Day: August 12, 2013

Billy Crystal boosts tourism for his hometown of Long Beach, New York, the summer after Hurricane Sandy

Billy Crystal may be a native New Yorker, but his heartstrings forever tug for his hometown of Long Beach, the Long Island town where the 65-year-old grew up. So when Long Beach needed someone to tell everyone else that the city had reopened for beach business this summer — 10 months after Hurricane Sandy — they turned to Crystal (Long Beach High School Class of 1965). The stand-up comedian, actor and veteran Oscars host shot and recorded voiceover for Visit Long Beach New York‘s tourism campaign. Actually, there are three ads. All use Crystal’s stand-up in front of his...

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Neil Hamburger deconstructs “Set List” with his own improvised shtick

“It used to be the comics decided what they said, not the comic-book stores decided what they said!” — Neil Hamburger, adapting his decidedly “anti-comedy” set to the rules of “Set List,” the show that asks comedians to improvise stand-up based on what displays on screens behind them in front of a live audience. Sometimes, it all comes together and everything just makes sense. Roll the...

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Late Night with Jimmy Fallon returns to “Late Night” home, Studio 6A in NBC’s 30 Rock

On Friday night’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Fallon showed audiences how NBC crews had constructed an exact replica of his set next door in Studio 6A, where the show will air when it returns from this break until February 2014. That’s when Studio 6B (where Fallon had taped for the past few years) will be completely overhauled for his debut as host of The Tonight Show. For perfect symmetry… Studio 6A was the home for Late Night from 1982-2009 for both David Letterman and Conan O’Brien. Studio 6B was the home for The Tonight Show from 1957-1972 for...

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A rare look behind the scenes at the unreleased Jerry Lewis Holocaust movie, “The Day The Clown Cried”

People who asked Jerry Lewis earlier this year if we’d ever get to see his infamous unreleased movie about a washed-up circus clown entertaining Jewish children in a Nazi concentration camp may have known then what we’re only knowing now: Parts of The Day The Clown Cried have been online for us to watch all along. The Day The Clown Cried was supposed to play at Cannes 40 years ago. Lewis, now 87, told reporters at Cannes this summer about the film: “It was all bad and it was bad because I lost the magic. You will never see it, no...

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