Day: January 15, 2013

Jeff Schimmel launches Kickstarter to produce documentary on his brother, the late Robert Schimmel

Robert Schimmel “wanted to be the next Barry Manilow, for some unknown reason,” according to his younger brother, Jeff. Instead, Robert wrote the jokes that made the whole world laugh, and titter, and repeat to their friends. When Robert Schimmel died in 2010 following a car accident at the age of 60, he already had survived cancer and was on his way to beating cirrhosis. Comedy fans knew him well from his penchant for mining his own personal tragedies for humor, no matter how dark or shocking it might have seemed to his audiences. Jeff Schimmel and Kelly D....

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Bobby Collins on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Comix may be no more, but the comedian who co-launched that former New York City comedy club is still performing. Hey, that’s something Bobby Collins has in common with Jimmy Fallon. Sort of. You know. Speaking of which… Bobby Collins dropped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night. Because of NBC’s quirky rules regarding lengths of web video, his stand-up set is split in two. Roll it in two parts. In part one, Collins remembers growing up in NYC’s Lower East Side, where life lived by different rules than he finds now in Los Angeles. He also jokes...

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Rob Riggle uses “Real Actors Against Web Videos” to launch his webseries, “Coogan Auto”

Attention, YouTubers! Rob Riggle and his comedic colleagues who co-star in Riggle’s new webseries, “Coogan Auto,” have fired a shot across your bows. In their short promotional video, “Real Actors Against Web Videos,” Riggle, JB Smoove, Horatio Sanz, Jake Johnson and Alison Becker lump YouTube video-makers together as a sad, sad bunch. You know why YouTube videos are free? Because anybody can make them. No talent required. Of course, it’s all in jest. Sort of. It’s definitely all in an effort to let you know that they’re in a new webseries of their own. And the fact that this...

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