Day: April 21, 2009

Maria Bamford: Unwanted Thoughts Syndrome

Stand-up comedian Maria Bamford is well aware of her personality quirks, and she has laid them bare for us to enjoy, from the liner notes of Unwanted Thoughts Syndrome that explains her history with unwanted thoughts, and into the 50-minute CD, which is available today from Comedy Central Records. It also comes with a DVD containing the full 20-episode run of The Maria Bamford Show from the now-defunct SuperDeluxe. If you're ready to find out what the voices in Bamford's head are saying, and how they say it, then sit back and be prepared to learn a little something while you're laughing. For Bamford is an example of how the meek shall inherit the earth, or at least make us want to root for them to. If you need some background, read my interview with Maria Bamford from October...

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Just for Laughs (Chicago) adds to the lineup

The inaugural Just For Laughs (Chicago) has added some more names to the lineup, and announced that it will bestow Chicago native Harold Ramis with a Lifetime Achievement Award on June 16 — not-so-coincidentally, Ramis also will screen his newest comedy, Year One, which stars Jack Black and Michael Cera and goes nationwide June 19. Added to the bill at the Lakeshore Theater: Jim Breuer, Danny Bhoy, David Cross, Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, and Jon Lajoie. And befitting Chicago's improv heritage, there'll be a Best of Sketchfest, featuring the six top sketch groups from the Windy City's January fest, and an all-star improv jam called Chicagoland. Just For Laughs (Chicago) 2009 will run from June...

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In other news…

A few things to mention before we get back to our regularly scheduled blogging: — Demetri Martin will co-star with Brad Pitt in the movie adaptation of Moneyball, directed by Steven Soderbergh. Martin will play the stats guy who teams up with Oakland A's GM Billy Beane (Pitt) to change the way baseball executives view the game. (Variety, THR) — Would you like to enter another New York Comedy Contest? Postmark and pay for your entries by May 1, because you have to mail it to Boston (yes, Boston), though the contest itself will run June 14-17 at the Comic Strip Live, Eastville Comedy Club, Laugh Lounge, Stand-Up NY and Broadway Comedy Club. — YouTube has begun offering full-length movies. Among the comedy offerings so far: stand-up specials from Paul Mooney, Pablo Francisco and Zach Galifianakis; the best of collections for Our Gang ("Little Rascals"), Abbott and Costello, and The Three...

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Sneak peek: The MADtv finale

Mark your calendars for May 16, 2009, because that's the date FOX plans to air the final episode of MADtv. Arden Myrin, who just launched her own blog, included a couple of pics from the finale. Here she is looking lovely with the finale's dapper guest star, Fred Willard. Wishing all of the cast members from this 14th and final season luck in their next endeavors. As for Myrin, she already has joined in the fun with the UCB New York's Saturday night long-form jam, "Let's Have a Ball," and is set to provide monologues for this coming Sunday's ASSSSCAT...

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Movie trailer: Charlyne Yi + Michael Cera, “Paper Heart”

Charlyne Yi's "documentary" about finding love, that turns into a romantic comedy, or something else entirely, depending upon how much you know about the situation between Yi and Michael Cera, made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival and won a screenwriting award. You've heard about it. You've read about it. Now here is the first official trailer for Paper Heart. Looks more than cute. Trailer includes appearances by Seth Rogen and Demetri Martin. Paper Heart arrives in theaters Aug. 7, 2009....

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