Day: July 23, 2018

Champs and challengers from Seasons 1-2 will feel the heat on Season 3 of Comedy Central’s Roast Battle

Please excuse the following comedians from Montreal’s Just For Laughs this week, as they’ll be too busy doing battle in Los Angeles for Season 3 of Comedy Central’s Roast Battle: Todd Barry, Pat Barker, Nicole Becannon, Matthew Broussard, Keith Carey, Kim Congdon, Alex Duong, Joe Eurell, Olivia Grace, Tony Hinchcliffe, Jerron Horton, Mike Lawrence, Joe List, Joe Machi, Connor McSpadden, Sam Morril, Jamar Neighbors, Mark Normand, Eli Sairs, Yamaneika Saunders, Jason Sklar, Randy Sklar, Sarah Tiana, Sarah Tollemache, Robin Tran, Brendon Walsh, WWE wrestler Dolph Ziggler, judges Anthony Jeselnik and NIkki Glaser, and host Jeff Ross. They’re filming this Tuesday,...

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Presenting the JFL Montreal New Faces Class of 2018, soon to be seen on Amazon Prime Video!

Some comedians and industry folk joked that Just For Laughs could no longer really do New Faces in Montreal now that the ICM agency had purchased a large stake in the comedy festival. ICM certainly is getting the last laughs. They’ve packaged New Faces 2018 into a streaming TV series docu-drama with Amazon Prime. So cameras already were rolling across America as comedians auditioned, and then found out if they were getting the call to head to Montreal this week. Former New Face and favored JFL host Alonzo Bodden will host the first showcases this Wednesday. And here are...

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Episode #217: Paul Mecurio

Paul Mecurio is seen every night by audiences of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, as he warms them up before the CBS cameras turn on for taping. Mecurio graduated from law school and started out on Wall Street, though, before ever discovering his passions for comedy and getting a big break by selling a joke to Jay Leno. Mecurio has known Colbert for more than two decades, as he was one of the original writers hired for The Daily Show with Craig Kilborn back in 1996. Along the way, he has won an Emmy and a Peabody. He also played a role in a...

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Kevin Smith helps launch Rivit TV with his “Hollyweed” pilot

First came Channel 101. Screening 5-minute shorts, and asking audiences to vote for their favorites to return for new episodes since 2003. Then came Amazon Prime, which started making originals by allowing consumers to view all of the potential pilots first and weigh in with votes and comments. Now comes Rivit TV, a new TV platform allowing viewers to decide which all-new TV pilots they’d like to greenlight to series, and how much they’d be willing to spend per episode should that happen. The more people who decide to pitch in, the more likely the show gets made and the...

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“Hammerhead” takes top honors at 2018 New York Television Festival

A hotbed for independent pilots and development deals, the first-ever summer edition of the New York Television Festival wrapped over the weekend, with Hammerhead taking top honors as both Best of the Fest and winning the NYTVF Critics Award. Just in time for Shark Week, too! Hammerhead isn’t that kind of TV show, though. Created by New Yorker Dean Imperial, the independent TV pilot follows “an ambitious, driven, and deceptively cunning young man with a deformed forehead (who) leaves his father’s home after graduate school determined to climb the ladder of success in New York City.” And in the...

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