Day: February 14, 2011

Roseanne Barr’s dispatches from her Hawaiian nut farm, first a book, now a Lifetime TV series

The Lifetime network liked what it saw of Roseanne Barr's new life and book, and ordered 16 half-hour episodes of an untitled "docu-series" about this new chapter in her life running a 40-acre macadamia and livestock farm on Hawaii's big island. Her series is currently untitled, but will air later in 2011. Quotes from the press release: ‚ÄúRoseanne Barr is an undeniable force of nature and the idea of following her in this unique premise excited us from the get-go,‚Äù said Lifetime's Nancy Dubuc. ‚ÄúRoseanne is funny and brutally-honest, and our audience will relate to her decision to go on this adventure and create an entirely new life for herself. We are thrilled she will make her long-awaited return to television on Lifetime.‚Äù Roseanne added: ‚ÄúI‚Äôm coming back down to earth, and keeping it real. They‚Äôve said ‚ÄòRoseanne‚Äôs nuts‚Äô for years, and now I‚Äôm going to make that a reality ‚Äì I‚Äôm all about nuts now, macadamia nuts!‚Äù The untitled Roseanne Barr series is produced by 3 Ball Productions/Eyeworks USA and Full Moon & High Tide Productions, with Roseanne Barr, JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson, Brant Pinvidic, and Steven Greener on board as executive producers, and  Jake Pentland as producer....

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Tickets now on sale for off-Broadway run of Mike Birbiglia’s “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend”

Tickets have gone on sale for Mike Birbiglia's next off-Broadway production, My Girlfriend's Boyfriend. Here's the official blurb: In Mike Birbiglia‚Äôs My Girlfriend's Boyfriend, Mike shares a lifetime of romantic blunders and miscues that most adults would spend a lifetime trying to forget. On this painfully honest journey, Birbiglia struggles to find reason in an area where it may be impossible to find — love. Tickets cost $35.50 for preview performances (March 18-30), then go up to $49.50 for shows from March 31 through May...

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On Valentine’s Day: Maron, Delaney, Klausner, The Axis of Awesome, Weinbach and Kasher

Calling all romantics. It's Valentine's Day today, and some comedians are ready to help and serve you with advice both real and really funny. Marc Maron wrote an essay for the New York Post about how all men can learn from his past mistakes. Stick with chocolate and flowers, please. "Another thing, you might be tempted to get something cute and creative, like a cool rock, a daisy, an ironic vinyl record and a card you made out of a diner menu and used Metrocards. This is only okay if you are 14 to 25 (or emotionally that old)." Rob Delaney has a few choice words for Funny or Die about the day, and his dream date: Jennifer Hudson. If you wrote in to The A.V. Club looking for advice today, then Julie Klausner has some for you. The Axis of Awesome knows that even down under, it's still Valentine's Day, and what better time to teach you how to write a love song:   When you think of romantic men, the first two names to pop up were Moshe Kasher and Brent Weinbach. Obvs. This short film on dating etiquette has a 25% funny rating! Which means three out of every four people have no idea what's going on here....

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Lewis Black, The Daily Show, Jimmy Fallon’s TV band among this year’s Grammy winners

Did you win a Grammy Award last night? Probably not. But you know who did win at the 53rd annual Grammys… Lewis Black's Stark Raving Black won Best Comedy Album. His fellow nominees were Margaret Cho, Kathy Griffin, Flight of the Conchords and Robin Williams. It's Black's second Grammy. He won previously in 2007 for The Carnegie Hall Performance. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Audiobook) Jon Stewart (With Samantha Bee, Wyatt Cenac, Jason Jones, John Oliver & Sigourney Weaver) won for Best Spoken Word Album, beating out Craig Ferguson, Sarah Silverman, Michael J. Fox, Carol Burnett and Woody Allen. And The Roots took home trophies for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance with John Legend for "Hang In There," a piece of Best R&B Song for "Shine," and Best R&B Album. But don't tell them to quit their day job just yet, because everyone loves hearing and seeing The Roots five nights a week on Late Night with Jimmy...

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