Day: May 24, 2011

Spoiler alert: Dan Levy wins “Comedian of the Year” at the 2011 Young Hollywood Awards, airing 5/26 on ION

The Young Hollywood Awards celebrate the up-and-coming stars of today who will be the superstars of tomorrow, and Dan Levy won "Comedian of the Year" for 2011 when they handed out the awards last Friday night at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. It's not a spoiler alert. Because it's not a contested event. Levy wasn't up against competition. They picked him. And you can watch him receive his award and maybe tell a joke or two when the Young Hollywood Awards air (for the first time on TV) at 9 p.m. May 26, 2011, on the ION channel. He's pictured at right during the broadcast. Levy gave The Comic's Comic a bit of insight into his award. Just a bit. Congratulations on winning the Young Hollywood Award for "Comedian of the Year"! It's my understanding that the YHAs are not contested awards, so what did they tell you about how you got picked for this? "Not sure. I haven't been to rehab yet." How did they decide who gave you the award at the ceremony? How well do you know Aziz Ansari, who presented for you? "They actually asked me who I would like to present me and I immediately thought of Aziz. He's one of my good friends. He's hilarious. He's an expert traveller. And he's absolutely killing it right now. I've spent the last year opening up for his...

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Albert Brooks reflects on his career and his pet peeves about movies in lengthy one-on-one with Adam Carolla

You may have heard that Adam Carolla surpassed Ricky Gervais for the Guinness World Record of most podcasts downloaded. Well, that in itself is a triumph of quantity as it is quality, although you need a quality amount of fans to keep on downloading to become that popular. Which is what you'll get if you download this 89-minute chat between Carolla and Albert Brooks. Carolla not only channels a WTF with Marc Maron vibe — what with the dispensing of his usual show for a pre-recorded intro, and a drive to visit Brooks where he lives for an uninterrupted one-on-one discussion — but also gets Brooks to open up about his career arc, about his (and Carolla's) pet peeves with modern movies, and about their siblings. As you probably hopefully know, one of Albert's brothers goes by "Super Dave Osborne." You can tell it happened very recently, as they reference the IMF chief's rape scandal, Ahnold's love affair with his housekeeper, and Adam's appearance on Kimmel. It's an insightful chat. A few profanities get thrown about. So think about that before you find yourself learning it's Not Safe For Work. Listen to Adam Carolla and Albert Brooks talk comedy...

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The Book of Mormon, Bobby Cannavale, John Leguizamo among 2011 Drama Desk winners

The Drama Desk Awards, which reward excellence in New York theater no matter their productions' relation to Broadway, nevertheless heaped mighty praise with five awards for the South Park team's hit musical, The Book of Mormon. Winners of Drama Desk Awards in 2011 who inhabit the world of comedy: The Book of Mormon — Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Director of a Musical, Outstanding Music, Outstanding Lyrics, Outstanding Orchestrations Bobby Cannavale — Outstanding Actor in a Play (The Motherf**ker With the Hat) John Larroquette — Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) John Leguizamo — Outstanding Solo Performance (Ghetto Klown) Leguizamo beat out Colin Quinn and Mike Birbiglia in that latter category. But don't feel too bad for either Quinn or Birbigs. Colin Quinn got Long Story Short filmed for broadcast on HBO, while Mike Birbiglia's My Girlfriend's Boyfriend won the off-Broadway Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show earlier this...

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Is Nick Cannon really “Mr. Showbiz”? The comedian/actor/host/DJ makes his case

You may know part of who Nick Cannon is. Young, charismatic star in the movie Drumline. Mastermind of MTV sketch comedy jams such as Wild 'N Out and Short Circuitz. Morning radio host here in NYC on 92.3 FM. Host of NBC's summer talent search, America's Got Talent. Husband of Mariah Carey and father of her newborn twins. But do you think of Nick Cannon as a stand-up comedian? Cannon wants you to. Cannon hopes you do. And he spent the better part of the past year-and-a-half building a new hour that became Mr. Showbiz, which debuted last week on Showtime (and available all month On Demand and repeating on the pay network's channels), was available as a digital purchase on May 16, and will be available via more traditional means at the end of the month. "This will be the first time that people get to really know who Nick Cannon is," he says in a voice-over before the cameras show him entering the theater at the Palms resort in Vegas through the crowd (reminiscent of Dane Cook's Vicious Circle). That was HBO. Cannon is on Showtime. Here's a clip of Cannon explaining who has the power in his marriage with Carey:   I get Cannon on the phone amid a flurry of promotional calls. So busy that my time with Cannon begins in the drive-thru line. How...

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The official poster and movie trailer for the 2011 documentary, “Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop”

Conan O'Brien Can't Stop, the documentary film that followed Conan and Team Coco as they launched a North American theater tour last spring and summer, opens in cinemas across the country on June 24. I saw it in March with a packed house in Austin, Texas, during the SXSW festival. Lots of cheers from the audience at footage they hadn't seen before from following Team Coco. It's funny, engaging and shows a side of Conan O'Brien that few people outside of Team Coco have ever seen before. My full review will come out when the movie does. For now, though, sit back and enjoy the official movie trailer. Roll the clip!...

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