Day: November 18, 2010

NBC continues stand-up shopping spree, dealing in Dan Levy for net’s fifth comedian sitcom in month

And that's just counting the stand-up comedians who have made headlines! I wonder if NBC has deals with several other comics that we haven't heard about yet… THR just reported that Dan Levy is working with producer Jamie Tarses and NBC on a potential new sitcom. THR says "Levy is working on Several Children, about a businesswomen who lives in a houseful of "kids" — such as her much younger husband, their two children and occasionally her husband's friends." Levy's New Wave team also is executive producing the project. This follows deals NBC already has made in the past month to develop sitcoms with Whitney Cummings (Oct. 20), Chelsea Handler (Nov. 3), Russell Peters (Nov. 5), and Nick Thune (Nov. 15). If you haven't already gotten a call from the Peacock Network, let me know and I'll send your digits their...

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Bad joke: Cardon Ellis sneaks knife through airport security, brags about it, gets arrested

With all of the talk about the TSA "Sophie's Choice" — have someone look at you through X-ray glasses better than the ones advertised in the back of a comic book, or have someone grope your boobs and balls? — at our airports this week, you might have missed this would-be joker who went awry last week in Utah. Meet Cardon Ellis. He's an aspiring comedic actor. He has made some "funny" videos with Lauren Scala — last seen filling in as traffic reporter on Today in New York on NBC's Ch. 4 — for a company called DiamondShark. Here's his wit at work:   Oh, you read the headline and want to know about that knife at the airport joke, do you? Here you go. Ellis was at the Salt Lake City airport to catch flights back to NYC last week, when he decided to test out the TSA security. He did so by bragging about it to a fellow passenger in line, according to the federal complaint. When the feds arrested and booked him, he claimed as an alias: "Good Looking." Here are the initial and follow-up reports from local TV in SLC.   And the follow-up.    ...

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Hollywood Improv launches nationwide contest for aspiring stand-ups to get booked throughout the chain

The Improv has launched a new contest that could fly you to Hollywood for a stand-up spot and a chance to get booked throughout the Improv chain. What's the catch? You have to sign up for an official comedian profile if you want to qualify for "The 5 Spot," the comedy club's platform for up-and-coming stand-ups. But if you do, you'll be eligible to flown out to Hollywood, Calif. and stage time at the Improv on Melrose. "We‚Äôre going to give them a few minutes ahead of a headliner and also in front of the booker for the chain of 24 clubs nationwide," said the club's Roddy Swearngin. Swearngin said The 5 Spot will create a different challenge for the contest every few weeks or so....

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Out: Seattle comedy club Giggles. In: Seattle strip club Jiggles? Not without a permit fight

Word from the Pacific Northwest has it that one of Seattle's longtime comedy clubs, Giggles, is trying to be revived by its original owner, but as Jiggles, a strip club. Here is the local TV report on the matter. Roll it while you got it!   The Seattle Times points out that Bob Davis, who founded Giggles in 1985 and repurchased the property in the city's University District after Terry Taylor sold and closed it in May, has fought area cities over the years to open other strip clubs. Every comedian who has worked Seattle has a Terry Taylor story, and some of them have weighed in on the comment thread of The Seattle Comedy Blog. Heneghen's comment cracked me up, as he was wont to do with his stand-up comedy when I was living and performing in Seattle in the late 1990s. My experience with Taylor was limited, since I was a Comedy Underground guy. Taylor had his favorites among the local stand-ups, and comics who regularly worked the Underground were not among them. It was an us-or-them thing. But I did stop by Giggles for the Sunday open mics, as well as selected weekend nights to sit in the back whenever a headliner I wanted to see visited town. Giggles usually booked higher-profile name comedians than the Underground, which always favored the cheaper up-and-comers. One thing I never...

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Your house could host a comedy show for the TV, if you submit to Tig Notaro’s “Untitled Comedy Tour”

Have you wanted to see live comedy, but not wanted to leave your house to find parking, pay for tickets, deal with drink and food minimums and worry about where you're sitting? Hold on. I could've stopped you at leave your house. Because Tig Notaro is filming a TV pilot that comes to you. It's called Tig Notaro's Untitled Comedy Tour. Hey, look! That's Matt Braunger performing in somebody's back yard! What you have to do to get Notaro and her "surprise celebrity guests" to perform at your house: Post a two-minute video to the Tig Notaro Untitled Comedy Tour Facebook page, by Nov. 23, 2010, telling them why your house should be a tour stop. Be sure to tell them where you live and how you'd present the show, from the staging, lighting, promotion, audience, and where inside or outside you'd like it all...

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