Month: March 2013

Watch the first trailers for IFC’s “Maron”

Marc Maron’s new sitcom based on his real life, Maron, debuts on May 3, 2013, on IFC. The 10-episode first season of Maron follows the stand-up comedian behind the scenes of the WTF podcast (www.wtfpod.com) he hosts in his garage, then out the garage to the house and everywhere else. Maron plays himself. Not playing themselves: Judd Hirsch as his father, Nora Zehetner as his girlfriend, Andy Kindler as his loyal friend (well, that one might not be acting) and Josh Brener as Maron’s assistant. How about the cats, though? Guest stars this season include Mark Duplass, Illeana Douglas, Dave Foley, Jeff Garlin, Judd Hirsch, Gina Gershon, Bobcat Goldthwait,...

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From Brooklyn to Bonnaroo: David Cross announces 2013 comedy lineup, Rob Cantrell launches “Universally Speaking”

When you think of Bonnaroo, you think of Brooklyn, don’t you? Sure, New York City’s borough of choice seems even chosen more now, but it’s a long way from the actual summer festival of comedy and music held on 700 acres of rural Tennessee. That’s not stopping Bonnaroo from going to Brooklyn first for comedy this year, choosing David Cross to announce the lineup for the festival’s 10th anniversary of its Comedy Theater from the base of the Brooklyn Bridge. The 2013 comedy lineup: James Adomian Cristela Alonzo Eric Andre Maria Bamford Mike Birbiglia Jerrod Carmichael Michael Che Comedy...

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Gary Gulman on Late Show with David Letterman; buy his CD “No Can Defend”

Gary Gulman helped us take another look at the Rocky film franchise as well as Greece and the Greek legacy, thanks to his performance last night on Late Show with David Letterman. Roll the clip! But this is too little of a look and look back with Gary Gulman. Much better, I suggest, to experience Gulman’s comedy in larger doses. Such as his 2012 CD, “No Can Defend.” Much of this material also appears onscreen in a Comedy Central special, “In This Economy.” Hopefully we’ll get to see this again either on TV or in DVD form soon...

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Jim Carrey’s “Cold Dead Hand” video got everyone’s attention

Speaking of the Peabody Awards… Jim Carrey’s music video this week for Funny or Die, “Cold Dead Hand,” takes a satirical look at the NRA through the late Charlton Heston and how the gun-rights lobby could be so out of touch with reality. It has more than 1.77 million views in its first four days, and coverage from all sorts of TV and print media, thanks in part to the reactions from the NRA. “What are you afraid of?” Carrey asked. “It’s just a funny little song!” Roll the clip! Carrey continues to carry the message online this week...

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72nd Peabody Awards honor Lorne Michaels, Louis C.K., D.L. Hughley, Lena Dunham

The 72nd annual Peabody Awards recognized several comedies from 2012 and cited Lorne Michaels for his career accomplishments in comedy. From the University of Georgia and handed out since 1941, the George Foster Peabody Awards recognize distinguished achievement and meritorious service by broadcasters, cable and Webcasters, producing organizations, and individuals. There is no set number of awards each year. Here are the official citations for 2013. Click here for the full list, plus a video announcement if you want to watch someone read them! D.L. Hughley: The Endangered List (Comedy Central) Comedy Central, Five Timz Productions In this provocative...

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