Month: July 2012

Moody McCarthy on Late Show with David Letterman

It’s always nice to see another McCarthy succeed in the comedy business, even if it’s not a relative (but if it’s a dummy, then, well, you’re old like me and get the reference). Moody McCarthy had been bumped from an episode of Late Show with David Letterman earlier in the month, but they managed to get him back on the schedule last night. He explains how he learned new things about himself when he moved in with his girlfriend, including the importance of sleep, dieting and other matters. It’s all relative. Well, not to me. But. You get it....

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Big Jay Oakerson’s debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Just like The Roots, comedian Big Jay Oakerson is a Philadelphia boy. Well, he’s a big man now. He even put it in his stage name. Anyhow, Oakerson made his debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and wasn’t afraid to talk about his love of the Philadelphia Eagles and their quarterback, Michael Vick. Oakerson also revealed he’s a single father to a 9-year-old daughter, and how that makes him feel. Hopefully his daughter never has to experience what Big Jay himself did when he was Little Jay. Roll the...

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Comedy Central gets even more into the merch business

You think your merch is a big deal? Comedy Central has solidified its position in merchandising by putting all of it under a new business division — Comedy Central Enterprises — and putting Mitch Fried in charge of it. The division centralizes control over the network’s consumer products, home entertainment, records, live entertainment and publishing, and the accompanying press release expresses a desire to seek “omni-platform deals” with comedians. Among the things you might not have noticed but already are part of Comedy Central’s merchandise line: “Cheesy Poofs” snacks sold through Frito Lay and Wal-Mart for fans of South...

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“Bunk” Yourself and win $300 in improv classes

It’s one thing to talk about a TV show on Twitter while it’s on. It’s another thing — or about $300 in other things — to win money to take improv comedy classes because you said something meaningful on Twitter about that TV show. That’s what IFC’s Bunk is doing for the rest of the summer. Called “Bunk Yourself,” IFC is offering a $300 voucher toward improv comedy classes each weekend, from when Bunk airs at 10:30 p.m. Eastern/Pacific through 4 a.m. Eastern the following morning. Winners will be announced on Monday mornings each week through the season finale...

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Meet Me In New York: Michael Che

What do they say about New York City: There are eight million stories, and sometimes it seems as though eight million of the people telling them think they’re comedians? No, that’s not it. It is a fact, though, that America’s biggest city is also its biggest comedy mecca. Hollywood may be Hollywood, but New York City is where comedians are born funny, become funny or arrive to thrust their funny upon us. I think we should meet some of these people. This is a recurring feature, a mini-profile of newcomers, up-and-comers and overcomers of New York’s vibrant comedy scene....

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