Day: September 8, 2014

Who would make it onto the Mount Rushmore of Comedy?

This May, in celebrating Don Rickles on his 88th birthday, Jerry Seinfeld said of his elder hero: “”On the Mount Rushmore of stand-up comedy, there are four faces, in my opinion: Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Bill Cosby and Don Rickles.” This weekend, following the death of Joan Rivers at 81, Chris Rock offered a simple counterargument: “She’s better than Rickles. She’s one of the best female stand-ups to ever live. No man ever said, ‘Yeah, I want to go on after Joan.’ No, Joan Rivers closed the show every night.” Rock also said that while Rickles and Cosby both have slowed...

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An interview with 2014 Streamy Award winner, Viner of the Year Brittany Furlan

Brittany Furlan was up for multiple 2014 Streamy Awards on Sunday, including Viner of the Year and Entertainer of the Year. Furlan won for the former category; in her acceptance speech, she thanked Vine’s creator, jokingly suggesting: “Without you, I’d still be living in a Fed-Ex box with my dogs.” A few weeks earlier, Furlan spoke with The Comic’s Comic about her wild six-second ride into Internet fame, and what it’s done for her comedy and acting careers. Furlan, who turned 28 over the weekend and celebrated with Birthday-related Vine videos, had 6.9 million Vine followers when we spoke. Now...

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Margaret Cho on Joan Rivers: “Putting the fun back in funeral”

An excerpt from Margaret Cho’s experience at the memorial service for Joan Rivers, held Sunday in New York City: The temple was huge and packed and silent and all her fancy friends were there, as well as many of us girl comics, because we had lost our dear leader (I do see her as my own personal Kim Jong Ill as she was tiny yet commanded an empire) and so it was our saddest day. Rosie O’Donnell and Kathy Griffin insisted we sit with them because I kept complaining that the funeral organizers had given me ‘lawn seating’ and I...

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Here are your 2014 Streamy Award winners, hosted by Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart

The 4th Annual Streamy Awards were handed out last night, in a live ceremony hosted and also presented online by Streamy Award winners and touring friends Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart. Here is their opening monologue. Congrats to all of the winners, listed below. Channel, Show or Series – Overall Best Comedy (Channel, Show or Series) – My Drunk Kitchen Best Companion (Channel, Show or Series) – Vandaveon and Mike (Key & Peele) Best Drama (Channel, Show or Series) – The Lizzie Bennet Diaries Best Non-Fiction or Reality (Channel, Show or Series) – Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Channel,...

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CBS names James Corden new host of The Late Late Show, starting 2015

CBS made it official today, announcing this morning that James Corden will be the new host of The Late Late Show in 2015, taking over when Craig Ferguson leaves the show at this year’s end. Corden, 36, has won the Tony Award, hosts the BAFTA Award-winning sports/comedy game show A League of Their Own on Sky 1, and appears in two movie musicals this year, Begin Again, and the upcoming adaptation of Into The Woods. He also stars, produces and writes The Wrong Mans, a sitcom airing across the pond on the BBC and available in the U.S. online...

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