Day: July 25, 2011

An open letter to everyone regarding media coverage of Dave Chappelle’s comedy “comeback”

Dear members of the mainstream media, gossip sites and bloggers, Your coverage of Dave Chappelle’s comedy “comeback” has grown beyond wearisome and expanded into outright ignorance. Sure, Chappelle had a rough gig Friday night as the closing act of a charity event that had included seven acts over two hours before he even walked onstage at the Seminole Hard Rock — and then he chose to abandon his act when audience members up front heckled him and videotaped him (photo by DJ Irie, who played him offstage almost an hour later). And yes, Chappelle returned to Alonzo Mourning’s Summer Groove gala the next night to make up for it. But everyone seems to be missing the point. For one thing, don’t call it a comeback. Because Dave Chappelle never left comedy. He left Comedy Central. That was in May 2005. By September 2005, he’d launched a nationwide stand-up tour that was still going strong the following summer. I know, because I covered his August 2006 stop in Boston for the Boston Herald, including the fact that ticketholders for that show were warned in explicit terms not to heckle him. When I moved to New York City the following summer, I saw Chappelle making several unannounced drop-in sets at comedy clubs. He has done so ever since, not just in NYC, but also in Los Angeles, San Francisco and anywhere else...

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Your FAQs for the annual Will Ferrell charity golf event have been answered

This photo has been zipping around the Internet today, and for good reason: It’s funny and involves a famous comedian. In this case, Will Ferrell. But what about the golf tournament itself? Where is it? When is it? Why is it? The 18th annual Will Powered Golf Classic and Kinda Humorous Comedy Show happens next month — Aug. 26, 2011 — at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in California. Ferrell also is launching an inaugural Will Powered Invitational at Pebble Beach on Oct. 28-30, 2011. It’s all to raise money for Cancer for College, which Ferrell says “is an organization started by a friend of mine that helps fund college scholarships for cancer survivors. We all know how expensive hospital visits, surgeries and treatments can be. By the time the cancer battle is overcome, getting back on your feet is incredibly difficult. Cancer for College is performing miracles and removing that barrier by providing scholarships.” Here’s more from Ferrell...

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Matt Kirshen explores the parameters of fast-food drive-thrus on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Matt Kirshen performed Friday on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and he wondered aloud about the rules for an overnight drive-thru window at a fast-food restaurant, as well as how they’re applied. After you watch this clip, you’ll wonder, too. I know at the “24-hour” Burger King located just off of my subway stop, they have served people who walked up to the window overnight (not me, honest!), but was that a one-time thing? Things to think about… Roll the...

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BBC America expands Ministry of Laughs with “Would You Rather with Graham Norton”

BBC America announced today that it has ordered 13 episodes of a new comedy game show featuring American comedians and hosted by British chat show host Graham Norton. Would You Rather with Graham Norton will debut later in 2011, inserted into the cable channel’s “The Ministry of Laughs” programming. It’s executive produced by Norton, Graham Stuart and Jim...

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