Day: September 20, 2010

Dead-Frog tracks The Comedy Week in North America

My buddy in comedy blogging Todd Jackson may not be blogging as much, but that's because he has been tinkering in his online workshop, and he has figured out how to track stand-up comedy headliners across North America, week by week, in case you're ever wondering when the comedian you like will be performing in a city near you. It's called The Comedy Week. Check it out when you cannot remember who's on tour and who's...

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E*Trade settles Lindsay Lohan’s lawsuit over “milkaholic Lindsay” ad line ad-libbed by comedians

Lindsay Lohan got E*Trade to settle today in her lawsuit against them over a Super Bowl TV ad that featured one of the talking babies calling another baby that "milkaholic Lindsay." I didn't know that Lohan was recognizable enough to go by one name, but apparently the hassle of a lawsuit was enough for E*Trade to want the matter put to rest (see the court document as grabbed by TMZ). In a statement to tabloid sites RadarOnline and TMZ, the company said: "E*TRADE has always maintained that the claims were without merit, which is why we moved to dismiss the case. With the case now withdrawn, we are pleased to have the matter behind us." Lindsay Lohan herself still has deeper trouble ahead of her, failing a drug test while on probation. As you'll recall, I talked to E*Trade's talking baby — comedian Pete Holmes — about the ad after it aired during the Super Bowl, and that Holmes and comedian Glennis McMurray ad-libbed the Lindsay line at the heart of the matter. Today on Facebook, McMurray expressed her displeasure about the settlement:...

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Yearning for the old SNL days? Reruns start airing again Sept. 25. On Vh1. Wait. SNL on Vh1? Yes.

There was a time and a place, before Hulu and broke Saturday Night Live into little online pieces, when you could watch SNL reruns on cable, whether it was Comedy Central or E! Now, after a couple of years off the cable airwaves, SNL reruns are coming back. To Vh1. Seriously? Seriously. Vh1 is kicking off its SNL reruns with a nine-hour marathon from Season 32 this Saturday, Sept. 25 – not so coincidentally, the night the new 36th season debuts on NBC. Other SNL repeats on the Vh1 schedule include 1:30 p.m. Sunday, then noon, 5 and 6 p.m. each weekday next week. As with past rebroadcasts of the show by other cable networks, it's cut down from 90 minutes to an hour, so you're likely to remember the old days even more fondly. I don't know why. Then again, I stopped wondering why about Vh1 years ago. Slightly related, the network also is airing two episodes of Chappelle's Show late late Saturday...

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Mark your calendars! My comedy panel will be part of the 2011 SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas

The initial slate of programming for the 2011 SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, has been announced this afternoon, and look who's on it! If you'd like to learn more about how the gosh-darned Internet and all of these social media networks have changed the game for comedy, well, then, you are in luck if you make your way to Austin between March 11-15, 2011. I'll be there moderating a panel that Alf LaMont at The Comedy Store and I thought up. Fun times will be had. You will learn a thing or two. Probably more than two things. We will eat great barbecue. So mark your calendars...

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