at Atom.com caught up with Nick Kroll and Donald Glover at the kickoff of their Axe Twisted Comedy Tour — they'll be appearing at a college or comedy club near you later this month (April 25 at Comix in NYC), with Chelsea Peretti and Whitney Cummings. Watch Kroll and Glover talk about the online videos they produced with their friends before they became known on the TV, and why it's important to make your own shorts and find good co-workers. Roll the...

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How do you end a late-night TV monologue? Zinger, smile, spin, cue the band: “The George Lopez Game”

I know it looks like I've given away everything right there in the headline, but Joe Mande and Totally J/K are at it again. Earlier, they had fun with video by coming up with "The Andy Rooney Game," in which they edited down Andy Rooney's 60 Minute monologues to only the first and last sentences. Really summed that old guy up. Now they've picked out a collection of monologue-closing jokes from George Lopez on his late-night TBS show, Lopez Tonight. Do you see a pattern here? Roll the clip and judge for...

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A few minutes with “30 Rock” writer and improviser Kay Cannon, courtesy of the UCB Theatre

The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre's new backstage video series on UCBcomedy.com continues with a brief conversation with Kay Cannon, improviser and writer for NBC's 30 Rock. Cannon talks about what it's like writing for the show, as well as what it means to be a funny woman. She performs most Saturdays at the UCB Theatre in NYC in "Let's Have a Ball." Roll the...

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