Day: October 20, 2015

Gad Elmaleh plans first English-language comedy tour of United States for 2015-2016

Moroccan-born Gad Elmaleh is France’s most famous and loved comedian, but only this past month has he begun performing English-language stand-up shows in America, appropriately titled, “All In English.” Elmaleh will follow up his recent 10-night stint at Joe’s Pub in New York City with another residency from Jan. 21 through March 26, 2016. In the meantime, he’s heading off on his first “All In English” stand-up comedy tour of the United States, with dates through November and December. The three-time host of the Ceremonies de Cesar (French Oscars) has co-starred in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and Steven...

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See how Zach Galifianakis got his clown name in FX’s “Baskets”

Baskets, the new FX comedy debuting in 2016 and starring Zach Galifianakis as a clown, released this new clip showing that “Baskets” wasn’t his first choice for a clown name. But there’s no crying in baseball, and no “Renoir” in this clown outfit. At least that’s my impression. What’s yours? Roll the clip! Baskets was co-created and co-written by Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel. Krisel also directed the pilot. The trio executive produce with Blair Breard, Dave Becky, Marc Gurvitz, and Andrea Pett-Joseph. The plot? “In a world constrained by corporate interests and the homogenization of society, one...

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Comedy Central orders 10 episodes of “Detroiters” starring Tim Robinson and Sam Richardson with Jason Sudeikis

“A dream come true. Thank you Comedy Central.” That’s Veep‘s Sam Richardson today, as Comedy Central announced it had ordered 10 episodes of Detroiters, a series he co-created with his former Second City cohort and fellow Detroit native Tim Robinson. Robinson, a former SNL cast member and writer, will star in Detroiters with Richards as “two small-time Detroit ad men who aspire to help turn their hometown back into the glittering jewel of the Midwest that it once was.” The duo co-wrote the pilot, and executive produce along with Joe Kelly and Zach Kanin. Former SNL star Jason Sudeikis will recur...

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Tracy Morgan announces 2016 stand-up comedy tour: “Picking Up The Pieces”

Tracy Morgan just announced the next phase in his comedy comeback: A four-month stand-up comedy tour that kicks off in February 2016, with “MORE DATES COMING SOON…” As Morgan told his fans this morning on Twitter: “Heading back out on the road to bring the funny. Come see me:  http://www.tracymorgan.com/tour/  #pickingupthepieces” Morgan hosted Saturday Night Live this past Saturday, then turned out Sunday in Washington, D.C., to pay tribute to Eddie Murphy for his acceptance of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Here is his Picking Up The Pieces Tour, as announced: Feb 5 Hammond, IN The Venue at Horseshoe...

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The Creative Genius of Sam Simon: A Lifetime of Memorabilia, up for charitable auction at Sotheby’s

Sam Simon wanted to be known as much for his charitable contributions to society as for his comedic contributions, and half a year after his death, hundreds of his artistic works and memorabilia are up for auction at Sotheby’s. As the auction house noted this summer: “Over a series of Sotheby’s auctions beginning this September, his holdings will be sold to benefit the Sam Simon Charitable Giving Foundation. As a collector, Simon was a magpie, acquiring 19th-century bronzes by Auguste Rodin, midcentury modern furniture by George Nakashima; pinup-inspired paintings by Mel Ramos; an archetypal American image of a boy...

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