Day: October 8, 2015

Is Turner about to revive Super Deluxe?

Hollywood isn’t the only place that recycles good ideas and is up for a reboot. Now it’s Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta that’s taking a good hard second look at Super Deluxe, the website that launched dozens of great funny webseries and one-offs in 2007 and 2008. Turner folded Super Deluxe into its Adult Swim site after that, and vestiges of it — promoting Tim and Eric, Bob Odenkirk, Brad Neely, DJ Douggpound, and Devin Flynn — remains online to tease visitors. The actual site for superdeluxe.com is even more of a tease for now. But Variety has reported that...

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The Muslims Are Coming! Comedians win lawsuit against MTA to hang movie posters at NYC subway platforms

Dean Obeidallah and Negin Farsad successfully challenged a ban by New York City’s MTA sought to prevent them from promoting their satirical movie, The Muslims Are Coming!, with posters within the city’s subway system. “Negin Farsad and I won our lawsuit versus NYC’s MTA today regarding our funny, positive posters about Muslims,” Obeidallah told friends Wednesday. “The MTA had claimed that being Muslim was inherently “political” and since they had banned political ads, the MTA refused to post our ads. The Judge rejected their argument and found for us. So barring an appeal, the MTA is now required to post...

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Gary Vider and his AGT roommate Greg Stone

Gary Vider made it to the finals this summer of America’s Got Talent on NBC, and certainly made the most of it — not only by telling funny stand-up routines that earned him kudos from the judges and audiences, but also by using his time and the AGT budget to produce multiple mini sitcom episodes starring himself and his friend, Greg Stone, as his roommate in Astoria. So now Vider has this lovely little pitch reel that’s almost long enough for a pilot presentation. Congrats! You can now watch all of the episodes together. Happy #TBT. Roll the clip!...

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Quotes from comedians about working as TV audience warm-ups

Vanity Fair profiles some of the legion of stand-up comedians who work the trenches largely behind the scenes of sitcoms and talk shows in “Warm-Up Comics: The Funniest People in TV Who Are Never on TV.” Seth Herzog, pictured above in the Wonder Woman costume he has managed to work into gigs for years now (#tbt holler!), is one of the few warm-up comedians who’s privileged enough to also appear onscreen regularly in bits for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Here are quotes from Herzog and other warm-up comedians in the VF piece by Melissa Locker. Cory “Live”...

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Episode #24: W. Kamau Bell

For two seasons over two different channels (FX and FXX), W. Kamau Bell joined elite company as host of his own late-night TV talk show, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. He’ll return to your cable TV on a regular basis in 2016 as host of United Shades of America on CNN. In between, he has presided over two Showtime stand-up comedy showcases for SXSW, co-hosts the podcast Denzel Washington Is The Greatest Actor of All Time Period, and he spoke with me about how far he has come toward ending racism, and how far his and our bell...

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