Day: July 30, 2012

Showtime renews “Inside Comedy” for 10-episode second season; wither “The Green Room”?

Showtime announced today during the TV Critics Association summer press tour that Inside Comedy had earned a 10-episode second season, which will premiere in January 2013. Among the comedians interviewed by David Steinberg this time around: Ben Stiller, Tina Fey, Judd Apatow, Carol Burnett, Jim Carrey, Albert Brooks and the late Robert Schimmel. If some of those names sound or read as familiar, it’s because they were listed when Showtime originally ordered the first season of Inside Comedy. Foreshadowing? And where, oh where, does this leave the comedian-on-comedian talk show that preceded Inside Comedy? Namely, The Green Room with...

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First look: Montreal’s 2012 New Faces, Characters and Unrepped

For the second consecutive year, Montreal’s Just For Laughs expanded its New Faces concept to include separate showcases for sketch performers (New Faces Characters) and stand-up comedians who do not yet have agents or managers (New Faces Unrepped). NEW FACES CHARACTERS The New Faces Characters show has the feel of a Saturday Night Live audition — instead of performing onstage for Lorne Michaels and a few others, however, these New Faces sketch players faced a large theater audience at Places Des Arts. Well, on the first night, an audience that filled much of the theater save for the front...

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Comedy Central announces roasters for Roseanne

Comedy Central has announced the preliminary roster of comedians and celebrities who’ll line up on the dais for the Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne this coming weekend. The roast tapes Aug. 4, and will debut on the cable network on Aug. 12, 2012. Your comedian roasters are, unsurprisingy, “The Roastmaster” Jeffrey Ross, Amy Schumer and Anthony Jeselnik. Ross is a wily vet of roasts — both Comedy Central and old-school Friars Club varieties — and has his own roast-like series and stand-up special debuting on the network on either side of the Roseanne roast. His one-hour stand-up special, “Jeff Ross Roasts...

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Josh Rabinowitz tapped as Apple Genius in new Mac ad campaign

One of Montreal’s New Faces of comedy from the 2012 Just For Laughs festival found success even before leaving the festival last weekend. Josh Rabinowitz has been tapped by Apple as its newest TV spokesman, and ads featuring Rabinowitz as an “Apple Genius” began airing over the weekend, during broadcasts of the Summer Olympics. How about that for exposure? Here are the first ads for Apple’s Mac featuring Rabinowitz. Roll the clips! Rabinowitz as an emergency helper mid-flight on an airplane: Rabinowitz letting a consumer know that he “basically” did not buy an actual Mac from a shady retailer....

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