Day: April 23, 2012

Your chance to help schedule Montreal’s Just For Laughs in 2012

Is there a comedian you’d absolutely love to see in Montreal this July as part of the 30th anniversary of the Just For Laughs festival? Then not only can you voice your opinion to the JFL programming people, but also get a chance to see that performer(s) for yourself! And if you’re the type of comedian who wants to game the system in your own selfish self-interest (redundancy cynicism conspiracy theory alert!), then you can persuade your friends, family and fans to help give you that big break for which you’ve been waiting. But seriously. Is there someone you...

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Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis gets its own half-hour Comedy Central special

In case you don’t listen to the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast as soon as Earwolf releases a new one to you hounds, then here’s the news as delivered by Scott Aukerman in the third-year finale of CBB: Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis is going a full half-hour! On TV! For Comedy Central! With Tina Fey, Jon Stewart and “Sir Richard Branson”! To air just before The Comedy Awards! OK, I’m paraphrasing. But, great news, huh? “Yeah, not a bad list,” Aukerman said. He directed the special. “Between Two Ferns: A Fairytale of New York,” airs at 8:30 p.m....

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Is this the world’s first robotic stand-up comedian?

First they came for the auto workers, and we said nothing. Then they came for the stand-up comedians, and we said, “Wait, what?” You can’t replace a stand-up comedian with a robot! Or can you? Or can Heather Knight, a “social roboticist” at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, who has developed a small robot with cameras and interactive voice that reacts to cues from its “audience” in comedic form. The Wall Street Journal profiled Knight and her little bundle of joyous wires in this short video. The video report includes more footage of Knight than of her robot, so...

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