Day: December 10, 2010

Frank Caliendo ends his 10-year Las Vegas run about eight and a half years early

In a statement on his site, comedian and impersonator Frank Caliendo announced today that he would be ending his run at the Monte Carlo resort and casino in Las Vegas this coming spring. That's eight-and-a-half years short of his 10-year contract, which Caliendo began in October 2009. Caliendo cited his family, and a desire to pursue projects outside of Vegas and in TV and movies, for the early split. "Performing at Monte Carlo is an experience I won't soon forget. From day one, the support from the staff and fans has been amazing. However, the demands of traveling from Phoenix and away from my family have been harder than I anticipated. With this move, I hope to take advantage of opportunities in television and film that will allow me to spend more time as a husband and a father." No hard feelings from the Monte Carlo, according to the statement from resort/casino President Anton Nikodemus: "Frank has become a part of the Monte Carlo family over the last year. We absolutely love having him here, as have our guests, but we understand that family should always come first. We wish Frank every happiness and thank him for the time spent with us." Caliendo still appears regularly on FOX NFL Sunday. Here is his performance from this past Sunday, featuring his impersonation of Jay Leno. Roll it....

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Court orders Dane Cook’s half-brother, sister-in-law to pay him back $12 million they’d stolen from him

In legal news, a Massachusetts judge ordered Dane Cook's sister-in-law today to pay Cook $10.9 million in restitution. Erika McCauley and her husband, Darryl — Cook's half-brother, are jointly responsible for paying him back, with Darryl on the hook for another $1.1 million to reach the $12 million total. The McCauleys had embezzled millions from the comedian while Darryl was serving as Cook's business manager. For that, he is serving a prison term of five to six years, while Erika is serving up to three years behind bars. According to the AP, she has asked the judge to at least keep two gold wedding...

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Garry Shandling, Murphy Brown, Cloris Leachman, Airplane! and more! At the 10th annual SF Sketchfest

San Francisco's SF Sketchfest has announced an all-star slate of tributes for its 10th anniversary next month. Among the big highlights are panels toasting: – The movie Airplane!, with Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker and a special appearance by Robert Hays – The 25th anniversary of It's Garry Shandling's Show with Shandling and writer Alan Zweibel — The sitcom Murphy Brown with Candice Bergen and Diane English – Original SNL'ers Dan Aykroyd, Laraine Newman and writer Tom Davis for an in-depth conversation with Inside Joke's Carl Arnheiter – Cloris Leachman — And Brian Henson will join Neil Patrick Harris for a conversation about what's up with the Muppets For 19 days in January, starting Jan. 13, 2011, with the Upright Citzens Brigade's traditional ASSSSCAT show, the festival also will feature shows and collectives such as Mike Birbiglia's "My Girlfriend's Boyfriend," a one-night-only reunion of the cast of Viva Variety, a Bob's Burgers "preunion", a Delocated "Witness Protection Variety Show," several of your favorite podcasts and shows broadcasting live — The Sound of Young America, WTF with Marc Maron, Pop My Culture, Never Not Funny, Citizen Radio, Nerdist, The Benson Interruption, Invite Them Up, Hot Tub, Kevin Pollak Chat Show, Sklarboro Country, Risk!, Friday Forty, the Paul F. Tompkins show and much much more. Check out the full SF Sketchfest 2011 schedule. Tickets go on sale Sunday, Dec....

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Watch Patton Oswalt’s final words on giving away his Carvel “black card” for charity: CDR’s X-Mas auction!

On an episode of this season's 30 Rock, characters Jenna and Kenneth conspired with Kelsey Grammer to use a Carvel "black card" to make money. Well, the card is real. Comedian Patton Oswalt has one. And he's giving his away for charity, specifically to raise money for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank through Comedy Death-Ray's X-Mas auction! Roll the clip.   With three days left to bid, the item already is fetching $6,000. Good job, charitable people and ice-cream/cake lovers! In case you're curious, Carvel is on board with this one-time transfer by Oswalt. How do I know? Just ask Carvel: ‚ÄúOur celebrity Black Cards were issued to commemorate Carvel‚Äôs 75th Anniversary in 2008.   Although they were not meant to be transferred, we decided to honor Patton‚Äôs request to re-issue his card to the winner of this charitable auction,‚Äù says Carvel President Gary Bales.  ‚ÄùWe hope this event will raise some much-needed funds to feed those in need over the holidays.  We thank Patton for allowing Carvel to be involved.‚Äù There are 53 other items up for bidding on the eBay page for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, with the first auctions ending less than 48 hours from the moment I type this. Among them: Doug Benson will come visit you and go to the movies with you. You can co-host an episode of Comedy Death-Ray Radio with...

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