Month: January 2012

Austin’s live venues to host inaugural Moontower Comedy Festival in April

Austin hosts plenty of festivals that keep the city weird with live music, films and comedy. SXSW is the biggest and most well-known. There’s also the Fun Fun Fun Fest. But comedy always is the sideshow to the music. Comedy earns its own place in the sun this April as the Austin Theatre Alliance will put on the inaugural Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival, with live shows (and comedy film screenings) from April 25-28, 2012. “We are so thrilled to be able to bring a world-class comedy festival to Austin, a city that has a premium on funny and...

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Joan Rivers vs. Chelsea Handler on Howard Stern

We’re barely a month into the year, and already, 2012 is shaping up to be the year that comedian-on-comedian catfighting becomes a serious issue. In this latest “bout,” we find Chelsea Handler and Joan Rivers trading insults about each other on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM program. Handler fired the first shot on Stern’s show at Rivers, saying: “Joan Rivers gets up and she’s like, I’d like to thank Chelsea Handler for giving me a career in comedy (mock laughing), and congratulations on your stage, Chelsea, because I don’t even have a dressing room. And I’m like, fuck off!” Rivers appeared in Stern’s...

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Tom Shillue shares a weekly “Funny Story” with guests and listeners on Sirius XM

If you’re on the satellite radio tip, then please remember these Tuesdays to set aside some time at 5 p.m. Eastern to hear Tom Shillue’s new weekly show on Sirius XM’s Laugh USA channel, “Funny Story.” It launched Jan. 10 with guest Jim Gaffigan. The Daily Show‘s Aasif Mandvi sat down with Shillue last week. Upcoming guests include Late Night with Jimmy Fallon‘s head writer, A.D. Miles. Says Shillue: “There is nothing better than sitting around with friends, telling and listening to funny stories.” Or actually, listen to him explain it for himself, with a clip from Jim Gaffigan...

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Bridesmaids, Midnight in Paris score multiple Oscar nominations

Happy news for comedy fans this morning as the Academy Awards, 84th annual edition, bestowed nominations to some of your favorite comedians and funny films of 2011. And that’s not counting some of the more lighthearted fare receiving serious recognition, too (looking at you, The Artist, Jonah Hill in Moneyball, and per usual, the animated feature film selections). OK. So, first and foremost, in the supporting actress category, Melissa McCarthy earned a nomination for her scene-stealing work in Bridesmaids! Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig’s screenplay made the cut, too. Midnight in Paris is one of the nine finalists for Best...

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