Day: June 8, 2016

D.J. Demers auditions for America’s Got Talent 2016

Canadian stand-up comedian D.J. Demers made his American TV debut a couple of years ago on Conan, and will be filming a one-hour comedy special later this month in Toronto. But Demers has higher aspirations down here in the United States. “I wear hearing aids. I’m from Canada. Two disabilities,” Demers told the judges Tuesday night on America’s Got Talent. “Sorry, Howie.” He has fun with the silent moments. Because. Obviously. Just having some fun. Roll the...

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“Laughter Coach” Tita Begashaw auditions for America’s Got Talent 2016

What is a Laughter Coach? Tita Begashaw, a 62-year-old from Seattle, is here to fill us in. She went by just her first name, Tita, when she approached the judges on Tuesday night’s second episode of auditions for America’s Got Talent 2016. Does laughter begat more laughter? Is laughter contagious? Why, yes! Of course. But is it enough to sustain a full headlining show six nights a week in a Las Vegas resort and casino? Probably not. Spoiler alert! You’ll also hear how Tita thinks penguins laugh. Roll the clip. Here’s Tita in happier times in Seattle, circa 2013,...

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Famous comedians support Jhpiego, even if they cannot pronounce the agency’s name

Jhpiego is an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University that works to bring quality health care services to women around the world. Many comedians have supported the agency’s causes, and at a “Laughter is the Best Medicine” Gala last month, the agency recognized Comedy Central President Kent Alterman and actress Julie Bowen for their work. Now a new Funny or Die PSA — starring Will Ferrell, Amy Schumer, Kristen Schaal, Hannibal Buress, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson — helps spread the word, even if they cannot pronounce the word. Word. More on Jhpiego? You got...

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Maya Rudolph and Tina Fey sing a 1970s-style variety TV music medley

Maya Rudolph joined Tina Fey onstage at SNL years ago for a Mother’s Day episode monologue to sing together, and last night, Fey returned the favor for the second episode of NBC’s Maya and Marty. Both former SNL stars copped to loving 1970s-era variety TV series — citing Sonny and Cher, Donny and Marie, and the Carol Burnett Show — before climbing atop high stools, grasping skinny microphones and launching into an old-school music medley of their own. Including “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again,” Rudolph impersonating Charo on “Love Will Keep Us Together,” Fey and Rudolph channeling Joni...

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