Day: March 24, 2016

R.I.P. Garry Shandling (1949-2016)

Garry Shandling, a great comedy writer who became a greater stand-up and begat two of the greatest most influential TV sitcoms, has died suddenly. Shandling was 66. The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed the sad news today. Shandling had just done some major interviews with other comedians at the start of 2016, appearing on Jerry Seinfeld’s webseries,┬áComedians in Cars Getting Coffee, as well as sitting down for a two-hour session of Pete Holmes’ podcast, You Made It Weird. Shandling, born on Nov. 29, 1949, in Chicago, and raised in Tucson, started his career in advertising before selling a spec...

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Library of Congress adds George Carlin’s “Class Clown” to national registry for preservation

The Library of Congress picked George Carlin’s seminal 1972 comedy album, “Class Clown,” as one of its 25 annual selections to add to the National Recording Registry. Among the others:┬áSantana’s 1970 album “Abraxas,” two blues numbers from the 1920s (Clarence Williams’ 1923 “Wild Cat Blues” and Blind Willie McTell’s 1928 “Statesboro Blues”), Julie London’s 1955 recording of “Cry Me A River,” George Marshall’s 1947 speech outlining the Marshall Plan to restore Europe following World War II, saxophonist John Coltrane’s 1964 oeuvre “A Love Supreme,” Merle Haggard’s 1968 song “Mama Tried,” Clifton Chenier’s 1976 Zydeco album “Bogalusa Boogie,” Buffy Sainte-Marie’s...

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Gabriel Iglesias suits up for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Gabriel Iglesias wore a suit for his third stand-up performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. A suit! If you’ve seen Iglesias do stand-up, you’re used to Hawaiian shirts and jorts. Not this time. Fluffy cleans up nice, doesn’t he? He also joked about how fancy the NBC facilities at 30 Rock have gotten, what it was like the time he met Arnold Schwarzenegger. Iglesias is in NYC this week performing at Gotham Comedy Club with his #FluffyBreaksEven crew, as they prepare for the second season of Fluffy Breaks Even to premiere in April on Fuse. The show...

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Gad Elmaleh’s “Oh My Gad” English tour graduates to American theaters in summer 2016

Gad Elmaleh’s first all-in-English comedy show, “Oh My Gad,” continues its New York City residency this spring at Joe’s Pub (with another show tonight, in fact). But Elmaleh, a Moroccan French comedian/actor and the most popular stand-up in France, has made it his goal to break through with English-speaking American audiences. Hear Gad Elmaleh in his own words explain to The Comic’s Comic in this episode of my podcast, Last Things First. And so, this summer, he moves up and out of the clubs like Joe’s Pub to play theaters across North America; first, opening for Jerry Seinfeld at...

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Trump vs. Bernie takes over @midnight for a full-hour, reconvening for Fusion debate taping

Comedy Central’s fake game show, @midnight, aired an unprecedented full-hour episode last night devoted to Trump vs. Bernie — aka comedians Anthony Atamanuik and James Adomian — as host Chris Hardwick moderated a debate version of the show instead. Click here to watch the @midnight Trump vs. Bernie episode in full. You’ll have another chance to watch the comedians impersonate the most outrageous candidates of the 2016 presidential campaign, for better or worse, as they tape their first mock debate for Fusion. Trump vs. Bernie films a live TV taping on Tuesday, March 29, in Burbank. Get tickets here....

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