Day: March 21, 2014

Last Comic Standing 8 will premiere May 22, 2014, on NBC; JB Smoove to host, with Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Russell Peters to judge

THIS JUST IN! MARK YOUR CALENDARS! NBC is making Thursday nights must-see TV for comedy fans as of May 22, 2014, with the return of Last Comic Standing — with new host JB Smoove and new judges Roseanne Barr and Keenen Ivory Wayans, along with international comic sensation Russell Peters – as well as dynamic new host JB Smoove. The series will air Thursdays (10 p.m. Eastern/Pacific) following the two-hour premiere. It’ll be preceded in the 9 p.m. Eastern/Pacific hour by Hollywood Game Night. Last Comic have 13 one-hour weekly episodes, executive produced by Wanda Sykes and Page Hurwitz...

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Todd Barry “The Crowd Work Tour,” a film special from Louis C.K., an interview via emails

Any comedian can claim a personal association with Louis C.K., and if you’re connected to any New York City stand-up on Facebook these days, then you’ve likely already read a knowing (and winking) status update or two hundred. They all want what Todd Barry has. An actual connection to Louis C.K., both professionally — Barry playfully mocks him in a recurring role on FX’s Louie — and personally. Such that when Barry decided last year that he wanted to record a tour of him performing crowd work and only crowd work to audiences across America, C.K. offered to finance...

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The strength to keep going and tell his story: John Leguizamo on his fifth HBO special, “Ghetto Klown”

“I reveal all these things about my career, to inspire. I read that 40 percent of Latin kids drop out of high school. And that’s a tragedy in this country. And I know how they feel because I felt the same way. And why is that? That’s just because you don’t feel like you belong in part of the American quilt. Where’s your patch? So I said, if I can show them that I came from this and I made myself and a lot of people helped me. I didn’t do it by myself. And you can’t do it...

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Pete Holmes, E*Trade grow out of talking baby ad campaign? Baby quits ad!

Is this the end for the E*Trade talking baby, voiced by comedian Pete Holmes since the 2010 Super Bowl? That’s what this new TV ad, which began airing Thursday night during the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament (aka March Madness) suggests. Perhaps it was the singing sidekick, that darned cat, that got his tongue? Roll the clip! Of course, Holmes has a much higher profile and higher-profile gig now than he did four years ago, as he hosts The Pete Holmes Show late-night Mondays-Thursdays on TBS. And E*Trade recently switched ad agency reps last year, moving from Grey to Ogilvy...

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Comedy’s mirror routine over the years in TV and movies: From The Marx Brothers to The Muppets, with Bugs and Lucy in between

Kermit the Frog employs the ol’ mirror routine gag — spoiler alert! — in a scene during the new Muppets Most Wanted movie, in cinemas nationwide today. How old is the ol’ mirror routine? Thanks to Andrew Bouvé over at Slate for putting together this supercut. And even this excludes several other TV and film productions that have made use of one funny person mirroring another funny person’s movements for comedic effect. Roll the clip! In order of appearance: Floorwalker (Charlie Chaplin), 1916 Duck Soup (Marx Brothers), 1933 I Love Lucy (episode: “Lucy and Harpo,” Season 4), 1955 Lonesome Ghosts (Mickey Mouse), 1937...

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