Day: August 25, 2010

MAD returns to TV, but not as MADtv; magazine-based animated series coming to Cartoon Network

The makers of MAD magazine have teamed up with a Robot Chicken and producers from Warner Bros. Animation to bring the mag's "What me, worry?" blend of spoofery and pop culture parody to television as a new animated series, MAD, debuting Sept. 6, 2010, on the Cartoon Network. It's not Adult Swim, per se, since the series will air at 8:30 p.m. Mondays. Here's a glimpse of the show and talky talk from two of the producers, Kevin Shinick (Robot Chicken) and Peter Girardi, from last month's Comic-Con in San Diego. Would you like to see MAD's versions of Star Blecch, Keeping up with the Carcrashians and Avaturd? How about their take on the iPhone? it's in there. Well, maybe not in this preview clip, but it's in the series. Roll...

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Bo Burnham’s “Words, Words, Words” lands on 2010 shortlist for Edinburgh Comedy Awards

If Bo Burnham, all of newly 20 years old, did not deserve to be on the 2010 shortlist for the Edinburgh Comedy Awards (sponsored by Foster's, which is Scottish for not quite bottled water but instead it's Australian beer!), I would tell you so. Bo Burnham's "Words, Words, Words" is brilliant. Congrats to Burnham for making the shortlist! He'll be competing for Edinburgh's top prize alongside Josie Long, Greg Davies, Russell Kane and Sarah Millican. Millican won the best newcomer award in 2008, when these prizes were called the if.comedy awards. Kane was previously nominated in 2006, 2008 and 2009. Davies was nominated in 2006 in the same show as Kane, and is also an actor on The Inbetweeners. The 2010 shortlist for best newcomer includes Asher Treleaven, An Audience with Imran Yusuf, The Boy with Tape on His Face, Gareth Richards, Late Night Gimp Fight!, and Roisin Conaty. This year, Foster's also is sponsoring a separate public vote for your "Comedy God," in which you can tell the judges they got it right or wrong in previous years by elevating your pick for who's best. Winners from the shortlist, plus the judges Panel Prize, will be announced on Saturday, 28 August,...

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Eugene Mirman unveils schedule for his third annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival schedule

The official site for the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival remains a blank slate of a "coming soon" canvas, but Mirman himself has unveiled the schedule for his third annual celebration of comedy he and his fans enjoy, taking place in three venues in Park Slope, Brooklyn, from Sept. 16-19, 2010. Emo Philips! Daniel Kitson! David Cross! Marc Maron! And much, much more! Buy tickets through the individual sites at The Bell House, Union Hall and The Rock Shop, or through Ticketweb. Here's the schedule: An Evening of Comedy From 1986 (THURSDAY 9/16, Bell House, 8PM, $10) w/ Emo Philips, Tony V., Larry Murphy, Ron Lynch and Jon Glaser, Eugene Mirman. Montreal Callbacks (FRIDAY 9/17, Union Hall, 7:30PM, $10) w/ Mike Lawrence, Dan St. Germain, Ken Reid, Hannibal Buress, Greg Johnson, Max Silvestri, Kurt Braunohler. Invite Them Up (FRIDAY 9/17, Bell House, 9PM, $15) w/ Bobby Tisdale, A.D. Miles, Eugene Mirman, Maeve Higgins, Reggie Watts, Daniel Kitson. Mike Birbiglia Interviews a Bunch of Sort of Authors and Sarah Vowell (SATURDAY 9/18, Bell House, 5:30 doors, 6PM show, $15) w/ Mike Birbiglia, Sarah Vowell, Michael Showalter, Eugene Mirman, Patrick Borelli. A Night of Gay or Foreign Comedy (SATURDAY, Rock Shop, 7:30, $10) Hosted by Gabe Liedman w/ Maeve Higgins, Glenn Wool, Brent Sullivan, Kumail Nanjiani. (Tickets not on sale yet on website). Eugene’s World Class Masters Of Comedy (SATURDAY 9/18, Union...

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