Month: November 2013

Arsenio Hall welcomes ArScheerio Paul to his show. Time + space still continuum.

What happens when Arsenio Hall welcomes not just an impersonator of himself, but himself in the past? Well, that happened last night when Paul Scheer appeared on Arsenio as “ArScheerio Paul,” the character he inhabited for a webseries re-enacting classic moments from the 1990s version of Hall’s late-night talk show. It makes for a weird segment as Hall gets weirded out, pleasantly enough, but also enough to not know quite where to take Scheer’s alternate time-warped reality version of him. “I know he’s trying to front, but that jacket is tight,” the real Arsenio boasted earlier in the hour...

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One Thanksgivukkah Movie Trailer to Rule Them All

It’s a rare event when the Jewish calendar and the American secular holiday calendar put Hanukkah early enough to coincide with Thanksgiving. But here we are. So Nick Kroll has beaten us all to the punch with this dummy movie trailer for Funny Die so Hollywood won’t bother with the full-scale big-screen production of a Thanksgivukkah romantic comedy. From Kroll, Penny Marshall, Fred Melamed, Fred Willard, Kumail Nanjiani, Dan Klein, Andy Bush, Funny Or Die, Caleb Swyers, Andrée Vermeulen, Melissa Gould McNeely, BoTown Sound, and Betsy Koch, here’s the tale of two turkey dinners, and neither of them is...

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RIP Jay Leggett (1963-2013)

Comedian, actor, writer and director Jay Leggett died suddenly over the weekend, collapsing after a hunting trip with family in his native Wisconsin. Leggett was 50. Leggett, born Aug. 9, 1963, grew up in Tomahawk, Wisc. (where he died), and graduated from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He was a product of Chicago’s legendary improv comedy scene, studying with Del Close and earning his first big break as a cast member on the final season of In Living Color. In Los Angeles, he was teaching improvisers at Comedy Now L.A. and at iO West in Hollywood — as recently as last Thursday, Leggett also performed...

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Watch Carol Burnett win the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on PBS

Carol Burnett received the 16th annual Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor for 2013. Held in Washington, D.C., at The Kennedy Center in October, and broadcast Sunday night on PBS, the all-star cast who paid tribute to Burnett included Julie Andrews, Lucie Arnaz, Tony Bennett, Tim Conway, Tina Fey (herself a past winner of the Twain Prize), Rashida Jones, Vicki Lawrence, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Bruce Vilanch and Rosemary Watson. Burnett, 80, burst on the scene in a big way in 1959 with the original Broadway musical production of Once Upon a Mattress, and the cast of TV’s The Garry Moore Show. She was the...

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