Month: May 2011

Earwolf network expands again, adding The Apple Sisters and Bob Ducca to its podcast rotation

Earwolf debuted a new online home page and design over the holiday weekend, and this week welcomes two new additions to its rotation of comedy podcasts: The Apple Sisters, plus Affirmation Nation with Bob Ducca. Each Monday, The Apple Sisters — Candy, Cora and Seedy Apple — bring you all of the great radio shows from the 1940s to help support the boys of WWII. Their first episode, "Our First Time," will learn you all about the girls "and their favorite firsts," as well as a visit from an extra special guest, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Affirmation Nation with Bob Ducca (aka Seth Morris), described as "Earwolf's stepfather," comes complete with plenty of life lessons to share. Earwolf says Ducca will contribute daily insight Mondays-Fridays, unless something new comes up in Ducca's life to distract him. His first episode, "Hand Putty," is online now. The redesign also includes two new features: Yourcast, wherein other podcasters can buy listings in the directory to support Earwolf while promoting their own shows; and On Tour, wherein fans can find out when and where the many performers in the Earwolf network will be performing at a venue near them. Welcome videos from both new podcasters after the jump! Get to know them, in case you're not familiar with them already…  ...

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In other news from before Memorial Day Weekend…

In case you missed it because you were holiday weekending or I was planning and executing a move of The Comic's Comic HQ (now conveniently located in the heart of New York City's comedian's comedians: Astoria, Queens), here are some things that happened in the world of comedy last week. And what did Lisa Lampanelli do to gay men this time that made her have to pay up big time? Let's recap the rest of the comedy news… Comedy Central will have an online presence at this year's Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in what has traditionally become the muddiest, hippiest part of Tennessee each June. ComedyCentral.com gains exclusive rights to distribute stand-up performances from the fest, happening from June 9-12, 2011, including a three-hour show on the final night, "Comedy Central Live @ The Bonnaroo Comedy Theater" at http://www.comedycentral.com/bonnaroo. Spike TV announced the network would reward Jim Carrey with "The Funniest M.F. Award" at this year‚Äôs ‚ÄúGuys Choice‚Äù bash. Previous winners include Will Ferrell, Steve Carell and most recently, Chris Rock. The telecast tapes June 4 and airs June 10 on Spike at 9 p.m. Eastern and Pacific. Lisa Lampanelli had the last laugh on the Westboro Baptist Church, which recently sent its membership out to protest and picket her show earlier this month in Topeka, Kan. Lampanelli pledged to donate $1,000 to the Gay Men's Health Crisis for...

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Outtakes: Chris Rock’s 1989 bit about finding God

Here's a treat for you. In this previously unseen clip from the cutting-room floor of the 1989 documentary about then up-and-coming comedian Chris Rock, the stand-up is seen at the Comic Strip Live joking about "finding God" and how different religions try to recruit new followers. Notice how Rock already has several of his mannerisms in place, among them his poise, confidence and delivery. Bonus fun fact: Judah Friedlander was behind the camera on this. Roll the clip!   For more, watch the documentary, Who's Chris Rock?, by Mike...

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From the archives of Mitch Hedberg: A relaunched site with his written notebooks, clips and more

If you haven't visited the website for the late, great Mitch Hedberg recently, then today would be a perfect day to do so. Recently relaunched by his widow, comedian Lynn Shawcroft, the Mitch Hedberg site boasts a wealth of information — not just old stuff, but also previously unreleased video clips, jokes and views of handwritten pages from his personal joke notebooks. Here's one such joke: How to get to space. Build a ladder, don‚Äôt stop until you can jump off and not fall down. -MH Coincidentally, Sirius XM satellite radio is celebrating Hedberg this weekend. Today on Sirius XM Raw Dog Ch. 99, the channel will present an exclusive concert from the Mitch Hedberg personal archives. Air times: 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Friday, May 27; 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday, May 28. Then, on STORYTIME WITH Mark Says Hi! : Tribute to Mitch Hedberg, "It‚Äôs a very special hour as Mitch‚Äôs wife Lynn, his friends comedians Doug Stanhope, Mike Birbiglia and Rob Cantrell open up Mitch‚Äôs personal notebook‚Ķtake a look inside‚Ķand a loving look back at the late great Mitch Hedberg." Air times: 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, May 27; 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday, May 28. Clips after the jump! Watch Shawcroft open up about Mitch, as Doug Stanhope notes he got cut out of Mitch's feature film, Los Enchilados, and how Stanhope and...

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Eugene Mirman vs. Time Warner Cable

Eugene Mirman has a history of troubles with Time Warner Cable, mostly dealing with moving and having it installed at the proper date and time. You know how that goes. I'd certainly have something to say, but I haven't had any issues with TWC and I'm moving this weekend, so why start now? Right? Right. But Mirman decided the only way to get Time Warner Cable to hear his complaints about their service would be to take out full-page ads in the local papers. Not the Times, nor the Post, nor the Daily News. But it's in this week's editions of the New York Press and Greenpoint Gazette if you want to pick up your collectible copy of this open letter in print. You also can see and hear Mirman talk about the letter in this clip from earlier this week, when Mirman performed live for listeners of Studio 360. Roll it....

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