Day: July 16, 2009

Whitney Cummings talks Showtime’s “Live Nude Comedy”

Showtime offers something new in an old-fashioned way tonight with the premiere of a six-episode summer stand-up showcase called Live Nude Comedy. Shannon Elizabeth hosts, and before you start thinking you'll see her perform stand-up in the nude, well, not quite. Elizabeth (who became famous going nude in American Pie, and later learned professional poker, then Dancing With the Stars) will perform in brief comedy sketches with a group of performers that incluldes Josh Fadem, Chad Fogland, Michael Busch and Ramsey Moore. Each episode also will include two burlesque performances. Oh, and yes, there will be stand-up comedy. In fact, each half-hour will spotlight two stand-ups and give each an uncensored 10-minute set. Whitney Cummings, who performs on one of the episodes, also helped put the production together. She sat down with me for a few minutes during the Just For Laughs Chicago comedy festival to explain her motivations, including what she felt was a need to put new stand-ups in their best possible light (as in, longer sets, no censorship, fewer fake reaction shots). Watch: The full schedule and listings (and a teaser video!) appears after the jump… Episode 101 Sam Tripoli, Ian Edwards: SHO Thu 7/16/2009 12:00:00 AM SH3 Fri 7/17/2009 11:00:00 PM SHO Sat 7/18/2009 1:15:00 AM SHO Sun 7/19/2009 11:30:00 PM Episode 102 Harris Wittels, Whitney Cummings: SHO Thu 7/23/2009 12:00:00 AM SH3 Fri 7/24/2009...

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2009 Emmy nominees in comedy

Early this morning, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the 2009 Primetime Emmy Award nominees, and E Pluribus Unum, everyone, am I right? Out of many, one. There certainly are many nominees in several of the categories, but only one shall win come awards-handing-out-time (clearly, my grammatical skills are lacking today and not worth honoring with an Emmy, most especially because none of these words are appearing on TV). And as much as we can bemoan the fact that the Emmys preferred Entourage (gulp) and Family Guy (super gulp) over HBO's far superior Eastbound & Down in the comedy series category, or note that Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin is on such a hot streak, she's even nominated in the outstanding commercial category for meeting Martin Scorsese in an airport lounge over American Express cards, while he's honored for his work hustling Hulu. Fey's also nominated as "guest actress" in comedy for her ability to bring down Sarah Palin on SNL. Also, Sarah Silverman! OK. The winners will be announced Sept. 20 on CBS. After the jump, a rundown of the 2009 Primetime Emmy Award nominees in the major comedy categories, and a couple of other slots worth mentioning… Outstanding Animated Program (less than an hour): American Dad, Robot Chicken, South Park, The SimpsonsOutstanding Comedy Series: 30 Rock, Entourage, Family Guy, Flight of the Conchords, How I...

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In other news…

Here's a look at some headlines this early morning, before the Emmy nominations make all of this comedy news seem like old news. Yesterday saw the final episode of the online talker "Break Room Live," as Air America once again shut down Marc Maron and Sam Seder. They'll resurface somewhere, somehow. TBS greenlighted a 10-episode order (with the option for 90 more eps) of a half-hour sitcom adaptation of the Ice Cube comedy film, Are We There Yet? Terry Crews will star, although the Cube will have a recurring role. The deal was sealed through Debmar-Mercury, which previously locked up multiple-season syndication sitcoms House of Payne and Meet the Browns for Tyler Perry with TBS. Forbes whipped up some estimates on which 10 stand-up comedians made the most money in the past year, ending June 1. Topping the list: Jerry Seinfeld, though most of his $85 million came from continuing syndication money thanks to his 1990s NBC sitcom. The rest of the richest 10 stand-ups? In order from richest to just plain rich, Forbes ranked 'em: Chris Rock ($42 mil), Jeff Dunham ($30 mil), Dane Cook ($20 mil), George Lopez ($20 mil), Howie Mandel ($15 mil), Larry the Cable Guy ($13 mil), Jeff Foxworthy ($11 mil), Terry Fator ($10 mil), Russell Peters ($10 mil). Speaking of Jeff Dunham, the cash cow for Levity Entertainment is now serving a larger...

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