Day: August 1, 2011

BET halts production on “The Mo’Nique Show”; indefinite hiatus

In a statement this afternoon, BET announced the “indefinite hiatus” and end to its late-night talk show, The Mo’Nique Show.  The next “new” episode airs on Tuesday at 11 p.m. with two weeks remaining on the schedule. But that’s that. “Mo’Nique Hicks and ‘The Mo’Nique Show’ are important to the BET Networks family and we look forward to continuing our relationship with her,” said the BET statement obtained by the Los Angeles Times. Mo’Nique had an Academy Award when her show debuted on cable two years ago. As the raw data showed, however, by May 2011, Mo’Nique’s show —...

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Reggie Watts on the sounds you make for Nando’s chicken

Chicken restaurant chain Nando’s — known in the States as Nando’s Peri Peri — hired Reggie Watts to explore, and to let you explore, the sounds you might make just thinking about Nando’s. What’s more, they’ve created a beatbox factory called Nando’s Noise where you can mix several beats laid down by Watts along with your own. Nice. I think I’m leaving it up in the background just to make my typing feel cooler. Roll the...

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FunFunFun Fest announces music and comedy acts for 2011

More and more music festivals are adding comedians into the mix, and November’s FunFunFun Fest in Austin, Texas, is another example of such. The lineup for the four stages at FFF 2011 — Nov. 4-6 — were announced today, with the prospect of additional names to be added. Here’s a look at the Yellow Stage, which offers comedic elements of stand-up, improv, storytelling, contests and more. Reggie Watts, Brian Posehn, the UCB TourCo, Ali Wong, Neal Brennan, Louis Katz are among those already slated to perform this fall. Note: Donald Glover also is performing on another stage during FFF...

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Choice quotes from Andy Kindler’s State of the Industry 2011

Andy Kindler carried his notes plus the book “How to be Funny” under his right arm — “It’s a classic!” Kindler told The Comic’s Comic as he walked into the Grand Salon of the Montreal Hyatt to deliver his 2011 State of the Industry address to the Just For Laughs Comedy Conference. After an introduction from Paul F. Tompkins, who teased Kindler and the crowd, the comedian launched into an hour-plus address that included bits from his touring act as well as several barbs specially written for his annual speech. I’ll spare you the time and get straight to some...

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