Day: August 15, 2016

Here are the independent comedy pilots accepted into the 2016 New York Television Festival (NYTVF)

The New York Television Festival (NYTVF) announced today that it’d accepted a record 63 independent pilots for its TV and digital consideration this fall. “We were blown away by the talent and creativity of this year’s submissions – across the board it was a record-setting year and we had an extremely difficult task in identifying the competition slate. As the TV landscape has evolved and become more competitive over the last decade, we’ve endeavored to complement that growth by cultivating new voices, engaging the industry, and creating a pipeline of opportunities on all sides of the episodic spectrum to maximize the potential...

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Comedy Central cancels “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore”

The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore will be no more after this week. Comedy Central has canceled the late-night satire series after a year and a half. It’s last episode will air Thursday. Wilmore broke the news to his staff this morning. “Even though we’ve given it a year and a half, we’ve been hoping against hope that it would start to click with our audience, but it hasn’t happened and we’ve haven’t seen evidence of it happening,” Comedy Central President Kent Alterman told The New York Times. “I’m really grateful to Comedy Central, Jon Stewart, and our fans...

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Episode #108: Bert Kreischer, Live from Just For Laughs Montreal

Bert Kreischer is my special guest today, in an episode recorded in front of a live audience at the 2016 Just For Laughs festival in Montreal. He literally is the “Life of the Party: Stories of a Perpetual Man-Child.” That’s the title of his 2014 memoir — it describes how Bert’s life changed as a sixth-year senior at Florida State University when Rolling Stone magazine visited and profiled him. That magazine article became the basis for the film, National Lampoon’s Van Wilder, starring Ryan Reynolds as a buffer Bert. Kreischer currently hosts two different TV series for the Travel Channel:...

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