Month: January 2013

Dan Soder’s late-night TV debut on Conan

Dan Soder made his late-night TV debut last night on Conan, and killed it. Soder has a great attitude on and off-stage and great jokes to go with it, too. In this performance, Soder makes fun of himself and his generation of Millennials, illustrating it via tattoos; fills us in on a childhood growing up with a single mom; and teaches us how a fake Russian accent can help you avoid a dangerous situation (whether or not you live in NYC). Roll the clip! Related reading: Dan Soder profiled here in “Meet Me In New York” back in November...

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Kristen Wiig, Natasha Leggero and the comedians of Spike TV’s “The Joe Schmo Show”

After a hiatus of nine years, Spike TV has brought back reality series spoof/prank┬áThe Joe Schmo Show for a third season. When it premieres tonight, it’ll have the same gimmick as before: One of the characters competing for the big cash prize doesn’t know that everyone else on the show is an actor. Well, this year’s “schmo” should know one of the actors already, since it’s Lorenzo Lamas. Years from now, perhaps you’ll know one or more of the other actors, too. After all, Kristen Wiig was hamming it up on The Joe Schmo Show before she ever hit...

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Gina Brillon, Jon Laster win one-year holding deals with NBCUniversal through 2012’s Stand-Up For Diversity

Congrats go out to Gina Brillon and Jon Laster, who each has earned a one-year talent holding deal with NBCUniversal for winning 2012’s NBC Stand-Up For Diversity talent search. Jon Laster is from Denver but moved to NYC after college to pursue his stand-up career. You can find out more about Gina Brillon right here, as The Comic’s Comic profiled Brillon back in October in the Meet Me In New York column. Previous alumni from the NBC Stand-Up For Diversity search include Tone Bell (2011 winner, on cast of Whitney), Sheng Wang (2010 winner), Kevin Shea (2009 winner), Eric...

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From Funny or Die to Sundance to Comedy Central series: The history of “Drunk History”

Drunk History isn’t the first webseries to become a TV series, but it is among the more celebrated ones to make the jump. Comedy Central announced over the weekend at the TCA press tour that it had ordered eight half-hour episodes of “Drunk History” to air this summer. UPDATED: The series debuted July 9, 2013! Created by Derek Waters and directed by Jeremy Konner, the “Drunk History” short films — narrated by a drunken comedian and re-enacted by famous actors — are a Gary Sanchez Production and first appeared online via YouTube before becoming part of that production house’s...

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Comedy Headlines for 1/7/12

What’s happening in the comedy world now… Sarah Michelle Gellar is looking to bounce back with a sitcom project at 20th Century Fox, written by Shepard Boucher. Anna Faris is topping a CBS pilot from Chuck Lorre in which she’d play a single mom who sobers up in the wine country of Napa Valley. News from the TV Critics Association (TCA) winter press tour: NBC The network ordered 13 episodes of one-hour dramedy series “Camp” to air over the summer, pitching it as a cross between “Meatballs” and “Dazed and Confused.” It’s created by Liz Heldens and Peter Elkoff...

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