Day: October 15, 2014

Dru Johnston on winning the 2014 Andy Kaufman Award

The 2014 Andy Kaufman Award competition may have lacked the hyperbolic histrionics of a year ago that spurred a nation to wonder if Kaufman not only had faked his death but also had another daughter, but Andy’s actual daughter (45-year-old Maria Bellu-Colonna) and sister attended this year’s festivities, along with Michael Kaufman, Andy’s brother and producer of the annual celebration. “Each year that I do this event, I am amazed by the talented young comedians and unique performers who were inspired by my brother and this year was no different. Every finalist was worthy of this award,” Michael Kaufman said....

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The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore hires Robin Thede as head writer

Comedy Central’s newest late-night series, The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore, has a head writer: Robin Thede. Wilmore announced the hiring today. He recruited Thede from The Queen Latifah Show, where she also had served as head writer. Her other recent writing credits include crafting lines for Chris Rock at the 2014 BET Awards, and the first two seasons of BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood. Thede studied and performed sketch at Second City Chicago and LA, Improv Olympic, and has appeared in front of the camera on Key & Peele (Comedy Central), Second Generation Wayans (BET), Goodwin Games (FOX), Hot In Cleveland...

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The performance art of TJ Miller’s morning TV news appearances

Working the road as a stand-up comedian often entails early-morning promotions the day of or before your weekend club and theater appearances, both on local radio and TV stations. It can be fun. It can be terrible. It can be terribly fun. Especially if you want to take advantage of the situations, which almost always play out on live microphones and cameras. Before his appearance on Tuesday’s Conan, Conan O’Brien and the crew played a montage of T.J. Miller‘s morning TV appearances to showcase just that. “I like to do morning shows,” Miller explained. “They can their own little...

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Jay Leno’s Garage coming to CNBC primetime in 2015

Jay Leno isn’t leaving the NBC family, just late-night and the broadcast network. Jay Leno’s Garage will debut as a primetime series in 2015 on CNBC. The news of Leno moving to CNBC in a permanent capacity broke last week, but only became official today. Leno’s passion for cars has been well-known even outside of comedy circles, and the CNBC series will allow him to explore the economics of car collecting for experts and hobbyists alike. He hosted a one-hour special for the cable channel in August that served as a successful back-door pilot for the series. “This show...

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