Day: December 7, 2015

Norman Lear documentary will help open 2016 Sundance Film Festival

Sundance, the annual kick-off of film festival season, has announced most of its 2016 lineup. While a number of comedians will head to Utah in January to represent their roles in a variety of independent comedies, rom-coms and dramedies, there are relatively few selections so far purely centered on comedians. But Norman Lear is a giant in comedy, so it’s nice to see a new documentary on the legendary TV creator while the 93-year-old is still alive to see its reception. Which will happen opening night. Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You / U.S.A. (Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel...

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Comedy Album of the Year Grammy nominees for 2014-2015

The 58th annual Grammy Awards announced the full slate of nominations this morning, and somewhere Nikki Cox is telling her husband told you so. Cox wrote Jay Mohr’s latest stand-up special, Happy. And A Lot. Which is up for Comedy Album of the Year. I’ve written plenty about the Grammys and their penchant for bringing back returning nominees year after year no matter what the rest of the industry has done in the past nomination year (which runs Oct. 1, 2014, to Sept. 30, 2015). But we’ll have plenty more time to talk about what to do with the...

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Episode #41: Jermaine Fowler

Today’s guest is Jermaine Fowler, who was supposed to get his big break in 2012 as part of a much-ballyhooed reboot of FOX’s seminal sketch comedy series, In Living Color. But Fowler and the new comedy friends he made there made the most of their experience, regrouping and eventually succeeding as Friends of the People for two seasons on truTV. Fowler’s now working on a new deal with CBS that includes developing a sitcom based on his life and a stand-up special, his first, which debuts this December on Showtime. It’s called Give ‘Em Hell Kid, and Jermaine talked...

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