Day: March 13, 2012

George Lopez eyes return to TV with syndicated sitcom deal

George Lopez is in the midst of a national stand-up comedy tour that runs through the summer — he has four shows over two nights this weekend (March 16-17, 2012) at Best Buy Theater in Times Square — but he has his sights on a return to the small screen for years to come. Lopez is making plans with Debmar-Mercury to develop a family sitcom to shop to cable channels, under the same 10-90 plan that has been successful for Tyler Perry with TBS, and this year for Charlie Sheen with FX. The 10-90 plan has a network sign...

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Goodbye, Atom.com. Hello, CC:Studios

Comedy Central has begun consolidating its various digital entities, and that means switching domain names of Atom.com and Jokes.com to fall under the main Comedy Central umbrella. Up first, CC: Studios — which has taken all of the various web series and “viral” video candidates that had appeared on Atom.com — and placed them here: http://www.comedycentral.com/cc-studios/ Look for the future of new content to be more heavily connected with the network brand. If you look at the top of the page, where there is a drop-down menu for “MORE SITES,” you’ll notice that one of the options is CC: STAND-UP....

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Seattle’s Adam Norwest wins CMT’s 2012 Next Big Comic contest

Adam Norwest, a Seattle comedian who began performing improv at the tender age of 13, has won CMT’s 2012 edition of its Next Big Comic contest. Here is his victory video. Congrats! Roll it! The contest, held in partnership with Rooftop Comedy, relies solely on online voting. This year Norwest was competing with fellow finalists Andy Beningo, Dave Stone, Kelly Collette, Tim Wilkins, Felicia Gillespie, Chris Pennie, Shane Mauss, Lance Weiss, Andy Pitz, Tom Simmons and Steve Gillespie. Here is his official contest video. Check out some jokes from CMT”s Next Big Comic, Adam...

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Industry opportunities in sketch comedy, TV screenwriting and radio

A few deadlines coming up this spring that offer comedians the opportunity for greater glory on the small screen. First up, a televised sketch comedy competition?! Yes. And it’s called The Biggest Laugh, brought to “a major broadcast network” soon by executive producers Jack Black and Joel Gallen, Tenth Planet, Sony Pictures Television and Black’s Electric Dynamite. Groups will compete in front of celebrity judges through live and pre-taped challenges, with big cash prizes at stake. Interested? Please submit two links of pre-existing original sketches that best represent your group — Links only, no large video files via email. Deadline: April...

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Watch Whitney Cummings take off her stockings for Howard Stern

Whitney Cummings, creator and star of her NBC sitcom, Whitney, (as well as co-creator of the new CBS hit, 2 Broke Girls) was on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM program again this morning. And before the interview even really started, Stern asked her to take off her pantyhose. So she did. I don’t even know where to start with this. So. Presented without comment (I’ll let you weigh in on this, if you dare). Roll the...

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