Author: Sean L. McCarthy

NerdMelt Showroom and Meltdown Comics closing end of March 2018

April Fool’s Day will be the worst prank ever for fans of Meltdown Comics and the NerdMelt Showroom for comedy inside of it. The joint is closing for good on March 30, 2018. We are very sad to announce the closure of the NerdMelt Showroom starting March 30th. Thanks to all the performers, producers, audience members, staff, and anyone else who helped build this wonderful community. Much love to you all! — NerdMelt Showroom (@NerdMelt) March 21, 2018 That Twitter link brings you to this note: We know this is very soon and unexpected; it’s as much of...

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Here’s the lineup for Seth Rogen’s Hilarity for Charity comedy special on Netflix

That Hilarity For Charity fund-raiser I told you about last fall that would be presented on Netflix? Yeah, that’s still happening. Now with an official lineup and release date. Roll the clip! The event films this Saturday at the Hollywood Palladium, with a lineup including Tiffany Haddish, Sarah Silverman, Michelle Wolf, John Mulaney, James Corden,The Muppets, Post Malone, Nick Kroll, Kumail Nanjiani, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Che, Craig Robinson & The Nasty Delicious. “We started the Los Angeles variety show six years ago in order to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s, a disease that has touched so many families...

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New York Magazine’s Vulture has gobbled up Splitsider

The student is now the master? Former Splitsider writer (now Vulture Senior Editor) Jesse David Fox and his colleagues at New York magazine have acquired Splitsider. Since launching in 2010, Splitsider had been part of The Awl Network of blog sites, which recently ceased operations. Now it will “be integrated into Vulture, as a destination for comedy coverage,” according to a press release announcing the acquisition.” Splitsider’s editor, Megh Wright, will join Vulture with the acquisition, forming the basis of a new comedy department with Fox. A new and improved Vulture will launch in May, timed to the 2018...

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Howie Mandel and ICM Partners acquire Just For Laughs

Sacre bleu! Just For Laughs Group (Groupe Juste Pour Rire), responsible for throwing the biggest comedy festival in the world each July in Montreal, as well as fests in Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney, television specials, series and tours, has new owners. Howie Mandel and ICM Partners top an investor group that has acquired JFL founder Gil Rozon’s stake in the group. They’re seeking other investors from Quebec. Mandel, best known now as a judge for America’s Got Talent, is not only a Canadian native but also a mainstay at JFL galas, hosting multiple specials in recent years that have...

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Larry King and Dennis Miller embarking on comedy tour as “The King and The Jester”

Last year, Larry King had Dennis Miller on as a guest on King’s s Larry King Now which airs on ORA, Hulu and RT America. This year, they’re hitting the road together for a storytelling and stand-up comedy tour called “The King and The Jester.” Their tour kicks off June 2, 2018, at The Comerica Theatre in Phoenix. “For many years I wanted to call in to the Larry King Show but I was too intimidated…so I thought, I will just do a show with him,” Miller said. King added, “Dennis Miller is one of the funniest, brightest and insightful people I’ve ever interviewed. I’m really looking...

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