Day: June 20, 2014

Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch: 2014

Variety has announced its 15th annual list of “10 Comics To Watch,” who’ll be spotlighted and feted at the end of July both in the trade magazine and at the comedy industry’s Just For Laughs festival in Montreal. Congrats to this year’s crop of comedians and comedic acts: Cristela Alonzo Pete Davidson Fortune Feimster Nathan Fielder Ron Funches Harvard Sailing Team (Jen Curran, Rebecca Delgado Smith, Clayton Early, Faryn Einhorn, Katie Larsen, Adam Lustick, Billy Scafuri, Chris Smith and Sara Taylor) Grace Helbig The Lucas Brothers Greg Poehler Lena Waithe...

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Summer Reads: “The Todd Glass Situation”

Any time is a good time to pick up a book, but summertime sure feels like the right time to lounge poolside or on the beach, or anywhere you feel most comfortable, really, with a great read to pass the carefree day away. On Fridays this summer, The Comic’s Comic will showcase an excerpt from a worthy hardcover or paperback in the world of comedy. This week, it’s “The Todd Glass Situation,” the sincerely gripping memoir from stand-up comedian Todd Glass. Here are the opening pages, as written by Todd Glass with Jonathan Grotenstein. which set the scene during...

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AMC bumps Better Call Saul debut to 2015 but orders second season in advance of the Breaking Bad spinoff

The good news is we’ll see at least two more seasons of Bob Odenkirk’s lawyer Saul Goodman on TV. The bad news? We’ll have to wait a few more months to do so. AMC announced yesterday it’d already ordered a second season of Better Call Saul, the Breaking Bad spinoff dramedy. But those 13 episodes won’t come until 2016, a year after the 10-episode first season debuts in early 2015. Beginning production this month, Better Call Saul originally was intended to premiere this fall. The photo above shows Odenkirk in New Mexico this month with Peter Gould, who created...

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Judd Apatow will compile his sum total of one-on-one comedy interviews into Random House book, “Sick In The Head”

Judd Apatow has organized several fund-raisers for 826LA over the years. Apatow’s latest charitable contribution may also prove to be its longest-lasting and widest-reaching: His life’s compilation of one-on-one interviews with comedy legends will become a book, “Sick in the Head,” for Random House. Apatow told The Comic’s Comic that all of the proceeds for the book will go to 826LA, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center designed to inspire creative writing in kids aged 6-18. Reading about the creative risks and rewards from Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Mel Brooks, Lena Dunham, Louis C.K., Amy Schumer, Roseanne Barr, Steve...

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Last Comic Standing, Season 8, “Semi-Final Day 2” RECAP

Are you ready for the second half of our semifinals in season eight of NBC’s Last Comic Standing? Ready or not, here it comes. And this time, the remaining semifinalists only have one mentor to guide them and advise them. Sorry, no Amy Schumer in the house at the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club at Universal City for you. Just Last Comic executive producer Wanda Sykes with her keen insight for you. Yes, you, Lachlan Patterson! You’re presented to us anew as a dog walker who’d like to be a full-time comedian. But first, Sykes said you need some segues....

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