Day: July 21, 2010

Watch Baron Vaughn conduct interviews with crackers at Bonnaroo

Resisted the urge to delete this email from a publicist for a large corporation, because I could not resist the urge to engage in wordplay. The people at Wheat Thins sponsored this video of comedian Baron Vaughn at this summer's Bonnaroo in Tennessee, interviewing several of the music and comedy festival's spectators. All in good clean fun. Except the mudslides. You'll see Vaughn on your TVs this fall in the USA network series Facing Kate. Roll the clip,...

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Steve Byrne talks about finding his voice in “The Byrne Identity,” his WTF moment, & Vince Vaughn

In his new special, "The Byrne Identity" (debuting July 25 on Comedy Central, out July 27 on DVD), comedian Steve Byrne says that his own identity is a blend of Korean and Irish, but when he went to China: "They thought I was Chinese. Even they couldn't tell the difference." Rim shot! But seriously, folks. Steve Byrne talks a lot about personal identities in his stand-up special, from how a person can find their identity based solely on a single incident — whether you're O.J. Simpson or the guy who poops his pants at an office party — to how you never hear anyone refer to anyone as an African-Canadian, and how TV only seems to speak to us as a collective audience in terms of black or white, despite being in color.  Byrne spoke with me earlier this week and had some things to say about finding his own comedic identity, how he had a WTF moment reacting to the WTF podcast that questioned his comedic identity, and more. Before we get into it, here's a quick clip from "The Byrne Identity." Roll it: When did you find your own identity? "When the half-hour came out, 'Happy Hour' came out, they did well, they sold well, and I thought maybe I needed to do something more. I said, 'There's nothing in it that people can realate to.' I...

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Target of future roast to serve as roastmaster for Comedy Central’s Roast of David Hasselhoff

Comedy Central announced today that Seth McFarlane, who himself should and will be roasted someday by Comedy Central, would get to be a Roastmaster first in heading up the dais for next month's Roast of David Hasselhoff. Jeffrey Ross, who has "The Roastmaster" as an official nickname, will be watching from the dais and drawing up his first draft of roast jokes about McFarlane while zinging the Hoff, alongside comedians Greg Giraldo, Lisa Lampanelli and Whitney Cummings. Past, present and future Roast targets also will be represented onstage in the likenesses of Pamela Anderson, Hulk Hogan and Jerry Springer. Go figure. The roast airs Aug. 15 on Comedy...

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Episode of “Louie” inspired by real-life flight turbulence Louis CK felt with Ricky Gervais?

If you watched this week's episode of Louie on FX, the first-half called "Travel Day" included a flight experience gone awry, with a cameo by Todd Glass as a chatty passenger! But Louis CK (who also voiced the pilot of his fictional TV flight) has previous experience shouting out obscenities in reaction to flight turbulence. In fact, Ricky Gervais captured it on video when the pair flew together on an even smaller private jet between New York and Massachusetts two summers ago during filming of The Invention of Lying. Even in real life, Louis CK responds to a bumpy flight by randomly forming NSFW phrases and sentences. And fortunately, both reality and TV reality had happy endings. So to speak. Roll the...

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