Day: November 18, 2010

Have you heard the one about the stranded Carnival cruise? Hear Tracey B. Wilson tell all at Comix tonight

Every summer at Sketchfest NYC, you're likely to see Tracey B. Wilson darting about the sides of the audience with camera in hand as the festival's official photographer. This summer, Wilson traveled around North America as an official photog on Lady Gaga's concert tour. Last week, Wilson and her boyfriend (Jim Malone, strength coach for the San Diego Padres) took a vacation on a Carnival cruise ship to Mexico that caught fire, lost power and needed a lengthy tow back to San Diego. Yes. That cruise. Tonight, Wilson will be joking about her experience at the 7 p.m. show at Comix, calling it, "One time, while stranded at sea…" If you go, tell Comix you're there to see Wilson! As her Facebook event invite reads: "Hi! I just got back from being Stranded at Sea on the Carnival Splendor. How was your week?  If you love me, and are happy I made it out alive, you really should be at my show this Thursday. Come laugh with me about being part of of the most wildly hyped non-tragedy ever. (in case you missed me, on CNN, GMA, Nightline and the morning talk shows)" Being a photographer, Wilson naturally captured plenty of moments from the cruise. She has a gallery of 104 photos from the Carnival Splendor. She also made videos. Here's an Xtranormal animation compiling some of her favorite...

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Mark your calendars: Spring 2011 is the season comedians take over Broadway

As much fun as it may be to see Pee-wee Herman and Colin Quinn in their own Broadway shows right now, just wait a few months. Broadway's spring 2011 season will boast several big-name comedians, with Dane Cook being the most recent to throw his name into the mix, taking a role in Neil Labute's "Fat Pig." Here is the current rundown of productions both dramatic and comedic on the upcoming schedule, with the comedians who are attached and date when previews begin: Feb. 24, 2011: "The Book of Mormon" — musical created/written by South Park's Matt Stone and Trey Parker, starring Josh Gad March 11, 2011: "Bengal Tiger in the Baghdad Zoo" — Robin Williams March 22, 2011: "The Motherfucker with the Hat" — Chris Rock, Bobby Cannavale March 2011: "That Championship Season" — Jim Gaffigan Date TBD: "The House of Blue Leaves" — Ben Stiller Date TBD: "Fat Pig" — Dane...

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Whose improv is it anyway? Drew Carey and friends return to TV with GSN show in 2011

Whose Line is it Anyway? may be a glimmering memory, and you may not even remember Drew Carey's Green Screen Show, but there is…another. Another new improv comedy "game show" featuring Drew Carey and his collection of comedian friends is coming to TV, this time on GSN, the Game Show Network, in 2011. Drew Carey put out the news early this morning via Twitter: "I am pleased to announce that I now have a NEW IMPROV SHOW on GSN! Taping live shows at MGM in Vegas starting 1/13/11" No further word is available. Check the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino site for ticket sales. Carey cohort Wayne Brady already spends a lot of time in Vegas as the host of Let's Make a...

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Maria Bamford back on Target for “Black Friday” TV ad campaign

Thanksgiving is still a week away, but last night, I saw an amazing new ad for Target's "Black Friday" 2-day post-Turkey-Day sale that showed comedian Maria Bamford training and running all around the store. That spot's not online just yet, but others are. Just like last year, it's nice to see Target making the most out of the Bammer, who like Target, is a Minnesota native.   Here's what's online so far. You can visit this page on Target to see the other clips as they become available.   And if you want to pull back the curtain and see why Target asked the Bammer back for 2010, then watch this calculated analysis on the company's 2009 ad campaign. Trade secrets! (Not really secret)...

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In case you missed it, watch nine minutes of live TV from the Childrens’ Hospital finale on Adult Swim!

The second season finale from Adult Swim's Childrens' Hospital is finally online for your viewing pleasure. They said it was "live," but if you paid close attention, you would have seen that even though it wasn't a traditional live TV show, the episode did spend its final nine of 11 minutes in a single-camera live shot. So that's something to behold. Also, all of the surprises that come with playing with the convention of live TV, and that one guy who shows up. It's all great. I endorse it, and look forward to the next season of Childrens' Hospital. If you want to see The Sultan's Finger LIVE, click here. These are the individual clips: It keeps going…   And going…   And going…   And going…...

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