Day: April 22, 2016

Flashback Friday: Ken Jeong made his TV debut as a stand-up on The View in 2001, Dr. Ken makes stand-up debut on ABC season finale

On tonight’s season finale of Dr. Ken on ABC, Ken Jeong’s title character makes his stand-up debut at the Laugh Factory. In real life, Jeong made his TV debut on ABC’s The View, and this week he revisited the scene of the crime — where he won the show’s search for America’s Funniest Doctor back in 2001. One of The View‘s judges for that contest was Jeffrey Ross, and Ross brings it full circle by appearing in tonight’s episode of Dr. Ken, too. Roll the clip, which includes scenes from all three of the aforementioned TV...

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Review: Patton Oswalt, “Talking For Clapping” (Netflix)

My latest review for Decider is up, covering the new Patton Oswalt special, Talking For Clapping — his fifth hour of stand-up recorded on video and first exclusively for Netflix. Here’s an excerpt of my review: “If I want three Vicodin, I have to do the ‘Coffee is for closers’ speech from the beginning of Glengarry Glen Ross to my doctor, and I gotta nail it. Maybe I’ll get three Vicodin out of the guy,” Oswalt observes. “If you make it past 70 in this country, you are invited to a pill party that would bring Bob Fosse back to life and...

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Chyna and Robby Roadsteamer: Joan Laurer’s last year making funny videos with Rob Potylo

You knew Joan Laurer as Chyna, the bodybuilder who broke through the gender lines of professional wrestling and became a superstar with the WWE when it was still known as the WWF in the late 1990s. Billed as “The Ninth Wonder of the World,” Chyna became the first and only woman to win the wrestling league’s International Championship belt, but after she left in 2001, the wrestling community turned its back on her. She made sex tapes and porn films, and fell into reality shows whose titles described her circumstances: The Surreal Life; Celebrity Rehab. Last summer, though, Chyna seemed...

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