Month: March 2012

Ron Burgundy announces “Anchorman 2” deal on Conan

Will Ferrell (friend of Conan O’Brien) made a surprise appearance last night on Conan in his “Ron Burgundy” character to make a very special announcement: He’s finally reached a deal with Paramount Pictures to make a sequel to the Anchorman movie. Here’s Ferrell in his stayest classiest San Diegoist to relay the news: Adam McKay will direct and write the script with Ferrell. Co-stars Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner will return. Judd Apatow will produce. Apatow wrote on Twitter: “Anchorman 2 is on! By on I mean it is going to be made. Anchorman 2 is not actually...

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Vote for these categories in the 2012 Comedy Awards

Most of the categories in The Comedy Awards are left up to a select voting committee (disclosure: I’m on that voting board, so how select could it be, right?), but they’ve opened up a few awards for everyone and anyone to vote. So. Here they are. Breakout Performer of the Year: Zooey Deschanel Josh Gad Donald Glover Melissa McCarthy Jason Sudeikis For Best Viral Original (video): Songify This, Winning, by Charlie Sheen Kristen Wiig, 7 Minutes in Heaven, with Mike O’Brien Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: Will Ferrell Drive Recklessly S&!t Girls Say, Episode 1 Funniest Person on...

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On Conan, Moshe Kasher jokes about his intense childhood

Moshe Kasher appeared on Conan last night and told us about a couple of odd things he encountered during his childhood because he grew up with deaf parents. Roll it. Don’t worry about the short set, because Kasher also did a panel segment with Conan O’Brien. If you’d like to check out Kasher’s memoir, Kasher in the Rye, here’s a handy link! If you really want your fill of Moshe Kasher, listen to him talk about his memoir (and his childhood) with Jesse Thorn on...

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Listen to the News Quiz USA programme from the BBC

The BBC’s Radio 4 recently tried out an American version of its long-running News Quiz programme, and you can listen to it (limited time offer!). They had Lewis Black host the pilot, with a panel including Andy Borowitz, Kathleen Madigan, Todd Barry and Ted Alexandro. If enough people like it, we’ll get to hear more episodes of the News Quiz USA, and maybe hear it on our old-timey radios! Listen to News Quiz USA (good until Thursday, March...

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Chris Bliss gives a TED talk about the power of comedy

Over this winter, comedian Chris Bliss delivered a TED talk about comedy and the power it has, particularly when satire is rooted in truth — whether it’s Tina Fey’s impersonation of Sarah Palin or the continued production of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart — to change perceptions and public thinking. “A great piece of comedy is a verbal magic trick,” Bliss says. If you have a few minutes to spare, check out the full talk...

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