Day: March 23, 2010

Pic of the day: Chris Rock working out new material in a nearly empty Comedy Store

Here's a snapshot my friend in comedy Brody Stevens took last night at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood, after he got bumped so Chris Rock could test out some new jokes on an unsuspecting audience. And a small crowd at that. As Stevens wrote to accompany his Twitpic: "Chris on stage, less than 10 people in crowd, working out fresh material. Just like me!" Just like us. Quite a difference from when Chris Rock performed to an estimated 65,000 people in...

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Al Yankovic gets his own flash-sideways biopic in the very funny trailer for “Weird”

Look. I have a very basic understanding of how the Internet works, and one thing I do know is that when a video debuts on an already popular site around dawn, by late afternoon, if it's funny, it gets circulated to other popular sites. And maybe you weren't like me and slept in after being out late, so you may have seen this. But it deserves to be seen! Funny or Die's Eric Appel has written, directed and edited a trailer for what appears to be the flash-sideways version of "Weird" Al Yankovic's story. Yes, I just dropped a Lost reference. Please pick it up, and watch this funny feature, starring Aaron Paul as Weird Al, Olivia Wilde as Madonna, Patton Oswalt as Dr. Demento, Mary Steenburgen and Gary Cole as Ma and Pa Yankovic, with appearances by Leeza Gibbons, Brian Huskey, Paul Scheer, Charlie Sanders, Curtis Gwinn, Chris Kula, Jonah Ray, Matt Jones, Johnny Meeks and Andy Bloch. Oh, and Yankovic himself in a cameo! Roll the clip...

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Just For Laughs Chicago 2010: Ellen, Cedric The Entertainer, Denis Leary, Aziz Ansari, Russell Peters

For its second year in the Second City, Just For Laughs Chicago is bringing back Ellen DeGeneres for another TV variety show, recording a special with Cedric The Entertainer, and welcoming Aziz Ansari, Russell Peters, Denis Leary's "Rescue Me" tour, a Nasty Show hosted by Greg Giraldo with special guest Jim Norton, and a daytime sketch show for kids produced by Bob and Naomi Odenkirk. There's much more to come for the Just For Laughs Chicago 2010 schedule, happening in various theaters and clubs around the city from June 15-19, 2010, including a third TV special to be announced later. But here is the initial slate of headlining acts. Tickets for all shows go on sale March 29. THE CHICAGO THEATRE Ellen’s Somewhat Special – Wednesday, June 16, at 7:30 p.m. (Taped for TBS) Cedric The Entertainer’s Urban Circus (working title) – Friday, June 18, at 8 p.m. Featuring comedians, sketches, music and more. (Taped for TBS) The Rescue Me Comedy Tour with Denis Leary – Saturday, June 19, at 8 p.m. Featuring Lenny Clarke, Adam Ferrara and music with The Enablers and the Rehab Horns. Portion of the proceeds benefits the Leary Firefighters Foundation. ROSEMONT THEATRE Russell Peters РThe Green Card Tour РSaturday, June 19, at 8 p.m. THE VIC THEATRE Aziz Ansari – The Dangerously Delicious Tour – Thursday, June 17, at 7 p.m. The...

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