Month: April 2014

Meet Me In New York: Phil Hanley

What do they say about New York City: There are eight million stories, and sometimes it seems as though eight million of the people telling them think they’re comedians? No, that’s not it. It is a fact, though, that America’s biggest city is also its biggest comedy mecca. Hollywood may be Hollywood, but New York City is where comedians are born funny, become funny or arrive to thrust their funny upon us. I think we should meet some of these people. This is a recurring feature, a mini-profile of newcomers, up-and-comers and overcomers of New York’s vibrant comedy scene....

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Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee to run for at least nine seasons online

Jerry Seinfeld turned 60 yesterday. For his 61st year, expect to see a lot more of him driving comedians around New York City and elsewhere in vintage cars to drink cups of coffee and engage in funny talk small and large. Crackle announced today it and Acura would subsidize four more seasons of Seinfeld’s webseries, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, in addition to the two already planned for later in 2014. Happy birthday, Jerry! That’ll make NINE seasons in all. Although seasons six, seven, eight and nine will total only 24 episodes, so that’ll make for six-episode seasons. Time...

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Deadline extended to May 16 to pitch your TV/web project to Just For Laughs ComedyPro Conference

If you’ve got a great TV or webseries pitch and don’t know where to go next, how about Montreal? Just For Laughs, the biggest comedy confab of the year, once again is hosting a “Pitch Your Project” contest for makers of TV series and webseries alike. JFL has extended its deadline by one additional week, giving you until May 16, 2014, to submit for this July. There are two separate pitch contests: 1 – FROM SET TO SCREEN: THE TV COMEDY SEARCH 2014: A joint project from NYTVF and Just for Laughs (JFL). Five finalists will be selected to pitch live during the...

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Jesse Ventura for President in 2016? Here’s a vote for a Ventura-Adomian ticket!

Is former wrestler and Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura a potential presidential candidate in 2016? Isn’t anyone at this point over the age of 35 who is an American citizen? Well, yes on both counts. But before you start your own conspiracy theories, hear me out. Or, rather, hear out James Adomian, who lays out Ventura’s political platform perhaps better than even “the Body” himself could. You still won’t get a solid answer. You will, however, find yourself slowly coming around to supporting a Ventura-Adomian ticket three Novembers from now. Roll the clip! Credits: Funny Or Die, James Adomian, DeMorge...

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Jimmie Walker on The Arsenio Hall Show

When is the last time you remember seeing Jimmie Walker do stand-up comedy on the TV? If you remember Jimmie J.J. Walker, then Dy-N0-Mite! Good times. Good Times! Walker performed Tuesday on Arsenio, and noted that he’ll have to change his racial profile now that Latinos have become the dominant minority on the way to a majority of Americans. Unless you consider China. Or Justin Bieber. Please consider returning Bieber Fever to Canada. Roll the...

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