Day: May 14, 2015

Michigan comedy booker exposed, marketing and canceling shows for comedians without their knowledge

Sometimes walking in my own neighborhood in New York City, I’ll see a sign outside a bar advertising a live comedy show with performers I’ve never heard of before. Who are these comedians? Why are they performing in this bar? Is this all real? Everybody’s hustling these days, and not everybody can book mainstream comedy clubs or even the hot alt-rooms — or even lives somewhere where any of those things exist. Then again, every once in a while, you come across a situation where it’s not so real. FOX 2 Detroit reporter Rob Wolchek investigated claims that several...

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Trainwreck Comedy Tour showcasing Amy Schumer, Dave Attell, Colin Quinn, Mike Birbiglia, Vanessa Bayer, Judd Apatow for charity and promotion

If you weren’t already excited to see the movie Trainwreck this summer (and well, you should be! please read my early review of Trainwreck from SXSW), then this certainly will do the trick. Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow will hit the road in June for seven all-star stand-up comedy showcases — featuring Schumer’s co-stars Colin Quinn, Dave Attell, Mike Birbiglia and Vanessa Bayer, too. As Apatow explained to Marc Maron in a new interview published today by Vulture: “We’re about to do a tour to promote Trainwreck, so Amy Schumer, Dave Attell, Mike Birbiglia, Vanessa Bayer, and Colin Quinn...

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Harry Shearer out after 26 seasons of The Simpsons; FOX staple will recast his voices (Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Kent Brockman, more?!)

Four years ago, Harry Shearer took a stand on behalf of his voice cast for The Simpsons as the dominating animated sitcom for FOX. This year, Shearer’s stance in contract negotiations is leaving the 71-year-old on the outside looking in when The Simpsons continues for seasons 27 and 28 without him. “We do not plan to ‘kill off’ his characters,” said showrunner Al Jean today, “but replace them with the most talented members of the voice over community.” .@thesimpsons #everysimpsonsever The show will go on, made by people who love it and see in it the most wonderful vehicle for...

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