Day: March 15, 2010

Conan’s writers, “I Am Comic,” Never Not Funny, Asssscat, WTF at 2010 Bridgetown Comedy Fest

The Bridgetown Comedy Festival announced its lineup for its third annual celebration of comedy in Portland, Ore., and high among the highlights has to be the panel of longtime Conan O'Brien writers Kevin Dorff, Brian Stack, Brian McCann and Matt O'Brien, who'll sit down with Conan's Tonight Show warm-up stand-up Jimmy Pardo to dish about what happened behind the scenes at Late Night and the Tonight Show, and also field questions from fans. You know you have questions! Many questions. But that's not all, folks. Bridgetown 2010 — April 22-25 — also features… — Pardo's popular pardcast, Never Not Funny, taping live with Pat Francis, Matt Belknap and special guests. — Asssscat, featuring the UCB's Matt Walsh and Matt Besser, SNL alum Tim Meadows, and special guests. — Theme Park, an all-star improv collection featuring Scott Adsit (30 Rock), Oscar Nunez (The Office), Danny Pudi (Community), Janet Varney (Dinner and a Movie), and Cole Stratton (Rifftrax) — A screening of the stand-up documentary, I Am Comic, with director Jordan Brady, Ritch Shydner, Dana Gould and Todd Glass among others attending a post-screening Q&A. The full list of performers includes: Al Madrigal, Aparna Nancherla, Auggie Smith, Ben Kronberg, Billy Wayne Davis, Brendon Walsh, Brent Weinbach, Brett Gelman, Brian McCann, Brian Stack, Chelsea Peretti, Chip Pope, Chris Fairbanks, Christian Finnegan, Cole Stratton, Dana Gould, Danny Pudi, David Huntsberger, Dax Jordan, Dwight Slade, Greg Behrendt, Hal Sparks, Hampton Yount, Hari Kondabolu, Ian Edwards, James Adomian, Janet Varney, Jason Nash, Jesse Case, Jimmy Pardo, John Gemberling, John Roy, Jon Dore, Josh Fadem, Kevin Dorff, Kyle Kinane, Lizz Winstead, Marc Maron, Maria Bamford, Matt Besser, Matt Braunger, Matt...

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Coming soon to your TV: Baron Vaughn on USA; Horatio Sanz, Chris Parnell on Comedy Central

Good news for comedy fans came late Sunday night with a series order and some additional casting news. First off, let me say how happy I am that USA ordered 11 episodes, along with the 90-minute pilot for new drama Facing Kate, which stars Sarah Shahi and co-stars comedian/actor Baron Vaughn. (THR) It's a drama, yes. But Vaughn, who has appeared on multiple episodes of the long-running drama Law & Order, is such a great talent that it's great to see a network finally see that and put him on your TV. Don't know if this series will showcase all of his range. Here's what I do know. Vaughn's character, initially written to be a love interest for Shahi's legal mediator, shifted in the pilot to be something else when it filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, over the winter. What exactly, you'll have to wait until later this year to see. You'll be able to see Baron Vaughn perform comedy on your TV on April 9 with the debut of Victor Varnado's stand-up documentary film, The Awkward Kings of Comedy. Let's celebrate with some "classic" jokes from Vaughn as performed at the UCB in NYC for CollegeHumor Live. Roll it! In the other comedy TV news, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay have tapped two of their former SNL colleagues to join Jon Heder in the 10-episode series that remains...

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