Day: April 15, 2014

Last Comic Standing 8 on NBC preview clip!

NBC’s Last Comic Standing finally replaced the extended teaser trailer they’d offered up earlier this month to advertisers as a sneak peek, and here’s the new, shorter 39-second clip. More faces, less juicy jokes leaked early. But that’s Joe Machi with a quip about taking a bullet for a lady, alrighty! Grab your favorite screencaps while they last…Mike Vecchione, DeAnne Smith, Andi Smith, Greer Barnes, way-too-fast on the quick cuts to identify all the others, which is just how they want it to be for the next five weeks. Just tried again, caught Jimmy Shubert, Rocky LaPorte, Lynne Koplitz,...

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The Maya Rudolph Show variety hour will debut May 19, 2014, on NBC

Maya Rudolph’s variety show pilot has a title, premiere date and guest list, all coming at us next month on NBC. The Maya Rudolph Show will debut at 10 p.m. Monday, May 19, 2014, with guests Kristen Bell, Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen, Craig Robinson, Sean Hayes and Chris Parnell, with musical performances from Janelle Monáe and Rudolph’s own band led by Raphael Saaddiq Entertainment Weekly snagged the press release a few minutes before everyone else today. Rudolph co-starred with Armisen, Samberg and Parnell on Saturday Night Live, of course (and Lorne Michaels is executive-producing her variety show). Rudolph also just appeared on...

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Allan Havey as Lou Avery rises to the challenge in the final season of AMC’s “Mad Men”

When last I saw Allan Havey, he was resting easily at the comedians’ table in the back corner of the Olive Tree Cafe. It was a Sunday night in late June, and Havey was between stand-up gigs downstairs at the Comedy Cellar. That same night, millions of Americans saw Havey’s “Lou Avery” cross paths once more with Jon Hamm’s “Don Draper” in the sixth-season finale of Mad Men. Turns out Lou is the new Don at Sterling Cooper & Partners. Havey, 59, just couldn’t tell me or anybody else until Sunday night’s seventh-and-final-season premiere of Mad Men that he...

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Jenny Slate in “Obvious Child” has an official movie trailer and national release date

Obvious Child, the new movie starring Jenny Slate that premiered this January at Sundance now has a national release date: June 6, 2014. And an official movie trailer! Slate stars as an aspiring comedian named Donna Stern and her real-life comedy bestie Gabe Liedman plays her friend here, too.  In the film, she gets dumped, loses her job and becomes pregnant. None of these are spoiler alerts because they’re all broadcast right here in the trailer, which also shows off co-stars Richard Kind, Gaby Hoffmann and Jake Lacy. From writer/director Gillian Robespierre. Obvious bonus points for using Paul Simon’s...

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Meet Me In New York: Jacqueline Novak

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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