Day: August 2, 2016

Funny or Die lays off 37, shutters Silicon Valley engineering office

Just a few days after throwing its annual bash in Montreal for the comedy industry gathered at Just For Laughs, Funny or Die announced today it’d lay off 37 jobs — 30 percent of its workforce — and close the office in San Mateo, Calif., where the comedy company’s engineers worked. Here’s the official statement from Funny or Die: “While Funny Or Die has grown as a company over the last several years, we’ve remained committed to creating premium comedy. As we move into the future, we’ve decided to double-down and re-focus on making the kind of content that...

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Louis CK performing surprise show to benefit Acme Comedy Co. in Minneapolis

This just in: Louis CK is making an unscheduled extra stop on his stand-up tour in Minneapolis tonight. As Acme Comedy Co. told fans in an email this afternoon: “Louis CK heard about the recent struggles with the construction around Acme Comedy Co. and wanted to help out. He reached out and tonight at 10pm there is a surprise show with 100% of the ticket sales going to the club.” And just like that, it’s reportedly sold out. CK already was booked to play the Target Center arena at 8 p.m. tonight. Further reading: Previously in municipal problems plaguing Acme...

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The new 2016 cast of MADtv on The CW on finding their roles, and team bonding

MADtv‘s revival happened quickly. Four months ago, The CW announced it’d reboot the old FOX late-night sketch comedy series from the 1990s and 2000s, with the original creators finding a new cast. Two months ago, they announced their new cast. Last week, they premiered in primetime! It’s more than a whirlwind for the eight comedians thrown into the network TV spotlight: Carlie Craig, Chelsea Davison, Jeremy D. Howard, Amir K, Lyric Lewis, Piotr Michael, Michelle Ortiz and Adam Ray. I caught up with two of them between tapings. How have you and the rest of the group bonded since getting cast,...

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Lavell Crawford drops 120 pounds

Lavell Crawford joked about his weight and his battle with “the sugar” over the course of finishing runner-up on Last Comic Standing, panels on Chelsea Lately and his own hour-long stand-up comedy specials, and shined playing Better Call Saul‘s bodyguard/assistant on Breaking Bad. But since filming a supporting role in the new movie, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Crawford has lost upward of 120 pounds. Just take a look at his face (above) from a week ago. He’s gotten into even better shape than when he cited the “120 pound” weight-loss in late July. As he joked last...

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Drew Hastings faces court trial in allegations he committed felonies as mayor of Hillsboro, Ohio

Drew Hastings, the stand-up comedian with two decades of performing experience who’s serving his second four-year term as the mayor of Hillsboro, Ohio, will stand trial this fall on felony allegations including election falsification, theft, theft in office and tampering with records. Hastings entered not guilty pleas Monday at his arraignment in court. The judge also entered a pre-trial publicity order instructing everyone involved in the case to avoid commenting to the media directly or indirectly via social media. As The Times-Gazette reported, Judge Patricia Ann Cosgrove of the Highland County Common Pleas Court said: “We’re going to try this case in the...

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