Day: May 4, 2011

Jerry Seinfeld finally launching personal website, with old video clips curated by Seinfeld

This is the holding home page for Jerry Seinfeld's personal site, set to debut on May 6, 2011. Why wait so long to have his own page online? Here's what Seinfeld, now 57, told The New York Times: ‚ÄúI really thought, ‚ÄòWhere‚Äôs my stuff going to be when I‚Äôm dead?‚Äô Is it just gone for all time? Who could sift through it? I thought, I should filter this out and be the judge of what I thought was good.‚Äù And so he has. Each day, the site will offer a selection of three old video clips hand-picked by Seinfeld, plus links to his tour dates and a mission statement. Speaking of old video clips, here is perhaps the earliest, from his 1977 appearance on a show called Celebrity Cabaret. Coincidentally, the clip features the joke Seinfeld talks about in the new HBO special Talking Funny with Chris Rock, Louis CK and Ricky Gervais — the joke about the Roosevelt Island tram and how Seinfeld imagined NYC next building a rollercoaster in "the ghetto." Roll it....

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How do you get renewed by Comedy Central? Win your timeslot with men aged 18-24!

Comedy Central's series tend to come and go, but Workaholics will get to stick around for another year, earning a 10-episode second season today from the cable network. How'd they do it? Since premiering a month ago, Workaholics has been #1 in its timeslot (10:30 p.m. Wednesdays) in all TV for men aged 18-24, according to Comedy Central and Nielsen Media Research. The series has averaged 1.2 million total viewers during its first four episodes. Tosh.0 similarly has succeeded by becoming Comedy Central's most popular show among young male viewers. And compared to Nick Swardson's Pretend Time, which is in a time-out, Workaholics beats it by almost a half-million viewers over all ages, and by .3 ratings points in adults 18-49. From the network's press release, a couple of quotes: "It's not only gratifying to know the audience for 'Workaholics' has grown week-by-week, but also rewarding to see how the show is changing the way people live and work," said Comedy Central's Kent Alterman. "Pretty soon, our national productivity will be so low, we will all have more leisure time." ‚ÄúOur parents think it‚Äôs ‚Äòvery tight butthole‚Äô that they don't have to pay our rent any longer,‚Äù said the series stars Blake Anderson, Adam Devine, Anders Holm and director Kyle Newacheck, who formed the Internet sketch group Mail Order Comedy before turning their online videos into TV's Workaholics. ‚ÄúWe couldn't agree...

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Former President George W. Bush reacts to Osama bin Laden’s death, as only Will Ferrell could put it

Why is former President George W. Bush making an official announcement about Osama bin Laden while serving himself food from a buffet restaurant? Oh, wait. It's Will Ferrell from Funny or Die. OK. It all makes sense now. Let's proceed. Fun facts for you comedy nerds: This is co-written by Adam McKay and new FoD hire Chris Kelly. Also cameos by Billy Merritt and Colton Dunn. Roll the clip!...

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Steve Martin grants Conan O’Brien’s wish to do “Dueling Banjos” while talking bluegrass

It's a bit jarring to see Conan O'Brien without his beard, which is weird, because he only had it for about a year since his break from NBC (and then also during the WGA strike). On Conan's first full night back to being clean-shaven, he welcomed Steve Martin to his TBS late-night show. Martin delighted with stories about his new bluegrass album, making a movie about competitive bird-watching, and also granting O'Brien's wish to compete in "Dueling Banjos." Of course, there was a catch. A funny, offbeat catch. The whole chat and performance is in this clip. Roll it!...

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