Day: March 25, 2009

Anthony Jeselnik on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Anthony Jeselnik was a last-minute addition to last night's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and in doing so, became the first stand-up to perform on the show. Comedy trivia! Of course, Fallon's people knew Jeselnik was available, since he's a writer on the show, and he already has performed in front of the camera in a couple of sketches in the first month. If you've seen Jeselnik's half-hour Comedy Central Presents or his appearance on HBO's Down and Dirty with Jim Norton, you know what you're in for. Jeselnik said that three of his jokes got cut for time. What impressed me the most, however, was his opening line. Such a bold thing to say and yet it fits right in with his stand-up persona. Related: Other Late Night sketches with Fallon and Jeselnik, after the...

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“Naked Dawn” movie trailer

Someday you'll find yourself Googling the phrase "I wonder what Rob Schneider has done lately," but instead you Google "I wonder what Rob Schneider looks like naked" — OK, that never happens, until it just did. Internet explosion. This will be the most NSFW thing you do today. Sometimes a movie trailer functions just fine as a movie trailer, and you do not need to see the full-length feature, so to speak. Yes, full-frontal shots aplenty in this spoof that takes the plotline from 1980s cult classic Red Dawn and reimagines the Russkies invading America via a nudist colony. Also starring Mena Suvari and Vinnie Jones. Enjoy? "Naked Dawn" Trailer (w/ Rob Schneider, Mena Suvari and Vinnie Jones) – watch more funny...

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My Damn Channel to revive “Pilot Season”

Say the word "Trio" and you'll think of many things (but probably not about the short-lived cable network), which is why when I tell you about "Pilot Season," you'll maybe think of a real thing that happens in Hollywood each winter/spring, but you're not likely to think of the documentary that Trio did about that real-life thing, and definitely not going to say, hey, wasn't there an improvised comedy about that real thing? (Unless you are a comedy nerd to the nerd power, or knew these people personally) Before NBC Universal acquired and terminated the Trio network, the channel was perhaps best known for celebrating TV pilots and programs that didn't get their due in Brilliant But Cancelled. In 2004, Sam Seder (who now co-hosts a daily online show with Marc Maron) wrote, directed and starred in Pilot Season, a six-episode mockumentary about actors and actresses going through the TV pilot process. The cast included — are you ready for this — Sarah Silverman, David Cross, Jon Benjamin, Isla Fisher, Andy Dick, Matt Besser, Ross Brockley, Laura Krafft, Marc Maron, Matt Price, Laura Silverman, Brendon Small and David Waterman. And now, "8 years later," My Damn Channel is giving us another look at Pilot Season. More coming in April. Here's a teaser voiced by Janeane Garofalo, who famously does not have an email or use computers, and yet voices an...

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