Day: March 18, 2013

UK classic comedy character revivals: New “David Brent” from Ricky Gervias, “Alan Partridge” from Steve Coogan

What’s a decade for comedy nerds to wait for their beloved British characters? Over the weekend, we saw the rebirth of not only Steve Coogan’s “Alan Partridge,” but also Ricky Gervais’ “David Brent.” Coogan’s fictional radio and TV talk-show host has popped up in various projects over the past two decades; before now, most recently in a Sky Atlantic special in 2012 in which Partridge took viewers along for a tour of Norfolk. In the new movie, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, we’ll presumably see him caught in a siege at a radio station. The first teaser trailer appeared on...

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Mike E. Winfield wins 2013 Gilda’s LaughFest competition

Mike E. Winfield enjoyed a productive and fruitful comedy festival over the weekend, earning $10,000 as winner of the 2013 Gilda’s LaughFest Stand-Up Competition in Grand Rapids, Mich. Winfield beat out nine other finalists after an eight-performance competition. You may have seen him previously on TV via Late Show with David Letterman, Showtime’s Comics Without Borders, NBC’s The Office and Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham. Other finalists competing in Grand Rapids for LaughFest were James Adomian, Cy Amundson, Al Jackson, Jamie Lee, Julian McCullough, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Andrew Schulz and Brendon Walsh. Winfield joked upon accepting his prize: “I’m grateful, man, that now I’ll be able to get that...

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Which came first: The Onion’s satire of student athletes who rape, or the real thing?

Trick question. This is a segment from Onion SportsDome that aired on Comedy Central in 2011. As friend of the site Krister Johnson, who worked on Onion SportsDome, noted on Sunday: “It could have been produced by the CNN team covering the Steubenville rape verdict.” On Sunday, two teen-age boys who play football for Steubenville High School were found guilty of raping a girl at a drunken party. This is CNN…reporting on the conviction. And emotionally connecting with the rapists and their “promising futures” now forever tainted. Sometimes real life isn’t...

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