Day: April 22, 2011

Is “Talking Funny” funny? It is when Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Louis CK and Ricky Gervais do it on HBO

Ricky Gervais is friends with Louis CK, who is friends with Chris Rock, who is friends with Jerry Seinfeld. Put these four friends together in a room and let them talk shop for 50 minutes about comedy. That's not a show about nothing. That's Talking Funny, which premieres tonight on HBO. It opens mid-conversation, just like Showtime's The Green Room with Paul Provenza. But unlike that series, this is a one-time affair, without a studio audience or a moderator. Just four famous funny men, well, talking funny. And talking about the business of being funny. Is that going to be funny? Yes. Of course it is. And not just because they're all established comedians. Let's take a look at an extended peek:   Among the other observations they make about their art: Gervais acknowledges that he got into stand-up to prove that he had earned his keep as a comedian after the success of The Office. Seinfeld alleges that stand-up comedians are the most criticized and judged people, because of the feedback they receive after every joke, and argues that professional critics shouldn't judge comedy unless they know what it is to write "the act." There's talk about cursing, easy laughs, and the clip above leads into a discussion about slurs. They get into an extended riff after Louis CK says he still remembers a singing comic who bombed...

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Second acts: Jeff Cohen on making the transition from child actor from The Goonies to entertainment lawyer

Some people I tend to see at every major comedy festival. Jeff B. Cohen is one of those people. I met him several years ago in Aspen. He's a nice guy. For an entertainment lawyer, that is! We have fun conversations about comedy and I have many friends who are clients of his. Someone else pointed out to me once that Cohen played "Chunk" in the 1985 movie The Goonies. Are you surprised? Are you surprised because you thought that I played "Chunk" in The Goonies? Regardless, Yahoo! caught up with Cohen to talk to him (as well as director Richard Donner) about how he made the transition from child actor to entertainment lawyer. Roll the clip!    ...

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Bill Burr, Robert Kelly and Joe DeRosa team up to film “Cheat,” debuting at 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

They're not exactly the Three Musketeers of comedy, but Bill Burr, Robert Kelly and Joe DeRosa did figure out the value of teamwork. By joining forces, they sat down, wrote, produced and directed a short film all on their own, and Cheat will debut this weekend at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. There are five screenings, starting April 23 and continuing through May 1. The film has opened up other opportunities for the trio. Let's take a look at the trailer, and then talk to the fellas about it. Roll the clip.   So whose idea was it? Who had to convince the other two to get on board with making a short film? BURR: "I think Bobby was the guy who said this was a movie." KELLY: "I was the most desperate to do something. Bill has a very successful career and doesn't need us guys." BURR: "No…Stop. He was the star of Tourgasm. I was on I Love the 80s Strikes Back. There's no strife between us. This was the three of us clinging to a raft and surviving together." DEROSA: "Yeah, it was Bobby. The three of us had talked about it. Why are we waiting for something to happen. Why are we waiting for the next audition? Why don't we make it happen? That was the planted seed. And we called Bill and Bill liked it."...

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