Day: January 10, 2017

Emily Heller on Conan

Becoming an aunt has provided Emily Heller with the proper perspective on both her parents’ capacity for love, as well as her abilities in comparison with her nephew. In Heller’s most recent stand-up performance on Monday’s Conan, she observed why certain children have to be kept on leashes, and how Donald Trump was the Air Bud of the 2016 elections. Roll the...

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MTV2 announces new weekly late-night series powered by World Star, All Def Digital

MTV2 today announced a new slate of late-night Friday programming built around comedians and hip-hop, including the first TV series from World Star Hip Hop, a sketch comedy series, and a special live season of Uncommon Sense hosted by Charlamagne Tha God. “These new shows from two of the noisiest and most relevant digital brands speak to the same young, diverse audience as MTV2, and working to bring their voices to TV is a natural fit,” said Eli Lehrer, Head of Development for MTV and Executive Vice President of MTV2. “A new live version of Uncommon Sense is an...

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The Gersh Agency gets Super-sized

Longtime comedy agent Rich Super is bringing his Super Artists into The Gersh Agency’s fold. Gersh announced the moves today. Super’s clients are coming with him, as his Super’s colleague Valentijn Sloot and the comedians he reps and books. “We are thrilled to have both Rich and Valentijn working with us,” said Rick Greenstein, head of Gersh Comedy. “I’ve known Rich for over 25 years and he is an agent with integrity, intensity and a keen eye for talent. Valentijn who has worked hand in hand with the Rich for the past several years has proven to have a great...

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Here’s your first look at “I’m Dying Up Here,” premiering June 2017 on Showtime

At Showtime’s session late Monday with the TV Critics Association (TCA) winter press tour, the pay-cable network also unveiled a premiere date and a new trailer for I’m Dying Up Here, a fictional adaptation of the true tales of comedians trying to make it in 1970s Los Angeles — when making it meant stage time at The Comedy Store and really making it meant a spot on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Names and places and plotlines have been changed. But here’s the trailer and description for you to enjoy before the series premiere on June 4, 2017....

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Showtime orders “White Famous” starring Jay Pharoah to series

Jay Pharoah’s post-SNL career is off to a hot start! Showtime announced on Monday that it’s ordering his pilot for White Famous to series. The series, based in part on Jamie Foxx’s personal experiences as an up-and-coming comedian and actor, stars Pharoah as rising star Floyd Mooney who wonders how to balance his street cred as a comic with the temptations and possibilities of mainstream crossover. AKA, becoming “white famous.” Foxx will executive produce and have a recurring onscreen role, too, while Californication creator Tim Kapinos writes and EPs, and Tim Story directs. The rest of the initial cast...

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