Day: January 19, 2009

Clips and an interview from Why We Laugh

Robert Townsend's documentary, Why We Laugh, based on Darryl Littleton's book, Black Comedians on Black Comedy, makes its debut at this year's Sundance Film Festival. As we celebrate Martin Luther King Day and tomorrow's inauguration of President Barack Obama, it's timely for us to examine how black comedy has evolved and adapted over the years. Here Townsend talks about his project with the Sundance Channel: After the jump, three short clips from the film. Enjoy! Bill Bellamy talks about how Bill Cosby and The Cosby Show represented hope for his family as "America's favorite dad," while Townsend notes Cosby's universal appeal. In this clip, Chris Rock says today's young black comedians sometimes only appeal to black audiences. Thanks, cable TV (he means Def Jam and BET). Here is a clip to remind you Whoopi Goldberg was and is more than just the woman who presides over silly hour weekday mornings on The...

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Spring Breakdown gets an audience at Sundance

Rachel Dratch stars and co-wrote Spring Breakdown, a comedy that has Dratch, Amy Poehler and Parker Posey getting mixed up with the shenanigans of spring break. It's been sitting on the shelf for a while, with little prospects for distribution, so Dratch got her film into Sundance, which ensured not only a live big-screen debut, but also a chance for some buzz and perhaps something more. Dratch, Poehler, Parker, Jane Lynch, Missi Pyle and director Ryan Shiraki took a few minutes this weekend to talk with the Sundance Channel about the film: Related: Here are a few of the early...

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Showtime filming new specials

Sorry for only catching word of this now, but Showtime is in the middle of taping six new comedy specials in Southern California as part of the LOL Comedy Festival. Three specials taped on Sunday, another three on Monday; all in Los Angeles. Here are the details: Hot Tamales: Kiki Melendez hosts, with Amy Anderson, Nikki Payne, Jill Michele Melean, Kira Soltanovich, Nadine Rajabi, Thea Vidale, and Valentino. The Indian Slam includes Charlie Hill, plus Larry Omaha, Howie Miller, and others. Also last night: Angelo Tsarouchas For Monday, the program begins with Slanted Comedy, hosted by Edwin San Juan and featuring Paul Ogata, Joey Guila, Bernadette Galatas, Ron Josol, Dan Gabriel. Russell Peters hosts his own special Monday with appearances by Ruben Paul, Jason Rouse, Tom Segura and Paul Varghese. Pauly Shore also hosts a taping Monday with Last Comic Standing winner Iliza Shlesinger, Carl LaBove, Sammy Shore and Steve...

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