Day: June 30, 2011

Joke-theft case involving gold-digging book, Wayans brothers, moves closer to federal trial

If you take one of your writing assistant's ideas and turn it into your own, you just might be a gold-digger. No? That's not a Jeff Foxworthy line, nor even my line, but the line Jared Edwards is using (so to speak) in his federal case against three of the Wayans brothers — Keenan Ivory, Shawn and Marlon — alleging they stole his jokes and idea for what would become their 2009 book, 101 Ways to Know You're a Golddigger. The Wayans brothers also published similar books titled 101 Ways to Know It's Time to Get Out of Your Mama's House and 150 Ways to Tell if You're Ghetto. Edwards, who worked for the Wayans brothers for a decade, filed suit shortly after the book hit stores and shelves in 2009. It's slated to go to federal trial proceedings on July 12, 2011. Via THR,...

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Dom Irrera on Craig Ferguson chat about Philly’s best cheesesteaks and Montreal’s Just For Laughs fest

Sure, Dom Irrera showed up on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson last night so he could crack some jokes about ads for ice-cold beer and his relative who is an ignorant racist, but Irrera and Ferguson also had some time for panel chat, too. Ferguson asked Irrera, as a Philadelphia guy, whether he could solve the rivalry between Pat's and Geno's cheesesteaks, and whether he has brushed up on his French — since both Irrera and Ferguson will be performing in Montreal at the end of July for the Just For Laughs comedy festival. Roll the clip!  ...

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Raw video of the day: The FEC approves Stephen Colbert’s Super PAC

Argue all you want over whether Jon Stewart is a politician, but Stephen Colbert most definitely is. Or should I say, "Stephen Colbert," the character Colbert portrays on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report. This morning in Washington, D.C., the Federal Elections Commission officially voted to grant his request to form a Super Political Action Committee (or Super PAC). Here's the raw video, provided by the Associated Press, as the FEC approves Colbert and then Colbert hands in his paperwork. Roll it!   Need background on this? On last night's episode of The Colbert Report, Colbert explains what he planned to do with his Super PAC, after the U.S. Supreme Court gave the OK for Super PACs to produce independent political advertising…   The separate votes by the FEC gave Colbert's Super PAC a narrow window within which to work, because he works for and on a TV network. He gets an exemption for any ads produced for and shown on his own program. Anything produced by Viacom (Comedy Central's parent) cannot be shown elsewhere — even on Comedy Central — unless the Super PAC discloses those costs. And here was the raw video of Colbert addressing fans outside the FEC building today. You can be sure he'll also have something more to say on Comedy Central tonight. For now, roll it....

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On Conan, watch Jon Dore and Rory Scovel perform stand-up comedy together, yet separately

Love. Love. Love this. Jon Dore and Rory Scovel are two of my favorite stand-up comedians today who love to play with the rules of comedy and then chuck them out the proverbial window. One thing they do that few others do is perform together, yet separately, onstage. If you’ve caught it live, it’s something to behold. The duo put on show called The Jory Hour at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood. If you haven’t seen it before, then now you can, thanks to Team Coco, who booked Dore and Scovel on Conan last night. I advise watching it at least three or four times: Once to soak it all in, one time each focusing just on Dore or Scovel, and then once more to marvel at it again. Roll the...

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Yanks vs. Brits all over again, but this time it’s for BBC America’s Ministry of Laughs and WitStream

It’s the Fourth of July Weekend (almost) and even closer to Canada Day (for you Canadians), and it’s Thursday in the U.K., so why not celebrate with a good ol’ fashioned new-media battle of the wits from across the pond? To celebrate its new “Ministry of Laughs” comedy block of TV programming, BBC America is partnering up with WitStream.com today for Yanks Vs. Brits, a real-time roast playing out over WitStream and Twitter. The Yanks include: @shanecomedy @JamesUrbaniak @mrdavehill @friedmanjon @anylaurie16 @Randazzoj @michaelianblack & @adamfelber The Brits include: @TonyCowards @suddain @kellyoxford @mattkirshen & @cmb If you miss it today, they’ll regroup for two more sessions this summer: Airline Joke-Off Saturday, July 16, 2011 6PM PT | 9PM ET (2AM BST on July 17th) Frequently funny frequent flying comedians will wax on tweeting about airline food, annoying passengers, crap conditions and more. Oy! and Oi! Saturday, July 30, 2011 6PM PT | 9PM ET (2AM BST on July 31st)                     From Mazel tov to Marmite – comedians from both traditions mix it up, tweeting about their own hilarious takes on food and...

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