Month: February 2013

Dan Ahdoot takes on Metta World Peace, after being intro’d by him

One is a professional stand-up comedian who also is an aspiring actor. The other is a professional basketball player who also is an aspiring comedian. What happens when the two cross paths? Ron Artest, the NBA player currently suiting up for the Los Angeles Lakers under the legally-changed moniker Metta World Peace, hosted a recent show at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood. After introducing Dan Ahdoot to the stage, Ahdoot quickly turned the tables on his host, poking fun at Artest’s name change as a segue into his opening bit. The Lakers are mired below .500 and out of...

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Dan Mintz on Late Show with David Letterman

If all you know about Dan Mintz is that he voices Tina on Bob’s Burgers, then congratulations on that much. But you really should know more. Such as this: Dan Mintz is a wonderfully clever deadpan deliverer of one-liners. He has a half-hour Comedy Central in his past which you can look up, or you can look at this right now, from his appearance on Friday’s Late Show with David Letterman.┬áMintz also is a husband and a father. More sources for jokes. Roll the...

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Jon Reep’s need for SPEED, hosting TV racing series “R U Faster Than a Redneck?”

At Daytona International Speedway this weekend, the mainstream media is all about Danica Patrick and her bid to win the Daytona 500. But there’s another race to be won tonight. After the Camping World Truck Series event ends, the man who waves the green flag — comedian Jon Reep — will preside over his own racing series as the host of SPEED channel’s new show, R U Faster Than a Redneck? The eight-episode series sneak peeks tonight, then officially debuts Monday, pitting drivers of American muscle cars against drivers of sporty imports in a winner-take-all, $10,000 series of races....

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Throwback Thursday with Classic Television Showbiz: Kliph Nesteroff interviews Willie Tyler and Lester

What better day than Throwback Thursday to celebrate our friend of the site’s site, Classic Television Showbiz. That’s where Kliph Nesteroff, a comedian from Vancouver, British Columbia, dives deep into the archives of show business to share the treasures he finds that we almost had forgotten, and also interviews comedians from generations that didn’t enjoy the ability to share their stories via social media when their careers were at their peaks. This week: Nesteroff brings us part two of his lengthy interview with Willie Tyler and Lester. Willie Tyler was one of the most popular ventriloquist acts of the...

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Let’s do it LIVE! Old TV format is new again with comedians hosting late-night talkers in 2013

One of the breakout series on TV this month isn’t on one of the five broadcast networks, nor is it scripted, nor is it even a “reality” for the sake of the “reality” genre tag TV show. It’s AMC’s Talking Dead, a live hourlong talk show hosted by comedian Chris Hardwick devoted to talking about the episode of The Walking Dead that had just premiered in the previous hour that Sunday night. AMC promoted Talking Dead to an earlier time slot in 2013 and expanded the format from a half-hour to an hour. In the process, Hardwick’s hour —...

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