Day: January 24, 2019

Cedric The Entertainer entertaining first First & Goal Comedy Bowl special

Lots of folks converge on whichever city hosts the Super Bowl. This year, Cedric the Entertainer is going to entertain those masses and film it for his first of what’s expected to become an annual even: The 1st & Goal Comedy Bowl. It’ll take place Feb. 1, 2019, the Friday before the Super Bowl, at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. Performing on the bill with Cedric: Deon Cole, DC Young Fly and Michael Blackson. It’ll be filmed and produced for distribution on a variety of platforms including in high definition 360 VR. A portion of the...

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Amazon finally gets into the original stand-up comedy special business, starting with Jim Gaffigan

Amazon announced today it will launch Jim Gaffigan’s seventh stand-up special, Quality Time, as its first original stand-up comedy special for Prime Video, to premiere later in 2019.  Gaffigan is up for a Grammy for last year’s special, Noble Ape, which premiered everywhere but Netflix. Quality Time will be recorded live at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, MN on March 9, 2019.  Quality Time is directed by Jeannie Gaffigan, and executive produced by Brian Volk-Weiss & Cisco Henson (of Comedy Dynamics) with Alex Murray (Brillstein Entertainment Partners). All five of Gaffigan’s scheduled Minneapolis performances are already sold out. Quality Time is distributed and produced by Comedy Dynamics....

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National Comedy Center acquires Ernie Kovacs archives

Ernie Kovacs would have turned 100 yesterday (the comedy legend died in 1962 at the age of 42), and to celebrate, The National Comedy Center announced the acquisition and display of never-before-seen material and rare artifacts courtesy of the comedian’s estate. The collection includes notes and sketches in Kovacs’ own hand, annotated scripts, candid backstage photography, screen-used props and wardrobe, personal effects, and rare production documents that chronicle the career of “Television’s Original Genius,” as well as the history of the early television industry. “The Ernie Kovacs Centennial Exhibit” will debut in August 2019, during the National Comedy Center’s...

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Lucas Bros. show transformed into impromptu memorial fundraiser for the late Kevin Barnett: The Bird Luger Extravaganza

This Friday night’s show by The Lucas Brothers at The Bell House in Brooklyn now will be an all-star tribute and fundraiser for the late Kevin Barnett. Barnett died suddenly this week while vacationing in Mexico. He was only 32. Barnett co-starred and co-wrote Friends of The People with The Lucas Brothers, Jermaine Fowler, Lil Rel, Jen Bartels and Josh Rabinowitz for truTV. He also wrote for The Lucas Brothers animated series, and with Rabinowitz co-created Rel, which premiered this fall on FOX. Barnett and Rabinowitz also had just made a pilot in 2018 for Comedy Central: Kevin Vs....

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