Day: December 14, 2010

As his CNN reign comes to an end, what can we expect out of Larry King’s stand-up comedy in 2011?

Larry King has enjoyed a career in radio and TV broadcasting for more than five decades, but after Friday night, the 77-year-old's reign on CNN with Larry King Live will come to a close. So what's next? Retirement? Not exactly. As you may have read and/or heard, the septuagenarian wants to embark on a stand-up comedy tour. Who does he think he is, Glenn Beck? In an interview published a couple of weeks ago in New York Magazine, however, King said he definitely wanted to pursue life as a comedian, saying: ‚ÄúI‚Äôm funny. I‚Äôm going to do stand-up. That‚Äôs what I love.‚Äù King stood by his intentions when he appeared more recently on Jimmy Kimmel Live, telling Kimmel: "I want to do some comedy. You know, I do a lot of conventions and stuff, speak a lot. I like making people laugh, telling stories." He said his current wife would open for him on the road by singing. "We did it in Vegas. We did it in Niagara Falls. I love it." But why? He continued, telling Kimmel: "A comic has something nobody else has: The power to walk on a stage, have an audience in the grasp of your hands, and make 'em laugh. There's nothing like that. There's no bigger high. It's bigger than sex!" So what will Larry King, the talk-show host, look and sound like as a...

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Jerry Seinfeld, Lewis Black among comics in “Big Time Comedy Show” to benefit family of late Greg Giraldo

Several of New York City's biggest comedians are lending their support to the family of the late Greg Giraldo by putting on a "Big Time Comedy Show" in February to raise money for his three sons and ex-wife. Tom Papa will host the event Feb. 9, 2011, at the Beacon Theatre, with performances scheduled by Jerry Seinfeld, Colin Quinn, Lewis Black, Dave Attell, Jim Norton, Judy Gold, Ted Alexandro and Jesse Joyce. Giraldo died on Sept. 29, 2010, at the age of 44. Tickets go on sale Saturday, with prices ranging from $61.50 to $224.50 (plus surcharges) and are available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com or 866-858-0008) and at the Beacon Theatre Box Office at 2124...

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HFPA has a funny idea of what constituted a funny movie for 68th annual Golden Globes nominations

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association just announced its nominations for the 68th annual Golden Globes, and perhaps even more so than usual in 2010, these journalists from abroad managed to pervert their sense of good taste to get their favorite big-name celebrities into the ceremonies, to be broadcast Jan. 16, 2011, on NBC. Ricky Gervais is hosting, but alas, he's going to be one of only a few actual comedic actors taking center stage at the Globes next month. That's because the HFPA somehow overlooked many great funny films and TV shows, not only because the Globes lump comedies in with musicals, but also because they nominated movies in the comedy/musical category that were neither comedy nor musical. To wit: Here are the nominees for BEST MOTION PICTURE — COMEDY OR MUSICAL ALICE IN WONDERLAND BURLESQUE THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT RED THE TOURIST The Tourist is supposed to be an action thriller and opened to bad reviews. But it stars Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp, so of course, the HFPA also gave both of them comedy/musical acting nods! Of course. And if they're going to recognize The Kids Are All Right, I'm surprised the Globes didn't find room for another film that made a splash at Sundance, the "controversial" silly comedy I Love You, Phillip Morris. You'd think the rest of the world would say, hey, we're OK...

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Funny face: T.J. Miller explains how he posed for his driver’s license and shows it off to Conan O’Brien

On last night's episode of Conan, comedian/actor T.J. Miller performed stand-up and also did panel chat with Conan O'Brien (you don't need to wait for Johnny Carson's wave in Y2K10, because that's something only old people even remember). For his stand-up, Miller readily acknowledged his love of drinking (and the consequences thereof) before going on to explain how he managed to deliberately get a funny face photographed for his California driver's license. Then he proved it wasn't just a bit by showing off the license to O'Brien, Andy Richter and the TV audience. Also: Don't dare Miller to prove how much he knows about giraffes. Because he knows. Oh, he knows. Roll the clip! Related: You can see TJ this month in the big-screen live/animated adaptation of Yogi Bear. Back in 2009, he landed his role in the movie by filming a screen test of himself with a live bear. You can see TJ Miller interact with a live bear...

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