Day: August 16, 2010

Pete & Brian’s “FCU: Fact Checkers Unit” becomes an NBC Web series

Hey, remember three years ago when Pete Karinen and Brian Sacca, aka Pete & Brian, debuted a nine-minute short casting themselves as magazine fact checkers who paid Bill Murray a visit, and then talked to me about it? In September 2007, Pete told me the idea was to break out the FCU guys as a series, "whether that's a Web series or a TV series. We're also looking into developing it for commercial uses." They've done that now with the debut of the first of eight Webisodes of FCU for The FCU site is live and will post the premiere tomorrow. Kristen Schaal returns as one of their co-workers at the magazine, Dictum. The first episode, "Paranormal Factivity," has the guys visiting with Luke Perry to find out if his house really is haunted. New episodes will appear on Tuesdays. The rest of the cast includes Jim Connor, Zach Steel, Sara Simmonds, Lillie Sakren, and cameos as themselves by Luke Perry, Donald Faison, Karolina Kurkova, Jon Heder, Dave Navarro, Zach Gilford, Pauley Perrette and Alex...

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How to tell whether you’re at New York’s Fringe or New York’s Underground Comedy fest this August

Enjoying a walkabout in the city this weekend, a friend and I noticed that in just about any other city, a Fringe Festival takes over the town and you cannot avoid seeing or hearing about it. But in New York City, the Fringe can be happening and you might not even know it. It could just as well be called the Underground festival. Except, oh, that festival is happening in NYC this week, too! Yes, comedy fans. If you're in Manhattan, or even Brooklyn, for the rest of August 2010, you have extra options for your entertainment dollar as both the New York International Fringe Festival and the New York Underground Comedy Festival have set up shops. I suppose the simple answer to the question posed by my own headline is that if you're in a black-box theater-type space, then you're at a Fringe show, and if you're in a comedy club or a bar masquerading as a comedy club, then you're at an Underground show. But let's stop trying to answer questions which are moot and answer one that you might find more useful. Such as, what shows might be worth your time and money at these festivals? With the Underground Comedy festival, it's always a bit interesting to see what shows they include, because often times, the shows are the same weekly or monthly shows that operate...

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Tom Green’s post-Apocalyptic footage at Gathering of the Juggalos includes Tila Tequila and Gallagher

Remember the end of Woodstock 1999? That seems to be the starting point for the Gathering of the Juggalos, the now-infamous annual party in the woods by the fans of Insane Clown Posse. Before, all I could imagine was what Joe DeRosa would describe in his stand-up bit about performing there, or the SNL parody of the Gathering's promo video. But now, we have footage from Tom Green, who was among last weekend's performers — and managed to document his own journey, which included run-ins with Tila Tequila (before she was injured by fans throwing bottles and feces at her onstage!) and Gallagher (who somehow seemed at ease amid the mob). Roll the...

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The Daily Show goes to D.C. for week of tapings before 2010 Congressional midterm elections

You may not care about politics and elections in a midterm year, but the folks at The Daily Show aren't letting it slide by unnoticed. In fact, Jon Stewart and company will be taping a week's worth of shows straight from Washington, D.C., at the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Sidney Harman Hall. The shows, from Monday, Oct. 25, through Thursday, Oct. 28, will be called "When Grizzlies Attack: The Daily Show Midterm Teapartyganza." Tickets for the tapings are available only through the show's site — wait, correction! The Daily Show's site already says that tickets are sold out. That was fast. Go to The Daily Show's ticket site and plug in your information and stay tuned to see if tickets become available. Previously, the show has hit the road to produce episodes in Philadelphia (2000), Los Angeles (2000), D.C. (2002), Boston (2004), Columbus, Ohio (2006), Denver (2008) and Minneapolis (2008), all as part of its "Indecision" election...

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Are We There Yet? In 90 episodes, yes. TBS proves you don’t need to be Tyler Perry to get a pick-up

Congratulations to comedians Christian Finnegan and Sherrod Small today, as they're guaranteed steady work for a while as TBS made it official and ordered the 90-episode pick-up on their TBS series, Are We There Yet? The series debuted this summer with a 10-episode trial run, averaging 2.8 million viewers, 1.5 million in adults aged 18-49. TBS noted it also was the top-ranked show on all of TV in the second-quarter with African-American adults in the 18-34 and 18-49 demos. You may know the show as starring Terry Crews, or co-starring the movie's star Ice Cube as a recurring guest, but Christian Finnegan is a regular cast member playing the best friend of Crews' character, and Sherrod Small is a writer who also plays a guest character. So perhaps this is their Best Week Ever? Groan if you must, but congrats to them both. From the press release today: ‚ÄúAre We There Yet? has proven itself to be an extremely strong addition to TBS‚Äôs comedy lineup,‚Äù said Michael Wright, executive vice president and head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies.  ‚ÄúAre We There Yet? attracts a young, diverse audience, making it an especially good fit for our Wednesday night slate of original...

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