Day: April 20, 2016

Gary Owen’s family earns BET reality series order: “Gary Owen Family”

Congrats to stand-up comedian Gary Owen, who with his wife and children will have his life and career documented in a new reality series for BET called Gary Owen Family! UPDATED (Sept. 12, 2016): It’s now called The Gary Owen Show, debuting Oct. 11, 2016. And I spoke with Gary Owen himself for a half-hour about his decision to do reality TV on BET, his childhood in Ohio, and the transition from the U.S. Navy to stand-up comedy. All in Episode #112 of my podcast, The Comic’s Comic Presents Last Things First, with guest Gary Owen. The cable network...

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Jerry Seinfeld and Margaret Cho to de-stress Stress Factory audience, ride in Cars Getting Coffee

Jerry Seinfeld booked two new comedy dates with Margaret Cho today. One for all of us with Internet access, and one just for the crowd upset with one of Cho’s shows last month at the Stress Factory in New Brunswick, N.J. TMZ got its hands on an email the Stress Factory sent to audience members from one of Cho’s March 26 gigs at the club, which told them to come back this Thursday, April 21, for a make-up show that’ll include a talk with Seinfeld first. Seinfeld also announced today that Cho is one of his guests for the...

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The Comedy Get Down coming to BET

Comedy Get Down, the all-star comedy tour that has been hitting up cities near you for the past year, is poised to join BET, The Comic’s Comic has learned. The comedians are set to present their new TV exploits today at the BET Upfronts in New York City. Comedy Get Down started when several comedians gathered for a benefit show in Peoria, Ill., for the late great Richard Pryor. Its main members include Cedric the Entertainer, D.L. Hughley, Eddie Griffin and Charlie Murphy, hosted by George Lopez. Their arena tour continues this weekend with dates Friday in Columbus and...

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Meet Me In New York: Rob Little

What do they say about New York City: There are eight million stories, and sometimes it seems as though eight million of the people telling them think they’re comedians? No, that’s not it. It is a fact, though, that America’s biggest city is also its biggest comedy mecca. Hollywood may be Hollywood, but New York City is where comedians are born funny, become funny or arrive to thrust their funny upon us. I think we should meet some of these people. This is a recurring feature, a mini-profile of newcomers, up-and-comers and overcomers of New York’s vibrant comedy scene....

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“We’re going for it!” The Passion of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee on TBS

Forget fire in the belly. Samantha Bee has something stirring in her “swamp.” Her word. Not mine. What already has set Bee and her weekly TBS series apart from the late-night talkers, variety hosts and satirists out there? Her passion. From standing front and center to face her audience instead of sitting behind a desk, to standing up for women and for news stories nobody else is talking about, Bee and her show runner Jo Miller know their voice and definitely know how to use it on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, as they explained Tuesday night in a...

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