Day: March 29, 2011

Looking back at Sam Seder’s movie about pilot season, “Who’s the Caboose?” (Now out on DVD)

In the mid-1990s, Sam Seder starred, directed and co-wrote the mocumentary Who's The Caboose?, which had a group of New York film students follow comedian/actors Max (Seder) and Susan (Sarah Silverman) out to Los Angeles, where they both get caught up in the madness that is Hollywood's TV pilot season. The cast is full of comedians you may know a bit better in 2011 than you did in 1997: Andy Dick plays Silverman's manager, while H. Jon Benjamin is an entertainment lawyer who becomes fond of Seder. Kathy Griffin looks like a completely different person, because she was back then. David Cross, Andy Kindler, Laura Kightlinger, Laura Silverman, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Marc Maron, Todd Barry, Slovin and Allen, Mark Cohen, the late Lauren Dombrowski all had roles in the film, which is only out on DVD today. Here's a brand-new trailer for it, with new footage of Seder spliced with clips from the movie. Roll it.   It's funny. It's satirical. It's cutting. And yes, it's dated. You can tell it's the mid-1990s, because people smoked in restaurants, and nobody was ever looking at a cell phone, nevermind talking on one — well, Benjamin's character does use a car phone in one scene. Oh, memories. The film spawned a TV mini-series sequel in 2004 called Pilot Season, which reunited the cast, and added Isla Fisher. You can watch the episodes of Pilot...

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TBS Just For Laughs Chicago lines up headliners for third annual fest in the Windy City: June 14-18, 2011

For a third straight year, Just For Laughs has partnered with TBS to venture into Chicago in June for a multi-day comedy festival featuring top-name comedy talent. While we wait to see which locals make the cut, here's the initial slate of headliners. George Lopez and Russell Peters make return trips to the Windy City to join up for one show at the Rosemont, Jim Jefferies will be back (this time with his green card). Other big names include Louis CK, Demetri Martin, Joel McHale, a quadruple bill featuring Dave Attell, Jim Breuer, Bill Burr and Jim Norton, solo shows by Whitney Cummings and Tim Minchin, and a special roast of Chicago by Jeffrey Ross. Here's how the initial schedule looks. Twix returns as the corporate sponsor for TBS Just For Laughs Chicago from June 14-18, 2011. THE CHICAGO THEATRE The Anti-Social Network (Dave Attell, Jim Breuer, Bill Burr and Jim Norton) ‚Äì Wednesday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m. Demetri Martin & Special Guests, Who are Also Comedians and are Friends of His ‚Äì Thursday, June 16, at 7:30 p.m. Joel McHale & Friends and Acquaintances‚Äì Friday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m. Louis C.K. and Three Very Special Guests ‚Äì Saturday, June 18, at 7:30 p.m.  THE ROSEMONT THEATRE George Lopez & Russell Peters ‚Äì Saturday, June 18, at 8 p.m. PARK WEST Jim Jefferies ‚Äì Thursday, June 16, at 7:30 p.m. THE VIC THEATRE...

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Why did the mosquito cross the road? Bobby Bottleservice’s joke contest

This is an actual joke contest hosted by Bobby Bottleservice (aka Nick Kroll) on behalf of Malaria No More. Roll the clip!   Details? Enter the Bobby Bottleservice Joke Contest for the chance to win a trip for two to Los Angeles to see Hollywood Bites Back! at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 16, a live comedy show featuring Conan O‚ÄôBrien, Sarah Silverman and more to benefit the nonprofit Malaria No More. All you have to do is create a short YouTube video finishing the joke ‚ÄúWhy did the mosquito cross the road?‚Äù Then, submit your YouTube URL to See your video posted with other submissions at Winner will be announced by April 8, and if the joke is good enough, you might be invited to tell it on stage at the show! For official contest rules, go...

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