Day: January 22, 2010

What’s the buzz on HBO comedies? Peeks at Funny or Die Presents, animated Ricky Gervais & more

HBO has a new look online, and that includes a home page for the upcoming series of sketches from Funny or Die called Funny or Die Presents, and along with it, a fresh "Buzz" video that offers insider looks at FoD Presents (Brett Gelman dancing in 1,000 Cats! Leo Allen with a snake! Will Ferrell in disguise!). That's not all, though. You also get behind-the-scenes with Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington on animated their popular podcasts, a look at the second season of animated series The Life & Times of Tim (with Nick Kroll talking improv!), and previews of Bill Maher's latest stand-up special and season of Real Time. It all debuts Feb....

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Magners Comedy Festival announces lineups, both for inaugural Boston edition and larger Glasgow fest

If you're a little bit confused about which Magners Comedy Festival you're planning on attending later this winter, then you wouldn't be the only one. I'd recently seen some comedians asking me and everyone else for their votes via Facebook and emails so they could compete in the Magners fest. They were talking about the inaugural three-day event in Boston, which is happening Feb. 4-6, 2010, at Tommy's Comedy Lounge and Nick's Comedy Stop. Well, this Magners Comedy Festival has announced the 10 contestants who made the cut after online voting to participate: Jay Hollingsworth, Paul Keenan, Brett Druck, Sean Wilkinson, Ahmed Bharoocha, Chris Fleming, Kyle Ploof, Lucas Bohn, Shereen Kassam and Jono Zalay. The winner will earn the chance to travel to Dublin and perform at the Bulmers (Irish for Magners) Comedy Festival later this year. Tickets: $20 per show, $60 for the full, three-day fest. Other events in the smaller Boston edition of Magners includes a New York vs. Boston comedy show, a "Best of Boston" show, and a headlining performance by Gary Gulman. Meanwhile, Magners is sponsoring a much larger comedy festival — billed as Europe's largest — each year in Glasgow, and the Magners Glasgow International Comedy Festival announced its full schedule yesterday, which begins March 11 and runs through March 28 in Scotland. Among the Americans making the trek: Bill Burr, Marc Maron, Rich Hall, Stephen...

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Obvious Viral Video Day: Jersey Shore movie spoof, real Hot Tub Time Machine trailer, UCB goes beta

Instead of three separate posts, might as well just show you three videos that you know you'll be wanting to see and talk about and share today. Let's get to them. First up is the celebrity spoof of a movie adaptation of MTV's Jersey Shore, complete with Mila Kunis as Snooki, Tom Lennon as "The Situation," Nick Lachey as Ronnie, a little person as Pauly D and Craig Ferguson in the role of Mario (as in Super Mario). This video kicked off last night's episode of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Roll it! Next is the real movie trailer, restricted red-band for adults only, of the upcoming comedy, Hot Tub Time Machine. It co-stars John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson and Clark Duke. Four guys on a ski trip, who take a dip into a hot tub, and go back in time. It's really what it says. Don't make me be the a-hole to say it. This trailer showed up yesterday but only now is embeddable. Roll it! And last but not least, the Upright Citizens Brigade has launched a new set of digital-only house teams called Beta teams. This is the first effort to show up online. It's an ad spoof for diarrhea medication, courtesy of team Diamonds, Wow! If I could turn back...

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Can a man who impersonated George W. Bush also do Obama? Steve Bridges says yes, in blackface

I just saw this on NBC's Today this morning, so I'll be uploading it as soon as the video becomes available. But it certainly threw me for a loop to realize that Steve Bridges, the impersonator who mimicked President George W. Bush to Bush's face at a previous White House Correspondents Association banquet, decided he could keep his presidential impersonation streak going in blackface to take on President Barack Obama. In the TV profile this morning, Bridges acknowledged he wasn't sure if he could do it, but decided to give it a try. With the help of a professional movie special effects and makeup artist, Kazuhiro Tsuji. NBC's correspondent takes Bridges around Rockefeller Center, where plenty of tourists wanted to shake this faux-Obama's hand and pose for pictures with him. When you see the before and after look of Bridges as himself and then as faux-Obama, it's quite striking. Like I said, I'll upload it later today. And here it is… Here is the promotional clip Bridges has for himself as Obama. It's certainly the work of a professional, and the bio for Bridges says that he has trained with the Groundlings. Roll the clip and make your own call: And here is what happened when Bridges joined W. at the WCHA dinner in...

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More all-star benefits for Haiti, as comedians and musicians join forces on East, West Coasts

Tonight is the two-hour A-list telethon for Haiti earthquake relief efforts, airing in primetime on all of the networks and several cable channels. I've also been notified of a few more all-star live benefit shows for Haiti that will be taking place in New York City and Los Angeles. Saturday, Jan. 23: A Night of Comedy and Music to Benefit Haiti, presented by Bowery Presents and BrooklynVegan, with Zach Galifianakis, Spoon's Britt Daniel, Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver), St. Vincent, Janeane Garofalo, The Daily Show's Wyatt Cenac, and John Shade. It's at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, with tickets for $35-$40, and VIP options to donate more. All proceeds split between a Haiti orphanage and the Red Cross. Monday, Jan. 25: Sarah Silverman, Ed Helms, Aziz Ansari, Thomas Lennon, at Largo in Los Angeles. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity in Haiti. Tickets: $50. Wednesday, Jan. 27: Strength Through Unity, A Benefit for the victims of the Earthquake in Haiti. At the Bell House in Brooklyn. Tickets: $50, with all proceeds split between Save the Children and Partners in Health. Scheduled lineup: Jimmy Fallon, The Walkmen, Ted Leo, Eugene Mirman, The Wrens, Michael Showalter, Sondre Lerche, Todd Barry, A.C. Newman of New Pornographers with Rhett Miller of Old 97s plus Nicole Atkins as a Seekers cover band, Here We Go Magic, NY1's Pat Kiernan and The Wahoo Skiffle Crazies. These...

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