Day: June 6, 2011

NYC destroyed on film, deconstructed by comedians: “Hey, We Live There!” summer series at The Creek

The summer blockbuster movie season usually brings about at least one box-office smash that also destroys at least one major city (or at least makes it seem that way, thanks to special effects), and more often than not, the city that gets plowed over is New York City. Robbie Collier counts 52 feature films that so far have tried to wipe NYC off of the map. So this summer, Collier is hosting a monthly series with New York comedians watching NYC get destroyed over and over, all whilst talking about the movie footage. Too soon? Hey, it's just a movie. The series is called "Hey, We Live There!" It kicked off in May with a look at "New York destroyed by Giant Monsters," with scenes from King Kong (1976), Godzilla (1998), King Kong (1933) and Ghostbusters (1984) — the second installment takes place tomorrow night at The Creek and the Cave in Long Island City. The lineups this summer: June 7 — "New York destroyed by Natural Disaster" – The Day After Tomorrow, Knowing and Disaster Zone: Volcano in New York — with Dan St. Germain, Mike Lawrence, Robert Dean and Danny Solomon July 12 — "New York destroyed by Meteorite" — Armageddon, Deep Impact and Meteor — with Nikki Glaser, Julian McCullough, Sara Schaefer and Sean O'Connor Aug. 9 — "New York destroyed by Aliens" — War of the Worlds, Independence Day, Mars Attacks and a...

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Chris Hardwick and his @nerdist empire partner up with GeekChicDaily

Chris Hardwick is having a very productive 2011, and his growing Nerdist Industries empire now has newsletter publisher GeekChicDaily as a partner in that expansion. ‚ÄúI envision a Nerdtopia where video games are free, Cheetos are currency, and robot concubines sate our sexual thirsts. I am confident that Peter Levin, his brain-trust of genius partners and their combined business acumen will provide the infrastructure to help me accomplish this,‚Äù Hardwick said today. While he hasn't achieved a world in which Cheetos are recognized as currency, Hardwick has accomplished quite a few other achievements in the past year: launching a popular podcast edition of Nerdist, turning the back of Meltdown Comics in Hollywood into the NerdMelt Theatre, selling a pilot to BBC America (which also will see him hosting that channel's comedy block this summer), and writing a book, The Nerdist Way, due out in November. He's also been involved in an animated pilot at IFC for Hard N Phirm, and continues to host Web Soup on G4. Said GeekChicDaily founder and CEO Peter Levin: ‚ÄúWe look forward to working side-by-side with Chris to elevate the Nerdist brand and bring the offering to a variety of new channels and...

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Flashback: Tour Vietnam, circa 1995, with Tom Rhodes in this hour special from Comedy Central

Tom Rhodes has been a world traveler for several years now — he was living in Amsterdam when I met him almost a decade ago — but back in 1995, he had the long hair that you remember from his NBC sitcom Mr. Rhodes, and a lanky frame. Rhodes recently unearthed the footage from an hourlong special he did for Comedy Central in 1995 called Viva Vietnam. Why don't I let him take care of the intro from here… Some of you may remember that many moons ago I had long hair and a strong presence on MTV (back when its soul was relatively intact) and Comedy Central. In 1995 CC gave me the opportunity to do what I love – travel across the world in an effort to explore and bring love and laughter to all. I decided to check out Vietnam, mainly because my father fought in the war and had a really shitty time. So I figured I'd go make up for it by leaving the weapons home and having a blast with my fellow man across the globe. The VHS has been out of print for years. So if you love it and want to own it, feel free to write Rhino & Comedy Central to let them know you'd like to purchase this beautiful gem of joy and laughter. This is one of my...

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This just in: TV “critics” like sitcoms you like, plus other shows in 1st Critics’ Choice Television Awards

The inaugural Critics' Choice Television Awards announced their first slate of nominees today, and for those of you who bemoan the ritualistic snubbing of great TV comedies such as Louie, Community, Parks and Rec and Archer, well, no snubbing here! But the "critics" – who include correspondents from Extra, Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonighta and websites even more obscure than this one — also still think Glee is a comedy. I suppose it is laughably ridiculous. But still. C'mon. Great to see honors for Nick Offerman and Danny Pudi, finally, plus some recognition for the groundbreaking work of Louis CK. Awards will go out June 20 in L.A., live-streaming on and airing June 22 on ReelzChannel. For reelz. Here's the full list of the comedy nominees (via… Best Comedy SeriesArcherThe Big Bang TheoryCommunityGleeLouieThe MiddleModern FamilyThe OfficeParks and Recreation30 Rock Best Actor in a Comedy SeriesAlec Baldwin, 30 RockSteve Carell, The OfficeLouis C.K., LouieCharlie Day, It‚Äôs Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaJoel McHale, CommunityJim Parsons, Big Bang Theory Best Actress in a Comedy SeriesCourteney Cox, Cougar TownEdie Falco, Nurse JackieTina Fey, 30 RockPatricia Heaton, The MiddleMartha Plimpton, Raising HopeAmy Poehler, Parks and Recreation Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesTy Burrell, Modern FamilyNeil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your MotherNick Offerman, Parks and RecreationEd O‚ÄôNeill, Modern FamilyDanny Pudi, CommunityEric Stonestreet, Modern Family Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesJulie Bowen, Modern FamilyJane Krakowski,...

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