Month: April 2013

Go Behind Amy Schumer before going Inside Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer’s new sketch comedy series, Inside Amy Schumer, debuts tonight on Comedy Central — though you already could have watched the premiere episode online (and uncensored) thanks to the cable channel. But first, get to know a little about what you’re about to see from the people who are bringing it to you. “I don’t think I’m better than anyone else,” Schumer says to the camera in the opening moments of the webseries “Behind Amy Schumer” for CC:Studios. “I just think I’m like funnier and that my pussy is magic.” We meet Schumer and her behind-the-scenes crew when...

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Big names win big in Webby Awards

The Golden Globes may be criticized year-in and year-out for skewing nominations and awards to the hottest celebrities, but what about the Webbys? For all of the great work uploading and exploding online, the Webby Awards is a corporate entity that traditionally recognizes and honors the star-power in the Internet. It helps winnow out the 99-percent when it costs hundreds of dollars just to submit your online work for consideration for a Webby, and more, still, when corporations or channels with subscribers in the millions rally their bases to sound off as the “People’s Voice.” So if Jerry Seinfeld,...

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Retta’s stand-up on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

You may recognize Retta as Donna from NBC’s Parks and Recreation. But you better Retta recognize her as a stand-up comedian, too — she performed last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. And even Retta can recognize her own faults in succumbing to modern-day racism and road rage. It’s a bit different now than in the old days, though. Let her explain it. She is @unfoRETTAble. Roll the...

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History of the Comedian, Part II: Mel Brooks revisits his career and joins the online conversation

Is the world ready for Mel Brooks to join the Twitter conversation? Ready or not, here comes @MelBrooks later today in an event coordinated for Comedy Central’s first-ever online #ComedyFest — that starts today and continues through May 3, 2013 — with the 2,000(minus 1,914)-year-old comedian in conversation with Carl Reiner and moderated by Judd Apatow. If you think you’ve already just seen Brooks and Apatow in conversation, that’s likely because you just saw or heard that happen as part of a separate “Town Hall” recording for SiriusXM. In fact, that debuted over the weekend. See him compare his...

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Star-Spangled Banner: Three comedians who sang it straight, two fictional funnies and still only one Roseanne

When you think of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” America’s national anthem, you may think of sporting events and patriotic occasions both celebratory and solemn. But you probably don’t think of comedians singing it. That doesn’t mean funny people cannot or could not have the musical chops and gravitas to pull it off on a large stage. Rob Delaney proved once more that you can separate the talented singer from the funny person when he sang the national anthem before Friday’s nights Dodgers game in Los Angeles. Delaney gives a great straight performance. Everything before it, however, is quite silly and...

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