Day: May 26, 2010

“Get Him to the Greek” leaks behind-the-scenes featurettes, including spoiler: He got to the Greek

The newest movie under the Judd Apatow umbrella — he didn't write nor direct Get Him to the Greek, but is still out promoting it on TV as its producer (sorry, Nick Stoller) — is a spin-off of Forgetting Sarah Marshall focusing on Russell Brand's character, rock star Aldous Snow. Apatow is calling it My Favorite Year with more heroin and PCP, but these kinds of movies (the plot has Sean Combs aka Diddy instructing Jonah Hill to go to London, fetch Brand and literally get him to the Greek for his rock show within 72 hours) always remind me of how much I enjoyed and still enjoy Midnight Run as the king of time-sensitive road trip comedy films. Anyhow. The people behind Get Him to the Greek (red-carpet premiered last night; in cinemas wide on June 4) just released their behind-the-scenes featurettes, which you'd normally have to wait to see on DVD or on a random 15-minute block on pay cable between other movies. Spoiler alert: One of their featurettes shows Brand's Aldous Snow performing in concert at the Greek Theatre. Not that you couldn't have guessed the movie would have somewhat of a happy ending, right? Anyhow times two. In case you want to learn more before deciding whether to see the movie, let's look behind the scenes, in plot order west from London to Las Vegas to...

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TBS special will feature Andy Richter, Reggie Watts + Team Coco’s writers at Just For Laughs Chicago

As I predicted the moment TBS signed up Conan O'Brien for late-night, the cable network has announced that it'll be taping a TBS special with Team Coco for Just For Laughs Chicago! With a catch. It's not going to be an exact replica of the Team Coco live show currently touring North America (The Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour). Rather, it's thus-far including everything but Conan himself, with sidekick Andy Richter, several of Conan's writers and his tour's opening act Reggie Watts performing in something with a working title of "Team Coco presents Conan's Writers Live." It'll fit into the schedule on Thursday, June 17, at the Bank of America Theater — and air on TBS on Sunday, June 27. (Tickets go on sale May 28) JFL Chicago also announced two other additions to its festival schedule, which runs June 15-19: Uncle's Brother, a trio featuring Tim Meadows, Joe Canale and Brad Morris, will perform their blend of stand-up, improv and sketch at the Annoyance Theatre at 10 p.m. Friday, June 18. Drinking Buddies will bring T.J. Miller together with Kyle Kinane, Mike Bridenstine and James Fritz for what's described as "loose, off-the-cuff comedy" at 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, at the Lincoln Lodge. A screening of Miller's short film, Successful Alcoholics, will...

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Friars Club announces its finalists for the first Friars Club Sketch + Improv Competition

The Friars Club has announced the finalists among sketch and improv groups competing for cash prizes at the first FrISC competition to be held June 25-26 at the UCB Theatre in New York City. Improv groups will perform June 25; sketch groups on June 26. The winning sketch and improv teams each will win $10,000 to make a short film that will premiere in September at the Friars Club Comedy Film Festival. But first, a montage of the more than 100 groups who submitted, just because, ooh, video: And the finalists are… Improv:Badman (NYC)Code Duello (Boston)Cook County Social Club (Chicago)The Jon & Eddie Show (L.A.)Stepfathers (NYC) Alternates: Vanity Project (Boston); Big Black Car (NYC) Sketch:Elephant Larry (NYC)Free Love Forum (NYC)Harvard Sailing Team (NYC)Midnight Show (L.A.)Somebodys in the Doghouse (Boston) Alternates: Sidecar (NYC); Last Call Cleveland...

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Are women funny? Giulia Rozzi takes on a typical male-dominated message board on the topic

I get so tired about people debating the topic of whether women are and/or can be funny. Yes, they can. Yes they can. Yes they can. Seriously. I think the problem is that stand-up comedy is so dominated by men, that the female numbers remain so small by comparison that every hack female stand-up stands out that much more than all of the horrible men pursuing stand-up. At any rate. Giulia Rozzi has taken it upon herself to inhabit the lives of these people who spend their lives on online message boards, and in this new installment, she shows us what the message board chatters about women in comedy must look like in the real life. Warning: This is not safe for your life. Which means it's good. Roll...

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