Day: April 29, 2013

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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Kids React to Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show” duet/tango

The way media outlets and comedy nerds make such a big deal about who’s hosting late-night TV talk shows, you’d sometimes like to be reminded that most everyone else doesn’t think much about it. But what about the kids, you ask? It’s past their bedtimes, so late-night TV shouldn’t even be on their radar — except late-night TV in 2013 isn’t even watched late at night as much as it is the following day or days on YouTube, Hulu and elsewhere. So maybe the kids do know who Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon are, after all? The Fine Brothers...

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