Day: December 6, 2016

For SiriusXM documentary on Redd Foxx, Jamie Foxx tells why he chose the same stage surname

SiriusXM will broadcast a newly updated audio documentary Friday about the late comedy legend Redd Foxx, on what would have been his birthday. Foxx recorded several “party albums” of stand-up long before TV viewers came to love him as the star of Sanford and Son. Foxx died from a heart attack in 1991 while rehearsing his then-new sitcom, The Royal Family. He was 68. In “Redd Foxx, We’ve Come to Join You,” comedian Jamie Foxx dishes about how he ditched his birth name, Eric Bishop, for the stage name that was one half female — to try to trick...

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FOX’s “Showtime at the Apollo” 2016 primetime special

In case you missed it, Showtime at the Apollo returned in a big way last night with a two-hour primetime special on FOX, hosted by Steve Harvey. “This theater made me who I am today,” Harvey said, calling it a “proving ground” not just for himself, but for everyone who has performed on the weekly Amateur Night competitions over the past several decades. “If you think you’re funny, we’ll let you know. And if you’re not, we’ll let you know,” Harvey said. Clips showed early performances from Adam Sandler, Cedric the Entertainer, Martin Lawrence, Chris Rock and Tracy Morgan from...

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Sam Morril on Conan

Sam Morril returned to perform again on Conan on Monday night, and if you think his stand-up runs a bit dark, then just remember he’s no Bill Cosby. Also, he’s no Bill Cosby. So there is that, and besides, Morril helps put other things in perspective. Such as what’s a true miracle. And how to handle a Big Brothers interview. Roll the clip!  ...

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Chris Rock announces “Total Blackout” stand-up comedy tour in 2017

Chris Rock already has signed on the dotted line for two new stand-up comedy specials for Netflix, so it’s more than about time for the celebrated stand-up comedian to hit the road in preparation for same. “Total Blackout” is Rock’s first full stand-up comedy tour in nine years, as Rock explained in his announcement late Monday night outside The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. The tour kicks off Valentine’s Day and continues through June. Here are your dates and ticket info! Tickets start going on pre-sale for same dates on Wednesday. Chris Rock: Total Blackout, 2017 14-Feb, DURHAM, NC:...

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Here are your comedians nominated for 59th Annual Grammy Awards in 2017

Amy Schumer scored big with Grammy nominations in two categories this morning — not only for Best Comedy Album for the audio version of her HBO special, Live at the Apollo, but also in Best Spoken Word Album for her narration of her memoir, The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo. Patton Oswalt, who this fall won the Emmy for his special, also received a Grammy nomination for it. Notice that the Grammy nom for David Cross also has modified the spelling of his title since you last remembered it, too. And here are all of your comedians you...

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