Day: September 8, 2010

MTV brings back daytime live talk show; three stand-up comics were among finalists for hosting gig

TRL isn't coming back to MTV, but something kinda sorta like it is, and you came this close to seeing two stand-up comedians host it! The Hollywood Reporter reported overnight that MTV would debut "The Seven" as a live weekday afternoon show broadcast from Times Square in the 5 p.m. hour, with Chicago DJ Kevin Manno and New York City TV personality Julie Alexandria as the hosts. Manno already left his DJ spot at Chicago's Q101 in August, while Alexandria said she'll continue hosting Mets Weekly on SNY for the remainder of the regular season, which is only a few weeks. What THR didn't tell you was that MTV had three comedians in the running for the hosting gigs among the final six candidates before picking Manno and Alexandria. I'm going to try closing my eyes on Sept. 27 and pretend I'm seeing Barry Rothbart, Hasan Minhaj, Lauren Ashley Bishop on my MTV. Iliza Shlesinger also was in the early running for this...

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The Southern Comedy Quartet begins three-week tour, documents it on film

What do you do when you have racked up TV credits, performed at the prestigious comedy festivals and contests around North America, and still haven't broken through to the next level of your career as a stand-up comedian? If you're Nate Bargatze, Jarrod Harris, Sean Patton and Rory Scovel, you rent a van, get a filmmaker, book a tour and make a documentary about their run through the South and up the East Coast. They're calling it "3 Weeks in September," and themselves The Southern Comedy Quartet. Here's a video promo Scovel shot with Bargatze in the latter's hometown of Nashville, Tenn., where they met up over Labor Day weekend to kick off the tour. Roll the clip! More… Atypical Southern Comedy Quartet Tour, September 2010 7 Carrollton ‚Äì New Orleans, LA 9 Aiken Brewing Company – Aiken, SC 10-11 Theatre 99 – Charleston, SC 13 Buffington's – Milledgeville, GA 15 Warren City Club – Atlanta, GA 16 40 Watt – Athens, GA 17-18 Nutt Street Comedy – Wilmington, NC 21 Tremont Music Hall ‚Äì Charlotte, NC 22-25 Stand-Up Carolina – Myrtle Beach, SC 26 (TBA) Washington, DC 27 UCB Theatre ‚Äì NYC Additional dates may be...

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Top Ten things Ellen DeGeneres has been thinking about this summer

I would not have guessed that nachos take up more time in the mind of Ellen DeGeneres than dancing, or even Oprah, but I guess my telepathic powers do not apply to Ellen. There she was last night on Late Show with David Letterman, delivering a special edition of the Top Ten list with things that have been on her mind recently. DeGeneres also, according to a trade publication, made a "surprise" visit to Broadway. Which, considering the Late Show is literally on Broadway, is hardly a surprise. Anyhow. Roll...

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The eyes of Zog are watching you…Sweet?

Some news for fans of The Zog, aka Seth Herzog, aka the man who cannot stop dancing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and has hosted New York City's most popular indie weekly comedy night that also features his mother… Herzog headlines tonight at Comix in NYC with special guests, including Big Lake's Chris Gethard. Just check out that promo (if you click on the picture, you can make his eyes follow you!). Tickets $10, $5 with discount code SETH. On Tuesday, Sweet returns for one night only (having left The Slipper Room due to that Lower East Side bar's construction plans) in a temporary home at The Studio at Webster Hall for Sweet's sixth anniversary show. Herzog will welcome comedy stars of screens big and small John Oliver, Jon Glaser, Justin Long and other "very special guests." Zog writes: "I know a lot of you have been waiting for Sweet to come back, and this is going to be one hell of a fabulicious event, that will include some great comedy, some surprises, lots of spontaneiousity, and yes, a Mom or...

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