Day: September 7, 2010

David Letterman kicks off 14th season of The View, talks heart-to-heart with Barbara Walters and crew

The 14th season of ABC's daytime lady-chatter The View kicked off Tuesday morning, and despite the presence of comedians Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar on the hosting panel, what made the new season premiere more important was that Barbara Walters convinced David Letterman to spend much of the hour as their special guest to welcome Walters back from heart surgery. In the first two segments, Letterman and Walters discuss their heart surgeries (also available as a Hulu clip), and the ladies get Dave to dish about Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien (not much new here, although Letterman says he'll watch Conan on TBS), his in-his-own-words infamous hosting of the Academy Awards, the Jersey Shore cast (he's not a fan), and how he feels about The Daily Show with Jon Stewart winning Emmy after Emmy (he jokingly suggests wanting "to kill the little bastard!"). Roll the clip! In the third segment, Letterman talks about getting his son a dog named Sully: "part Yellow Lab, part crime lab"! He also discusses life after heart surgery. Roll the...

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Meet Me In New York: Ann Carr

What do they say about New York City: There are eight million stories, and sometimes it seems as though eight million of the people telling them think they're comedians? No, that's not it. It is a fact, though, that America's biggest city is also its biggest comedy mecca. Hollywood may be Hollywood, but New York City is where comedians are born funny, become funny or arrive to thrust their funny upon us. I think we should meet some of these people. This is a new recurring feature, a mini-profile of newcomers, up-and-comers and overcomers of New York's vibrant comedy scene. It's called Meet Me In New York. One of the great things about this city is that you might never know that the person who lives next door to you could be a genius of some kind. Ann Carr lives a few doors down the block from me, but she is definitely great at being a character actress. She has proven that in multiple one-woman shows — I reviewed her 2009 piece, "Use It," which has inspired a spin-off web series called The Actress. You can also see her acting in commercials such as Oral-B and Monster.com, as well as her debut tonight on the season finale of Louis CK's FX comedy, Louie. Let's find out more! Name: Ann Carr Arrival date: June 1999 Arrived from: Washington, D.C. When and...

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“Sex: Our Bodies, Our Junk” The authors reveal their proudest dick jokes that made it into the book

The new book, Sex: Our Bodies, Our Junk, comes with high praise. Titter titter. No, seriously. The covers boast compliments in the forms of quotes from Conan O'Brien, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Andy Richter and his wife, Sarah Thyre, contribute the foreward. The illustrated naked man on the front looks a little bit like Zach Galifianakis. Go ahead. Try not imagining that now. Too late. And the authoring team behind the book, "The Association For the Betterment of Sex," is made up of writers from The Onion, The Daily Show, Conan and Vanity Fair. There's more than 230 pages of sexual misedumacation in all, complete with pictures, illustrations, and the most important part for any reader who blushes at the sight of pictures and illustrations: words. They also have a blog!? If the whole book is NSFW, then what possibly could be too racy to get into the book? Or what just barely made it into publication? I asked the authors. Co-author Todd Levin told me: "We actually didn‚Äôt get a ton of interference from our editor, except in the rare case when she admitted she simply didn‚Äôt ‚Äúget‚Äù something. (Always a good barometer.) However, even within that very generous framework, there were still things we were proud/surprised made it into the book." To wit… Scott Jacobson: "Mine would be the "Five Rock Classics You Didn't Realize Concerned...

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Wil Sylvince fights the power in this short film spec for HBO: “I Still Have a Soul”

Wil Sylvince showed me and some famous comedians this short film he did this summer with Paradise Square Films. He didn't tell us what it was about before we watched it, so I'm not going to tell you any more. It's pretty great, though. Roll it! Wouldn't you enjoy seeing that on HBO? In the meantime, see Wil Sylvince pull no punches when he performs stand-up this weekend, Sept. 10-11, with Shawn and Marlon Wayans at Tommy T's in Rancho Cordova, Calif.; Sept. 14 at the Punchline in San Francisco for NBC's Stand Up For Diversity showcase, Sept. 16-19 at Carolines on Broadway here in NYC with Top Dogs of Comedy (with Capone, Mark Viera and Corey Holcomb) and presenting his annual competition, NBC Universal's Short Cuts Film Festival, starting Sept. 22 as part of the New York Television...

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Comedy Central sets October 2010 premiere date for “Comics Anonymous” stand-up special

Up late at night on Oct. 9, 2010, and need a fix? Comedy Central will be your TV sponsor at 1 a.m., setting a time and date for the premiere of "Comics Anonymous." Here's the network description: "The support groups may be anonymous, but their problems certainly aren’t. Tune in to “Comics Anonymous” for Jim Norton’s analysis of cheating and the dangers of S&M, Rich Vos’s desire for people to rank their favorite children, Robert Kelly’s food addiction and “fat worry” and Mike DeStefano’s convictions about transmitting AIDS by doorknob." The special taped back in February, and DeStefano told me then that he was hoping to put together a tour this fall. Of course, that was before he went all the way to the final five on Last Comic Standing, and with it, a separate North American theater tour. So you may have to wait until 2011 for a Comics Anonymous tour. Don't worry, though. It'll be worth the...

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