Month: April 2018

Meet Me In New York: Rob Cantrell

What do they say about New York City: There are eight million stories, and sometimes it seems as though eight million of the people telling them think they’re comedians? No, that’s not it. It is a fact, though, that America’s biggest city is also its biggest comedy mecca. Hollywood may be Hollywood, but New York City is where comedians are born funny, become funny or arrive to thrust their funny upon us. I think we should meet some of these people. This is a recurring feature, a mini-profile of newcomers, up-and-comers and overcomers of New York’s vibrant comedy scene....

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YouTube Red orders up sitcom starring Adam Pally, Sam Richardson and Jay Pharoah

Some parts of the Happy Ending gang are finding a new beginning in 2019 with a YouTube Red series that’ll star Adam Pally alongside Sam Richardson and Jay Pharoah. To wit: The creator of Happy Endings, David Caspe, that show’s writers Daniel Libman and Matthew Libman, executive producer Jamie Tarses, studio Sony Pictures TV, plus Dustin Davis, who was an ABC exec then and is head of YouTube Originals comedy development now, are working with Pally on this new joint. No title yet. The pitch: “Every rapper has a crew he can’t live without… and vice versa.” Did someone ask David...

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Showtime to showcase Romesh Ranganathan in “Just Another Immigrant” docu-series

Romesh Ranganathan will star in his own docu-comedy series for Showtime,Just Another Immigrant, with two half-hour episodes airing on Fridays for five weeks this summer, starting June 8, 2018. The series description, via Showtime:   Just Another Immigrant follows Romesh Ranganathan, one of the most popular stand-ups in the UK, as he uproots his entire family – his supportive wife, their three kids, his Sri Lankan mother and his eccentric uncle – and immigrates to the U.S. Displaced in Los Angeles, Ranganathan attempts to find success and happiness, while rebuilding a life from scratch. In addition to his efforts to adapt, he has committed himself to...

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Episode #204: Jim O’Heir

Jim O’Heir is an Emmy-winning actor and comedian best known for co-starring as Jerry Gergich on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation. He’s a Chicago guy who trained at Second City in the 1980s, then thrived in an independent improv and sketch group called White Noise, which took him out to Hollywood. O’Heir enjoyed tons of small guest-starring roles on TV for the past two decades before landing his big break with Parks and Rec. Now he’s hosting “Lullaby League,” an a cappella singing competition that debuted this April via YouTube and PopTV. We talk about Chicago comedy in the 1980s, what it’s...

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Michelle Wolf speaks at the White House Correspondents Dinner

Michelle Wolf let ’em have it right from the get-go in her keynote address at the 2018 White House Correspondents Association Dinner. Wolf, acknowledging the audience might not know her, said she was 32, “10 years too young to host this event, and 20 years too old for Roy Moore.” President Trump wasn’t there (again), but his press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was. “Reince gave me a thumbs up.” She also started a new call-and-response with “Trump is so broke…” HOW BROKE IS HE??? Roll...

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