Day: June 4, 2010

Watch as Hal Sparks unleashes his “Charmageddon” on Showtime, then DVD

If you look at your TV listings for tonight, then you'll see that Hal Sparks has a new stand-up special debuting at 10 p.m. (Eastern/Pacific) on Showtime called "Charmageddon." But the description of it, at least on Time Warner Cable, is somewhat unrevealing: "The comic discusses differences between men and women, country folks and non-smokers." When, really, the title of Sparks' special is odd for an entirely different reason: Sparks spends the bulk of the first half of his hour telling us, "Don't make up words!" Charmageddon may be OK in his book, but he's definitely not a fan of people talking about unsweetened ice tea, non-smokers, date-rape, as well as describing a weak person as a pussy. Since, as he claims, there is nothing weak about female genitalia. Roll the fairly NSFW clip! As you can see, Sparks has short hair again. He acknowledges the haircut at the top of his special, recorded at the OC Pavilion in Santa Ana, Calif., saying he had grown it out for movie roles, then cutting it for Locks of Love. He jokes about how everyone becomes your mother when you grow your hair long, then rebuts it with references to Jesus and God, and a counterpoint about bald people. All I remember about Sparks having long hair recently was that it coincided with his Criss Angel rock magician attitude he was...

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Cedric The Entertainer books Seinfeld for his Urban Circus TBS special; talks Twitter, Kings, TV return?

Just For Laughs Chicago announced late yesterday that Jerry Seinfeld, Russell Peters, Sommore and JB Smoove had joined the lineup for Cedric The Entertainer's upcoming TBS special, Cedric The Entertainer's Urban Circus, which tapes June 18 at the Chicago Theatre and airs June 23 on TBS. Wait. Seinfeld? Jerry Seinfeld?! That sounds a bit different from Cedric's last televised special, which he did with Shaquille O'Neal. Can you say upgrade? Cedric, who talked to me yesterday about his special and more, laughed it off. "I don't know man. I don't know if I'd put them in the same category," Cedric said. "Seinfeld will at least talk, that's one thing we can look forward to is him doing words." Cedric said his special will feature a combination of his stand-up, that of the other performers and more. "I'm doing this narrative of my life with how life is a circus, and how life is all the funny things you see in your life," he said. "I've got a church choir that's going to join me, acrobatics who do stuff on mattresses. I call it ghetto gymnastics." He also does "a step, stomp interlude" that's a tribute to his days in the fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi. And there also will be pre-taped appearances from Steve Harvey and D.L. Hughley, who performed alongside Cedric in the 2000 documentary film, The Original Kings of...

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Pee-wee Herman promotes his Broadway run with a balloon trick for Conan at Radio City Music Hall

If you went to the second night of Conan O'Brien's two-night stint at Radio City Music Hall, you may have been wondering if you'd get a repeat of Conan's dance-off (not pants-off) with Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart. Well, they didn't get that, but they did get a number of celebrities, and a surprise performance by Pee-wee Herman, who has his first Broadway run opening in October. Pee-wee went through the audience looking for groupies to take backstage with him and Conan, then took to the stage to demonstrate a balloon trick. Just watch Pee-wee in action. If that doesn't get you excited to see what he'll do when he takes his show from Los Angeles to New York City, then I don't know what to tell you. Pee-wee is coming to Broadway! Roll the...

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