Day: May 23, 2018

Comedy Central expands Up Next showcases at Clusterfest to include sketch/variety acts in addition to stand-ups

Look out, Montreal’s New Faces (now sponsored by ICM!)! There’s a new comedy showcase coming for your prestige. Comedy Central’s Up Next, which debuted last year at the inaugural Clusterfest in San Francisco, is expanding in year two to include not only up-and-coming stand-ups, but also sketch comedians and variety acts. Chris Redd will host with special guest Tim Dillon on the first showcase Friday, June 1; Julian McCullough hosts with guest Mark Normand on Saturday; and Matthew Broussard hosts the variety showcase on Sunday. All shows will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in the 415...

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus honored with the 2018 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

Congratulations to Julia Louis-Dreyfus, named today as the 21st annual recipient of The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will present Louis-Dreyfus with her award on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall with a gala performance featuring her famous friends and peers. The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor recognizes individuals who have had an impact on American society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th-century novelist and essayist Samuel Clemens, best known as Mark Twain. As a social commentator, satirist, and creator of characters, Clemens was a...

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New York Television Festival selects indie pilots for 2018 competition

The 2018 New York Television Festival has selected 59 original pilots and pitches for its annual Independent Pilot Competition this July. This year’s festival, the 14th NYTVF, takes place in the summer for the first time – July 14-20, 2018 at The Helen Mills Theater and Event Space, with select events at the SVA Theatre. “Some of the most compelling storytelling on TV is coming from writers and creators with a variety of backgrounds, and this has become a real inspiration point for the next generation of creators.  We are seeing this in full force in 2018, and the unique stories being brought...

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