Day: February 18, 2019

Mo’Nique and Steve Harvey hash it out on a televised heart-to-heart

On Steve Harvey’s show last week, Mo’Nique sat down and things got rather heated, rather quickly. You see, Mo’Nique is still mad about who did or did not have her back when she went public last year about Netflix not wanting to pay her what she’s worth for a comedy special. So when Harvey asked her why she became tagged as difficult to work with, well, that didn’t sit right with her. “We got labeled as ‘difficult’ because I said one word — and that was ‘no,’” she stated. “Now I said no to some very powerful people.. .the...

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Samantha Bee returning to DC for second annual “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner”

The actual White House Correspondents’ Dinner may not feature any comedians in 2019. Which makes Samantha Bee’s Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner even more special its second time around. “I vowed never to host a NWHCD ever again,” Bee said. “But the White House Correspondents’ Association has left me no choice—it is now up to comedy journalists to take care of real journalists. Even if those journalists insist on wearing corduroy.”“It’s bigger than just the Free Press this time around,” said Bee. “This is about the non-sexy parts of the First Amendment too—and if the White House Correspondents’...

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Paramount Network’s “I Am Richard Pryor” documentary will premiere at SXSW 2019

Paramount Network announced that the next installment of its award-winning I Am documentary franchise will focus on the late great Richard Pryor. I Am Richard Pryor will have its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 12, then debut on Paramount Network on March 15. Here’s the trailer! I Am Richard Pryor includes exclusive interviews with comedians, filmmakers, family, and friends including Sandra Bernhard, Ron De Blasio, Dr. Todd Boyd, Michael Epps, Tiffany Haddish, Henry Jaglom, Howie Mandel, Thom Mount, Ishmael Reed, Scott Saul, Michael Schultz, Greg Tate, Lily Tomlin, Rocco Urbisci, Jimmie Walker, and Jennifer Pryor. “We are committed to...

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Review: Roy Wood Jr., “No One Loves You” on Comedy Central

Roy Wood Jr. made what I still believe was the best stand-up comedy special of 2017. For his second hour on Comedy Central, No One Loves You, the comedian and correspondent on The Daily Show opens with a flair for the dramatic. The lights come up inside The Vic in Chicago, revealing the comedian already standing onstage, microphone in hand. No time to waste. Let’s get right to it. And Wood does with an opening routine assailing the national anthem. “If you want more people to stand for the anthem, change the song!” Wood declares. “Patriotism is a feeling....

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Review: Chris Distefano, “Size 38 Waist” on Comedy Central

Chris Distefano comes out of old-school New York City. How old school? The Bronx-born actor Chazz Palminteri introduces him onstage for his first hour special, Size 38 Waist, and also appears in a pre-opening sketch outside the Brooklyn venue. Distefano’s father and grandfather are connected. As in exactly what you thought when you saw I typed connected. He’s also connected with Comedy Central already, having been tapped by the network to host interstitials with the comedians who filmed other specials, asking them Stupid Questions. And in the beginning of his special, Distefano comes across as a younger version of...

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