Day: February 1, 2016

Franchesca Ramsey joins The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore as correspondent/writer

Franchesca Ramsey will join The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore as a new writer and correspondent this week, making her first appearance on Tuesday night’s show. “We’re very excited to have Franchesca and her tremendous skill set join the show. We were just going to hire her skill set, but we agreed to hire her as well. So it’s a win-win,” said Wilmore. snapchat has spoken! here are the dresses I'm bringing as options for my 1st day at my new job! 😁 pic.twitter.com/SVg7diSKDg — Franchesca Ramsey (@chescaleigh) February 1, 2016 Ramsey (@chescaleigh) already is based in NYC and hosts...

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WWE Hall of Fame wrestler “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan launches 2×4 stand-up comedy tour

Hacksaw Jim Duggan is the latest greatest hall of fame wrestler from the ranks of the WWE to trade the ring for the stage as a stand-up comedian. Duggan starts his “The 2×4 Tour” in his hometown of Glens Falls, NY, on Tuesday, with stops planned the next couple of weeks at comedy clubs throughout New York and Massachusetts. He’ll also hit up Pennsylvania and Ontario in March and April, and his HacksawShow.com notes he’s “accepting tour dates right now” for more cities this winter and spring. Mick Foley went on tour in 2011 after playing with improvisers and...

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Netflix hands out eight half-hour comedy specials in new series, “The Characters”

This is a week for surprise streaming TV deals, isn’t it?! Netflix just announced it already has eight half-hour comedy specials in the can for a new limited series called The Characters. They’re not stand-up specials, per se. Rather, Netflix just gave each of these funny people a half-hour to do with whatever they pleased. Sketch. Impersonations. Character pieces. Satire. Parody. Here are the eight performers debuting half-hour specials on March 11, 2016, in The Characters on Netflix: Kate Berlant Dr. Brown Paul W. Downs  John Early Lauren Lapkus Tim Robinson Natasha Rothwell  Henry Zebrowski    And here’s the...

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Carol Burnett accepts the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016

The Screen Actors Guild honored Carol Burnett this year with a Lifetime Achievement Award, introduced by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and escorted to the stage by Steve Carell. Burnett grew up in Hollywood and even climbed the famed Hollywood sign as a child. She joked that she enjoyed climbing the O’s the most. “When I got my variety show, one of the major things I wanted to do — I loved doing — was our take-offs on all the movies that I grew up loving. And this time we had costumes designed by the brilliant Bob Mackie, a...

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Timeline: 100 Game-Changing Moments in Modern American Comedy

In a time when comedians and comedy fans argue about who stole jokes from whom and what’s parallel thinking and are there any original jokes still, it’s a perfect opportunity to look back on our past and celebrate the comedians who blazed the trails before us. Which is exactly what this great Vulture list and timeline does: 100 Game-Changing Moments in Modern American Comedy! No need to apologize for not including the Brits, or for wanting to spread the wealth by limiting each person (save for Jack Benny) to one spot on the list, or for broadening the definition of...

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