Day: September 13, 2011

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to broadcast from Indianapolis, live after the Super Bowl

Talk about a vote of confidence from the network… NBC announced today that Late Night with Jimmy Fallon — with The Roots and all — will broadcast live from Indianapolis following Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012. The show also will tape episodes in Indianapolis from the Hilbert Circle Theatre to air during its regularly scheduled hours on Wednesday, Feb. 1, through Friday, Feb. 3. The Super Bowl coverage rotates among the networks, and each one usually puts its best and brightest new programming on afterward to benefit from the super-sized national viewing audience that traditionally leaves...

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When female comedians skewer the idea of what it’s like to be a female comedian

It’s not easy being a woman in a male-dominated profession, and comedy is no different. Except that it certainly feels different. Because even when women in comedy are funny and try to make fun of this situation, it can go awry. Like, oh, I don’t know, take today’s offering on Funny or Die, which puts “A Day in the Life of a Female Comedian” on the home page — starring funny comedians Amy Schumer, Nikki Glaser and Jackie Monahan as themselves, being schooled on comedy by the brilliant Maria Bamford. They skewer the gender politics of comedy. Should be...

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Kevin Hart’s “Laugh at My Pain” opens big, best box-office for a stand-up film since 2002

Kevin Hart’s fans turned out for him in the opening weekend of his new stand-up concert film and documentary, Laugh at My Pain, scoring $1.91 million at the box-office. It’s the best opening-weekend performance for a stand-up comedy movie since Martin Lawrence Live: RunteldatĀ pulled in $7.37 million in August 2002. But to put Hart’s performance into even more perspective, his film finished 13th overall nationwide last weekend (Sept. 9-11). Screening in only 98 locations. Which averages $19.474 per theater. That toppled Nick Swardson’s heavily promoted new comedy, Bucky Larson: Born to Be A Star, which only drew $1.42 million...

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