Month: August 2017

First look at Jerry Seinfeld’s first Netflix special: “Jerry Before Seinfeld”

Jerry Seinfeld’s first Netflix special, Jerry Before Seinfeld, premieres Sept. 19, 2017. In a year in which every A-list stand-up has released a new hour for Netflix, Seinfeld looks like he has made an effort to truly make his newest hour special by looking backward. As this first-look clip highlights, Seinfeld not only has returned to his original home club, The Comic Strip in New York City, as well as his earliest jokes, but also has included childhood videos, home movies, and new documentary footage as he went back home to Long Island. Roll the clip!...

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Hoda and Kathie Lee torture three aspiring comedians and Craig Ferguson during morning “happy hour”

Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford, drinking white wine at 10 in the morning, forcing sober comedian Craig Ferguson to sit next to them on live TV and judge three aspiring stand-up comedians who are tasked with performing 45 seconds each, back to back to back, to “crack up” Craig. Who books this? Watch this highlight from Monday morning’s Today on NBC, featuring a gracious Ferguson, gamely playing along and making nice with the three comics: James Goff, Ali Kolbert and Bowen Yang. Roll the...

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Here is the schedule for Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents half-hours for Fall 2017

Formerly known as Comedy Central Presents, and later The Half Hour, Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents… will deliver 13 new half-hours of stand-up comedy from up-and-comers, coming at you in back-to-back episodes late Friday nights this fall starting Sept. 15, 2017. This season, filmed like last year in New Orleans, features Adam Cayton-Holland, Anthony DeVito, Jo Firestone, Solomon Georgio, Casey James Salengo, Sam Jay, Josh Johnson, Joel Kim Booster, Chris Redd, Yamaneika Saunders, Julio Torres, Shane Torres, and Jenny Zigrino. A preview episode featuring highlights of all of them — plus the late Lashonda Lester, who died just days before taping her half-hour...

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Episode #169: Ryan Hamilton

Ryan Hamilton grew up in a small town in Idaho and studied broadcasting before turning to comedy. Hamilton calls several comedy scenes home, and that perhaps allowed him to emerge nationally in the mid-2000s in Sierra Mist’s America’s Next Great Comic Search. He’s also won the Great American Comedy Festival contest, and performed multiple times at Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival, where I caught up with Hamilton before the debut of his first Netflix special, Happy Face. So let’s get to it! http://traffic.libsyn.com/thecomicscomic/Ryan20Hamilton20Edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: Android |...

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Jack Black and Richard Linklater on their unlikely partnership on 2003’s feel-good hit, School of Rock

Scott Rudin needed to persuade both star Jack Black and director Richard Linklater that Linklater was the right choice to direct 2003’s film, School of Rock. As these new interviews for an American Masters documentary on Linklater prove 14 years later. “At first we were like, that doesn’t make sense because this is like a feel-good hit of the summer type of thing, and we both thought of Richard Linklater as more an art-house type of guy,” said Black. Linklater initially declined the offer to direct School of Rock, but producer Rudin wouldn’t take no for an answer, insisting...

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