Day: September 24, 2010

Stephen Colbert’s Congressional testimony may have been a joke, but watch his report on migrant workers

Certainly more than a few people scratched their heads or worse today when they turned on the TV and saw that not only was Stephen Colbert testifying before Congress, but that he was doing so in character. Who's idea was this, anyway? Lots of online kerfuffling over this one, because it didn't make sense to make a mockery out of a serious situation. Or did it? Roll the clip of Colbert's opening statement to the Congressional subcommittee on immigration: Turns out Democratic Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren invited Colbert. Which makes a lot more sense when you realize that two nights ago, Colbert aired an interview with Lofgren about the subject of migrant farm workers. And last night, Colbert aired the piece that included him working with the workers, in which he teased his Congressional appearance, and later referenced in front of them. Roll it! Appearing before the subcommittee certainly made an impact. I'm not sure it was the right one, however, as opponents of reform likely will focus more on Colbert's sarcasm than on the actual issues facing workers and immigrants. Notice on that clip from today how the biggest laugh from inside the room came when Colbert suggested that Republicans and Democrats would work together to do the correct thing, because that's what they always do. I also hope this does not undercut the planned rallies by Stephen Colbert...

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Jerry Seinfeld claims Barry Marder, not Bruce Baum, authored Ted L. Nancy “Letters from a Nut” books

We told you Jerry Seinfeld was going to spill the beans on the Ted L. Nancy books, and spill he did, but not the beans you were looking for — especially if your name is comedian Bruce Baum, and you've been telling people on your site that you wrote the letters for the "Letters from a Nut" series. Baum's site even says it when you visit the home page today (see above). And yet, there Seinfeld was today on NBC's Today, sitting next to comedian Barry Marder instead. Seinfeld told Lauer that they came forward because they had to, saying: "He's the guy who created this whole — he has written all the letters. He created the character. And there's a lot of people on the Internet that are claiming credit for it, and that started to bother us." Roll tape! Seinfeld revealed Marder as the source last night on CNN's Larry King Live, and online at CNN.com, Baum's wife, Lynn wrote this in the comments last night as the program aired: My husband, Bruce Baum and Barry Marder wrote the original three books together at our house in Thousand Oaks! I fed Barry Marder regularly for months as he was here almost everyday. Barry refuses to acknowledge the fact that he and Bruce wrote this book together! I am a teacher and when I came home from school I fed...

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Comedian Nimesh Patel has something to say about NBC’s “Outsourced,” via this short video sketch

So, how about that new addition to NBC's formerly "Must See TV" Thursday night lineup, eh? Outsourced. Yeah. Lots of buzz about it. Most of it, not so good. According to overnight ratings, 7.44 million people tuned in for the premiere. Waiting to hear the full fallout from my friends in the comedy community. Here's the first to weigh in with something in my mailbox. This comes from comedian Nimesh Patel, who writes: "I was offended by it, as an Indian and moreover as a comedian. the show is poorly written and relies on Indian stereotypes for every joke." Patel decided to voice his displeasure with this sketch, depicting him interviewing for a job writing on the show. Roll it. I haven't brought myself to watch the pilot yet, and knowing someone who got hired to write for the show after the pilot had been wrapped, I'd hope that he could instill some semblance of reasonable humor into the series going forward. What do you think about...

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Netflix reaches deal with NBC Universal to instantly stream repeats of SNL, 30 Rock, The Office, Monk

In this morning's newsfeed, Netflix announced via release it had reached a deal with NBC Universal to add old and new episodes of Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, The Office, and other shows to its queue of programming available for members to view instantly on their computers. The deal, which kicks off next week for Netflix members, also includes the USA shows Psych and Monk. Relevant to the NBC shows, the following details apply: Episodes from every season of NBC's signature comedy franchise "Saturday Night Live," including day-after broadcast of the upcoming 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons plus hundreds of episodes from the first 35 years of "SNL." Every episode from the last season of the multiple Emmy® Award-winning series "30 Rock," "The Office" and "Law & Order: SVU," as well as earlier seasons of those shows renewed for streaming from Netflix under the current...

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Zach Galifianakis will not fall for the Snooki bait on Jimmy Kimmel Live, not this time. Not this time.

Friend of The Comic's Comic and friend of all people who enjoy comedy, Zach Galifianakis appeared last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live to help promote both his new movie, It's Kind of A Funny Story, as well as the second season of HBO's Bored to Death. Galifianakis walked onstage with a sight gag, and showed his disdain for the MTV trainwreck Jersey Shore with his comments about "Snorky" and the gang. In the opening minutes, Kimmel prodded him for answers about why he'd spend his summer on his North Carolina farm. Galifianakis explains: As the conversation continues, he jokes more about what he does on the farm, spending the next month in Los Angeles on a movie, and working with Ted Danson. In part three, he talks about researching his part in the new movie. After the break, the show has Galifianakis stick around to sit next to "Snooki" and hopes that magic happens. Does it? Did it? So nice to see our TV shows put talent next to no-talent as if they were equally worthy of your viewing. Roll the...

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