Day: January 12, 2011

Fate of new MySpace Comedy hub uncertain following company’s massive layoffs

DEVELOPING: Remember when MySpace introduced that fancy new MySpace Comedy hub all the way back in December? Er. Well. Ugh. Yesterday the company laid off half of its entire workforce, about 500 employees, including the executive editor of the MySpace Comedy hub. Writers were told to stop pitching. But stand-up comedian Ben Gleib has a contract to continue producing original videos for the site. So, if nothing else, we'll still have those to look forward to and keep clicking over there? When I hear more, you'll know more. UPDATED: While the executive editor for the comedy hub got de-friended from MySpace, Randi Siegel remains with the company as Director of Myspace Comedy Relations and...

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Watch Doogie Horner make Gettin’ Laid Lemonade with Emily Gould (flowchart not included)

Doogie Horner joined Emily Gould for the latest episode of her web series, "Cooking the Books," because why not? Horner wrote a book. And here he is demonstrating how to make a batch of "Gettin' Laid Lemonade." Make sure you have at least 13 minutes of free time. Ready? Roll the clip!   The flowchart for this recipe from the book is not shown. But I can show you his charts for coming up with a heavy metal band name, tattoos, and the formula for tragedy becoming comedy. We've known about Doogie Horner's prowess for years! Want to see the other charts? Buy his book, "Everything Explained Through...

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Final day to submit to participate in Boston’s third annual Women in Comedy Festival

The third annual Women in Comedy Festival is accepting submissions from stand-ups, improvisers, sketch groups and others through Jan. 12, 2011, which, of course, means today. Headliners this March in Boston include Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler, Jen Kirkman, and Morgan Murphy, with shows taking place at ImprovBoston, Mottley's Comedy Club and the Brattle Theatre. Jeff Singer, executive consultant for Just For Laughs, also will be teaching his workshop, "Step Up Your Stand Up." And as you may have noticed, the WICF does include men, too. Go to the WICF site for more information....

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In which I agree with Keith Olbermann’s first impressions of Onion SportsDome on Comedy Central

The Onion's first TV series, Onion SportsDome, debuted last night on Comedy Central. As it aired in the Eastern/Central time zones, immediate reaction was divided between lovers and haters. My immediate reaction was a lot like Keith Olbermann's, except for the fact that the MSNBC prime-time commentator used to be one of the main anchors for ESPN's SportsCenter when that show became the thing that SportsDome is now lampooning. Roll it like a ReTweet. Noticeably, the segment advocating the killing of athletes, sports agents and others wasn't available...

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Bill Cosby jokes about aging, tells David Letterman how his father wanted him to pick football over comedy

You know what's great about Bill Cosby? Just about everything. Still. After all of these years. The Cos can go on David Letterman's show without having anything but another stand-up date to promote, and go out, as he did Monday night, sit in his chair, and regale us with comedy. In this bit, he jokes about what it's like to be an old man today.   And then he does panel, and Cosby tells Letterman about the early days of doing comedy, working across the street from Richard Pryor back in the old days of Greenwich Village, and how he had dropped out of Temple, but how his dad hoped that a New York Giant could convince The Cos to go back to school and pursue an NFL career instead of stand-up comedy. Looks like Bill Cosby knew best, didn't he? If you have the chance to see Bill Cosby perform stand-up, by all means do it!...

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