Day: December 16, 2009

Can Louis CK film a scene with Nick DiPaolo for his FX sitcom without a paid extra ruining it, please?

Why did some people run to YouTube and Howard Stern to claim that comedians Louis CK and Nick DiPaolo had gotten into a fight last night at The Comedy Cellar? Beats me! Louis CK had said he was filming scenes for his upcoming FX sitcom yesterday, telling anyone who wanted to know this on Twitter. And DiPaolo, who appeared on CK's HBO show Lucky Louie, also has a role in his FX version, called Louie. So why, oh why, was there all this fuss (and many people coming to my site looking for info about this so-called fight)??? It's because people are idiots, jerks and sometimes both. Louis CK himself felt he had to weigh in on the message board for the "relevant" thread on A Special Thing, letting everyone know that someone who was a paid extra at the filming decided to record part of the dialogue between him and DiPaolo, manipulate it via audio and video, then circulate it via YouTube, and then it got picked up by Stern on the radio this morning. Seriously? Seriously. As Louis CK said: "Anyway, I'm happy that we played the scene real enough for folks to believe it, but it's a drag to have this contamination of the project. Everything in the show should be unexpected and certainly this was supposed to be." Are you happy...

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Comedy Central pleased with Daniel Tosh, adds new DVD/CD and tour to his series renewal

I'd told you first back on Nov. 20 that Comedy Central had given Daniel Tosh's Tosh.0 a whopping 25-week renewal for 2010, and Tosh echoed as much earlier this month on his Twitter feed. Well, today Comedy Central announced even more details and projects they've got in the works with Tosh, indicating how pleased they are with how the first season of his show about Web videos went. The release says that the 25-episode weekly order is the Comedy Central's largest renewal ever. Last year's debut season of Tosh.0 averaged 1.3 million viewers per week. The second season will debut Jan. 13, 2010. Furthermore, Comedy Central will shoot a stand-up CD and extended DVD for Tosh, plus sponsor a national stand-up tour for the comedian. Network president Michele Ganeless said: "Daniel is extremely talented, incredibly funny and a perfect fit for our audience. We're excited about the new season of Tosh.0 and look forward to showcasing him on all these platforms." In addition, interestingly, the Comedy Central press release notes the show's particular ratings success among men 18-24 (as if you didn't guess that Comedy Central was geared toward college-age boy-men). As for Tosh, he gave the following quote for release: "Comedy Central is making all my dreams come true, now if they could just cure my disease…technically it's more of an infection." Speaking of Daniel Tosh, the Internet,...

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The Onion takes a truthfully journalistic approach to fake news? Baratunde Thurston explains (video)

The Onion is everyone's favorite fake newspaper, and also now a favorite fake TV news network (not to be confused with Comedy Central's The Daily Show, which makes fun of the real news). Just watch The Onion News Network's report this week on Internet archaeologists uncovering a long-lost site called "Friendster." But that doesn't mean that it's not journalism. Of course, you probably knew that — and the AV Club department does act as an actual entertainment news organization — but the new documentary outfit Breaking The New News wanted to know more, and they went right to the source in Onion Web Editor Baratunde Thurston. Here he is to explain what's what. Roll the...

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Writers Guild to honor Gary David Goldberg. Sit, Ubu, Sit! Plus WGA’s nominees for comedy writing

 Brooklyn native Gary David Goldberg will receive the Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence from the Writers Guild of America, the WGA-East announced yesterday. Goldberg got his start as a TV writer on The Bob Newhart Show, and came into his own and became known far and wide for his own sitcoms, Family Ties and Spin City, along with his "Sit, Ubu, Sit" closing title cards. Goldberg will receive his honors on Feb. 20, 2010 in New York City. The Writers Guild Awards also announced their slate of TV nominees for 2009. Congrats go out to all of the writers recognized in the comedy categories! And they are… COMEDY SERIES 30 Rock, Written by Jack Burditt, Kay Cannon, Robert Carlock, Tom Ceraulo, Vali Chandrasekaran, Tina Fey, Donald Glover, Steve Hely, Matt Hubbard, Dylan Morgan, Paula Pell, Jon Pollack, John Riggi, Tami Sagher, Josh Siegal, Ron Weiner, Tracey Wigfield; NBC Curb Your Enthusiasm, Written by Larry David; HBO Glee, Written by Ian Brennan, Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy; Fox  Modern Family, Written by Paul Corrigan, Sameer Gardezi, Joe Lawson, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Dan O ' Shannon, Brad Walsh, Caroline Williams, Bill Wrubel, Danny Zuker; ABC The Office, Written by Jennifer Celotta, Danny Chun, Greg Daniels, Lee Eisenberg, Anthony Q. Farrell, Brent Forrester,  Daniel J. Goor, Charlie Grandy, Mindy Kaling, Ryan Koh, Lester Lewis, Paul Lieberstein, Warren Lieberstein, BJ Novak, Michael Schur, Aaron Shure, Justin Spitzer, Gene Stupnitsky, Halsted Sullivan; NBC NEW SERIES  Glee, Written by Ian...

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