Day: June 9, 2014

Long recovery ahead for Tracy Morgan, Ardie Fuqua and Jeffrey Millea; driver in Turnpike crash who rear-ended them charged with death by auto

Any other night, seeing Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock perform at the same comedy club would be the kind of occasion to become entertainment’s top headline and even conjure up a GQ article a year later just to reminisce. But Saturday night wasn’t any other night in comedy. Or at The Comedy Cellar. Not 24 hours after a fatal car crash that killed James “Jimmy Mack” McNair and critically wounded comedians Tracy Morgan and Ardie Fuqua, plus Morgan’s assistant, Jeffrey Millea, the Cellar in New York City’s Greenwich Village provided a safe harbor not just for greats such as...

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Comedy Central has given series orders to “Another Period” and “Idiotsitter”; renews “Inside Amy Schumer,” “Review” and “TripTank”; orders five webseries

Happy Mondays all around to several comedians thanks to this news from Comedy Central: The network has ordered two new series — Another Period and Idiotsitter— and renewed three others, Inside Amy Schumer, Review and TripTank. Comedy Central President Kent Alterman also announced five original webseries coming out this summer and later this year via CC:Studios. They are: “6 Guys 1 Car,” “300 Sunnyside,” “New Timers,” “Pie Guys,” “Roustabout with Kurt Braunohler” and “Team Tiger Awesome.” More info on all of them, straight from the press release! SERIES ORDERS “Another Period” – set at the turn of the century, “Another Period” follows the misadventures...

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Bill Watterson returned to the funny pages to guest-write “Pearls Before Swine” last week

The famed cartoonist creator of Calvin and Hobbes, Bill Watterson, continues to slowly emerge once more. Last week, Watterson drew three days of strips as a guest-artist for Pearls Before Swine cartoonist Stephan Pastis. Pastis set it up in your newspaper’s funny pages as “I would pretend that Pearls was being drawn by a precocious second grader who thought my art was crap. I named her “Libby,” which I then shorted to “Lib.” (Hint, hint: It’s almost “Bill” backwards.)” Pastis agreed not to reveal Libby’s true identity to anyone until after all of the strips appeared in print. So, over the...

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R.I.P. Richard Michael “Rik” Mayall (1958-2014)

Richard Michael “Rik” Mayall, who forged a cult classic of a comedy career in the 1980s with his comedy partner, Adrian Edmondson, died today in his home in Barnes, London. Mayall was 56. Audiences best knew Mayall as Rick, the loud, anarchist poet in The Young Ones, which aired for two seasons (1982-1984) on BBC2, but kept popping back up in America over and over for the following two decades; first on MTV; later, on PBS, USA, Comedy Central and BBC America. Mayall also appeared on the telly in Blackadder, The New Statesman and Bottom, and most memorably on...

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My Pod Week: Week ending 6/8/14

Mike Flinn (@realmikeflinn) isn’t just a podcast producer and engineer; he’s also an avid fan of the form. “My Pod Week” recaps and reviews the many varied comedy podcasts Flinn listened to or attended live tapings of during the previous week. Enjoy! GETTING DOUG WITH HIGH (Episode 34: Todd Glass and Morgan Murphy) If you know just how much Doug Benson loves movies, then you absolutely know how much Doug Benson loves marijuana. Doug’s following is a loyal following. Drive down Franklin here in Los Angeles when his fans are waiting for another Doug Loves Movies at the UCB...

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