Month: April 2010

P. Diddy, Zac Efron tell Aziz Ansari’s story through pictures in first MTV Movie Awards promo

And so it begins. MTV has launched its ad campaign for June's MTV Movie Awards, hosted up rising comedian star Aziz Ansari, with this promo featuring Sean Puffy Puff Daddy P Diddy Combs, Zac Efron, Sarah Silverman and Kristen Bell telling the story of who Ansari is via actual pictures from his childhood. So precious, and yet not Precious. You know what I mean. Notice how the "Who is Aziz Ansari" ad campaign isn't pretending that celebrities don't know who he is? That's another sign of how far his star has risen. Roll the...

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Old rivalries never die: David Letterman says Jay Leno “can’t help himself” from being “a boob”

This week at The Comic's Comic HQ has been quite a blur, dealing with post-festival fatigue and coming down with a fever, so we're playing catch-up yet again. Here's something I apparently missed from Monday night — Dr. Phil showed up as a guest on Late Show with David Letterman and asked him how he was coping with all of the "late-night wars." Of course, Letterman has loved it, continues to love it and isn't afraid to say so, complete with mocking impersonations of Jay Leno. Letterman first says what some of us have long held, that Leno's attempt to frame himself as "getting screwed" or "cancelled" aren't exactly truthful, then reminds everyone that his relationship with Leno dates back 35 years to 1975. Notice how Letterman is quick to say that Leno was the funniest guy in the room back then, but also had an offstage personality that explains what has made Letterman's blood boil since the earlier Tonight Show shuffle of 1992-1993. Roll the...

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Still unsure about Justin Bieber? Mark Douglas, Carolyn Castiglia break him down via music video

Seems like everyone has Bieber Fever, but few people who are tween girls know exactly why that is. Why is that, anyhow? Well, if you cannot knock Justin Bieber off of Twitter's trending topics, you might as well join him, right? That's what Mark Douglas and Barely Political have done in their new music video that breaks down what this Bieber Fever is all about, and of course, the 16-year-old Canadian boy's voice is provided by a lady, comedian Carolyn Castiglia. So watch this video, and then you'll know all you'll need to know about Justin...

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Pic of the day: The morning after Carnegie Hall, Andy Kaufman wrestles on the Staten Island Ferry

Thanks to Bob Mantin for this photo from the comedy archives. It was 31 years ago this month that Andy Kaufman infamously performed at Carnegie Hall, then took the entire audience out for milk and cookies afterward, and after that, invited anyone interested to join him the following morning on the Staten Island ferry. Fans who took Kaufman up on his offer watched him playfully wrestle a woman, and also eat an ice cream cone....

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A&E’s “Battle for Late Night” revisits past TV clashes much more than current Leno-Conan

If you thought it was rather fast for a two-hour documentary on the late-night machinations from NBC this January and February, then, well, perhaps you're right. "The Battle for Late Night" — debuts tonight on A&E and repeats early Wednesday morning and also Saturday, May 1 — features no exclusive interviews with Conan O'Brien or Jay Leno (nor even David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel). But the special, produced by New Wave Entertainment, does mine archival footage for choice moments of Conan, Leno and Letterman from the late-night wars of 1993, and includes new 2010 interviews with the New York Times reporter Bill Carter (who wrote the book on the 1993 late-night shuffle and is hard at work on the 2010 sequel), TMZ.com's Harvey Levin (whose sympathy for Leno may suggest where he was getting his exclusive leaks?) and other observers. And if you wanted to know what Craig Kilborn is up to, you're in luck, too. Kilborn speaks candidly about both of his late-night adventures, first at The Daily Show on Comedy Central, and then The Late Late Show on CBS. "I have no regrets," Kilborn says now. You'll also learn more about Pat Sajak's brief tenure in late-night for CBS than you might have expected, as well as more than you may have wished for from Bill Maher, as he and his producers take you through his journey...

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