Day: December 4, 2012

Katt Williams announces retirement from stand-up comedy…again…in new Seattle KOMO interview

So much happens anytime Katt Williams spends enough time in public where a camera — whether it’s a security camera, paparazzi or news crew — that it’s not worth your time to keep up on his every movement. Is Katt Williams under arrest? What for? Will the charges actually stick? What’s the beef? Whose beef is it? And is it all just for show? In recent days, the circle played itself once more, with Williams ticking off paying customers who thought they’d see the “old” days of only a few years ago — when Williams was riding high off...

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TBS, Conan announce plans to air crowd-sourced re-enactment “Occupy Conan” episode, contest

In the past couple of years, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon has earned Emmy Awards and loyal viewers, in part, through its use of crowd-sourcing content — rewarding their biggest fans by leveraging social media to putting their Twitter suggestions into late-night TV segments. The previous Late Night occupant, Conan O’Brien, found his fans so loyal two summers ago that when NBC spurned Conan, his fans rallied behind him as Team Coco, helping him ultimately find a new home at TBS and a website bearing their cause célèbre. As Conan enters its third season, the TBS host announced an...

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Comedians and comedy movies at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival

Comedians have many opportunities to showcase their big-screen talents throughout the calendar year at film festivals around the world. We pay special attention to Sundance because it comes first in the year, each January, and with it the first best chance for any small independent film to find a larger or major studio buyer, and with it, distribution to a cinema much closer to you than Park City, Utah. In the past few years, the Sundance Film Festival has seen the premieres of Louis CK’s concert film, Hilarious, a critically-acclaimed Joan Rivers documentary, and in 2012 the debut of...

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Tony Danza, on remembering Andy Kaufman

This year’s edition of The Andy Kaufman Award finals featured a special appearance by Tony Danza, who co-starred with Kaufman on the sitcom Taxi in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Before the finalists competed in front of a live audience at Gotham Comedy Club on Nov. 12, 2012, Danza offered a few words in remembrance of the late comedian whose name adorns the award for which they competed. Here is what Tony Danza had to say about Andy Kaufman: “When people ask me, ‘What was Andy like?’ And it happens all the time. I mean. What was he really...

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