Author: Sean L. McCarthy

FOX renewing Showtime At The Apollo with host Steve Harvey for weekly series in 2016-2017

FOX’s two Showtime at the Apollo specials over the winter convinced the network to bring back the variety showcase competition on a weekly basis in primetime for the upcoming 2016-2017 season. Which means Steve Harvey will be even busier this fall. “We all had such a blast on the two specials that aired earlier this season that we thought it really deserved being a weekly event,” Harvey said in a statement announcing the new deal. “But our mission is a little different this time around: Instead of just putting on a great show, we’re going to do that and...

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Going Hollywood: Meet Thomas Dale again

People were going Hollywood long before Bing Crosby starred in the 1933 film musical Going Hollywood. Certainly, though, countless unknowns have packed their bags and moved to Los Angeles in the years and decades since then, hoping for show business to discover them and make them a star! New York City may be the city everyone goes to make it there before making it everywhere, but Hollywood remains the place where stars are born and made. It’s Show Business, USA. This is a recurring feature, a complementary West Coast version of Meet Me In New York, The Comic’s Comic’s...

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Episode #147: Ian Harvie

Ian Harvie came out to his family three times in Maine, as gay at 19, as transgender at 22, and as a stand-up comedian at 33. Now a trans man in his 40s, Harvie produced one of the best stand-up specials of 2016, Seeso’s May the Best Cock Win. In between, he met Margaret Cho thanks to MySpace, eventually becoming her opening act across North America, taking his own solo shows to the Melbourne comedy festival and San Francisco Sketchfest, starting his own comedy festival back home in Maine, and appearing onscreen in Amazon’s award-winning series, Transparent, and ABC’s...

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Moses Storm in whopper of a Burger King commerical: OK, Google?

Comedian and actor Moses Storm has appeared onscreen in movies, TV shows and multiple commercials, but nothing perhaps has made as immediate and as powerful of an impact as his new Burger King commercial. In just a few seconds, Storm’s voice asks, “OK, Google. What is the Whopper burger?” And in doing so, if you play the video loudly enough and close enough to a Google Home device, the device will answer your question. Pretty neat trick, eh? Apparently neither neat nor cute nor funny, by Google’s standards. Just a few hours after the video went live yesterday, Google...

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Chipotle’s TV ad campaign “As Real As It Gets” features comedians John Mulaney, Jillian Bell and Sam Richardson (plus uncredited Rory Scovel and Jeffrey Tambor)

The new TV ad campaign for Chipotle’s fast-casual restaurant chain features the voice of Jeffrey Tambor asking comedians John Mulaney, Jillian Bell and Sam Richardson to step inside the magically giant burrito and keep it real. Because the burritos feature all real ingredients. Because people got worried about Chipotle a couple of years ago following an E.coli outbreak. You know how that goes. Right? What’s extra funny to me, besides Tambor’s voice heckling Mulaney, is that for all of the talk about reality, they don’t identify comedian Rory Scovel at the piano by his actual name. Kind of like...

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