Day: March 31, 2011

Ryan Stiles weighs in on Charlie Sheen’s performance on Drew Carey’s Improv-A-Ganza, airing soon on GSN

We knew back in January that Charlie Sheen had joined in the fun during a taping of Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza for GSN in Las Vegas. Right after it happened, Carey himself mentioned it on Twitter, letting everybody know about it: "Charlie Sheen just got on stage with us during our improv show at MGM in Vegas. Hilarious!" Carey then followed that up hours later with another comment: This was barely 10 days before Sheen's partying landed him in the hospital, thereby setting this highly over-publicized trainwreck into motion that put a temporary and perhaps permanent halt to the top-ranked CBS sitcom (and top-ranked show in syndicated reruns, too), Two and a Half Men. And now Sheen is billing himself as a live comedy act, going on a limited tour and even selling out venues as large as New York City's Radio City Music Hall. But back to that night in January. One of the other comedians improvising onstage with Sheen was his castmate on Two and a Half Men, Ryan Stiles. Stiles plays the "half man's" stepfather, Dr. Herb Melnick, and has been a recurring character since the sitcom's second season. During a conference call this afternoon, Stiles weighed in on Sheen's improv performance, which will air April 12, 2011, in the premiere week of Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza on GSN. Stiles said: "It was great. We weren't even sure if...

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Brent Weinbach wins over “Lopez Tonight” audience with self-deprecation, slang and song

If you were to tell me that Brent Weinbach was performing last night on Lopez Tonight, I might have worried about the young man. After all, Weinbach, a past winner of the Andy Kaufman Award, is quite an eclectic performer. The whooping loud crowd in George Lopez's audience might not get him. But Weinbach also is a talented enough stand-up to know that, and he served up a set that hit right from the start by tapping into his past as a substitute teacher in Oakland, Calif., another bit about gangstas, used the word "shnip" to replace a profanity, and even sang Doritos ingredients as Catholic Mass. Well done, sir. Well done. Roll the clip!...

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Mo Mandel performs on Conan

In his first appearance on Conan, comedian Mo Mandel lets us know he's a Jewish American with an Indian name, and that his way of going Hollywood is different from most, as is his way of touring through Europe. Spoiler alert: At the end Conan leans into Mo's ear and says, "Great job! That's hilarious!" Roll the clip!...

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Interview: Glennis McMurray talks about founding G.L.O.C. and celebrating women in comedy

Women in comedy. Let's talk about it. Better yet, let's celebrate it. That's what Glennis McMurray has been doing for the past few months since founding a website called G.L.O.C., as in Gorgeous Ladies Of Comedy, which just moved to a new online address today at TheGLOC.net and celebrates its launch officially tonight with a live show at the 92Y Tribeca in New York City. I spoke with McMurray about her new project. Congrats on the site. So, besides GLOC, what else have you been up to since I Eat Pandas? "I did my solo show, I wrote a solo show that I did at the festival in Charleston. and then I've been working on GLOC since last novemeber, and working on the launch party for the past month. I'm still doing Baby Wants Candy on Saturdays, but this is my biggest time suck." Is there an intentional reference with GLOC to GLOW, the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, or is that subtle, or completely unintentional? "It was kind of the inspiration. Just because I liked the acronym, and GLOC was a fun word to say and I liked it. I have a lot of respect for those ladies, and I'm sure a lot of them are hilarious as well, but there's no wrrestling in our future." I've read your About page for GLOC, but was there a specific moment, show or...

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