Day: January 11, 2013

“My Life Is A Joke”: Five comedians talk about getting a boost of their OWN from Oprah

If you caught David Letterman’s sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey last weekend, then you might have noticed ads promoting a special “sneak peek” at a series called My Life is a Joke. Well, it’s not a series just yet. But it is something special — a televised look at five comedians at different points in their careers, not competing against each other for your votes, but striving for success on their own individual terms. And they’re all women. In comedy. In Chicago. The special re-airs Saturday night on OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network. Page Hurwitz Productions (the name should...

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Is your comedy club “certified” by Comedy Central? Cable channel launches co-branding initiative

Restaurants receive grades from the health department and media alike. Hotels partner up with AAA. And now Comedy Central is looking to put its unofficial official seal of approval on a comedy club near you with its new “Comedy Central Certified Club” program. CCCC, anyone? 4C? Mitch Fried, executive vice president of Comedy Central, announced the new initiative today. It hooks up Comedy Central with comedy clubs in a business partnership that aligns them with the Comedy Central brand for the purposes of promotions, tours, ticket sales, and sanctioned viewing parties for the cable channel’s special events or sneak...

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On The Tonight Show, Anthony Jeselnik previews his “Caligula” special

Anthony Jeselnik’s first hour-long TV special, Caligula, airs this weekend on Comedy Central in advance of his uncensored CD/DVD of the same name next week and his weekly cable series in February. On Thursday night’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jeselnik opened his set by referencing Ryan Seacrest and the other men from American Idol still sitting next to Leno behind him. “I feel like I’m performing on a lame version of American Idol,” Jeselnik quipped. “I’m serious. I feel like I’m on The X-Factor.” Zing. Jeselnik handled the Tonight Show audience differently from a typical live show,...

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Kevin Hart tells Conan about adding fireworks and fire to his live stand-up shows

Does your stand-up show include fireworks? How about fire? No? Kevin Hart’s shows do. Then again, Hart tours arenas now — he sold out two dates at Madison Square Garden in November, for which he filmed his next stand-up concert film. On last night’s episode of Conan, Hart explained to Conan O’Brien how his shows have become “very rock ‘n’ rollish.” “So what I did is, I went and got fire,” Hart said, after watching a concert with Jay-Z and Kanye West, and wanting what they had. “So throughout my show, I have a bunch of pointless fire,” he...

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