Day: July 5, 2010

Last Comic Standing 7: The semifinals, Part Two

"Welcome to Last Comic Standing, the best stand-up comedy contest on NBC." So sayeth host Craig Robinson, so sayeth we all. Wait. Who's running the show, a bunch of monkeys? A lone chimpanzee? What's going on here? I'll be sure to tell you all as soon as I can watch the rest of this two-hour episode — and update with videos as soon as they're up. This is the episode in which Tommy Johnagin zings judge Natasha Leggero for calling him competitive in a nationally-televised competition. Alabama native Roy Wood, Jr., meanwhile, says before taking the stage that he has been at stand-up for 12 years, and well, why not him? "It's my turn to eat. Let me get some of this money." Why not? He opens with a joke about a date so bad, the woman makes you drop her off at another man's house. Damn. That's a bad date. But a good joke. He also has a funny story about trying to write out his will. Good start! The judges agree, from Andy Kindler to Leggero and also Greg Giraldo. Looking good for Mr. Wood. Even if he could not find a coat that fits to impress Giraldo. After the first commercial break, Robinson has more self-deprecating quips up his sleeve. He's enjoying the gig, and I am enjoying him in this gig. Great work, team comedy!...

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Louis CK wants you to watch his “Louie” poker scene with Crom, DiPaolo, Norton, Buress, Brill

Louis CK created, wrote, directed and edited most of his new TV comedy on FX, Louie, but he has fought with YouTube and FOX this weekend over sharing his content with the masses. After a couple of attempts, he says this comedian poker roundtable scene — which if you didn't catch it last week, aired in a cold open for the second episode — is available for your viewing pleasure. In it, comedian Rick Crom has to defend his homosexuality after several barbed comments from Nick DiPaolo and jokes from others at the table: Jim Norton, Hannibal Buress, Eddie Brill and Louis CK. Crom also answers CK's question about the use of the word "faggot" onstage with a history lesson. Needless to say, language therein is Not Safe For Work. Roll it. Fun fact: In real life, Brill has been hosting the long-running weekly comedian poker game for 17 years now; William Stephenson (not pictured here, but pictured in the Louie premiere) acts as the banker and writes the weekly newsletter "The Hammadown!"....

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Betty White woos LeBron James to stay in Cleveland

While Cleveland's own Drew Carey has spent most of his summer talking up soccer/football at the World Cup in South Africa (Carey is a minority owner of Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders), the folks in TV Land Cleveland, as in TV Land's Hot For Cleveland, got its sitcom cast of ladies together to make a pitch for hoops superstar LeBron James to stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers. I'm not sure Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick and Jane Leeves really care about the NBA or LeBron, which is one of the reasons why the focus is on Betty White. Then again, hasn't the focus been on Betty White all along? Roll the...

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Chris Rock, Adam Sandler still trying to produce Richard Pryor biopic starring Marlon Wayans

MTV News caught up with Chris Rock and Adam Sandler on the red carpet for their current movie, Grown Ups, and asked them about their work as producers on an upcoming biopic of the late Richard Pryor. Marlon Wayans is slated to star as Pryor, and Rock defends that choice in this clip. As for when the movie will get made? That remains up in the air. Director Bill Condon, who also wrote the script for Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?, has a full plate already this year and will be directing the fourth Twilight film, Breaking Dawn. So when will we get to see a Pryor...

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