Day: November 19, 2012

Anthony Anderson and Royale Watkins reflect on almost four years of their “Mixtape Comedy Show”

I went to a comedy show and a freestyle rap battle broke out. But not before the audience also bore witness to a live DJ breaking down beats, singing and/or rapping from a classic name in old-school hip-hop, a funny Internet video you’d like to email your friends and coworkers about the next morning, and a solid dose of stand-up comedy from touring club headliners. Such is the Mixtape Comedy Show, hosted and produced the third Sunday of each month at Gotham Comedy Club by Royale Watkins and Anthony Anderson. When I caught up with the dynamic duo of comedy...

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Review: Paul F. Tompkins, “Laboring Under Delusions: Live in Brooklyn”

Paul F. Tompkins is the gentleman’s comedian. He speaks with a kind of eloquence that lends itself to a degree of class not present in most of stand-up comedy, almost as though every joke is offered up with Tompkins sporting a top hat, cane, and monocle. I think I just described an early 20th century eccentric millionaire (and maybe the cover of this album — at least the top hat part), but it is just where my mind wanders when I listen to his latest album, Laboring Under Delusions: Live in Brooklyn. Tompkins’ special is crafted under the theme of...

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Comedy Headlines for 11/19/12

What’s happening in the comedy world now… Lucille Bliss, the original voice of Elroy on The Jetsons and Smurfette on The Smurfs, died Nov. 8. She was 96. A memorial for Bliss will be held Tuesday at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles. TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland will go live next summer for a “super-sized” special episode on June 19, 2013. The sitcom stars Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Betty White, and continues its fourth season Nov. 28. Amazon Studios is closing in on a pilot for animated sitcom Supa Natural, from writer David Javerbaum and 3 Arts Entertainment....

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Stephen Falk on the rise and premature fall of NBC’s “Next Caller”

Stephen Falk created and executive produced an NBC sitcom that you may never see on TV, Next Caller, starring Dane Cook and co-starring Collette Wolfe and Jeffrey Tambor. The show was more than halfway through production, scheduled to debut in early 2013, when NBC abruptly pulled the plug on it. Falk offers his thoughts about what happened in this open letter, “Advice To Young TV Writers (but really: What Happened To My NBC Show). He writes: Hey, you aspiring TV writers. It’s a hard job to crack into, but if you’re good enough and driven enough, it will happen...

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