Day: January 11, 2016

Rachel Bloom wins Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical, for musical comedy “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” on The CW

And the award for best before and after winning the Golden Globes goes to…Rachel Bloom! Congrats, Rachel! Bloom won Sunday night for Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical, for starring in the very musical comedy, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, currently in its first season on The CW. The first eight of 18 episodes have aired, with new episodes returning in two weeks — on Monday, Jan. 25, 2015. Bloom noted in her acceptance speech that the show she co-created with Aline Brosh McKenna (who discovered Bloom via YouTube) went to pilot initially at another network (Viacom cable sister...

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Episode #51: Ardie Fuqua

Ardie Fuqua is a survivor. More than you may know, maybe; certainly more than he lets on. From the sometimes mean streets of Jersey City where he grew up, through the black circuit of comedy clubs up to the heights of the Comedy Cellar. From his 19-year-old son dying in an accident playing basketball in 2012, to Ardie himself almost dying two years later in the Jersey Turnpike crash in June 2014 that killed comedian Jimmy Mack and put both Ardie and Tracy Morgan in comas. Ardie had traveled around the world as Tracy Morgan’s opening act to hype...

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R.I.P. Pat Harrington, Jr. (1929-2016) aka “Schneider” or “Guido Panzini”

To children of the 1970s or 1980s, he was “Schneider,” the building superintendent for nine seasons on the CBS sitcom One Day at a Time. But to children of the late 1950s and 1960s, Pat Harrington Jr. inhabited an even more unlikely character, as the Irish son of an comedian made his TV debut and then some as a thick-accented Italian immigrant named Guido Panzini. Harrington died Wednesday in Los Angeles from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 86. Born Aug. 13, 1929, in New York City, he was just a boy when his father, Pat Harrington, Sr., was one of...

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Matt Besser Breaks The Record, on Seeso

Matt Besser has made his mark on a generation of comedians as one of the co-founders of the Upright Citizens Brigade troupe and comedy theaters (now four of them, two each in New York City and Los Angeles). Over the years, you’ve also seen him performing on screens big and small, first with the Upright Citizens Brigade sketch show on Comedy Central, later in things as varied as Crossballs, Reno 911!, Parks and Recreation, Modern Family, Comedy Bang! Bang!, and the Hotwives parody franchise, plus guest-starring turns in dozens more TV shows. Unless you’ve seen Besser solo at the UCB, though,...

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Iliza Shlesinger’s third performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

For her third appearance performing stand-up on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Iliza Shlesinger went back to catch viewers up on her notion of the “party goblin,” a concept explaining that part of your subconscious that talks you into making poor decisions that she has joked about before — not only on Fallon but also in her most recent Netflix stand-up special, Freezing Hot. That’s so Millennial, right? Shlesinger traces back our self-absorption to our grandparents who fought in WWII and sought the American Dream. Roll the clip! You can also hear Iliza Shlesinger talk about her career...

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