Month: July 2012

Jerry Seinfeld’s new webseries: Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

Jerry Seinfeld made a gabillion dollars by making a hugely successful TV sitcom called Seinfeld. When he returned to network television more than a decade later, Seinfeld and his comedy buddies were mocking married couples in The Marriage Ref. Now he’s launching a webseries with Crackle (with Crackle!?!) in which he’s removed the married couples, kept the comedy buddies and the “nothing” but also added at least two things: Seinfeld’s massive car collection, and a need for coffee. Are you ready for “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”? Here is the teaser trailer for the webseries, which lets you know...

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Mark Malkoff wants Bill Murray to come over for dinner

Bill Murray, aside from being famously funny, also famously doesn’t have a publicist or a manager, or really even an agent to handle his calls. Instead, Murray has a toll-free telephone number. Call him. Make him an offer. If he doesn’t refuse it, he’ll call you back. Maybe even work with you on your film, or whatever. Enter Mark Malkoff. Malkoff has made a name for himself by testing his own personal limitations as well as those of society, and capturing it on video. Exhibits A-Z: Previous Mark Malkoff video webseries. For his next trick, Malkoff has launched The Bill...

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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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