Day: October 17, 2014

The Birthday Boys pick their favorite sketches from IFC, the UCB and online

The Birthday Boys arrived at IFC last year as a fully-fledged sketch group and TV show with the stamp of approval from Bob Odenkirk, who also made himself the group’s honorary eighth member. For season two, which premieres tonight, The Birthday Boys have recruited several other comedy stars who were “down to clown” with the fellas. At least that’s what they told The Comic’s Comic in a face-to-face-to-face-to-face-to-face-to-face-to-face-to-face meeting earlier this week. Down to clown. Them’s their words. So who’s DTC with The BDday Boys on IFC? Scott Aukerman, Chloe Bennet, Sandra Bernhard,  Jack Black, Nicole Byer, Dana Carvey, Carmen Electra, Chris...

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Get to know Freestyle Love Supreme before they premiere their new Pivot TV series

Freestyle Love Supreme has been racking up individual accolades over the past several years, from Tony and Grammy Awards (In The Heights) to reviving The Electric Company for PBS, to an Emmy (collaborating with Will.I.Am) and multiple other nominations for their stage and screen work. But tonight, you’ll see them as they are most comfortable as a collective, improvising hip-hop rhymes, spitting beats and making you laugh all at the same time. Before you see Freestyle Love Supreme on Pivot TV, though, know that they’re also doing their part to fulfill Pivot’s TV mission, to encourage viewers — young...

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Pee-wee’s Playhouse returns to Saturday morning TV for one livestream only (plus a complete Blu-ray DVD set!)

Just when network television lost faith completely in Saturday morning cartoons and children’s TV, here comes Pee-wee’s Playhouse to the rescue. PeeweesPlayhouseSneakPeek.com will broadcast a special sneak peek, livestreaming four newly remastered HD episodes of classic Pee-wee’s Playhouse starting at 10 a.m. Eastern (7 a.m. Pacific, and whatever time it is where you are) this Saturday — tomorrow — Oct. 18, 2014. Plus, check out one of the 10 new featurettes made to support the release of the eight-disc Blu-ray set of Pee-wee’s Playhouse: The Complete Series. If you miss it the first time, then catch it the second or third time around....

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Jenny Slate sings as Marcel the Shell with Shoes On about Marcel’s mother

Forgive David Letterman for not nailing the exact sequence of events that transpired during Jenny Slate’s tenure at Saturday Night Live. For whatever happened back then eventually led to a wedding weekend with Slate, her husband Dean Fleischer-Camp, and a voice that launched videos that launched a children’s book series and maybe even a movie? We’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime, see this: It’s Jenny Slate singing as Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, a song about Marcel’s mom. God rest her soul. Roll the clip! Slate says more videos will appear on “the Internet,” so...

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Review: Dane Cook’s “Troublemaker” on Showtime

Dane Cook has said that his comedy has grown up along with his audiences. The excitement and energy still may be paramount — Cook opens his first filmed stand-up special in four years by letting the crowd at The Venetian in Las Vegas know, “I’m feeling it!” A decade ago, he was packing college auditoriums and gyms for “Tourgasm,” then onto arenas where tens of thousands of college-aged bros and young women screamed their hearts out for Cook and his youthful exuberance. He may be in his 40s now, and the fame may have subsided somewhat, but he’s still...

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