Day: May 18, 2011

Conan O’Brien to bring Team Coco show “back” with him to NYC for a week this fall at the Beacon Theatre

As part of today's presentation by TBS and TNT at the upfronts, the Turner networks announced that Conan O'Brien and his late-night crew would return to New York City for one week of Conan shows at the end of October. The shows from Oct. 31-Nov. 3 will be held at the Beacon Theatre. Yes. It'll mark his first anniversary since joining TBS, and also mark his first time doing his late-night talk-show in NYC since he hosted Late Night for NBC. No word in the announcement or on the Beacon site about when tickets will become available and how they'll be distributed. But I'll be sure to tell you as soon as I find out. An additional trip will find Conan traveling to Chicago sometime in 2012. Anyone want to bet me that it'll be in June? Several members of Team Coco filmed a TBS special in Chicago last June hosted by Andy Richter as part of the Just For Laughs Chicago festival (which is sponsored by...

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Zach Galifianakis drops by the set; life (MSNBC) imitates art (SNL Digital Short)

When Zach Galifianakis first hosted Saturday Night Live last season, he starred in a digital short called "Zach Drops By The Set" that featured unexpected cameos by the comedian on various TV shows. The first scene has him wheeling around in a chair behind Brian Williams during a news update. Cut to last weekend, when Galifianakis literally dropped by the set of MSNBC after watching his Hangover co-star Ed Helms host SNL. Just as he did in the SNL Digital Short, but for real this time, Galifianakis wheeled around in a chair behind the MSNBC anchor, in this case Veronica De La Cruz, during an overnight news update. Bonus: Sitting on either side of Galifianakis are Nick Kroll and Al Madrigal. Here's the art…   And here's the life imitating it last weekend:...

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Andy Ritchie wins Funniest Person in Austin 2011

Congrats to Andy Ritchie, who outlasted and outpolled the field in last night's finale of the six-week Funniest Person in Austin contest for 2011. Ritchie, who was a "new face" in Montreal's Just For Laughs festival in 2009, also has a new stand-up comedy CD out this week called "King Ding-A-Ling" via Stand Up! Records. So I guess he really is King Ding-A-Ling in the city that reminds everyone to keep it weird. Nice timing on that. "King Ding-A-Ling" is available on iTunes: Here's a version of his "shower head" joke which appears on track 7 in longer form on the disc.   Finishing in second place for FPIA 2011: Chris Cubas (who was rocking a seriously eerie Reggie Watts look when I saw him during SXSW). In third place, keep your eyes on Ramin Nazer (he was my favorite of the newer locals from Austin who auditioned for Montreal this spring). The FPIA 2010 winner, Lucas Molandes, was on hand to hand over the crown. Coincidentally, he is moving this week to Brooklyn, so please keep an eye out for him, New...

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Hasan Minhaj lands roles in ABC Family sitcom “State of Georgia” + MTV’s “Disaster Date”

Hasan Minhaj continues the hot streak for comedians this TV pilot season, as he just landed a recurring role in the new ABC Family sitcom, State of Georgia, which premieres June 29. The sitcom stars Raven-Symon√© as Georgia, an aspiring actress in NYC. Co-stars include Majandra Delfino and Loretta Devine. Minhaj will play Seth, a physics grad student at Columbia University. Minhaj also has a gig as part of the cast of the new season of MTV's Disaster Date, which premiered earlier this week. And his comedy album, ‚ÄúLeaning on Expensive Cars and Getting Paid To Do It‚Äù is available on...

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WTF with Marc Maron repurposed as a best-of collection for public radio

In case you missed it yesterday, Jesse Thorn from The Sound of Young America revealed that he'd been working for months to get WTF with Marc Maron on public radio, too, and that his project (with Thorn's editor, Nick White) was a success! They culled through Maron's many episodes and, with Maron's help, produced a 10 episode best-of collection edited for public radio. Public radio icon Ira Glass also chipped in with on-air promos for WTF and helped get the show on WBEZ and Chicago Public Media. You can check out all 10 episodes on PRX. They include Judd Apatow, Conan O'Brien, Bob Odenkirk and Maria Bamford, Louis CK, Ben Stiller and Tig Notaro, Robin Williams, Mike DeStefano and Margaret Cho, Carlos Mencia, a triple-header with Tom Lennon, Dave Attell and Andy Richter, and an episode with Dane Cook and Janeane Garofalo. PRX, aka Public Radio Exchange, describes itself as an online marketplace for distribution, review, and licensing of public radio programming. It's presenting WTF in two formats for public radio stations: a 59-minute version with no hole for newscast updates and two floating one-minute cutaways, or a 54-minute version that includes the newscast hole. Either version bleeps words that may be offensive for station listeners.  Here's the "first" episode with Marc Maron's new introduction to listeners before talking to Judd Apatow. WTF Episode 101 with Judd...

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