Day: December 9, 2010

Ready to get FUNATICAL? Stand-up comedy tour to debunk fears about Middle Easterners, South Asians

Tonight in Los Angeles, a group of Middle Eastern and South Asian stand-up comics is kicking off a tour that aims to use their own stereotypes for good. Calling it, "FUNATICAL: Taking Comedy to the Extreme‚Äôs We Come in Peace Tour," these eight comedians are hoping that laughter can debunk the fears some Americans have about their peoples. They say: "With the controversy surrounding the 'Ground Zero' mosque and increased Islamophobia, it is more important than ever to highlight cultural and religious tolerance in America." And they plan to do it with jokes. Jokes! Here's a trailer. Roll it!   The tour starts tonight at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood, and continues through Dec. 12 with stops in Glendale, L.A., and Orange County. They'll head to NYC with shows Jan. 27-28, and then to the Washington, D.C., area from March 3-5. (Tour dates and info) Comedians include the world's only Indian Jewish comedian , a black Muslim convert, an Arab Jewish performer, famous American Muslim comedians, a Jordanian Catholic, a half Iranian/half black performer, a half Persian/half Russian, an Armenian Orthodox, an Iranian Bahai and many more. Or if you prefer names, it's headlined by Max Amini and Tissa Hami, and features Mike Batayeh, Samson Koletkar, Noel Elgrably, Omar Regan, Ara Basil and Elham...

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Pamela Murphy presents “The C Word”

I've been catching up on the first season of Showtime's new dramedy, The Big C, which stars Laura Linney as a middle-aged mother who changes her approach to life upon being diagnosed with stage-four melanoma. It's got a subtle charm to it. But it's no match for "The C Word," Pamela Murphy's real-life one-woman show currently running at the UCB Theatre in New York City. Murphy cuts right to the chase and never lets up, with close to a dozen vignettes over the course of a half-hour, portraying all of the players in her "journey" of living with breast cancer. Murphy, who has performed with various UCB house teams and productions for more than five years, was diagnosed three years ago. As she explains to audiences, it's about time she shared her "gift" onstage. "What are they going to say? No? I had cancer!" Murphy says. "So get ready for some laughs!" Ready or not, you're going to laugh plenty at this show. This comedy show about cancer. Don't be scared and jump onboard for the...

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New logo, new schedule changes for Comedy Central

This is the new Comedy Central logo. This is a video Comedy Central shows to show off its new logo.   Any questions? Oh, right. What was the "old" Comedy Central logo? Just look in the top right corner of the video and you'll see it. Comedy Central also announced debut dates for new and returning series in the first quarter of 2011. Among the highlights: Jan. 11, 2011 — Onion SportsDome debuts after the third-season premiere of Tosh.0 Jan. 16, 2011 — Denis Leary and Friends Present Douchebags and Donuts, a one-hour stand-up special featuring Leary, Lenny Clarke, Adam Ferrara and Whitney Cummings Jan. 21, 2011 — 15th season premiere of half-hour Comedy Central Presents series, with back-to-back half-hours every Friday at 11 and 11:30 p.m. Jan. 29, 2011 — Nick Kroll: Thank You Very Cool, one-hour stand-up special featuring Kroll, his characters (Fabrice Fabrice, Bobby Bottleservice, El Chupacabra) as well as an "Oh, Hello" reunion with John Mulaney Feb. 19, 2011 — Patrice ONeal: Elephant in the Room, one-hour stand-up special March 6, 2011 — Daniel Tosh: Happy Thoughts, one-hour stand-up special Week of March 7, 2011 — Norm MacDonald's untitled one-hour stand-up special March 24, 2011 — second-season premiere of John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show April 6, 2011 — debut of Workaholics, workplace comedy starring Adam Devine, Anders Holm and Blake Anderson April 27, 2011...

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Comedy classes? Acting classes? Charles Grodin tells you all you need to know about acting

Still trying to get the taste of that SNL with Robert DeNiro out of your mouth? Why are you putting TV shows in your mouth, anyhow? Just replace that memory with a happy one, like, oh, say, DeNiro and Charles Grodin in Midnight Run. See! I just turned your frowny face and flipped it and reversed it, because you're looking into an imaginary mirror and smiling. Now watch this video in which Charles Grodin tells you everything you need to know about acting, based on all of the acting classes Grodin has experienced. It reminds me of the debates you hear among comedians about comedy classes — and also about the debates you hear journalists make about journalism school. Just do the work. Put in the work. Oh, and thank SNL's Abby Elliott for pointing me to this to show it to you. Everything: Full circle. Roll it!...

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Discovery Science to air “Idiot Abroad,” travel series with Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant

This just in from the folks at The Futon Critic: Discovery's Science Channel reportedly has acquired the broadcast rights to An Idiot Abroad, a travel documentary series that Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant produced featuring the misadventures of their frequent foil: Karl Pilkington. The Futon Critic reports that the eight episodes, which aired on the U.K.'s Sky1 this fall, will air on Discovery Science in January 2011. Here's a look at the original trailer:   Never been to China, he says? Well, they done gone and fixed that. Here are excerpts from his first trip to China. Everyone is not kung fu fighting. "Are you havin' a laugh?" Roll the clip!...

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