Day: February 22, 2017

Louis CK joins everyone else who’s big in comedy with a Netflix special in 2017

We’re eight weeks into 2017, and already Netflix has announced or released stand-up comedy specials from the following: Dave Chappelle Chris Rock Jerry Seinfeld Louis CK Amy Schumer Sarah Silverman Jim Norton Bill Burr Trevor Noah Mike Birbiglia Jim Gaffigan Neal Brennan Cristela Alonzo Jen Kirkman Gad Elmaleh Katherine Ryan The Louis CK deal became official today, and he chatted with me about his decision to join everyone else at Netflix this year. His deal includes two specials; the first, called 2017, was filmed a few weeks ago and will be released April 4. Read all about what’s happening...

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Dan Whitney on learning the business of show and making Larry the Cable Guy a star

Before Dan Whitney became Larry the Cable Guy, he called up radio stations with what then was an even more popular character or two: Rose and Iris, two little old ladies from Boca Raton, Fla. He reminisced about his pre-Larry prank calls in a new interview for In Depth with Graham Bensinger, which airs in syndication this weekend. Let’s go back to West Palm Beach radio in the early 1990s… At his peak, he figured he had 27 radio stations nationwide in his calling rotation. “Some I would call three days a week. Some I would call one day...

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“Oscar Bait” starring Seth Meyers and his Late Night crew

Not since Tropic Thunder have we seen someone tackle the notion of “Oscar Bait” quite as accurately as Seth Meyers did last night on his NBC talker, Late Night with Seth Meyers. Here he was, in as the credits tell us if you didn’t blink and miss ’em, A Shoemaker Film, directed by Mike Karnell, with story by Seth Reiss, screenplay by Reiss, Amber Ruffin and Jenny Hagel, and an appearance by Frank Garcia-Hejl. Roll the...

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Just For Laughs now open to your 2017 pitches for TV and webseries

Montreal’s Just For Laughs comedy festival has now opened its annual call for submissions for you to come up and pitch your TV shows and webseries and industry executives this July. As in past years, the Just For Laughs ComedyPRO conference is hosting the Stand Up & Pitch contest where finalists will deliver their pitches in front of live audiences for the chance to get development deals. Stand Up & Pitch happens in conjunction with the New York Television Festival (NYTVF) and the International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV), and past sessions have seen the launches of concepts including My 90 Year Old...

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