Day: May 21, 2010

Watch Eddie Murphy tell Ellen DeGeneres about his comedy youth, comedy fetish and comedy comeback

Here's that clip of Eddie Murphy appearing as a guest on Friday's telecast of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Murphy reiterated his intention to mount a comeback as a stand-up comedian (as Murphy told Jay Leno this week), saying he has begun writing new material, and figures he may have a good 15-20 minutes. But he acknowledged that it'll take a while for him to regain his stride and shake off 20 years of rust, telling Ellen and her viewers that it would be a good year before he'd be ready to tour again. Oh, he also admits to having a fetish for funny women (I hear that!), and says Ellen smells really nice. Aww. I'd love to be in Los Angeles when Murphy decides to start dropping in clubs and trying out the new stuff. Roll the...

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Celebrate the movie opening of “MacGruber” with these clips and quotes from Will Forte

The folks behind the SNL sketch-to-film adaptation of MacGruber really have won me over with their promotional efforts this week, and even just in the past night. How did they do it? More like how did Will Forte do it, is like it. Forte told a story of how his mom and relatives visited him on the movie set on the very day he filmed a graphic nude scene with a celery stalk (SPOILER ALERT!), then joined The Roots to sing a customized version of the MacGruber theme song, letting us know it's earned its "Hard R" rating. With his mom and sisters in the audience. Joyous. Also last night, Forte and co-star Kristen Wiig appeared throughout NBC's primetime lineup in a series of parodies of the network's PSA campaign, "The More You Know." Each spot spoofed the very show that was airing at the time. Nice. Forte also granted an interesting interview with The Onion's The A.V. Club, in which he talks quite a bit about his various SNL characters, the nature of recurring characters, and more. Here's an excerpt in which he takes on the inevitable question of why make an SNL movie: We weren’t too concerned. We just went in thinking, “Let’s try to make the best movie we can, and not worry about how it stacks up.” It does get kind of frustrating, because sometimes...

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Michelle Maryk welcomes you to one more Upfront, for the little-known WLC network, at The PIT

Are you still trying to make sense of this week's fall TV Upfront presentations by the broadcast and cable networks for media and advertisers? Well, allow me to blow your mind with one more. Actually, allow comedian/actress Michelle Maryk to blow your minds with her show, Upfronts, at The PIT. Maryk plays Tater Simkins, head of programming for the WLC network, as well as the star or co-star of five different shows for WLC. It plays off of the ridiculousness of the real network Upfronts, with fake clips for the fake new shows, preceded and followed by appearances by the fake stars. Here's a clip from one of these programs, called Blind Rx. It features Maryk, Amy Landecker and Matt Ballard, as well as sexually suggestive themes (women kissing women! swimsuits! other things!). Roll it. You can catch Upfronts on May 22 or June 10 at The PIT in NYC. Related: Upfronts Facebook...

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