Day: December 5, 2014

57th annual Grammy Awards nominations in comedy, spoken word

The Grammy Awards rolled out their nominations throughout the day on Twitter, but once they did, looks like they found some great picks out of the hundreds of stand-up comedy CDs released during the past eligibility period (which differs from the calendar year, remember). As you can see, in comedy, your 57th annual Grammy Awards nominees are: Mandatory Fun, by Weird Al Yankovic (RCA Records) Obsessed, by Jim Gaffigan (Comedy Central Records) Oh My God, by Louis C.K. (Vagrant Records) Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time, by Patton Oswalt (Comedy Central Records) We Are Miracles, by Sarah Silverman (Sub Pop...

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Laughs earns 20-week extension on group of 11 FOX/MyNetworkTV stations

Laughs has earned a reprieve and then some, receiving an additional order for 20 late-night stand-up showcases that air on a group of FOX TV stations late Saturday and/or Sunday nights. It has been airing “remix” episodes with old and new bits the past few Saturdays after already having received a four-week extension last month. Laughs airs on FOX or MyNetwork stations in 11 markets, including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and Phoenix. In many of those markets, the initial airing is going up against part of Saturday Night Live. Host/executive producer Steve Hofstetter told The...

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Garden of Laughs announces all-star lineup for 2015 MSG benefit

After taking a year off, the Garden of Laughs all-star benefit show will return in 2015, with Lewis Black, Bill Burr, Dane Cook, Billy Gardell, and J.B. Smoove already confirmed to participate on March 28, 2015, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Steve Schirripa will host. It’s executive-produced by producer/manager Rory Rosegarten. More entertainers and sports icons will be announced later, joining the comedians to raise money for The Garden of Dreams Foundation, a non-profit that works with The Madison Square Garden Company to bring the magic of MSG – including MSG Entertainment, the Knicks, Rangers, Liberty and MSG Networks...

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The Grawlix gets second chance at “Those Who Can’t” pilot with TruTV

If you feel like Amazon Studios snubbed The Grawlix by not picking up their sitcom pilot to series, then feel good about today, because today, truTV kept hope alive. TruTV has ordered a reshoot of the pilot for Those Who Can’t, the sitcom Denver-based comedians Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy shot for Amazon Studios in 2013. Amazon instead chose Alpha House and Betas as its first streaming sitcoms, while extending a script commitment to The Grawlix. Cayton-Holland told The Comic’s Comic: “We’re really pumped to get another crack at this. We love Those Who Can’t. It’s our baby. And working with TruTV has...

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Tracy Morgan: “I’m fighting everyday” toward recovery from fatal turnpike crash

On the one hand, all of us want to know that Tracy Morgan is doing OK, or doing better, making progress toward recovery from this summer’s New Jersey Turnpike crash that killed his friend “Jimmy Mack” and also critically wounded fellow comedian Ardie Fuqua and Morgan’s assistant, Jeffrey Millea. On the other, I wish we didn’t have to find out directly from the paparazzi stalking Morgan’s every move. On Wednesday, SplashNewsOnline tracked down Morgan and his fiancee as they visited a U.S. Post Office in New Jersey. TMZ posted the short video overnight, with Morgan simply answering the pap’s...

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