Month: August 2011

2011 New York Television Festival includes late-night panel, world premiere of Marc Maron’s WTF pilot, more!

The New York Television Festival has unveiled its schedule for Sept. 20-24, 2011, and, aside from the traditional sneak peek premieres of several new fall TV series, the NYTVF also will include a late-night writers panel hosted by SNL’s Jason Sudeikis, as well as the world premiere of Marc Maron’s independent pilot based on his WTF podcast. Here are the comedy highlights. Find out more and get tickets via the NYTVF site. Tuesday, September 20 7 PM: FOX Red-Carpet Premiere of Allen Gregory, SVA Theatre: 333 West 23rd Street World premiere of Allen Gregory, the new animated sitcom from co-creator, executive producer and...

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Is Katt Williams pulling an Andy Kaufman prank, or is his career just taking a seriously weird turn?

Ever since Katt Williams announced he was “retiring” from stand-up comedy, he still has managed to pop up in the headlines from time to time, but never for good news on his part. Arrests. Altercations. Strange incidents. Actually, Williams had been finding himself on the wrong side of the headline and the law even while his career was still going strong — the last time I talked to him face-to-face, after all, he had emerged from a day-and-night-long stint in a New York City jail cell after an arrest over guns that prevented Williams from a guest spot on...

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[Sponsored post] Heineken asks: When is a handlebar mustache appropriate?

There’s a bit Hannibal Buress has about living in Williamsburg and talking to hipsters about handlebar mustaches, and that very much came to my mind as I watched this Heineken Light advertisement. Sadly, Hannibal isn’t in this TV spot. But they do answer the pivotal question about when and where it’s appropriate to sport a handlebar mustache in public. Roll the clip! Our sponsor, Heineken, also allows us behind the scenes to see what they were thinking when they came up with this ad campaign. And how do you grow a handlebar mustache, exactly? Spoiler alert: It helps if...

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Maya Rudolph’s Prince cover band, live in concert

Music fans excited to see the reunion of power-pop band That Dog last weekend in Los Angeles received a bonus treat at the Troubadour, as Maya Rudolph revealed she fronts a Prince cover band called Princess! Now we know that if Fred Armisen had ever faltered in his Saturday Night Live sketches as Prince, that Rudolph could have hopped into the role (instead, she played his sidekick, Beyonce Knowles). You can see a lot more Maya this fall, as she returns to NBC to co-star in the new sitcom Up All Night. Here is fan footage of Maya Rudolph...

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The real story behind fake vomit, & the best SNL sketch about gag gifts

Over at Collectors Weekly, they’ve dug deep into the archives of fake vomit. Or rather, they talked to Stan and Mardi Timm, who collect novelty and gag items, and chronicle them online at Timm Stuff. The Timms told Collectors Weekly all about their knowledge of fake barf and vomit novelties, as well as shared photos from a tour they took of Fun Inc. (formerly H. Fishlove) in Chicago, where they make “Whoops.” Mardi Timm said of the rubber and foam barf: “It is a secret recipe. But I think we know what’s in it. It’s got foam pieces cut...

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