Month: September 2012

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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Adam Wade re-imagines his stories, with “Kittycats as People”

If you haven’t heard Adam Wade tell a story from his life, then you really must one of these days or nights. Wade is an 18-time winner of The Moth‘s StorySLAM. His tales often look back upon his romantic idealism and how it conflicts with and yet still manages to overcome the dirty realism of life. For the first time, Wade has re-imagined one of his stories in drawings, and he has replaced all of the people in his story with kittycats. Kittycats? Sure, why not. In this story, Wade tells us about a different and difficult roommate he...

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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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