Day: October 18, 2012

Irish comedian Andrew Maxwell detained at gunpoint inside Area 51 for BBC Three’s “Conspiracy Road Trip”

If you think Jesse Ventura is the only one wrapped up in conspiracy theories. Across the pond, Irish comedian Andrew Maxwell has a BBC Three TV series called Conspiracy Road Trip. So far this season, he has taken people from Leeds to London to examine the terrorist bombings of 7/7, led a group of British creationists on a field trip, and last week, he led a convoy of alien-believers to Nevada’s secretive Area 51. In the episode, which aired on BBC Three earlier this week, we saw just how up close and personal they got with UFOs and aliens....

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NBC puts “Animal Practice” to sleep; “Whitney” to replace it in Wednesday lineup

Not much longer than a week after NBC said this… “Without having to launch these comedies on Friday at this time, we can keep our promotion focused on earlier in the week — plus we will have both comedies in our back pocket if we need to make any schedule changes on those nights. When we have a better idea of viewing patterns in the next few weeks, we will announce new season premieres of Whitney and Community.” …the network announced today that Animal Practice would be put down, and replaced Nov. 14 with the second season of Whitney,...

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Want to “Cheat”? Bill Burr, Robert Kelly and Joe DeRosa tell you how, humorously, in a new book

A couple of years ago, comedians Bill Burr, Robert Kelly and Joe DeRosa grew tired of waiting for the phone to ring with news of their next big break. They decided to take matters into their own hands. And after a spirited discussion, Kelly said to the other two: “This is the movie.” That movie was the 15-minute short film, Cheat, which premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. You can watch Cheat in full via this link. That movie attracted offers which led to a book deal, and the comedians celebrated its release earlier this week with a...

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FOX’s “Animation Domination” launches new online site with videos, GIFs galore

You may have to wait until summer of 2013 to see FOX’s “Animation Domination” stretch backward from Sunday nights to Saturday nights, but the comedy project just launched a new online home (in beta) complete with animated short videos and GIFs. Here is one of the first videos, produced in quick turnaround yesterday following Tuesday night’s presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. It’s called “Robama.” How did that happen? You’ll have to roll the clip to find out: And yes, isn’t clever/ironic that Animation Domination High Definition’s acronym, FOX ADHD, also is more commonly known and...

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Comedy Central orders eight episodes of “Triptank” animated series

Short-form animation is coming to Comedy Central in 2013, as the cable network ordered up eight episodes of Triptank from Alex Bulkley and Corey Campodonico (“Robot Chicken,” “Moral Orel”). The weekly half-hour series, premiering in fall 2013, will feature animated shorts in a variety of styles — including 2D, stop-motion and CGI — and talent, that, at least in the pilot, included Bob Odenkirk, Larry David, Zach Galafianakis, Kumail Nanjiani, Brett Gelman and Kyle Kinane. “When we did the pilot, they assured me it would be literally animated…and it was,” said Kent Alterman, Comedy Central’s head of programming. “Triptank...

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