Month: December 2012

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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Dan Harmon’s keynote address to the XOXO Festival

Dan Harmon, the creator and former showrunner of NBC’s Community — as well as co-founder of Channel 101 — delivered the keynote address in September for XOXO, an arts and technology festival in Portland, Ore. The fest celebrates independent artists using the Internet to make a living doing what they love. Which is what Harmon has done. And his address was, naturally, meta. Especially since he chose to talk about not taking the Internet seriously, “because the Internet is not people,” even if it’s people who Google search for Dan Harmon along with the words “fired” and/or the name...

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Comedy Headlines for 12/3/12

What’s happening in the comedy world now… Howard Stern will return in 2013 for a second season as judge on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Former longtime Conan/Late Night writer Brian McCann has a new gig — McCann is the head writer for the upcoming Nikki and Sara show on MTV starring comedians Nikki Glaser and Sara Schaefer. The show also has plucked Late Night with Jimmy Fallon bloggers Cory Cavin and Emmy Blotnick for their writing staff. The MTV show debuts early in 2013. FOX has ordered 13 episodes of new animated sitcom Murder Police from former Family Guyshowrunner/Futurama writer David A. Goodman...

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