Day: January 17, 2013

“Funny Ladies” on PBS: Watch this hour of “Pioneers of Television”

The “Funny Ladies” hour of the PBS documentary series, Pioneers of Television, debuted this week. Narrated by Ryan Seacrest? Oh well. Can’t win ’em all. Unless you consider Seacrest an out-and-out funny lady, too. “Funny Ladies” zeroes in quickly on Carol Burnett as the biggest pioneer among the funny women in early TV, although it also goes back to the first small-screen superstar with XX chromosomes, Lucille Ball and I Love Lucy. The hour also shines a spotlight on the early career breakthroughs by Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White and Marla Gibbs. Among those contributing...

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2012: A year in the life of a comedian, through the eyes and lens of Rory Scovel

One year. One comedian. Two videos. We have become so accustomed to having video in the palms of our hands that it can be confusing how much we’re living our experiences and how much we’re documenting them. The line is blurry. Even when brought into sharp focus. Nevertheless. However. Rory Scovel brings us a hypnotic look into the life of a comedian by documenting an entire year in his life. Well, at least parts of every day in that year, 2012. Friends. Loved ones. Fellow comedians. Gigs. Trains, planes and automobiles. Lots of airplanes and airports. Downtime. TV spots...

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Comedy Headlines for 1/17/13

What’s happening in the comedy world now… USA is developing a potential late-night talk show with Gary Sanchez Productions that would air in the midnight hour as technically the earliest of early-morning shows. It’s from creators and executive producers Owen Burke and Rob Cohen. MTV is working with Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov on a potential comedy series set in high school. The duo previously wrote for MTV’s animated Good Vibes, and they’re repped by ICM. If you were deluding yourself into thinking Steve Carell would come back to The Office for one last hurrah despite having a...

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