Day: October 5, 2011

Highlights from the 2011 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Want to see some of the comedians who performed at the 2011 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival? I talked to them about what makes Mirman’s festival so special, and asked them to read their bios that Mirman had written for them in the festival program. Fun times. You’ll learn a fun fact or two about Mirman, too! Oh. And did I mention that I brought a crew from My Damn Channel along to film it? So this is my first chance to introduce you to My My Damn Channel Channel. Hot damn! Roll the clip! There were other highlights from...

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Progressively funny: How Ben & Jerry’s ice cream picks its comedy flavors

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield — the Ben & Jerry of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream — stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon again last night to talk up fair trade and allow Fallon to “flog his flavor” in his ongoing friendly competition with Stephen Colbert. Roll the clip. Fallon’s Late Night Snack. Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream. Saturday Night Live‘s Schweddy Balls. Ben & Jerry’s has been on a funny run in the past four years, which is a departure from their longer-standing relationship with jam bands and popular flavors like Cherry Garcia and Phish Food. Have Ben...

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Future of “The Simpsons” in doubt; hundreds of millions of dollars at stake

Could this be the final season of The Simpsons? The animated FOX sitcom, currently in its 23rd season, finds itself in another tough round of salary negotiations with its voice actors, with 20th Century Fox Television asking the cast to take a 45% pay cut to renew their contracts. That’s from $8 million a year to a little more than $4 million. The cast responded with an offer to cut their salaries by 30% in exchange for a cut of the back-end profits. But ratings are down 14%, and 20th Century Fox Television put out this statement, saying the show’s...

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From late-night TV to the high seas: George Lopez named Carnival’s “Creative Director for Comedy”

George Lopez has found a new gig to replace his late-night TV show on TBS, and it sends him cruising? Carnival Cruise Lines announced this week that it had hired Lopez to become the line’s “comedy curator,” and will rebrand its Punchliner Comedy Clubs as Punchliner Comedy Clubs Presented by George Lopez, with the first one debuting on the 2,974-passenger Carnival Liberty later this month. Here’s Lopez at the Carnival press conference on Monday: Here’s the deal: Lopez will consult on the vetting and hiring of comedic talent for the line’s existing fleetwide comedy clubs. So if you’re a comic used...

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