Day: May 4, 2011

American fans of British sitcoms to get whole new block of TV to enjoy via BBC America

BBC America announced today that it'll launch a two-hour comedy block on Saturday nights this summer full of UK comedies — it's not Must-See TV Thursdays (that's NBC), it's "Ministry of Laughs." The block from 10 p.m. to midnight Saturdays, starting June 18, will include Come Fly With Me, an airport mocumentary from Little Britain's Matt Lucas and David Walliams; Friday Night Dinner, Robert Popper's (Look Around You) latest project about a Jewish family that gets together weekly. Earlier parts of the block will include new seasons of The Graham Norton Show and The Inbetweeners. BBC Worldwide America's Perry Simon said: "There's nothing quite like British comedy and since joining last year one of my key ambitions has been to showcase the very best of it here on BBC America. In the early days of the channel, The Office broke the mold and virtually reinvented television comedy on both sides of the Atlantic. Ministry of Laughs will deliver a new generation of talented actors, writers and creators who are taking British comedy to a whole new place, and the brilliant Graham Norton Show is the perfect launch pad for this effort." In related news, the network also announced premiere dates for new seasons of That Mitchell & Webb Show (Oct. 1, 2011), The Thick of It (Nov. 12, 2011), Katy Brand's Big Ass Show (Jan. 7, 2012) and Peep...

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How’d you like to see and hear some impersonations from Mike O’Gorman?

What's this? Mike O'Gorman, who has provided voices for Comedy Central's Ugly Americans, and had on-camera roles in Delocated and The Onion News Network, has decided to showcase several of his celebrity impersonations. Let's roll the clip!   Spoiler alert: His YouTube tags include Christian Bale, Javier Bardem, Ricky Gervais, Morrissey, Ving Rhames, Johnny Cash, Pierce Brosnan, "Kevin" from The Office, Tim Curry, Andre the Giant, George Takei, John Boehner, Optimus Prime, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sir Paul McCartney, Harry Shearer, Albert Finney, Sam Elliot, Jay Baruchel, Liam Gallagher, Bobby Jindal, Werner Herzog, Ray Winstone, Jon Lovitz and Patrick Warburton. Oh, and Obi Wan Kenobi and Emperor Palpatine, which should satisfy you nerds: May the Fourth be with you. If you like what you see and hear, you can also tune in to O'Gorman's webseries, Tiny Apartment, on which he stars with Jessie Cantrell and Pat...

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Why is The Awl so ignorant about comedy?

The Awl, the blog founded by former editors of Gawker, put out press releases when they launched a spin-off called Splitsider, proudly proclaiming there weren't any comedy sites on the Internet. I know. Really?!?! You'd think since then, they'd at least become a little more curious as online reporters when it comes to comedy. Not that what they do necessarily constitutes reporting or journalism. But yesterday, Choire Sicha wrote another lazy piece of linkbait headlined, "Why Aren't Gays Funny?" I know. Really?!?! Just by putting a link, I've contributed to his linkbait success. Brilliant Los Angeles stand-up and character comedian James Adomian — whom I profiled in 2009, and who appeared on the 2010 season of NBC's Last Comic Standing — offers a fine rebuttal in the comments and on his Tumblr. So please allow me to heart and reblog Adomian's reply… "Why Aren't Gays Funny?" So asks the title of this searing expos√© from N.Y. culture blog The Awl, which I read tonight after performing standup at a gay bar here in L.A. Maybe I‚Äôm not the right guy to answer that question, but perhaps I can ask a better one: why aren‚Äôt media gatekeepers like Choire Sicha aware of what‚Äôs going on with gays in comedy these days? We‚Äôll give Choire the benefit of the doubt and assume that he is gay (and merely confused about comedy, given his...

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UPDATE: FX revises remaining airdates for FOX sitcom “Running Wilde”

After only one week at 10 p.m. Thursdays, FX has decided to burn off the remaining episodes of freshman FOX sitcom Running Wilde only once per week, late-night weekends. Episode 11, "Alienated," will air at 11 p.m. EDT/PDT on Friday, May 6. Epsiode 12, "The Pre-Nup," will air at 11 p.m. Saturday, May 14. Episode 13, "Basket Case," will air at 11 p.m. Saturday, May 21. The series starred Will Arnett, Keri Russell and Peter Serafinowicz, with a featured role for David Cross. But this venture from Arrested Development's Mitchell Hurwitz didn't capture the same magic with audiences, and FOX pulled it from the network primetime schedule in November. Related: My open letter to FOX in October asking the network to give Running Wilde a...

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