Day: December 9, 2014

[Sponsored] Q&A with Show Me the Funny’s Peter Desberg & Jeffrey Davis

About the Interviewees: Peter Desberg and Jeffrey Davis provide readers with a unique glimpse into the intelligent and quirky inner workings of the comedic mind with their new video based on the book Show Me the Funny! At the Writers Table with Hollywood’s Top Comedy Writers now streaming on Vimeo. The book presents 28 top comedy screenwriters from the revered figures of television’s “Golden Age” to today’s favorite movie jokesters. Desberg is a writer, longtime university professor and a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the area of stage fright. Davis is a television writer, playwright and the Screenwriting...

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Renewals for “Playing House,” “Friends of the People,” “The League” and “Almost Royal”

It’s been a big 24 hours for cable sitcom renewals, with two newcomers in particular — USA’s Playing House and truTV’s Friends of the People — earning season renewals with a little help from their friends and fans in the digital and On Demand spaces. Season 2 of Playing House will debut each of its eight new half-hour episodes On Demand a week before airing on USA. Friends of the People, meanwhile, already will receive an early boost for this season’s remaining episodes via Funny or Die before airing on truTV. Fans of rookie mockumentary Almost Royal on BBC...

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Chris Rock tells Howard Stern about visiting Tracy Morgan at home

Chris Rock spent most of his Monday on a full-court press run for his new movie, Top Five, spending several hours alone just inside the Sirius XM offices, bouncing from studio to studio — Howard Stern, Opie with Jim Norton, and a “Town Hall” moderated by Cedric the Entertainer — while also hitting up HOT 97, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and probably several other interviews you may have heard or seen. Lots of info and behind-the-scenes dishing on the new movie, a few questions about Rock’s career trajectory, other comedians and even questions about his previous interviews...

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Four Courses with J.B. Smoove to return for third season on MSG in January 2015

MSG Network has announced that Four Courses with J.B. Smoove will return for a third season with 10 all-new episodes premiering Monday, January 19, 2015. Smoove hosts the half-hour talk show filmed around a table at Hudson Malone restaurant in New York City, as his fellow comedians, actors, athletes and entertainers enjoy conversation over a four-course meal. Smoove’s dinner guests this season include Russell Simmons; Sherri Shepherd; Knicks legend Larry Johnson; astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson; comedians Todd Barry, Godfrey, Jim Norton, Jim Florentine, Lisa Lampanelli, Dave Attell, Kurt Metzger, Earthquake, and Tommy Davidson; athletes Rashad Jennings, Plaxico Burress, and...

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President Barack Obama takes over The Colbert Report to deliver “The Word” as “The Decree”

We knew that “Stephen Colbert” would interview President Barack Obama on Monday night’s The Colbert Report, but we didn’t know that Obama would upstage Colbert even earlier into his episode, taking over just as Colbert was about to deliver “The Word” segment. As the president said, “How hard could this be?” Certainly more of a trick to pull off than reciting a special edition of the Top 10 list on Letterman, eh? Roll the clip! Watch the full episode with interview...

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