Day: October 6, 2010

Where in D.C. is Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity going to take place? Here’s the map!

Jon Stewart has announced the location for the Oct. 30 "Rally to Restore Sanity" in Washington, D.C.  As he explained on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, it's not going to be in front of the Lincoln Memorial, nor will it be on the steps of the Capitol, nor even in front of the Washington Monument. Nope. Go east to the other end of the National Mall. Just look at this map. And as Stewart said on his program, please donate to the Trust for the National Mall. I have a funny feeling this also will be the location for Stephen Colbert's "March to Keep Fear Alive," also happening Oct. 30 in D.C. Here's the video so Stewart can explain it all in detail for...

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Look! Up, up in the sky. It’s big. It’s orange. It’s Conan: The blimp! TBS promo flies over MLB playoff cities

The 2010 Major League Baseball playoffs have begun today, and with it, you had to know that TBS would begin ramping up what will become ubiquitous promotions for Conan O'Brien's upcoming late-night talker, Conan. Well, you're right about that. But there's more. Think, big, orange and up in the sky. Yes. You read the headline. It's the Conan blimp! It's currently flying over Philadelphia today and tonight.  According to the Team Coco Blimp page, it's scheduled to fly over New York City on Oct. 9, Atlanta on Oct. 16, Tampa on Oct. 19, and Boston on Oct. 26. And yes, I'm painfully well aware that Boston is not a participating baseball city this October. Just roll the clip. You can also follow the Team Coco Blimp via Twitter and Foursquare. UPDATED: Oh, and in brand-new spots airing during the baseball games, Conan is seen in the blimp with the UCB's own Ian Roberts as his...

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Scheduling note: Comedy Central Presents shuffles lineup, now including Jessi Klein!

Just a quick update to folks interested in the filming of the 2011 batch of half-hour Comedy Central Presents specials, which happen from Oct. 14-17, 2010, in New York City. First, the "bad" news. Kumail Nanjiani won't be taping a half-hour next weekend, but only because he's too busy being funny on the TV already, as production is well underway on his upcoming TNT series, Franklin and Bash. He's neither Franklin nor Bash, but he is very funny in the pilot episode. So Comedy Central moved Nate Bargatze's time from Sunday to Saturday. And in Bargatze's original slot on Sunday, I'm happy to tell you that the very funny Jessi Klein will be recording a half-hour of her stand-up! For those of you who only know Klein as a writer for SNL or Michael and Michael Have Issues, or brief on-air appearances on other shows, then, well, you'll be pleased, too. Great news! Tickets appear to be sold out for all of the tapings. Sorry about that if you missed...

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Tammy Pescatelli begins shooting WE reality series in rural Meadville, Penn.; episodes to air in January 2011

I don't claim to know a lot of people working at The Hollywood Reporter, so I have no idea why, when or how that trade publication lost all meaning of the word "EXCLUSIVE." The other night, THR published an "exclusive" about Jon Stewart making a joke about Rick Sanchez — at a televised event for Comedy Central attended by thousands and Tweeted by me (and probably others) hours before it published its report. Late this evening, THR has another so-called "exclusive" about WEtv, ordering a six-episode series following the real-life of stand-up comedian and single mom Tammy Pescattelli. If only they had news we hadn't heard before. Tammy Pescatelli herself Tweeted the news to her followers almost a month ago on Sept. 9. And the Erie Times-News interviewed Tammy Pescatelli two weeks ago, and she talked at length about her upcoming WEtv series. It takes place in Meadville, Penn., south of Erie, where Pescatelli moved to from Los Angeles to be closer to her relatives after having a son, Luca Jr., now 2. She told them: "It's showing all the facets of me living in a town where my entire family is, and dealing with my wacky husband. It's like 'I Love Lucy' except I'm Desi and he's Lucy trying to get into the act. It'll be filmed right here in Meadville, right here in my house, in my chaos."...

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