Author: Sean L. McCarthy

Comedy Central’s 2008/2009 project list

Comedy Central has revealed its list of upcoming works and pilots under the modest heading: "The Future of Comedy." Next year, prepare for a fantasy-comedy set in medieval times, "Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire," written by Peter Knight. The pilots include projects by or featuring Snoop Dogg, Andy Richter, Daniel Tosh, David Alan Grier, Nick Swardson, Paul F. Tompkins, Opie & Anthony, Zach Galifianakis and A.D. Miles. Scripted development deals go out to Bobby Lee, Jordan Rubin, Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter. And there will be specials. John Oliver’s "Terrifying Times" debuts April 20. Carlos Mencia’s hourlong "Performance Enhanced" debuts May 18. Brian Regan’s yet-untitled special will air in the third quarter of...

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Showalter vs. Miller: On the art of the diss

The following comedy lesson is brought to you by Michael Showalter, The Slipper Room, the F train and Road Runner Internet service… Comedians make fun of each other all the time. Most of the time, however, the comedian poking fun and the target of the poking are good friends and all is friendly. When the comedians don’t know each other, look out. Such was the case Tuesday night at Seth Herzog‘s Sweet showcase at The Slipper Room. Everything was going along smoothly and long as usual during the two-hour affair, with Herzog dancing like a fool, Brett Gelman presenting the angry insult comic Jimmy New York, and Showalter describing the first time he and childhood friend Herzog visited Hoagie Haven in the sixth grade. "He is like a cat rolled up in catnip, because I’m telling a story about him, instead of doing my material," Showalter said. He then followed up with an essay about dating girls with boyfriends, which if I didn’t know better, sounds like it could’ve been the inspiration for his charming comedy, The Baxter. So far, so good. Right? After some more silliness, including a discussion between Herzog and his mom about her affinity for gay men, TJ Miller (co-star in ABC’s new sitcom, Carpoolers, as well as the cameraman in Cloverfield) came on to close out the show. In his opening remarks, he referred...

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EXCLUSIVE! Behind the scenes of Live at Gotham 2008

The 2008 season of Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham debuts the Friday after Memorial Day. But why wait that long for some deep dish insider exclusive scuttlebutt? Especially when we got plenty of bits of tid to share just from swinging by the tapings on Saturday and Sunday at Gotham Comedy Club. Let’s get to it! First off, don’t be surprised if many of the guys have a similar look. It’s not a new fashion trend in stand-up comedy for the summer/fall runways — it’s a Comedy Central/Levity edict: No red, no patterns, no logos. Also, we learned that TV’s standards and practices (read: the censors!) sometimes can actually make your jokes funnier. Matt McCarthy had to change one of his lines from "choke her to death" to "murder her to death" (see? funnier, right?) so it wouldn’t sound as though he were endorsing domestic abuse. Baron Vaughn said he couldn’t say "KKK.com" in a joke, but realized he didn’t need to spell out the Web site for the joke to work. Vaughn noted that Patton Oswalt got a new six minutes out of one joke he had to change years ago for Comedy Central. Matt McCarthy: Live at Gotham interviewUploaded by thecomicscomic Vince Averill was more than just happy to be there. He only got the gig on Wednesday after another comedian couldn’t fulfill his or her duties....

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