Day: October 19, 2012

Serious Comedy Central study finds politician’s best bet at reaching Millennials is through humor; Top 5 tips

On the same day that President Barack Obama visited The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Comedy Central published the results of a comprehensive study it had commissioned to understand how humor impacts the political beliefs of Millennials (also known as Generation Y) — the 80 million Americans currently aged 16-32. Coincidental timing or not, the research study that Comedy Central conducted with TRU Insights and Insight Research and unveiled just less than three weeks before Election Day 2012 showed that the youngest generation eligible to vote right now not only needs their politicians to have a sense of humor,...

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Kyle Kinane looks at campaign ads in “30 Seconds Over Washington”

With less than three weeks before Election Day, you’re certain to feel a bit overwhelmed by political ads every time you turn on your TV. But what to make of it all? Enter Kyle Kinane. Comedy Central has tapped the young curmudgeonly comedian to star in a new webseries, “30 Seconds Over Washington,” that takes a closer look at the outright lies, b.s., irony and occasional honesty revealed in campaign commercials. Don’t be fooled by the title, though. Each episode of “30 Seconds Over Washington” lasts for three to five minutes — the “30 Seconds” refers to the ads...

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Capone: From amateur night at the Apollo to Shaq All-Star

Capone only had a few minutes to talk to The Comic’s Comic on Wednesday night, fitting me in between rehearsals and showtime for Amateur Night at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem. Capone, born Derrick Lee, has hosted the infamous Apollo amateur showcases for nine years now, and says he’ll continue making time for it even though he’s about to embark on another leg of Shaquille O’Neal’s All-Star Comedy Jam — it kicks off tonight in New York City with two shows at the Best Buy Theater. Gary Owens hosts, with performances from Finesse Mitchell, Tony Roberts and Capone, plus...

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Sean O’Connor reveals on Conan that drugs aren’t magic

Stand-up comedian Sean O’Connor had a bit of a substance abuse problem when he was a teen-ager. His parents decided the best solution was to send him to magic camp. Why are you looking at me like this was my idea? It wasn’t. O’Connor himself was puzzled by the experience. Thankfully, he has grown up now and not only can look back on it humorously, but also recount it in a funny way to make you laugh about it now, too. O’Connor made his second late-night appearance last night on Conan. Roll the...

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Comedy Headlines for 10/19/12

What’s happening in the comedy world now… Andy Samberg has found TV life after Saturday Night Live. He’s currently starring in a BBC Three series, Cuckoo, and now he’s attached to lead an untitled detective comedy pilot for FOX from Mike Schur and Dan Goor. Samberg also will have a producer credit along with Goor, Schur and 3 Arts’ David Miner. ABC will attempt to adapt the BAFTA-winning BBC Two series Rev. for an American audience. The original stars Tom Hollander as a priest from a small rural parish who gets a new position in London. The American version...

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