Day: October 12, 2012

Adam Scott and Jon Hamm in “The Greatest Event in Television History”

In case you missed it late last night, Adult Swim aired The Greatest Event in Television History. At least that’s what Adam Scott and his wife, Naomi, titled it. The 11-and-a-half-minute special showed Scott and Jon Hamm re-creating — shot for shot — the opening credits to the 1980s detective comedy series, Simon & Simon. But it’s presented with a massive buildup for the first 10 minutes, befitting a historic television moment such as “this.” Complete with countdown clock. Jeff Probst also appears in it (as the countdown host), as does Paul Rudd, Gus Van Sant, Kathryn Hahn, Paul...

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A guide to comedy at the 2012 New York Comic-Con

The Javits Center west of midtown Manhattan once again plays host this weekend to the annual New York edition of Comic-Con. While pop culture in the form of blockbuster movies and network TV has taken a lot of the shine away from comic books, Comic-Con — both the main San Diego edition in the summer as well as the NYC edition each autumn — makes room for the other kind of comics, too. Most of the comedy in the form of live stand-up shows and panels for TV comedies takes place during the Friday and Saturday sessions. So if...

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ABC’s “What Would You Do?”: The stand-up crowd work edition

ABC News has its own version of Candid Camera called What Would You Do?, hosted by John Quiñones. The series asks: “How would you respond when you’re thrust into real-life ethical scenarios?” It asks this question literally on the show’s online home page with a quiz. On TV, they hire actors and insert them into public places to make strangers squeamish. Recent episodes have seen a cashier try to push healthier food onto customers, parents pressuring their underage kids to buy alcohol, and put a pregnant woman drinking in a bar. Tonight’s episode? Comedian Rich Vos insults audience members...

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Comedy Headlines for 10/12/12

What’s happening in the comedy world now… Spike TV announced its all-star lineup to celebrate Eddie Murphy’s three decades as a comedy superstar. Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Tracy Morgan, Arsenio Hall, Brett Ratner, Charlie Murphy, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Martin Lawrence will participate in Eddie Murphy: One Night Only, which as The Comic’s Comic reported earlier, will tape on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles, and air on Spike on Wednesday, Nov. 14. MSG Entertainment and the Garden of Dreams Foundation will co-produce Garden of Laughs, a large-scale comedy benefit show, on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 at...

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