Day: August 12, 2015

Twitter finally suspends profiteering joke imposters

This just in! Twitter has ramped up its policing of joke thieves, plagiarists and imposters of famous funny folks. A long-running Chris Rock imposter’s account (@ChrisRockOZ): Suspended! A fake Bill Murray? Now just a string of RTs and some private Instagram photos. The @itsWillyFerrell account continues with 1.76 million followers, but is clearly labeled Not Will Ferrell, and carries a separate gmail address. What gives? Or, rather: HOORAY! Earlier this summer, we helped report on how Twitter had gotten more adept at and sensitive to complaints from actual comedians over people profiting by stealing their jokes without attribution. (Most...

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Showtime giving Jim Carrey and Dave Flebotte a crack at adapting 1970s stand-up memoir, “I’m Dying Up Here,” as a series

Showtime is going to take a crack at retelling the initial comedy boom of Los Angeles in the 1970s, giving Jim Carrey and Dave Flebotte a one-hour pilot to adapt the book I’m Dying Up Here, to premium cable TV. “The 1970s L.A. comedy scene gave rise to some of the biggest and most influential performers of the last half-century,” said David Nevins, Showtime Networks president. “Who better than Jim Carrey and Dave Flebotte, who were both there, to tell the story of that special era along with the complicated and talented performers that dared to grab an open...

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Netflix nabs next Christopher Guest mockumentary, “Mascots”

Netflix is adding to its original comedy movie portfolio, announcing on Tuesday it’ll be the first to release and distribute Christopher Guest’s next movie, Mascots. Premiering exclusively on Netflix in 2016, Mascots carries the following description: “Welcome to all the drama, intrigue, and occasional excitement of The 8th World Mascot Association Championships, where a group of ‘unusual’ men and women, with big heads and furry suits, compete to win the prestigious gold fluffy award and be crowned best mascot in the world.” So, like Best In Show, only the furry creatures…are people! Fans of Guest’s other improvised mockumentaries are...

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Paul Zerdin’s live quarterfinal round at America’s Got Talent 2015 from Radio City Music Hall

Paul Zerdin is a British ventriloquist looking to make it in America, and he received a “Golden Buzzer” fast pass to Tuesday night’s quarterfinal round of America’s Got Talent at Radio City Music Hall. Zerdin impressed the judges and audience by leaving his dummy in the bag, and then alone onstage to perform. Of course, judge Heidi Klum once again proved the outlier — is she not getting comedy like everyone else because she’s German, because she’s a supermodel, or because she’s serving as a stand-in for audience members who only get comedy that’s served right down the middle?...

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Piff the Magic Dragon’s live quarterfinal round of America’s Got Talent 2015 at Radio City Music Hall

Piff the Magic Dragon is a British bloke in costume who has relocated to Las Vegas, and shined previously on Penn & Teller: Fool Us. Can he fool you and the judges into supporting his sarcastic magic act? So far, so good. He received a “Golden Buzzer” fast pass to Tuesday night’s live quarterfinals on NBC for America’s Got Talent, where he fooled Howie Mandel into thinking he might crush Piff’s little dog, Mr. Piffles. Find out tonight if Piff made the cut from your votes and judges’ deliberations to the semis. Roll the...

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