Day: September 10, 2012

Grace Helbig in 2012 Lowe’s TV ad campaign

I was pleasantly surprised the other night to see Grace Helbig after one of our mutual friends performed in a sketch show at the UCB Theatre in New York City. Imagine that surprise multiplying by infinity not much later, when, upon arriving home and turning on my TV, I saw Helbig onscreen, too! The vlogging star of My Damn Channel’s Daily Grace (closing in on 299,000 YouTube subscribers, and more than 45.8 million views as of this writing) and contributor to G4’s Attack of the Show, Helbig now serves as spokeswoman for the current ad campaign for Lowe’s hardware...

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Stand-up comedy + classic hip-hop = Neal Brennan & Samantha Ronson’s mixtape

You may have heard the name Neal Brennan in conjunction with the Comedy Central sketch show he co-created with Dave Chappelle (Chappelle’s Show). But in recent years, Brennan has honed his stand-up to the point of taping and releasing his first half-hour Comedy Central special as a solo performer, and also punched up material behind the scenes for awards shows and high-profile functions such as the ESPYs and the White House Correspondents Dinner. Now Brennan is trying something completely different. He and his friend, DJ Samantha Ronson, have collaborated on a comedy mixtape. Stand-up bits of Brennan’s give way...

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And Cecily Strong makes three; joins fellow Second City alums Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson as new SNL cast members

NBC announced today that Saturday Night Live would have three new featured players when the 38th season kicks off this week with host Seth MacFarlane and musical guest Frank Ocean. The new cast members are Cecily Strong, Aidy Bryant and Tim Robinson. All three are former Second City performers in Chicago. The Comic’s Comic broke the news Friday about the additions of Bryant and Robinson to SNL. Strong has toured with Second City’s national company and served as an understudy for its MainStage and e.t.c. stage teams. She also has performed alongside Bryant as part of the same team, Virgin...

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Earwolf expands podcasting network with music, lifestyle and more comedy programming

Earwolf, the podcasting network founded by Scott Aukerman (Comedy Bang! Bang!) and Jeff Ullrich, is adding music and lifestyle programming to its lineup of talk shows, while also expanding its list of comedy offerings. To wit: New comedy shows up-and-running within this month include “Nerd Poker: Dungeons and Dragons with Brian Posehn,” “The Fogelnest Files” with Jake Fogelnest” and “Love, Dad,” co-hosted by David Koechner and Ullrich. Posehn’s show is a “mini-series” set to debut later in September on Earwolf and iTunes. It follows a weekly D&D game hosted by Posehn, playing with friends such as Gerry Duggan (co-writer of...

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Sandra Bernhard and Lizz Winstead in “Comedians Walking & Getting Mani-Pedis”

First, comedians discovered the podcast. And it was good? If not good, then at least, comedians discovered the power of speaking into a microphone on their own terms and on their own time to reach their own audiences. Then all comedians were doing podcasts, and they all were talking to each other about this, that, and nothing in particular. And it was bountiful. You could Google any comedian you liked — or even Bing them! — and find a podcast somewhere in which said comedian was saying nothing. And then Jerry Seinfeld said, wait a second, I’m the king...

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