Month: February 2016

2016 Oscars: Chris Rock’s opening monologue at the Academy Awards

Chris Rock wasted no time addressing the #OscarsSoWhite talk from the moment he walked onstage to host the 2016 Academy Awards on Sunday night. Rock also had his writers whip up multiple video sketches, a gambit for a meta-Clueless joke involving Stacey Dash and Black History Month, a play off of Ellen DeGeneres and her pizza by raising money for his daughters via Girl Scout cookie sales, and more. But here’s his opening monologue, in which he rips into Hollywood for its “sorority racist” attitudes. Full transcript below: “Man, I counted at least 15 black people on that monitor....

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Flight of the Conchords reunion includes full summer tour of United States

The Flight of the Conchords reunion concert at the Newport Folk Festival this summer has taken full flight into an extended tour of the United States, starting in June in Cleveland and running through the end of July with dates in New York City’s Central Park and the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Most dates go on sale later this week. Full schedule here for the 2016 Flight of the Conchords tour: Date City Venue Country 06/11/16 Cleveland, OH State Theatre United States BUY TICKETS 06/12/16 Philadelphia, PA Mann Center for Performing Arts United States BUY TICKETS 06/13/16 Washington,...

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Episode #67: Lance Bangs

Lance Bangs has become today’s go-to director for comedians filming their stand-up specials, road shows, showcases and documentaries. His credits since 2013 alone include directing Hannibal Buress, Marc Maron, Chelsea Peretti, Jen Kirkman, Kyle Kinane, John Hodgman and Bridget Everett. He followed Todd Barry on his Crowd Work Tour, hopped on the bus for Crash Test with Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel. Shepherded The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail on Comedy Central and The Greatest Event in Television History specials for Adult Swim. Now he’s behind the lens for Flophouse, the new stand-up showcase that goes inside the homes, garages...

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Tracy Morgan’s comeback in two surprise Oscars spoofs

Tracy Morgan surprised us all with his continued comeback, starring in two different Oscars spoofs on Sunday night — once during the awards telecast, in a parody of The Danish Girl (eating a danish, because WWTMD); then, during the Jimmy Kimmel Live After-The-Oscars Special, starring in the fictional follow-up to Creed, called Clubber. Roll the...

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Samantha Bee, iOWest give voice and take action to women in comedy against sexual harassment and assault

In case you missed it, the past couple of weeks have borne witness to some significant strides forward toward shining a light on the plight of women in comedy. Particularly when it comes to harassment and sexual abuse. First and foremost, Charna Halpern confirmed that she had fired an artistic director at iO West who’d been accused by multiple women of sexual harassment. Halpern told BuzzFeed that she would be hiring a female artistic director soon, and praised the women who had come forward with allegations and concerns. Halpern had very active Facebook message threads going over the past couple...

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