Day: July 1, 2014

Joe Matarese’s audition for America’s Got Talent 2014

Joe Matarese has been performing stand-up comedy since he was 19, and now that he’s onstage on America’s Got Talent talking about being a father of two at 46, you can do the math that he’s been at this for 25 years. His podcast is called Fixing Joe. Judging from his audition on AGT tonight, whatever problems he had getting that next big break may well be on their way to being fixed! His jokes about getting older in his 40s and dealing with two young kids slayed with the judges and earned him a standing ovation from them...

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Watch Darik Santos audition for America’s Got Talent 2014

You won’t see this on Last Comic Standing. Darik Santos, a 26-year-old comedian relatively new to the stand-up game, drove for hours across a state line and stood in line for six hours more to audition for this season of America’s Got Talent. He told the AGT audience he was a security guard in Windsor Locks, Conn. Make that past tense now. As Santos told The Hartford Courant: “I was a security guard. I patrolled an empty parking lot. They gave me a flashlight and it didn’t even work.” He said he got laid off from that job. But his...

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Sundance slots first season of The Approval Matrix with Neal Brennan for August-September 2014

After taping several episodes in June, Sundance TV is ready to air The Approval Matrix starting Aug. 11, 2014. The show takes New York Magazine’s print feature of The Approval Matrix, adds a panel of comedians, actors and cultural observers to debate the items you’d see on the weekly matrix, plus interviews with Amy Poehler, Chris Rock, and Jon Stewart, sketches and more, all hosted by stand-up comedian Neal Brennan. “For ten years now, ‘The Approval Matrix’ has been the laboratory for New York Magazine to develop a rigorous mathematical approach to what is highbrow, lowbrow, brilliant and despicable in pop culture—something...

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Yahoo! Screen revives Community just in time for sixth season online, coming Fall 2014

In the end, ’twas Yahoo! that raised Community from the dead. A last-minute reprieve, as NBCUniversal and Sony Pictures Television’s contracts on Dan Harmon and his cast of Greendale Community College characters would expire at the strike of July 1, 2014, the #sixseasons half of the cult comedy’s self-fulfilling prophecy came true. All they needed to find was an online suitor with the cash to pay and the need for a million new set of eyeballs to come clicking their way each week. That was Yahoo! Screen, which announced a deal late Monday to bankroll and distribute a 13-episode...

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