Day: April 9, 2014

The Comedy Cellar launches weekly radio broadcast for SiriusXM

Fans of Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn well know that his Comedy Central show attempted to duplicate the electric, entertaining and sometimes enraging conversations that happen at the comedians’ table in the back corner of The Olive Tree Cafe, above New York City’s celebrated comedy club, The Comedy Cellar. The Cellar itself has taken up the mantle, first with a live RiotCast podcast, “The Comedy Cellar: Live From The Table.” And now, starting this Thursday, with a new weekly comedy talk show for SiriusXM satellite radio. “The Comedy Cellar Show,” hosted by club owner Noam Dworman and stand-up comedian Dan...

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TV Land reviving Candid Camera amid new wave of gotcha hidden camera series

“Smile! You’re on Candid Camera!” Candid Camera is back once more, this time coming to TV Land with 10 episodes this summer. The cable network announced the pick-up today, in conjunction with Peter Funt’s Candid Camera, Inc., and Ben Silverman’s Electus production house. “A remake of Candid Camera is the perfect addition to our portfolio of original series,” said TV Land President Larry W. Jones. “The show is full of joyful laughter that catches you off guard and leaves you in high spirits – exactly the outlook that our brand embodies.” The memorable “Smile!” gotcha catchphrase that revealed Candid...

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From webseries to Comedy Central to Cannes: “Broad City” takes its success story to MIPTV

Broad City began as a webseries by Upright Citizens Brigade performers Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, and after 35 webisodes and the approval of Amy Poehler, made the leap to TV. Broad City just wrapped its first season on Comedy Central, with a renewal for more episodes in 2015. That’s the short story. Perhaps you heard or read it before. What happened, and what happened next, is what you see here, as Poehler, Jacobson and Glazer, along wtih Comedy Central President Kent Alterman, made the trip to Cannes in France for the annual MIPTV confab to talk shop and sell...

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“Funny Girls” reality series coming to Oxygen cable in 2014

Oxygen announced a reality series on Tuesday for up-and-coming comedians that has been almost two years in the works. It still doesn’t have an official title — the working title is “Funny Girls” — nor does it have an official cast. But it’s a-coming. Funny Girls first showed up on Oxygen’s development slate in October 2012. Brownstone Entertainment, with Drew Brown and Bob Gillan executive producing, filmed several women in the comedy business. Among them, Camille Solari, who recently performed last week on Arsenio. I know of others who took part in the pilot stages of the production, and/or...

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NBC invites your ideas to its Comedy Playground, to put favorites on air in 2015

It’s your first day on the job at this radio station, and everything you thought you knew about radio gets thrown out the window. Including your stuff. Because that’s your boss’s idea of a joke. Wait. Why am I telling you all of this? I should be saving this pitch for the suits at NBC! After all, they just announced a brand-new Comedy Playground where I can submit my idea for the next great sitcom, impress the celebrity panel of advisors and see it on the air in 2015! Seriously. This is a thing that is happening. Starting May...

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