Day: September 13, 2010

Spend a half-hour with Kyle Cease as he explains the mindset of comedians (VIDEO)

Just watched this new 26-minute interview with Kyle Cease, which isn't really so much an interview as it is an infomercial for his "stand-up comedy bootcamps," although it's not so much an infomercial as it is really the whole thing. In a nutshell. Did this save you a bunch of money? Did it make you want to spend all of your money on a bootcamp? And by all, I mean all $299, with a money-back guarantee, as Cease himself tells me. Does it change your mindset at all on Cease, hearing what he has to say about the typical mindset of a stand-up comedian, and what it should be instead? Let me know, after you've watched him make his case. And if any of you ventriloquist dummies don't know why I'd ask questions as if this is an issue, then you haven't read any message board debate over this. Also: Kyle Cease himself says in this video that he believes comedians tend to have the wrong mindset, and wants to right it. Did he? Could he? Roll...

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Forbes makes sure stand-ups stand out on 2010 list of top-earning comedians

Forbes has released its rankings of top-earning comedians for the 12-month period ending June 1, 2010. If something about the list looks different from 2009's top-earning comedians, that's intentional. Despite making $75 million in that span, Jerry Seinfeld isn't even on the list. Neither Jay Leno nor Conan O'Brien made the cut, as well. That's because Forbes decided to focus on comedians who made their money the old-fashioned way, stand-up. As Lacey Rose told me: "We tweaked the methodology in an attempt to show the major players in the comedy space, without letting the list get overrun with folks like O'Brien and Leno who were earning the bulk of their revenue elsewhere. We felt there was a more accurate and, frankly, more interesting story to tell this way." Let's look at the top 10 earners for June 2009 to June 2010: 1) Jeff Dunham, $22.5 million (previous year: #3, $30 million). When you can make this much bank on the road from loyal fans who scoop up your merch, who needs to deal with TV critics? 2) Dane Cook, $21 million (previous: #4, $20 mil). Put out a DVD and went on a nationwide arena tour. 3) Terry Fator, $20 million (previous: #9, $10 mil). A five-year, $100 million deal to talk to the hand (or the puppet covering the hand) in Las Vegas. Two of the top three...

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Bil Dwyer anchors the Tiny Football League during halftime of Sunday Night Football

Bil Dwyer has hosted several real game shows (Extreme Dodgeball, I've Got a Secret, and Dirty Rotten Cheater among them), a meta parody game show for MTV (The 70s House), and an inhuman battle to the death (Battlebots). This fall, you can see Dwyer anchoring the Tiny Football League. What's that? It's what it says. Tiny people playing football. It's a real thing. Sort of. Well, the telecasts are real, and they're really happening during the Toyota Halftime Report of NBC's Sunday Night Football. Toyotas are great cars, aren't they? I wouldn't mind driving one right now. Toyota. OK. That should do it. Roll the clip! Episode two is after the...

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Steve Harvey begins reign as new Family Feud host

The game show Family Feud is back again for another go on TV with another new host, and this time it's comedian Steve Harvey who's shaking hands and asking what people were most likely to say in response to basic polls. Same theme song, same basic premise, new flashing lights, and oh, Harvey tells viewers they can play online with their friends on Facebook. So that's how you know it's 2010. In the NYC area, it's on back-to-back Monday-Friday at 1 and 1:30 p.m. on Ch. 9. Check your local listings to see when the Feud is on in your area. The show already has taped 100 episodes from Universal Studios Orlando. In an interview with the AP, Harvey boasted: "I bet you there's not a funnier game show on TV. We've done some pretty incredible stuff so far." Speaking of which, here's a clip in which a contestant tells Harvey why it's OK to boo a comedian. Boo a comedian?!? Roll it and...

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