Author: Sean L. McCarthy

Review: “Gilbert” at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival

You know the voice of Gilbert Gottfried. But who is the man behind the voice? That’s the question Neil Berkeley wanted to answer. Berkeley, who previously directed the 2014 documentary Harmontown, wondered how character comedians lived offstage when not in character. Which naturally led him to Gottfried. Those dirty jokes. That voice, so loud, so high. Gottfried couldn’t possibly be like that all the time. Or could he? Gottfried, following a screening Tuesday night of Gilbert at the Tribeca Film Festival, said he told Berkeley initially: “I think you should set your sights much higher than that. And then after...

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20 years later, “Roseanne” revival in the works with full cast attached

Everything old can be new again in this era of Too Much TV. Re-enter Roseanne. The hit ABC sitcom, which aired 222 episodes from 1988 to 1997 and peaked at the top of the ratings in its second of nine seasons, is calling for a full reunion (no word on which Becky) in the form of an eight-episode limited series revival. Deadline broke the news today, with other trade publications quickly confirming it. Deadline reports the revival — with original series EPs Tom Werner, Roseanne Barr, and Bruce Helford plus cast member Sara Gilbert — already is shopping the reunion...

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“Tommy Maitland” will host ABC revival of The Gong Show. Or is it Mike Myers?

British comedy legend Tommy Maitland will host ABC’s revival of The Gong Show this summer. So says the press release. And yet. You’d think you would have heard of Tommy Maitland, or followed him on Twitter or seen his Facebook fan page if he were a true legend of comedy. Instead, @mrtommymaitland only went live today. But as my friend Megh Wright over at Splitsider has surmised, underneath that makeup lies one Mike Myers, most probably definitely. Myers recently re-emerged himself this past month, appearing on the NYC Podfest, and just this week talking up the potential of another...

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Lucas Brothers on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Keith and Kenny Lucas, aka Lucas Brothers, joked on Thursday’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that they’ve been unemployed for the past year. “I mean, I know we shot a special, but that’s not really work.” If you watch their Netflix special, Lucas Brothers: On Drugs, then their Nixon and Goldwater buttons make complete sense. Speaking of work, the Lucas Brothers here try to make sense out of people who compare work conditions to slavery, homeless people who have ulterior motives, and their own financial straits. Roll the...

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Russell Howard on The Late Late Show with James Corden

Russell Howard‘s “Round the World” stand-up tour has hit North America, and Howard marked his arrival by performing on Thursday’s episode of The Late Late Show with James Corden. He’s an observational comic, and he found himself here getting wistful remembering his brother’s penchant for public nudity when they were kids, Brexit and its relationship to bendy bread, and strangers who have the wrong idea about Howard and his mother. Roll the...

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