Day: April 22, 2015

Chris Rock’s plea to baseball, for HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel

HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel has added a comedy segment to round out episodes in this spring’s new season, and this week, Chris Rock stepped up to the plate with several minutes of warning and encouragement for baseball. Not just Major League Baseball, but all of it, speaking as a baseball fan who’s becoming a shrinking minority in the sport. “We don’t really need baseball, but baseball needs us!” said Rock, a New York Mets fan. When the Mets won it all in 1986, Rock noted:”Back then almost 20% of all Major Leaguers were African American, and I...

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Paul Feig’s keynote address to the 7th annual Women in Comedy Festival

“My name is Paul Feig. I directed Bridesmaids, The Heat, the upcoming Spy. And it’s an honor to welcome you all. I have such a love of funny women. And funny women in comedy. And anything that lets them showcase what they do, and I think this festival is so important for that. To all the women who are trying to do funny movies – and to the men who want to do movies with funny women – keep doing it! Create these roles. Create these important roles. Don’t just allow yourselves to be shown as the bitchy wife,...

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Nate Bargatze on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Nate Bargatze‘s first Comedy Central hour special debuts in a week-and-a-half, and on Tuesday night, he treated us all to a taste of it on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, with jokes about how his wife’s ex-boyfriend made almost everyone uncomfortable on a boat, and about how poorly he thinks he’d fare as a time-traveler. Roll the clip! You can pre-order Nate Bargatze’s “Full Time Magic” now. It comes out May 1,...

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Watch the third-season premiere of Inside Amy Schumer on Comedy Central

Amy Schumer and her Inside Amy Schumer writers and producers really upped the ante for season three with some brilliantly brutal satire, biting with wit and laughs while making a very clear point that our culture’s priorities and viewpoints could use a shake-up. Here are the videos and sketches from Schumer’s third-season premiere, which debuted Tuesday night on Comedy Central. Watch them, share them, learn them, live them. Roll the clips! “Milk Milk Lemonade” coyly takes the actual music videos of “Anaconda” and “Booty” from the likes of Nicki Minaj, J.Lo and Iggy Azalea and reminds us what it...

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MTV pushing back into late-night talk show game with Girl Code Live, Middle of the Night Show

For the first time in two years, MTV is getting back into the late-night talk show arena, announcing a series order with Big Breakfast for Middle of the Night Show, along with a weekly spin-off talker for Girl Code called Girl Code Live. Both announcements came late Tuesday during MTV’s Upfronts presentation to advertisers, among other series and pilot orders for the cable network formerly known for music television. “We’re exploding our development process across screens – getting faster, more daring, putting more projects into play and taking bigger swings than ever,” said Stephen Friedman, President of MTV. “We’ve exponentially expanded...

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