Day: May 19, 2015

Not quite Stupid Human Tricks: Repeats of “The Mentalist” will replace Late Show with David Letterman from May 21-June 5

Getting over David Letterman’s retirement certainly won’t be easy. It’ll take more than mental feats of strength, or even the final season of The Mentalist — and yet, CBS has chosen the latter for the short-run. Starting Thursday, CBS stations will rebroadcast the final 12 episodes of The Mentalist’s seventh season in the void left behind by Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35 p.m. Eastern/Pacific, 10:35 p.m. Central/Mountain. Your TV listings and DVR equivalents will show the following episodes of The Mentalist instead of Letterman: Thursday, May 21: Episode 702 – Nothing But Blue Skies Friday, May 22:...

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Outsmarting Smartphones: Yondr tests a cell-free stand-up show with Hannibal Buress

Imagine if nobody in the audience in Philadelphia last year had captured Hannibal Buress on their cell phone camera, performing his bit calling out Bill Cosby as a hypocrite. Cosby certainly would like to imagine it. But it’s not just about him, or about Buress, but about all stand-up comedians working on new jokes, bits and stories, who don’t want someone recording them without permission and rebroadcasting it to the world. Chris Rock left a New York City gig last year within minutes for that very reason, because “fans” in the front row refused to stop recording him onstage....

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Musical comedy news: IFC/CollegeHumor combine to celebrate it, The Lonely Island making a movie about it

Your song of the summer now just got funnier. IFC and CollegeHumor are collaborating for an hour-long special on June 19 — CollegeHumor’s Comedy Music Hall of Fame, hosted by Paul F. Tompkins. Tompkins will guide us through the high and low notes of musical comedy, plus partake in interviews and sketches with the likes of Tenacious D, The Gregory Brothers, Trevor Moore, CDZA, Rachel Bloom and Patrick Noth, plus non-musical-comedian Scott Aukerman, and the induction of Grammy-winner “Weird Al” Yankovic into the Comedy Music Hall of Fame. You’ll be able to see it online at CollegeHumor.com after it...

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