Day: April 20, 2010

Glee auditions inspire comedians to post sincere, fake and sincerely fake videos

The new FOX series Glee has earned critical praise and a cult-like devotion from its first season fans, and tonight's all-Madonna tribute shouldn't change that. Fanning the flames even more? Glee decided to host an open casting call on FOX-owned MySpace for professional actors and singers, as well as amateurs, old enough to play high school students in the show's second season. You have until April 26 to submit. So far, thousands already have done so. And even comedic performers are getting into the act. Although I'm not sure this entry from Candy Slice counts, since it's a group and they're covering Ludacris (not on the approved song list?). If you'd like to see these ladies host a live variety show, then mark April 23 on your calenders and head to Gotham City Improv. Roll their clip. So that's a fake. What about this real entry, though, from YouTuber MirandaSings08? Despite being essentially already a character imagined up by Colleen Ballinger, Miranda filed the actual monologue and song per the rules and has thousands of fans and subscribers already. Let her tell you! Glee monologue She's I guess sincerely fake. As in, she wants Miranda Sings to get the role. And then there is Michelle Vargas. Vargas, one half of My Damn Channel duo Grace N Michelle, has posted personal videos of herself singing on YouTube for a few...

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Dancing with the Comedy Stars? Pamela Anderson will host a Gala at Montreal’s Just For Laughs fest

This just in! The Just For Laughs Festival announced that British Columbia native Pamela Anderson, currently starring this spring on ABC's Dancing with the Stars, will host her own Just For Laughs televised Gala at the Montreal festival on July 15, and her dance partner Damian Whitewood will be there, too. No word yet on which comedians will be picked to perform on her comedy showcase. Anderson joins another TV-based Gala already announced for Montreal this summer, as Tom Papa will be joined by Brad Garrett and others for a special "Marriage Ref" Gala, while Cheech and Chong area lined up to host another Montreal Gala on the weekend of July 14-17. Tickets are on sale now at the JFL box office. Here's a link to all of the JFL Montreal...

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IFC’s Dan Pasternack on what the cable channel’s rebranding means: more alt-comedy on cable TV

Dan Pasternack became IFC's VP of Development and Production in February, in a press release from the cable channel that noted IFC had "restructured its original programming team with Pasternack leading the department‚Äôs efforts to develop a more robust slate of original scripted comedies and irreverent non-fiction programming." In late March, the channel announced it had joined production on an upcoming British sitcom starring David Cross, acquired the new Canadian miniseries from Kids in the Hall, the first TV series from The Onion, and a broad slate of series in development, all under a new branding tagline: "Always On. Slightly Off." That also is an apt tag to hang on Pasternack, whom I met three years ago at the final HBO Aspen comedy festival, where he was recruiting talent as head of content creation for then-new, now-defunct (since folded into Adult Swim). He recently took some time to talk to me about where he and IFC are heading, and what it means for comedians and comedy fans. How are you settling into the new gig? "I'm commuting back and forth," he said. "I moved from L.A. to Atlanta for Super Deluxe, bought a house and sunk some roots in the earth, and then Super Deluxe went away right when the real estate market cratered." What were you doing before taking the job at IFC?"I was working on a Starz series called...

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Lizzy Caplan, Adam Scott & Martin Starr reveal how sexy vampire fad translates (or not) to the mummy

Remember when we used to be scared of vampires and not wanting to have sex with them? The current pop culture trend of sexy vampires — as seen in TV shows, movies and books that become movies — has gotten ridiculous. So why not play that up by trying to duplicate the success of sexy scary creatures with, no, not the werewolf (sorry, Team Jacob, and hey, the real Team Jacob is on Lost, protecting the island, and not getting all melodramatic on Twilight, suckers). We're here to show you a clip of the fake HBO series, Mummy! Starring Lizzy Caplan and Martin Starr rotting in bandages, and Adam Scott as the "fleshie" human with the weird facial hair. In an amazing coincidence, season two of Party Down premieres April 23 on Starz (and thereafter on Netflix), starring all three of these fine comedic performers as Hollywood dreamers stuck catering private parties. Roll the...

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