Day: September 21, 2015

Yearbook photos for classmates Louis CK and Matt LeBlanc

Louis CK and Matt LeBlanc may not have won Emmy Awards last night in the category they were matched up in — Jeffrey Tambor won Lead Actor in a TV Comedy for his performance in Transparent — but CK and LeBlanc and all of us are winners for rediscovering their yearbook photos. Which came from the same yearbooks! Because Louis Szekely and Matt LeBlanc were classmates in both junior high and high school in Newton, Mass., in the 1980s. As my friend and former co-worker Jill Radsken reported Sunday in the Boston Globe, who unearthed the 1982 yearbook from...

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On promoting diversity in improv comedy

When Viola Davis accepted her Emmy Award last night for Outstanding Lead Actress in a TV drama series, she said: “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You can’t win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.” Powerful, moving words. Even more so for comedians such as Rita Chinyere, who earlier on Sunday published a lengthy Medium essay, “Why I’m Quitting UCB, And Its Problem With Diversity.” I am so so so so very glad i tuned into the #Emmys tonight. It has been nothing short of magical & reaffirming of...

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Episode #19: Brooke Van Poppelen

Brooke Van Poppelen co-hosts Hack My Life on truTV along side Kevin Pereira, and has been seen telling jokes on @Midnight, John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. She has provided her funny opinions to various VH1 and MTV series, including work as a writer/producer on Girl Code. Can I hack her life before she hacks mine? BVP, as the cool comedy kids call her, will sing as an opening act for Julian Velard this Tuesday at Joe’s Pub. As a duo, they also host a monthly musical comedy show called...

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Tracy Morgan makes surprising comeback, presenting final Emmy Award of 2015

Tracy Morgan surprised everyone by appearing to present the final award at the 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards. “It was overwhelming,” Morgan told reporters in the press room backstage afterward. “I miss this stuff. I had to make sure I wasn’t so emotional in the moment. I wanted to let them know I missed them very much.” It was Morgan’s first public performance and appearance since the June 2014 highway crash that put him and fellow comedian Ardie Fuqua in comas and killed their friend, comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair. Morgan noted that he recently got married, but joked that...

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Inside Amy Schumer wins first Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Sketch TV Series

Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer won the inaugural prize at the Emmy Awards in 2015 for the newly created category, Variety Sketch Series, where it was nominated alongside Drunk History, Portlandia, Key & Peele and Saturday Night Live. The series already had won one Emmy Award at last week’s Creative Emmy Awards ceremony for outstanding original music and lyrics for its third-season music video, “Girl You Don’t Need Makeup.” But this Emmy win was so sweet for Schumer and company, capping what has been a magical year for the comedian. “I’m so proud, and this show fights for what...

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