Month: September 2012

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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Serious talk: Conan O’Brien launches separate, longer online “Jibber Jabber” interview series

Do you like Conan O’Brien but wish he would sit down with his talk-show guests for much longer than a commercial break? And forget the commercial break? And the jokes, too? Just get down to the jibber-jabber, already?! He has. O’Brien and Team Coco launched a new online interview series, “Serious Jibber-Jabber with Conan O’Brien,” this afternoon. It is billed simply as “Conan O’Brien talks for a long time with interesting people.”¬†His first guest:¬†Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Edmund Morris. It begins with a voiceover and subtitles saying, “This is something Conan wanted to do. He will make more whenever time...

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Animated Re-enactment: The night Neal Brennan, Dave Chappelle and Questlove partied with Prince

Chappelle’s Show famously had fun telling stories about Prince back when Dave Chappelle’s show was a hit for Comedy Central a decade ago. Did you know that not long after the Prince episodes aired, Chappelle, co-creator Neal Brennan and Questlove from The Roots found themselves at a Prince concert, and then invited to after-parties with Prince in his hotel room? Brennan told this story previously to ESPN.com’s Bill Simmons for his B.S. Report podcast. And now, for Simmons’ Grantland.com, he has enlisted the folks at Powerhouse Animation to help, well, animate Brennan’s story from the audio archives. Roll the...

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Laughcake looks to provide you with customized comedy videos as gifts

Ever wonder how the singing telegram would be adapted by comedians in the YouTube era? That’s where Laughcake.com comes into play. The brainchild of twin comedians Todd and Adam Stone, Laughcake.com offers professional comedians for hire to record personalized video greetings for your friends and family. Prices run from $29.99-$89.99 and can be tailored to “toast” or “roast” the person to whom you’re sending the message. Stone and Stone are promoting their new online venture with a live comedy tour that kicks off tonight at The People’s Improv Theater in New York City. “Laughcake Live” will head to Boston...

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Tone Bell, 2011 winner of NBC’s Stand-Up for Diversity, cast in NBC’s “Whitney”

People really do win in NBC’s “Stand-Up for Diversity” showcase showdown! Tone Bell, who as part of his victory in last year’s diversity contest secured a one-year talent holding deal with NBC Universal, has been cast as a regular character in the second season of Whitney, which airs on the Peacock Network. He’ll play a bartender at the spot frequented by Whitney Cummings and her onscreen boyfriend (Chris D’Elia). Bell grew up in Georgia and joined the Dallas comedy scene after graduating from college. You can check out his stand-up reel here: Bell also appeared last year in a...

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