Month: June 2011

Weird Al Yankovic hits #9 on Billboard charts; debuts lyrics for Conan’s theme song cc: Best Week Ever!

“Weird Al” Yankovic has had much success in his decades as a satirical recording artist, but not quite like he has had this week. Yankovic’s most recent album, Alpocalypse, debuted at #9 on the Billboard charts (a rare feat for any comedic act) — and Conan O’Brien finally allowed him to perform on his TV show, doing so by also granting him the privilege of writing and singing lyrics for Conan. Of course, the joke’s on Conan. Roll the clip! Want to buy Weird Al’s Alpocalypse? It includes parodies of Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars and T.I., and you can get it in your earholes via iTunes or Amazon.com right here, right...

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Larry David’s first appearance on The Tonight Show is worth a repeat viewing

In case you missed it earlier this month, NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is repeating Larry David’s first appearance on the program tonight. In this clip, Larry David reveals that Leno first asked him on the program way back in 1992, when the Seinfeld program he’d co-created was still in its infancy. Was it worth the wait? He’ll tell you before you even need to ask. Leno also recalls how David used to act as a stand-up comic, not even bothering to say “hello” to the audience, and ready to bail as soon as he didn’t feel the audience’s attention on him. You can then move past the bowels to see/hear part 2, in which Larry David talks about having disgust for himself, questioning Leno’s denim fetish and writing for Saturday Night Live, and part 3, in which Larry David talks about being...

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MTV sets Aug. 29 due date for “Death Valley,” starring Bryan Callen, Charlie Sanders and more

Remember that horror comedy Death Valley I was telling you about before that MTV had ordered last fall? MTV announced it’ll premiere the new series at 10:30 p.m. Mondays, starting Aug. 29, 2011. It’s a documentary-style look at the LAPD’s newly-formed “Undead Task Force,” tasked to go after the vampires, werewolves (except Teen Wolf, although that’d be a freaky cross-over stunt episode, wouldn’t it?) and zombies that live in the San Fernando Valley. Death Valley stars comedians Bryan Callen and Charlie Sanders alongside Tania Raymonde (Lost), Caity Lotz (Mad Men), Bryce Johnson and Texas Battle. Here’s a two-minute trailer to get you riled up! Roll...

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Fear Factor and Joe Rogan, together again? As Rogan tells TV Guide: We’re back!

When NBC announced it was bringing stunt-game show Fear Factor back into production earlier this month after a five-year hiatus — putting out a renewed casting call for teams of two — host and comedian Joe Rogan wasn’t sure what to make of it at first. Rogan asked his fans via Twitter for their thoughts and reassured them he’d still be doing his streaming podcasts. Well, he’s back! As he told TVGuide.com, “It doesn’t seem real. It seems like some sort of bizarro dream world. But I’m looking forward to it. The idea of sitting at home and watching someone else host it would have driven me crazy.” Production begins in July with at least eight episodes ordered. Rogan helmed 146 episodes over six seasons from 2001 to 2006 (see the old promo shot at right). “What I brought to Fear Factor the first time I hope to bring to it again ‚Äî a background in competitive athletics along with being a standup comedian,” Rogan says, who also provides commentary for the UFC’s pay-per-view events. “This show is tailor-made for...

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First look: Del Close Marathon 13, Aug. 12-14, 2011, in New York City #dcm13

The schedule is out for the 13th Del Close Marathon, the Upright Citizen Brigade’s annual celebration of their late improv comedy teacher, with shows scheduled around-the-clock from Aug. 12-14, 2011, in multiple venues in NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood near the UCB Theatre. As in recent years, the UCB has scheduled its craziest thematic shows in the late-night blocks and also will sell separate tickets to bigger-name performances at the FIT’s Kate Murphy Amphitheater. So let’s take a quick look around at the schedule for #DCM13! First out of the gate following Friday afternoon’s traditional opening press conference will be Outlook of the Poet, featuring Jon Gabrus, Ben Rodgers and Gavin Speiller, followed by the female trio of Doppelganger (Nicole Byer, Sasheer Zamata and Keisha Zollar). The early-going at the UCB features a number of long-running favorite teams, from Bassprov and Sentimental Lady, to The Stepfathers, to Chicago-based groups Revolver (with SNL’s Vanessa Bayer) and Challenger (with SNL’s Paul Brittain), and two-person shows such as Nailed Down (with Michael Delaney and Andrew Delaney doing their best to improvise a whole scene without moving their feet) and Drysdale and Gausus. UCB house regulars Last Day of School (LA) and The Law Firm (NYC) take it to midnight’s theater cleaning. At which point, things really let loose. Doug Benson returns once again for DCM with his Doug Loves Movies podcast (guests TBA), followed...

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