Day: June 22, 2010

JB Smoove shares his philosophy on life, with talk about asses and God’s pottery wheel #jflchicago

When is JB Smoove himself and when is he Leon Black? I guess that depends upon whether you can tell when "The Ruckus" is upon us. As I learned the other day in Chicago, in the rock garden outside the Westin River North Hotel, it doesn't take much to get JB Smoove on a roll. Here he is delivering some life lessons to me, or should I say, handing me my ass in an interview. Know what I mean? Roll the clip! I cut the clip into two parts, and as we continued, he also demonstrated why every person is unique, and instead of going with the snowflake metaphor, JB Smoove shows us how God uses his own pottery wheel. He also contemplates the difference between snot and tears. You have to see him to believe him! If you enjoyed that, then you'll be sure to enjoy him when he performs June 23 on TBS as part of Cedric The Entertainer's Urban Circus, and in July, when he hosts Russell Simmons Presents Stand-Up on Comedy Central. JB Smoove also will be hosting a live video chat tonight — 9 p.m. Eastern, 6 p.m. Pacific — with fans of Curb Your Enthusiasm to talk about his character, Leon Black, and the TV Guide panels that discuss the Curb repeats. Go...

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Before the “retired” Amanda Bynes was an actress, she was a 10-year-old stand-up comedian

Amanda Bynes declared on Twitter over the weekend that she had retired from acting at the tender age of 24. But before this @chicky was an actress, she showed her stage potential at the age of 10 by delivering stand-up comedy at the Laugh Factory's Comedy Camp in 1996. Despite the botched intro by Arsenio Hall, who calls her Amanda Byrnes, the 10-year-old in the Sylvester top tawt she saw a pimple, and knew how to mug and vamp for a live audience. Roll the...

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In other news, blogs…

Time to catch up on what else people are saying online about comedy! The Canadian Comedy Awards announced their 2010 nominees today. Up for the big prize of comedy person of the year: Brent Butt, Colin Mochrie, Irwin Barker, Russell Peters and Seth Rogen. Check out the full list of Canadian Comedy Award nominees here. Jim Breuer tells Howard Stern what it was like to work with Chris Farley on SNL. Bobby Moynihan answers all sorts of questions about auditioning for, and performing on SNL. Scott Aukerman tells The A.V. Club about the evolution of Comedy Death-Ray and the secrecy behind Between Two Ferns. Reuters, or rather Back Stage, asks industry folk what it takes to make it as a stand-up comedian these days. Answers may vary. has compiled the 12 weirdest comedy lawsuits ever. If you don't like it, don't sue...

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Just For Laughs Montreal to fete The Second City, Glee writers, Aziz Ansari and Donald Glover in 2010

Just For Laughs has announced it'll honor The Second City with a lifetime achievement award and Glee with its comedy writers of the year award when JFL convenes in Montreal next month. The festival also has created two additional awards to recognize the star power of comedians Aziz Ansari and Donald Glover — Ansari will receive the "Breakout Comedy Star of the Year Award" while Glover will get the "Rising Comedy Star of the Year Award." Among those on hand from The Second City will be the organization's president, Andrew Alexander, as well as Colin Mochrie, Fred Willard and other members to be announced later. They'll be taking part in a live panel discussion, "The Second City — The First 50 Years," to take place Thursday, July 15. They'll get their award the following day, July 16, at the annual Comedy Conference luncheon. Ian Brennan, meanwhile, will accept the "Comedy Writer of the Year Award" at the same luncheon on behalf of his fellow writers and producers of Glee (Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy). The festival is saying Ansari's award "is reserved for the comedian/actor who has made the jump from talented star to super-stardom," while Glover's award "is reserved for a talent who is the NEXT BIG THING." In addition to these new awards, JFL Montreal also is launching what it's calling its Insider Series this summer. Among...

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Funny or Die kills YouTube clip of Zach Galifianakis putting Brian Williams “Between Two Ferns”

Want to watch that clip that got passed around the Internet on Monday afternoon of Zach Galifianakis doing "Between Two Ferns" with NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, which he conducted live over the weekend at the Nantucket Film Festival? Sorry you missed it. You may have to wait until Funny or Die decides to upload its own clip. If it even decides to do so. Because Funny or Die is serious about owning its content, and Monday night slapped a copyright infringement on the person who uploaded a clip from it on YouTube. And so the war between comedians and audience members with cameras continues…...

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