Day: July 9, 2008

Preview: The Gong Show with Dave Attell

Dave Attell returns to Comedy Central next week as host of the revamped version of The Gong Show. Here is a preview. We think…if this Comedy Central clip is giving you a hassle, you can always click over to Jezebel (yes, Jezebel), where they managed to grab a clip and rip it themselves. So to speak. Horribly NSFW. Warning: This is not Fantasy Island. That is not da plane,...

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Martin Lawrence presents 1st Amendment Stand-Up on Starz

The first episode, debuting tonight at 10 p.m. on Starz, has host Doug Williams with DC Curry and Rickey Smiley. Williams opens the half-hour show with a long bit comparing a relationship to football, where the woman is the head coach and the man is the starting quarterback. Wasn’t Doug Williams a quarterback? Oh, different Williams. This is the guy who Jamie Foxx roasted during a roast (NSFW). Moving on. Martin Lawrence is executive producer. Do we get to see him? Sort of. He’s up in a balcony. Biz Markie is the show’s DJ. They say he’s just a friend. They say he’s just a friend. Oh. Baby. It’s fresh enough that Curry jokes about the new New York governor apologizing for anything and everything. I wonder why, though, this is billed as "Martin Lawrence Presents First Amendment Stand-Up," only because there’s nothing here to suggest this is a special expression of the rights to free speech. And it’s not quite Def Jam. I don’t mean that in a bad way. That is to say, that’s not to say there’s no funny to be found here. Here is a promo clip for the series: The Starz show promises 40 comics and 10 shows. Next week: Bruce Bruce, Rodney Perry, Deon Cole. The full schedule also includes…Lavell Crawford, Joe Torry, MoZan, Kym Whitley, Ray Lipowski, Steve Brown, Jay Phillips, Rudy...

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The view from Bonnaroo

Sure, Bonnaroo was almost a month ago, but we’re now being treated to some nice photographic representations of how comedy has become a part of this burgeoning national music festival in Tennessee. Louis CK was nice enough not only to share some artistic photos he shot from the set of his upcoming movie with Ricky Gervais, but also of his writing friend and comedy star Chris Rock, who performed on the main stage at Bonnaroo, essentially "opening" for Metallica in front of an estimated 65,000. That’s a lot of people to tell jokes to at one time. Go to CK’s site to check out all of his photos. Here is a backstage look at what Rock saw: Mike Birbiglia, in his new installment of his secret public journal, includes a blurry photo of him inside the comedy tent at Bonnaroo, which appears to be a fairly large venue for comedy as well....

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Another comedian bikini post

The site Urlesque yesterday posted a list of "Twenty Bloggers We Want To See In Bikinis," and wouldn’t you know that three of the top 10 ladies on their list also happen to be stand-up comedians in New York City? That’s right. Congrats to Sara Benincasa, Sara Schaefer and Michelle Collins…coincidentally, you can wish Ms. Collins a happy birthday tonight at Comix after The Rejection...

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Larry the Cable Guy’s Christmas special continues, moves to CMT

The Hollywood Reporter reports that CMT will carry on the torch burned by sister station VH1 last year by airing another Larry the Cable Guy Christmas special this coming winter. It’ll air in November, but tape on July 30 (wow, why so early???) in Nashville with a scheduled guest lineup including Toby Keith, Lewis Black, Fred Willard, Montgomery Gentry, Victoria Jackson, Tony Orlando and ventriloquist Terry Fator. So mark your...

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