Day: August 26, 2011

Ali Wong joins cast of NBC’s “Are You There Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea”

NBC decided over the summer to change up the cast of 2011-2012 midseason replacement Are You There Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea, and the newest beneficiary of those cast changes is stand-up comedian Ali Wong, just hired to play “Chelsea Handler’s” (Laura Prepon) best friend on the sitcom. Wong’s character, Bianca, will work with “Chelsea” as cocktail waitresses and has been her BFF since childhood. Her character replaces a different best-friend character played by Natalie Morales in the pilot. Jo Koy’s bartender character has been rewritten for another actor who can play a potential love interest for “Chelsea.” Handler herself...

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On Letterman, Bill Burr jokes about self-improvement, and how dogs mirror human emotions

Bill Burr is and has been one of my favorite stand-up comedians over the past decade. Never afraid to tell you what’s on his mind and take the opposite position from convention wisdom and find a way to make you laugh and agree with it. On last night’s Late Show with David Letterman, Burr argued against ever getting a facelift, while at the same time using the concept of hairplugs to make his case (as he sported a short red beard of his own), joked about how quitting drinking for a few months has not turned out the way...

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On Ferguson, Marina Franklin describes her current and ex-boyfriends

According to the TV schedule, Marina Franklin was supposed to appear on Friday’s episode of Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. But at the last moment on Wednesday night, another guest had to drop out due to illness, and Franklin stepped in to perform her stand-up (which was taped earlier, so no problem there). Fun fact? Franklin knew that guest, Vera Farmiga, from college. As for Franklin’s set, you’ll get to see why women find boyfriends when they’re not looking for one, why she had to kick her ex to the curb, and how she had fun with her...

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