Day: July 21, 2014

My Pod Week: Week ending 7/20/14

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! NORM MACDONALD LIVE (EP 20 Roseanne Barr) Roseanne Barr had the most-watched TV show in the United States a quarter-century ago. Roseanne (ABC) ran for nine seasons and each of its main cast members won Emmy awards for their performances, except for D.J., and both of the Beckys. Norm Macdonald worked on Roseanne from 92’-93’ and Barr...

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Prison isn’t funny, but prison rape is? Another blistering report from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Say what you will about the legitimacy of rape jokes, but at least we all can agree that prison rape is hilarious, right ladies? Because it’s not about you. It’s about horrible men convicted of doing horrible things, having something horrible done to them. Cheeky bastards! John Oliver has crafted something quite astounding and extraordinary with the half-hour platform HBO has given him on Sunday nights with Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Last night, Oliver dedicated the majority of his program to America’s stunningly backward pro-prison philosophy, from incarcerating low-level drug offenders and the racist profiling therein, the...

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The CW renews Whose Line Is It Anyway? for 24 more half-hours into 2015

The CW announced at the TCAs over the weekend that it’s going to keep the make-em-up funnies coming for at least another year, ordering 24 more half-hour episodes of Whose Line Is It Anyway? to air in 2015. The improvisational comedy “game show” made its return last year with a new host — Aisha Tyler replacing Drew Carey — and a new network, but retained the same core cast of Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie, with guest improvisers and celebrity cameos thrown into the mix. It’s revival was all part of The CW’s plan to get back...

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Nick Thune on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Nick Thune: Is he a hipster or a businessman from the 19th century? Maybe he’s just high. Can’t say the same about his dog, or can he? In two videos, because that’s how The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is playing the YouTube game these days, here’s Nick Thune’s five-minute set from Friday night’s show. Roll the clips. Turns out, Nick Thune is a Folk Hero. That’s the title of his hourlong stand-up comedy special, streaming now on Netflix and also available via...

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