Month: July 2013

Lewis Black’s stand-up special, “Old Yeller, Live At Borgata,” to debut on PPV

Forget self-distribution, forget concert films, and forget even the old models of cable TV — Lewis Black is going PPV for his ninth stand-up comedy special. “Lewis Black: Old Yeller, Live At Borgata” will debut Aug. 24, 2013, as a Pay-Per-View event. Asked about his choice of PPV over self-distribution, Black told NUVO in Indianapolis back in May: “No, because I lose a good half, if not more, of my audience. People over 45 aren’t going to watch it. Louis (C.K.), to his credit – I think what he did was great – but he has a TV show....

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On Conan, Dan St. Germain has some sober realizations

I saw Dan St. Germain in Montreal last week at the Just For Laughs comedy festival, and can report that neither one of us was smoking or drinking. Not that we’re goody two-shoes, either one of us. On Conan last night, St. Germain talked about the realizations he has had in the past while drinking or smoking weed. And they are sobering. He also joked about making progress in his life, such as hiring a personal trainer, and getting a woman’s phone number only to have it flip back around on him unexpectedly. That’s not quite as surprising as...

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Angela Hoover’s quarterfinal performance on America’s Got Talent 2013

For her quarterfinal performance last night on America’s Got Talent, Angela Hoover decided to use her 90 seconds of stage time to poke fun at the judges — impersonating both Mel B. and Heidi Klum — a tactic which served her well with those two. Howard Stern, on the other hand, didn’t feel Hoover delivered quite like she had in her initial audition. But Hoover not only impersonated, she also sang. What did you think? Roll the clip. “I’m not one of those rapid-fire delivery comedians, so for me to say more than one joke in 90 seconds, it’s...

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The CW renews “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” opening door to more comedy programming in 2014

Only two weeks into its revival, Whose Line Is It Anyway? not only has proven to be a hit for The CW, but it’s also revived the broadcast network’s hopes to program actual sitcoms and other comedy series on its dial. The CW announced late Monday it had ordered a second season of Whose Line with Aisha Tyler as host, with 24 new half-hour episodes coming sometime next year (dates and times to follow — this season’s episodes air at 8 p.m. Tuesdays). And network chief Mark Pedowitz told the TV Critics Association today that the success of Whose...

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Andy Kindler’s State of the Industry 2013 at Just For Laughs: The case against Adam Carolla

Did Andy Kindler make any self-deprecating comments during his State of the Industry at Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival? Did I need to include a year in that previous sentence? Rhetorical questions aside, Kindler’s annual rhetorical roast of the year in comedy and show business again delighted and amused the packed ballroom at the Hyatt in Montreal last weekend. Kindler’s targets included usual suspects (Jay Leno), industry vets (APA’s Mike Berkowitz, who told people afterward how delighted he was to be ribbed by Kindler) and trends (he had a great Vine chunk), and himself (early and often). Unlike past...

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