Month: November 2015

Episode #36: IFC’s Benders, Andrew Schulz and Mark Gessner

IFC’s Benders follows a group of adult men who act like little boys when it comes to their recreational hockey league in New York City. It’s created by Tom Selliti and Jim Serpico and executive produced by them with Denis Leary. They’re all avid hockey fans and players themselves. But what about the cast of Benders? Stars Andrew Schulz and Mark Gessner sat down with me before their first season finale airs to talk about their athletic acumen, their different paths to comedy and television, and the challenges they face and would gladly take up — whether or not...

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Preview “Conan In Armenia,” airing Tuesday on TBS #ConanArmenia

Conan O’Brien recently brought his longtime personal assistant, Sona Movesian, to her ancestral homeland of Armenia, as well as a Team Coco film crew to capture the adventure for a special hour of Conan that’ll air Tuesday night on TBS. It’s funny and moving. Here are two preview clips that prove it. Note: The hourlong special, Conan In Armenia, includes audience laughter because O’Brien and company screened it for a live studio audience last Wednesday. You’ll get to laugh, too, come Tuesday. #ConanArmenia Roll the clips! UPDATED with clips from the special having...

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See some of Seeso in a monthlong beta sneak peek in December 2015

Seeso, the new ad-free pay comedy streaming service set to launch in January 2016, will offer a web-only sneak peek in beta mode for December 2015. Free beta mode previews of Seeso are first-come, first-served, so get on it if you want to get down on it! When the streaming platform goes live next year, it’ll cost you $3.99 per month for access to Seeso’s collection of classic archives and brand-new stand-up, sketch and sitcom programming. Roll the teaser trailer! Seeso, a comedy offshoot of NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises, includes classics such as Monty Python, Kids in the Hall, Saturday...

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Episode #35: Iliza Shlesinger

The industry trade publications broke news about Iliza Shlesinger’s newest gig just minutes before we sat down in her hotel room to talk during the New York Comedy Festival. Schlesinger is making and starring in a comedy series of minisodes for ABC’s new streaming app. But Iliza has been hustling, even since before she entered and won the sixth season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing in 2008 when she was only 25 — she has released two Netflix stand-up specials since then and started her own podcast, Truth and Iliza. Up next, she’s hosting the game show Separation Anxiety...

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Meet Me In New York: Sean Donnelly

What do they say about New York City: There are eight million stories, and sometimes it seems as though eight million of the people telling them think they’re comedians? No, that’s not it. It is a fact, though, that America’s biggest city is also its biggest comedy mecca. Hollywood may be Hollywood, but New York City is where comedians are born funny, become funny or arrive to thrust their funny upon us. I think we should meet some of these people. This is a recurring feature, a mini-profile of newcomers, up-and-comers and overcomers of New York’s vibrant comedy scene....

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