Month: June 2018

R.I.P. Sean Rouse (1975-2018)

Sean Rouse, a darkly funny comedian favored by the likes of Doug Stanhope, Jim Norton and Dave Attell, has died. Rouse suffered a stroke followed by a heart attack, and did not recover. Rouse was only 43. https://twitter.com/DougStanhope/status/1013151198147301376 Rouse grew up in Katy, Texas, just west of Houston, and was one of several locals who benefited from stage time early and often at the old Laff Stop comedy club. At 24, he made the finals of Houston’s Funniest Person contest in 1999. Even then he was two kinds of sick. Onstage, his humor bathed in the darkness and the profane....

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Steve Byrne writing and directing a movie about the life of an “Opening Act”

“‪I wrote a film while on the road about starting off as a comic on the road. Now it’s officially happening. Proud to be directing this with an incredible cast and crew.” So said stand-up comedian Steve Byrne, who previously starred in the TBS sitcom Sullivan & Son from 2012-2014, and now is directing his own movie, The Opening Act, starring Jimmy O. Yang from Silicon Valley. Filming has begun in Los Angeles, with producers Vince Vaughn and Peter Billingsley (who have shepherded Byrne since their first Wild West Comedy Tour, and now with Wild West Picture Show Productions)....

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Jordan Peele and Charlie Sanders creating “Weird City” series for YouTube Premium

If you enjoyed Get Out, and most of you certainly did, myself included, then you’ll be excited to know that Oscar-winning writer Jordan Peele is now creating a new twisted sci-fi anthology series for YouTube Premium. Weird City will debut in 2019, co-created by Peele and Charlie Sanders, nominated for an Emmy for helping write Key & Peele. “Writer/creator Charlie Sanders and I collaborated on some Key & Peele sketches that took on everything from the ‘Black Republicans’ to ‘Continental Breakfasts’ to ‘Family Matters’,” said Jordan Peele. “Now, with YouTube we present a series of comedy driven twisted-ass science...

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Comedy Central launching UK festival in October 2018

Hot off the heels of launching a successful comedy and music festival in San Francisco with the second annual Clusterfest, Comedy Central is ready to do it up across the pond with a three-day stand-up fest in the UK. Jimmy Carr, Russell Howard and Katherine Ryan will headline Comedy Central Live, debuting Oct. 5-7, 2018, at Southampton’s Hoglands Park. The initial lineup includes… Friday • Main Stage @ 1pm – Rob Delaney, Lee Nelson, Doc Brown, Suzi Ruffell, Joe Wilkinson • Main Stage @ 3.45pm – Reginald D Hunter, Doc Brown, Alex Edelman, Lauren Pattison, Phil Wang • Main Stage...

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