Day: May 27, 2016

Now “Coming to the Stage,” Meet Mr. Microphone

As Comedy Dynamics first stand-up showcase series, Coming To The Stage, has entered its third season of half-hour stand-up showcases on Hulu, the comedy production house has decided to launch a spin-off series of scripted interstitial moments for its mascot character, Mr. Microphone. “Like a few great shows, Mr. Microphone actually began as a doodle and snowballed into a television series,” Comedy Dynamics president Brian Volk-Weiss told The Hollywood Reporter last week. “It’s an honor to follow in The Simpsons‘ footsteps.” The pilot found Mr. Microphone —  a 7’2″ microphone and stand-up comic, who only has five minutes of...

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An Unexpected Gift: The 1993 Answering Machine Recordings of Phil Hartman for a Fan

Phil Hartman was “The Glue” that held together the all-time greatest cast among several generations of famous funny comedians on Saturday Night Live over the past 41 years. So Hartman’s death at 49, murdered by his third wife in his sleep on May 28, 1998, brought a brilliant career so suddenly to an end, so shockingly that many fans may still remember where they were when they heard the news. I still do. In 1998, he was wowing us onscreen while holding down the center in two critically-acclaimed sitcoms, starring on NBC’s NewsRadio and performing multiple voices on FOX’s The...

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