Month: July 2012

Dane Cook makes light of the Aurora “Dark Knight Rises” massacre: Too soon?

Another week, another somebody’s-got-issues-with-a-joke-at-The-Laugh-Factory. Sigh. Jamie Masada has maintained genius-level status for decades in terms of drumming up publicity for his Laugh Factory comedy club in Hollywood. At the same time, however, his club often finds itself at Ground Zero for fans recording the stand-up acts and/or taking such offense at a joke or at a comedian that it becomes “news.” This week, it’s Dane Cook in the comedy crosshairs. What? Poor choice of words? Cook has decided, less than a week after a man shot up an Aurora, Colo., cinema — killing many and wounding many more —...

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Andrew Norelli’s debut on Late Show with David Letterman

Andrew Norelli made his debut on Late Show with David Letterman this week. Norelli points out the futility in sometimes shopping at Best Buy, doesn’t apologize for sleeping in in the mornings nor for taking quick showers, and doesn’t understand Lady Gaga’s fashion sense. Mostly because it’s not risky for a music star to look weird. That’s what they do. Roll the clip! If you want more where that came from, check out Norelli’s stand-up comedy CD from 2011, “Cut Above Stupid.” The Uproar Records release is available on...

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Patton Oswalt’s Letters to Both Sides: His keynote address at Montreal’s Just For Laughs 2012

After stirring keynote speeches by Lewis Black and Marc Maron over the past couple of years, Patton Oswalt took to the stage adjacent to the Hyatt lounge on Thursday afternoon to deliver the third annual keynote for the Just For Laughs Comedy Conference in Montreal. Oswalt employed self-deprecation right off the bat, joking that he was far from JFL’s first choice to address the comedians, industry and fans in the audience. “Luckily for me, none of them could be bothered to wake up before 1 p.m.,” he said. He also noted with sarcasm that in a year in which...

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First look: Montreal’s 2012 New Faces of Comedy, Groups 1-2

For the past couple of decades, Montreal’s “New Faces of Comedy” has represented a watershed moment in the careers of stand-up comedians. Getting invited to Montreal for New Faces meant you had made it. Or maybe you hadn’t made it just yet, but this represented your big break, your chance to “make it” in comedy and show business. To move beyond the independent bars and back rooms of stand-up and graduate to the mainstream comedy clubs, the road circuit, and perhaps even more. All eyes of the industry would be upon you. Agents, managers, casting agencies, network executives, the...

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FOX greenlights “Short-Com Comedy Hour” series, eyes stand-up comedians to showcase

Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival just got that much more interesting, as FOX announced Wednesday that it had ordered The Short-Com Comedy Hour, with up to nine episodes airing next summer and showcasing stand-up comedians in four mini sitcoms (short-coms) per hour. “We are basically ripping open the traditional scripted comedy development process with The Short-Com Comedy Hour,” FOX’s Entertainment President Kevin Reilly said. “Our end goal is to provide distinct comedy voices with a world-class platform to experiment, grow and perfect their ideas and to hopefully build them into mainstream comedy hits in the future.” FOX’s two comedy chiefs — Suzanna...

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