Day: May 28, 2014

Highlights from One Night Only: An All-Star Tribute to Don Rickles for his 88th birthday

They came not to bury him, but to praise him by metaphorically burying him. Which, when you’re a legendary comedian such as Don Rickles who made your bones by busting balls of the famous and infamous for more than six decades, is tribute indeed. Particularly coming on the occasion of his 88th birthday earlier this month. Rickles, much frailer this year, having just survived a health scare — aren’t they all at 88? Several of the all-star comedians, actors and other entertainers made light of his proximity to death’s door David Letterman, who headlined the night’s onstage procession of...

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Forget 2015: Chelsea Handler’s last Chelsea Lately to air as E! hourlong special August 2014

Long live Chelsea Lately? Nope. Chelsea Handler’s late-night chat show on E! will end its seven-year run on Aug. 26, 2014, with a live hourlong finale. “I myself am more surprised than anyone that I was able to hold down a job for seven years, and it was a fantastic seven years,” said Handler in a prepared statement. “I will always look back at my time on E! as most people look back at their time in college. I’m glad I went.” “We are very proud of Chelsea Lately’s long-running success and the unique space that the series carved...

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Dave Chappelle adds The Roots, Erykah Badu, Busta Rhymes, Janelle Monáe, DJ Premier and a full orchestra to his Radio City Music Hall run in June 2014

In case you missed out on tickets to see Dave Chappelle perform at Radio City Music Hall this June 18-22, 2014 (most shows are completely sold out, but check for availability)… Chappelle is reuniting many elements of his Brooklyn Block Party from 2004, adding three more nights of shows to his Radio City run, each of which will feature special musical guests as well as a full orchestra! Tickets for these shows: $59-$125 (plus service charges) Pre-sales start Thursday, with ticket sales for the general public released Monday, June 2. Tuesday June 24:  Dave Chappelle and The Roots Wednesday...

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HBO sends Danny McBride back to school, orders up 18 episodes of “Vice Principals”

When Danny McBride first appeared on HBO’s Eastbound & Down, he was a down-and-out Major League Baseball pitcher returning back to his hometown as a gym teacher at his old middle school. After four successful seasons and multiple comebacks, HBO welcomes back McBride and his creative partner Jody Hill for another romp in the school halls — this time, graduating to high school with 18 episodes of Vice Principals. It’s about exactly what you think it will be: High-school vice principals. HBO announced the order (for two seasons, maybe more?) today. A debut date also is to be determined....

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Here are your 10 comedians competing in the TBS summer contest, “Funniest Wins”

While Keenen Ivory Wayans passes judgment on comedians on NBC’s reboot of Last Comic Standing, his younger brother, Marlon, is ready to hold court on his own televised comedy competition. And now we know the 10 comedians competing on the new TBS series, Funniest Wins, which premieres at 10 p.m. (Eastern/Pacific) Friday, June 20. Funniest Wins, created by Marlon Wayans and produced by him with Eyeworks USA, will put these 10 comedians through their paces performing various styles and platforms (sketch comedy, digital shorts, musical parodies, hidden-camera pranks, stand-up and more), all for a grand prize of $100,000 and the...

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