Day: July 3, 2012

Nightline profile “Ricky Gervais: King of Unkind Comedy”

In case you missed it last night, ABC’s Nightline profiled Ricky Gervais, calling him the “king of unkind comedy” and introducing the segment by describing him as “hilariously offensive and offensively hilarious.” The profile and interview rehashes the ol’ Golden Globes “controversy” even though everyone’s already over it, then asks about how Gervais employs Karl Pilkington in An Idiot Abroad (as well as on their podcast-turned-animated HBO series, The Ricky Gervais Show), Warwick Davis in Life’s Too Short, as well as the newest Gervais character, Derek. On people hating on Gervais because Derek, he said it didn’t bother him...

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The PIT launches New York City Sketch Festival

Is New York City big enough for two sketch comedy festivals? The question is moot. At least in 2012. As SketchFest NYC announced earlier this year that it would skip a 2012 edition but return in 2013, The People’s Improv Theatre is filling that void, announcing this week that it’s launching its own fest — the New York City Sketch Festival, running Oct. 11-14, 2012, at The PIT. The festival’s mission statement: Over the past fifteen years the comedy community in New York City has grown from humble beginnings to one of the premiere cities for improvisation and sketch...

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Set List, the improvised stand-up show, scores TV deal with Sky Atlantic

After a solid year-plus of experimentation on both sides of the pond, the improvised stand-up show, Set List: Comedy Without a Net, is getting a chance to wow TV viewers with a 14-episode order from Britain’s Sky Atlantic HD. The series begins taping July 4 in London, with additional tapings on the 5th, 10th and 12th there (if you’re in London then, you can get free tickets to attend the tapings). It’ll also tape episodes July 17-18 near San Francisco at the Throckmorton Theatre, head to Montreal for a run at the Just For Laughs comedy festival July 23-28,...

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Back from the dead: HBO orders 4th season of “Eastbound & Down”

The Kenny Powers you knew is dead. Long live Kenny Powers! Wait, what? Despite a seemingly satisfying conclusion to the trilogy story of the comeback of baseball relief pitcher Kenny Powers in season three this spring, HBO confirmed late Monday that it had ordered eight episodes for a fourth season of Eastbound & Down. Producer Adam McKay also confirmed that deals had closed with star Danny McBride and producer Jody Hill, and announced on Twitter: “Eastbound and Down is officially coming back for a 4th season. Couldn’t be happier.” McBride and Hill had described Eastbound & Down as more...

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