Author: Sean L. McCarthy

Not quite Stupid Human Tricks: Repeats of “The Mentalist” will replace Late Show with David Letterman from May 21-June 5

Getting over David Letterman’s retirement certainly won’t be easy. It’ll take more than mental feats of strength, or even the final season of The Mentalist — and yet, CBS has chosen the latter for the short-run. Starting Thursday, CBS stations will rebroadcast the final 12 episodes of The Mentalist’s seventh season in the void left behind by Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35 p.m. Eastern/Pacific, 10:35 p.m. Central/Mountain. Your TV listings and DVR equivalents will show the following episodes of The Mentalist instead of Letterman: Thursday, May 21: Episode 702 – Nothing But Blue Skies Friday, May 22:...

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Outsmarting Smartphones: Yondr tests a cell-free stand-up show with Hannibal Buress

Imagine if nobody in the audience in Philadelphia last year had captured Hannibal Buress on their cell phone camera, performing his bit calling out Bill Cosby as a hypocrite. Cosby certainly would like to imagine it. But it’s not just about him, or about Buress, but about all stand-up comedians working on new jokes, bits and stories, who don’t want someone recording them without permission and rebroadcasting it to the world. Chris Rock left a New York City gig last year within minutes for that very reason, because “fans” in the front row refused to stop recording him onstage....

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Musical comedy news: IFC/CollegeHumor combine to celebrate it, The Lonely Island making a movie about it

Your song of the summer now just got funnier. IFC and CollegeHumor are collaborating for an hour-long special on June 19 — CollegeHumor’s Comedy Music Hall of Fame, hosted by Paul F. Tompkins. Tompkins will guide us through the high and low notes of musical comedy, plus partake in interviews and sketches with the likes of Tenacious D, The Gregory Brothers, Trevor Moore, CDZA, Rachel Bloom and Patrick Noth, plus non-musical-comedian Scott Aukerman, and the induction of Grammy-winner “Weird Al” Yankovic into the Comedy Music Hall of Fame. You’ll be able to see it online at after it...

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Broadcast TV Journalists Association giving Seth MacFarlane the Critics’ Choice Louis XIII Genius Award

Seth MacFarlane: Genius? If you can convince FOX to reboot Cosmos and teach viewers about space, while also managing to save Family Guy from cancellation, earning a Grammy Award for singing big-band tunes, making a hit out of a talking teddy bear movie, and hosting twice as many Comedy Central Roasts as Academy Awards, well, that’s got to be worth something more than just all of the piles of cash MacFarlane has earned. Even if he also put Dads on the air for one season. So today the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) announced it’d give MacFarlane the Critics’ Choice...

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Here’s the lineup, schedule for the 17th annual Del Close Marathon #DCM17

Set your countdown clocks: The 17th Annual Del Close Marathon is a little more than a month away — now serving up improvised comedy from thousands of performers across nine stages from 4 p.m. Friday, June 26, 2015, through the end of Sunday evening, June 28. Hosted and organized by the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, it’s a worldwide testament and celebration of the late Del Close, the improv master who taught and mentored the UCB’s founders. First in Chicago, then in New York City, and now his influence has gone global. DCM17 features 575 improv shows, with performers coming...

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