Day: August 19, 2014

Bob’s Burgers, Harry Shearer among first-time winners at 2014 Emmy Awards

“Mazel Tina!” That’s an appropriate title for the episode that won Bob’s Burgers its first Emmy Award over the weekend. Harry Shearer, long known but never properly celebrated for his voice work on The Simpsons, also earned his first individual Emmy during the Creative Emmys ceremonies, held separately a week before the Primetime Emmy Awards to dole out even more honors. Of relevant interest to comedy fans, among this year’s new and returning Emmy winners: Outstanding Animated Program: Bob’s Burgers, FOX Outstanding Picture Editing For Short-Form Segments and Variety Specials: Eric Davies, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, for...

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Sydney Castillo wins first season of Funniest Wins on TBS

In case you missed it, the other Wayans brother with a televised comedy competition this summer wrapped up its first season last weekend on TBS, crowning Sydney Castillo the winner of Funniest Wins. So he was funniest. That’s how those words work. Castillo takes home $100,000 and a development deal with host Marlon Wayans and his online webseries hub, WhatTheFunny.com. Afterward, Wayans Tweeted: “CONGRATS 2 the ENTIRE CAST of @FunniestWinsTBS there were NO LOSERS! U all WON! Such a talented crop we were blessed w/ thx 4 settin the bar” For his part, the winner also sent out a...

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My Pod Week: Week ending 8/17/14

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! TRUTH and ILIZA (#1 Joe Rogan) “I’ve done sitcoms, I’ve hosted a reality show, I’ve done movies, they all suck compared to killing when you do stand-up.” Joe Rogan’s podcast The Joe Rogan Experience is consistently at the top of the iTunes podcast charts. For a guy that has accomplished so much he has a real thirst...

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R.I.P. Don Pardo, 1918-2014

Don Pardo was such a fixture of Saturday Night Live that it’ll even take creating executive producer Lorne Michaels a few years still to catch him in terms of number of appearances/voiceovers. Pardo kept introducing us to comedians in their biggest breaks on SNL, doing the voiceovers for all about one season, and 10 years past his supposed retirement in 2004. Pardo died Monday at his home in Tucson. He was 96. Pardo started working for NBC as an in-house announcer back in 1944. He tried announcing both in 2004 and again in 2009, but Michaels and the SNL...

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Character Actors Stand Up For Their Right To Star as Blockbuster Heroes

This is a cute and enriching thing Entertainment Weekly put out earlier this month, collecting character actors normally relegated to “That Guy from That Thing” roles and letting them stand up for their right to star as big-budget blockbuster superheroes. Thanks to Chris Pratt’s star turn in the fun Guardians of the Galaxy film. Assembled here, our acting avengers include Matt Walsh (currently a supporting actor in big-budget summer disaster pic Into The Storm, as well as of course, Veep, and his role as UCB cofounder), along with other UCB star alums Rob Corddry and Rob Huebel, plus Scrubs...

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