Day: August 25, 2014

Mike Epps to play Richard Pryor in long-awaited on-again off-again biopic

The on-again off-again Richard Pryor biopic finally looks like a go, with Lee Daniels directing, Pryor’s widow Jennifer producing along with Oprah, and Mike Epps playing the iconic stand-up comedian. Epps, 43, posed with Jennifer Lee Pryor on Sunday, and wrote @TheRealMikeEpps: “Had to kiss the ring of @jennferLpryor (sic) for the blessing !you got to be stong to have been with the king!” That was after Oprah Winfrey posted a photo of Epps with Daniels and herself, saying they’d “just finished a great 1st read session. #RichardPryorMovie”. Daniels posted the same photo of the trio, announcing Epps had the part:...

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Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen taped new episodes for Fall 2014!

For all the grief I’ve given Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen for airing repeats five nights a week for the past seven years… Our long national nightmare of seeing Harland Williams stuck in his 2007 style are over! Comics Unleashed taped a batch of new episodes last week. Including Williams. From Eric Peterkofsky, producer and spokesman for Entertainment Studios, on Aug. 20: “This first tape date of COMICS UNLEASHED went great! Thanks to all the comics who rocked our world: Harland Williams, Keith Alberstadt, Laurie Kilmartin, Arnez J, Pete Lee, Calise Hawkins, Gary Owen, Johnny Sanchez, Patrick Keane, Cory...

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My Pod Week: Week ending 8/24/14

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! THE B.S. REPORT with BILL SIMMONS (8/18/14: Nathan Fielder) Bill Simmons takes a break from sports to talk with the host of his favorite TV comedy. “I go to real small businesses and then I give them kinda unorthodox ideas to make more money.” — Nathan Fielder, the host of Nathan for You on Comedy Central. Season...

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Dave Chappelle surprises Hartford crowd on 2014 Funny or Die Oddball Tour with triumphant return performance

Last year’s stop on the Funny or Die Oddball tour in Hartford proved memorable for all of the wrong reasons, as the crowd turned on headliner Dave Chappelle, then Chappelle turned on the crowd. So it was surprising to see the Oddball tour schedule another stop in Hartford for this summer. But Saturday’s showcase showdown offered not only a murderer’s row of stand-up talent featuring Sarah Silverman, Hannibal Buress, Dave Attell, Aziz Ansari, Amy Schumer and Louis C.K., but also Round 2 with a surprise bonus cameo from Chappelle himself. When Louis C.K. finished his set, he walked away,...

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