Day: April 7, 2011

Ron Artest: Stand-up comedian? NBA star to host two nights of comedy this summer at Carolines

Anything Shaq can do, Ron Artest can do better? Well, that remains to be seen, but Artest sure seems willing to give live comedy a try, as the Los Angeles Laker will spend at least two nights after the 2010-11 NBA season ends this summer hosting stand-up (and performing, too!) at Carolines on Broadway in New York City. Ron Artest: The Ultimate Comedy Tour, will play Carolines on July 15-16, 2011. Tickets are now on sale via the club's site. No word yet on what comedians will be helping Artest fill out the bill, but the eccentric headline-grabbing basketball star certainly won't lack for things to say or do onstage. Artest is a Queens native who played college hoops at St. John's. He's in his 13th NBA season and second with the Lakers. Last summer, Artest co-hosted one of Jamie Foxx's Foxxhole Radio Comedy benefit shows in Los Angeles. And last month, Artest released a rap single, "Go Loco," featuring among others, comedian George Lopez. Look out, Shaq! Shaquille O'Neal, of course, is not only a former Laker and current player for the Boston Celtics, but also has hosted and sat in the front row for multiple years of Shaquille O'Neal All Star Comedy Jam specials that also have aired on...

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Showtime orders 12 episodes of “House of Lies,” with Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell and Ben Schwartz

Showtime has picked up two more original series, and one of them is a comedy, House of Lies, that stars Kristen Bell and co-stars comedian Ben Schwartz! Production on the first 12-episode season will begin this summer. Here's a quote from Schwartz via his Rejected Jokes Tumblr, which you should be reading, liking and reblogging: "In unbelievably exciting news, House of Lies – the comedy pilot I‚Äôm in alongside Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell, Josh Lawson and a slew of other amazing actors, has been picked up for a full season on Showtime! Everyone involved in this show — the cast, producers, director, writer and executives are so incredibly talented and so much fun to be around, I cannot wait to get started on the series! I truly believe this show is going to be special, can‚Äôt wait for everyone to see it." From the cable network's press release:  HOUSE OF LIES is a half-hour comedy created, written and executive produced by Matthew Carnahan from the hit tell-all book "House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Tell You the Time by Martin Kihn." The new comedy is a scathing look at a self-loathing management consultant from a top-tier firm. Don Cheadle stars as Marty, a highly-successful and cutthroat consultant who is never above using any means (or anyone) necessary to get his way with and for his clients.  Kristen Bell (Veronica...

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What will FX’s “The League” do if the NFL lockout continues into fall and impacts the 2011 season?

As the NFL lockout continues into the spring, what will its impact be on the third season of FX sitcom The League, which is set to return this fall with or without football? The whole series revolves around a group of guys and a woman who compete in fantasy football. So I asked two of The League's stars, the husband-wife team of Mark Duplass and Katie Aselton, on the red carpet for The Comedy Awards. Duplass' film, Cyrus, received four nominations for The Comedy Awards, which airs April 10, 2011 on Comedy Central and several other Viacom networks.   In related news, the couple's comedic co-stars from The League – Paul Scheer, Nick Kroll, Jon Lajoie and Stephen Rannazzisi — all will be performing stand-up live at Bonnaroo this June in Manchester,...

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On Ferguson: Marc Maron’s need for human contact leads to TSA pat-downs and sexually acting out

On Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson last night, Marc Maron — whom you know now as a popular comedy podcast interviewer via WTF with Marc Maron (a new live episode from Brooklyn featuring Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, Chuck Klosterman, Sarah Vowell and Eric Drysdale is out today) — talked about how being separated from society by technology has prompted him to seek out human contact. That's as true for his airport TSA pat-down as it is for his decision to "date aggressively" since his second divorce. It all fascinated Ferguson so much, he asked Maron to sit down and tell him more about his recent sexual conquests, and what it's like to date a dominatrix. They also discuss their stories about going to Australia, as Maron is preparing to perform in Melbourne. Hopefully it goes a lot better than the first time he went Down Under 20 years ago. Roll the clip!...

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