Day: September 7, 2012

From Second City to SNL: Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson set to join cast of Saturday Night Live

With star players such as Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg departing Saturday Night Live this spring, plus the departure of Abby Elliott over the summer and the potential swan song of Jason Sudeikis coming after Election Day, it’s almost a foregone conclusion that Lorne Michaels would look to bring in new sketch players this September. Multiple sources tell The Comic’s Comic that SNL has closed in on two Chicago sketch comedians — Aidy Bryant and Tim Robinson — to join the cast when it begins its first week of season 38 on Monday. Seth MacFarlane will host the 38th...

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Comedy Central to air election campaign TV ads blasting CNN and FOX News

Comedy Central won the battle for late-night viewers under 35 years old during the Republican and Democratic national conventions. Now they’re looking to take it to their “real” cable news competitors with a series of TV commercials that blast them while touting Comedy Central’s “Indecision 2012” coverage — with Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert front and center with their shows, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, respectively — for the rest of the campaign through Election Day in November. The first two spots challenge the supremacy of FOX News and CNN. Here is the spot targeting FOX News,...

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Comedians to roast Anthony Bourdain at 2012 New York City Wine & Food Festival

Anthony Bourdain famously holds back “No Reservations” on his Travel Channel series, which has begun its final season of road-tripping this month. Bourdain can expect comedians to not hold back, either, when they “roast” him as part of the 2012 New York City Wine & Food Festival. Mario Batali and Willie Geist will host the Roast of Anthony Bourdain on Oct. 11, 2012, at Pier Sixty in NYC, with comedians Gilbert Gottfried, Artie Lange, Marc Maron, Jim Norton and Sarah Silverman all on board to poke fun at Bourdain. As-seen-on-TV chefs Guy Fieri, Ted Allen, Rachael Ray and Eric...

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Meet Me In New York: Calise Hawkins

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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