Day: January 28, 2011

The key to a great Charlie Sheen joke is: a) timing, or b) being his co-star on a current hit TV sitcom?

Oh, the jokes everybody is making at the expense of one Charlie Sheen, who seems to act as though he's still "Wild Thing" from Major League, even though that movie came out 22 years ago, which not only would make Sheen too old to be behaving like this, but also this joke too old to execute properly. But if you're Sheen's co-star on the popular sitcom, Two and a Half Men, which has written Sheen's real-life love of hookers and other sins into his TV life, it's a bit easier to get a good laugh out of it. Which is exactly what Jon Cryer did earlier this week on Conan, making light of Sheen's wild tabloid existence.   The joke would be eerily prescient, considering Sheen went into the hospital the very next day following a wild party for hookers, right? It would have been, if not for two facts: 1) Sheen has been acting out of control for long enough now that the joke is funny because it's true. And 2) Cryer used the same joke weeks, if not months, earlier when he taped an appearance for an upcoming episode of the online series, The 3 Minute Talk Show with Barry Sobel. A teaser trailer for Sobel's series came out earlier in the week, and showcases Cryer's joke about Sheen and TMZ about 40 seconds in. Roll it:...

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In other news…

Some other headlines of the past day involving comedians and comedy: HBO announced it would film and broadcast Colin Quinn's current Broadway show, Long Story Short. HBO will tape the performances on Feb. 2-3, and air it as a special sometime in April. (NYT) Jon Stewart has been named to the National Sept. 11 Memorial & Museum board. (AP) NBC has picked up pilots from both Chelsea Handler and Whitney Cummings. Cummings also has a second pilot pick-up from CBS. BBC Worldwide is getting into the webseries business, partnering with My Damn Channel to produce and distribute Gigi: Almost American, a new series created by and starring Josh Gad. Gad will be starring this spring in the new Broadway musical by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, The Book of Mormon. (My Damn...

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ABC’s Nightline profile of Jeff Dunham

You may know that Jeff Dunham is making more money than any other stand-up comedian working the road today. Except Dunham is a ventriloquist. You knew that, though, right? ABC News profiled Dunham last night for Nightline, and you may learn a few other things about him. I knew that he already was making millions a decade ago, and that YouTube multiplied that ten and twenty times over. I didn't know that he had a workshed in his tour bus. Dunham also explains, once again, that his critics are not only missing the point, but criticizing the thing that his audiences love the most about his act. What that says about him, and us, however, is worth considering for more than a moment. In the meantime, roll the clip!...

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RIP: Charlie Callas (1924-2011)

Colorful comedian Charlie Callas died yesterday in Las Vegas from natural causes. He was 86. Born in Brooklyn on Dec. 20, 1924, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II and began his career as a big-band drummer. But his own sound effects and physicality served him even better as a comedian. Here he was in the early 1960s performing his hunting trip routine. For you kids, that part in the beginning is how you used to make a phone call. Roll the clip!   And here he was again reprising it decades later:   In the 1970s, he worked with Mel Brooks in the films High Anxiety and Silent Movie, and was the voice of the dragon Elliott in Pete's Dragon. He also was a frequent guest throughout that decade on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, the Hollywood Squares, and the Dean Martin Roasts. He more recently had appeared in Christmas specials for Larry the Cable Guy in 2007 and...

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