Day: August 23, 2011

R.I.P. Jimmy Kimmel’s “Uncle Frank” Potenza

Sad news to report, as Jimmy Kimmel’s real-life “Uncle Frank” Potenza, a former NYPD officer and security guard who worked on camera on Kimmel’s ABC talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live, died today. He was 77. Information about a memorial service is forthcoming. Kimmel’s TV show already had just begun a two-week hiatus, not due back on the air until Sept. 6, 2011, the Tuesday after Labor Day. A message sent out to staff and crew today informed them that “Uncle Frank” passed in the early morning hours Tuesday at Cedars Sinai Hospital “surrounded by his loving family,” adding: “His...

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An exclusive Q&A, red-band trailer and sweepstakes with the cast of “A Good Old Fashioned Orgy”

The folks supporting the new movie, A Good Old Fashioned Orgy (opening Sept. 2, 2011, in a cinema near you!),¬†are conducting a special promotional Web tour with their favorite sites, and it’s now The Comic’s Comic’s turn. Written by Alex Gregory and Peter Hucyk (writers for David Letterman, Larry Sanders and King of the Hill), their directorial debut stars Jason Sudeikis as a guy famous for hosting summer parties for his friends in the Hamptons, who sees his friends starting to settle down and decides to up the ante by throwing “a good old fashioned orgy” on Labor Day...

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Nick Kroll’s 20 tips to better Internet etiquette: It’s in the “Details”

In this month’s Details magazine, comedian/actor Nick Kroll outlined 20 basic tips to improve your social media etiquette. My favorites: 1. Have a real picture of yourself as a profile pic. I need to know what you look like. It’s only fair. If your Facebook photo includes a picture of your significant other, I know that you are seriously codependent. If it is a picture of your baby, I know I’ll have very little to say to you at a dinner party. Also, offer me a few options. If all of your pictures are from the same angle, I...

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Timing: E! signs deal with Ross Mathews as Chelsea Handler lets him guest host, looks to exit

Seems like only a decade ago that viewers first saw a flamboyant chubby kid stealing scenes from Jay Leno’s Tonight Show as “Ross the Intern.” Wait. That was a decade ago? Well, now Ross Mathews is all grown up, slimmed down, but still flamboyant in a suit as a frequent panelist on Chelsea Handler’s late-night talker, Chelsea Lately. Mathews is looking a potentially big upgrade in the next year. The Hollywood Reporter reported this morning that E! had signed Mathews to a talent deal with promises to develop his own talk-show pilot — just as Handler allowed Mathews to...

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David Letterman responds to jihad threat with jokes, jokes, more jokes

In his first show back on the air since a Muslim extremist sympathetic to Al-Qaeda called for jihad and threatened to cut off his tongue, David Letterman used his sharp tongue to make jokes both at his expense as well as the terrorists, unleashing a monologue and a Top 10 about it on last night’s Late Show with David Letterman. Letterman opened his monologue by thanking his audience for serving as his “human shield,” before finding a way to tie the threat back to Jay Leno, then making several jokes about the death of Osama bin Laden, and turning...

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