Author: Sean L. McCarthy

Review: Chris Hardwick, “Funcomfortable” (Comedy Central)

Despite the opening title sequence, and the comedian’s ubiquitous presence on Talking Dead, Chris Hardwick’s Funcomfortable is no horror movie. In his latest hour for Comedy Central — the network that also beams him into your eyeballs @midnight — Hardwick may have shed his nerdist handle on Twitter as his Nerdist empire has grown perhaps beyond his wildest dreams, but he’s still enough of a nerd at heart to know how to compare his San Francisco audience to C-3PO: “A shiny gay robot who just wants to help people.” Then follow that up with an awkward but true statement about...

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Refinery29’s RIOT: “A female-first YouTube comedy channel”

Refinery29 announced a slate of new initiatives during their Newfronts presentation on Monday, among them the launch of a separate YouTube channel dedicated to women in comedy. It’s called RIOT. “We need to move away from the idea of selling ‘empowerment’ to women. This generation of women has an innate sense of power that has never existed before, and we see it in our audience every day. We need to honor that power,” said Amy Emmerich, chief content officer at Refinery29. “Refinery29 aims to rally our community of strong, outspoken, and confident women to harness the strength, passion, and...

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Dan Aykroyd and Judy Belushi to take another crack at The Blues Brothers animated TV series

Back in 1997, the former broadcast network UPN ordered an animated primetime TV version of The Blues Brothers, voiced by Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi’s brothers Peter and Jim, but canceled the series before airing any of the eight episodes they made. In 2011, Aykroyd, Belushi’s widow Judy, and former SNL writer Annie Beatts worked up a new TV pilot script that would have introduced a new Jake and Elwood to audiences, with Aykroyd instead playing the duo’s parole officer. Third time’s the charm? This week, the official Blues Brothers site announced a new partnership with Bento Box Entertainment...

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Myq Kaplan doesn’t do pot on Conan

“If you’re yelling at somebody for doing pot wrong, I feel like you’re also doing pot wrong.” So sayeth Myq Kaplan in his most recent stand-up performance on Conan, so let it be done. Or undone. Kaplan explains how you cannot judge an entire genre by one thing, and even springs an Aziz Ansari tribute in the middle of it. Which would be a surprise twist. Except I just told you about it. Surprise. Roll the...

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Meet Me In New York: Liz Miele

What do they say about New York City: There are eight million stories, and sometimes it seems as though eight million of the people telling them think they’re comedians? No, that’s not it. It is a fact, though, that America’s biggest city is also its biggest comedy mecca. Hollywood may be Hollywood, but New York City is where comedians are born funny, become funny or arrive to thrust their funny upon us. I think we should meet some of these people. This is a recurring feature, a mini-profile of newcomers, up-and-comers and overcomers of New York’s vibrant comedy scene....

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