Day: June 11, 2013

Freestyling the lyrics to the closing number of the 2013 Tony Awards

Neil Patrick Harris closed out his hosting duties on the 2013 Tony Awards on Sunday night with a freestyle rap and backing melodies from five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald. Lin-Manuel Miranda and Thomas Kail, Tony winners themselves for In The Heights and also erstwhile founding members of Freestyle Love Supreme, once again were called in for deadline duty to provide the lyrics for NPH. Today on Twitter, Miranda allowed us behind the scenes with an early lyric sheet, writing: “The dummy lyrics I wrote for the closing # before any winners happened. We needed something for orchestrations.” And here...

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The music videos for The Lonely Island’s “The Wack Album”

The Lonely Island‘s third studio album drops today, and there’s no reason to doubt or expect anything less than another mega hit out of “The Wack Album” from Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. It’s already a top 10 hit on the overall charts online at both Amazon.com and iTunes. You can pick up your own copy here: It helps that their music videos already have received massive airplay and exposure via Saturday Night Live and YouTube. Like these tracks from “The Wack Album.” Track 2. “Go Kindergarten” (featuring Robyn) Track 4. “Diaper Money” Track 5. “YOLO” (featuring...

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Comedy Headlines for 6/11/13

What’s happening in the comedy world these days… You knew it was happening before it happened, but Community creator Dan Harmon is back running his show for the NBC sitcom’s fifth season in 2013-2014. Chris McKenna, who also left before the fourth season, also is returning as an executive producer. OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has ordered a second season of Raising Whitley, which follows comedian/actress Kim Whitley. WEtv has renewed Joan & Melissa for a fourth season, presumably allowing us to see the celebrations of Joan Rivers’ 80th birthday on cable TV. Miramax and Screen Gems have teamed up Kevin Hart and Josh Gad...

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Comedy nerds or just plain nerds: Critics Choice Awards fete Louis CK, Patton Oswalt, Big Bang

The phrase “comedy nerd” gets thrown around online so much this decade that you wonder what meaning it still has, and yet, here are two assembled bodies of TV critics to remind us that the nerds have risen up and claimed the party for themselves. What’s popular in America and what’s popular among critics is becoming much more similar these days. Witness last night’s third annual Critics Choice Awards. The CCAs bestowed three honors on TV’s most popular sitcom, The Big Bang Theory on CBS, a series that celebrates and/or mocks (make your case!) nerds, science, graduate degrees and...

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John Oliver’s first episode as guest host of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

“Let’s just all acknowledge for a moment that this is weird. It looks weird. It feels weird. It even sounds weird. It sounds weird to me and this is my actual voice.” — John Oliver, opening his first episode as guest host of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, June 10, 2013 Good thing no news happens over the summer. Right, NSA? The other correspondents and even guest Seth Rogen have fun at Oliver’s expense. And yes, the show even thought ahead and posted to BuzzFeed that “27 Worst Moments of John Oliver’s First 6 Minutes Hosting The Daily...

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