Day: July 10, 2014

First Look: TruTV’s Friends of the People “The Untold Story of Urkel”

TruTV unveiled the first look at upcoming sketch comedy series Friends of the People today as part of the cable channel’s turn in the summer press tour for the TV Critics Association. It’ll debut Oct. 28, 2014, with a blend of pop-culture sketches, man-on-the-street segments and more. Co-stars, writers and executive producers Kevin Barnett, Jennifer Bartels, Jermaine Fowler, Lil Rel Howery, The Lucas Bros. (Kenny and Keith Lucas), and Josh Rabinowitz were on hand along with showrunner Neil Punsalan. They also screened this sketch, which imagines the writers’ room for the ABC TGIF-era sitcom, Family Matters, and how they...

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Meet Me In New York: Yannis Pappas

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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Andrea Martin on coming full circle, from SCTV to Broadway and back to Toronto and NBC for “Working The Engels”

Andrea Martin is enjoying her summer trip to Portugal when she’s patched onto the phone line last night with The Comic’s Comic. “It’s surreal for me to have a show premiere and me be in Lisbon,” Martin said. So if fans tune in tonight to the American debut of Working The Engels on NBC and start interacting with her via social media, she may already be asleep. Or she may be awake. The instant fan feedback option is all new to her. “I’m happy for any attention!” Martin, 67, is all American. Born in Portland, Maine, and getting her...

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The Laugh Factory hosting first Funniest Person in the World contest

It may be impossible to determine who is the funniest person in the world, but leave it to Jamie Masada to try to name a winner, anyhow. Masada, founding owner of the Laugh Factory comedy club in Hollywood, announced his first-ever Funniest Person in the World contest, with comedians competing from 20 countries around the globe. “Laughter is a universal language. This is a chance to find alternative ambassadors – the kind that bring diplomacy through a belly laugh,” Masada said. “After all, laughter exists everywhere within the confines of culture and traditions. Laughter based on observations highlighting the...

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Just For Laughs Awards for 2014 will honor Andy Samberg, Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg, Bill Burr, Nathan Fielder and Michael Schur

The Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal has named Andy Samberg, Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg, Michael Schur, Nathan Fielder and Bill Burr as its major award-winning honorees for 2014. Their individual honors: Andy Samberg: Comedy Person of the Year Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg: Comedy Directors of the Year Michael Schur: Comedy Writer of the Year Nathan Fielder: Breakout Comedy Star of the Year Bill Burr: Stand-Up Comedian of the Year Samberg earlier this year won the Golden Globe for best comedy actor in FOX’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Past winners of the JFL Comedy Person were Amy Poehler, Chelsea...

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