Day: November 19, 2018

Episode #234: Anthony Cumia

Anthony Cumia was installing heaters and air conditioners at 33 when a song parody he wrote about OJ Simpson caught the attention of a Long Island radio DJ named Gregg Hughes. Hughes invited Cumia to sit in with him, and from there, The Opie and Anthony Show was born. That was 1994. Twenty years later, SiriusXM fired Cumia after one ill-advised stunt and Tweetstorm too many, and ended the jock duo’s reign of shock and comedy. But Cumia rebounded by starting a livestream from his home. Now he’s built a thriving network of 10 shows out of a Manhattan...

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Here’s the list of Fringe Encores coming to Soho this fall/winter

After a sold-out run in London, Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s award-winning comedic play that inspired her hit Amazon comedy is coming to New York City for a five-week run in 2019. Fleabag will run from Feb. 28 through April 7, 2019, at the Soho Playhouse. But you don’t have to wait that long to see some of the best shows from Fringe Festivals around the world in NYC. The Fringe Encore Series already has begun at the SoHo Playhouse. This year’s selections: BUTT KAPINSKY: A FILM NOIR created by and starring Deanna Fleysher (Nov. 16-30) TJ DAWE: A CANADIAN BARTENDER AT BUTLINS...

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Syfy orders animated version of Weekend Update called Alien News Desk

Here’s an interesting development for fans/followers of Saturday Night Live. SNL’s Weekend Update is reproducing! More specifically, the people who write and produce Weekend Update are now also going to write and produce an animated series called Alien News Desk for Syfy, starring SNL vet Will Forte and current cast member Heidi Gardner as its anchors. It’ll debut early in 2019. The initial order is for 12 episodes, airing in late night. “The expansion into original animation and late night marks the next step in the evolution of SYFY, and builds on the successes we’ve had bringing new, younger...

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Jimmy Kimmel launches new production shingle, Kimmelot

Take off, Jackhole. While Jimmy Kimmel will remain a partner in the studio he co-founded with Adam Carolla and Daniel Kellison before launching The Man Show way back in the day, the ABC late-night TV host has just started a new media company for all of his future ventures. It’s called Kimmelot. Kimmel is joining forces now with Brent Montgomery and his firm, Wheelhouse Entertainment. Kimmelot will develop and produce unscripted and scripted projects for TV and streaming services as well as app/mobile-based content. “Brent’s vision for Wheelhouse Entertainment is simple and brilliant and I knew immediately that I...

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R.I.P. David “Deacon” Gray

David “Deacon” Gray, the stand-up comedian who also nurtured a generation of Denver-area comedians as the new talent coordinator at Comedy Works since 2004, died over the weekend. He had cancer. Gray grew up in Oklahoma City, graduated high school in 1983 and started comedy on March 5, 1986, according to his Facebook page. He wrote there for his occupation: “I open for the biggest names in the business each week at Comedy Works in Denver, but I also do select road work and corporate gigs.” Gray won the first stand-up competition at Nebraska’s Great American Comedy Festival in 2007, and...

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