Day: May 25, 2010

Self-portrait: This is how Sarah Silverman doodles herself? Part of forthcoming McSweeney’s book

Brian McMullen wrote in Salon today that he is putting together a McSweeney's book of self-portraits doodled by creative types, with help from author and creative type Jonathan Ames. You can give Salon 20 more page-view clicks by viewing their slideshow. I've saved you one click by sharing with you Sarah Silverman's self-portrait submission. Nice letterhead. I'm guessing Silverman sees something quite different when she looks in the mirror than you or I ever...

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Derrick Comedy’s “Mystery Team” out on DVD

Mystery Team may not have made The Hangover money in 2009 — Derrick Comedy's feature-film debut earned all of $89,442 in box-office receipts from its limited distribution in cinemas, according to Box Office Mojo. I think it may have been one of the more criminally overlooked comedies of the year. It's out today on DVD, and star Donald Glover told me last week he was "very happy with how it was received," regardless of whether a wider audience finds it on video. That this NYU-to-UCB sketch group even made a movie that landed in Sundance and eventually cinemas in various cities — one city, one week at a time — around America is an accomplishment. As the DVD, out today, described its making-of featurette as "about five best friends doing something no one believed they could do: make a movie about three best friends doing something no one believed they could do." And as Glover, the best-known member of Derrick says on that featurette: "I'm in love with Derrick because it's a place where you can have big ideas and nobody's going to say they're stupid." Their madcap comedy caper — starring three of Derrick's members (Glover, DC Pierson and Dominic Dierkes) portraying high-school seniors whose personal growth stunted when they were the 8-year-old Encyclopedia Browns of their neighborhood (aka the Mystery Team) — was filmed in the summer...

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Pic of the Day: Best Week Ever Blog falls for Bill Blumenreich’s “free” advertising for Frank Caliendo

I know that Bill Blumenreich, operator of The Wilbur Theatre (and former owner of the Comedy Connection) in Boston, has Celtics season tickets right behind press row, because I'd seen him on camera before. Well, Blumenreich decided to use his high-profile seat last night to promote Frank Caliendo, and more than a few people noticed. Caliendo included! The Best Week Ever blog didn't know quite what to make of it, while the Wilbur's Twitter handle @ComedyConnect was crowing about going viral with its promotion....

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Kennedy Center to honor Tina Fey with 13th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

Too soon? Or just right? Either way, the Kennedy Center has announced that Tina Fey will be honored this fall with the 13th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Fey will be feted Nov. 9, 2010, at the Kennedy Center by her peers and more in the annual event which is taped for broadcast on PBS. She will join this select group of past recipients of the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize: Richard Pryor (1998), Jonathan Winters (1999), Carl Reiner (2000), Whoopi Goldberg (2001), Bob Newhart (2002), Lily Tomlin (2003), Lorne Michaels (2004), Steve Martin (2005), Neil Simon (2006), Billy Crystal (2007), George Carlin (2008), and Bill Cosby (2009). The news comes hot off the heels that Twain himself will be in the news in November, too, with the posthumous publication of his memoirs — 100 years after his death, per his instructions. Wonder what he thinks of the people who've won this highest honor in his...

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It only took 21 years for Seinfeld to get an online-only NSFW parody series

I received an email from "Jerry & George" telling me that they're launching new "Web-only" episodes of Seinfeld on Thursday, May 27. If that's not odd enough for you, take a look at their trailer. It seems as though after 21 years of being on the TV in new episodes and countless syndicated repeats, Jerry and George have lost their way and need help from the smoke monster…no, wait, sorry, confused it with a different show. Anyhow. Here is their NSFW trailer. Roll it. At the show's site, they've also got an "NBC press release" about it, claiming that the move from TV to the Internet is logical, considering its low ratings in its 20th season. Wait a second. I see you, Pangea 3000. Oh,...

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