Day: August 13, 2015

D.C. Benny: Bill Cosby abused me, too (but not in that way)

Comedian D.C. Benny made a new splash last summer competing on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. But back in the day, Benny thought he was getting a huge break with a small part on the CBS sitcom, Cosby. As in Bill Cosby. We have hindsight in 2015. Two decades ago, Benny was about to have his first TV role, and his ideal vision of Cos, crushed. He explains in this essay printed in today’s New York Observer. And as he tells friends today: “This is actually a condensed version of a chapter from my book. Names were changed to protect the innocent and...

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NBC Playground announces first two comedy pilot winners: “Imaginary Friend” and “Sunset PPL”

NBC announced its first winners of its “NBC Playground” development contest to seek out new comedic shows, producers and writers. Kassia Miller’s Imaginary Friend, and Sunset PPL, from Aaron Colom and Adriano Valentini, received pilot orders from the network. “NBC is excited to bring these innovative new works from such fresh comedic talents to the television audience,” said NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke. “The first cycle was a tremendous success and the originality of the ideas and diversity of the new voices that were elicited through this initiative were truly inspiring. We could not have succeeded in finding such...

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Open mic host kicks open micer to ground during Las Vegas show

No sooner do I announce once more my desire to avoid posting heckler videos — because it’s my firm belief that sharing and spreading videos of comedians “destroying” hecklers only provokes more incidents, as the mind of a heckler is encouraged by the prospect of becoming the subject of the next great heckler video — than I’m sent this video from an open mic in Las Vegas. This is different, though. This is straight up comedian-on-comedian violence. Or wannabe-on-wannabe violence. I don’t know the parties involved in this incident, allegedly filmed last Thursday night at an open mic in...

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Last Comic Standing 9: The Invitationals, Part Four (of Four)

“It’s the rip-roaring conclusion of the Invitationals.” Slow down, voiceover man. “So quit your incessant yapping…” You said it! Now stop saying it! Quit your yapping and let’s hear some joke-telling! But not before we hear that primal yelp from Roseanne Barr, one of our judges on Last Comic Standing. Here’s your host (Anthony Jeselnik). Here are your judges (Roseanne, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Norm Macdonald). Start the show! We’re in the fourth and final installment of the “Invitational” rounds, open to only 100 comedians invited to showcase for the judges and the TV cameras. Not that we’ll see all...

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Your 41 semifinalists for Season 9 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing

NBC aired the final round of Last Comic Standing “Invitationals” auditions on Wednesday night, which eventually whittled down the field of stand-up comedians from 100 invitees down to 41 semifinalists still in the running for a $250,000 prize and network development deal. Here are your 41 semifinalists for Last Comic Standing, Season 9, in the summer of 2015 (in alphabetical order): Ian Bagg (Terrace, British Columbia, Canada) Tony Baker (Las Cruces, N.M.) Kevin Bozeman (Downers Grove, Ill.) Melanie Comarcho (Los Angeles) Ryan Conner (Woodbridge, Va.) Alycia Cooper (Temple Hills, Md.) Dominique (Washington, D.C.) Clayton English (Atlanta) Andy Erikson (Ham...

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