Day: July 14, 2011

Watch Buzzine’s behind-the-scenes video with The Green Room with Paul Provenza

Buzzine got behind the scenes during taping of season two of The Green Room with Paul Provenza, which just aired its premiere episode tonight on Showtime with Judd Apatow, Garry Shandling, Marc Maron, Ray Romano and Bo Burnham. Don’t worry. If you missed it in the Eastern and Central time zones, it’ll air again in an hour, and then again over the weekend. And I’ll have a full exclusive interview with Paul Provenza for you just as soon as I sit down and transcribe it. Until then, enjoy this video which features many of the comedians who took part in season two. And I mean many. Plus several of the people who work on the show. Good times. Roll the...

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What Zach Galifianakis told Scott Aukerman about high school, versus what his yearbook photo looks like

IFC has filmed a new round of interstitial bits with Scott Aukerman for IFC’s Comedy Death-Ray, and in this little bit, Aukerman asks his friend and colleague in comedy — Zach Galifianakis — about his experiences in high school. Because they’re supposedly in an ad break during an episode of Freaks and Geeks on IFC. You get it. Hey, look. Here’s a photo of Zach Galifianakis in his high school yearbook in North Carolina from 1988. Can you glean anything from this photo and make a prediction? OK. Now that you’ve formulated 1,000 words from this picture… What did Galifianakis say high school was like for him? Roll the...

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Women are funny, but GQ really just wants you to think about them sexually in its 2011 Comedy Issue

Paul Rudd graced the cover of GQ’s August 2010 magazine for its annual Comedy Issue. Remember that? Take a look in case you forgot. OK. Now look at the August 2011 cover of GQ. That’s Mila Kunis. Notice anything different? Well, not really different, considering GQ is a men’s magazine, and anytime they put a woman on the cover, she’s treated as a sexual object of desire. Scroll through the past covers of GQ in case you need a reminder. That’s not a knock on GQ, per se. If fancy men want to fancy themselves a look at beautiful women looking beautiful, then sure, why not, definitely, most definitely. But it perpetuates a thinking in the minds of dumb men (and women lacking self-worth) that funny women are sexy first, and funny second. If you can get past the sexy photos of Mila Kunis and read what she says in her GQ interview, then you’ll find out that she looks up to Lucille Ball. Here’s an excerpt: Mila Kunis: Lucille Ball is perfection‚Äîher timing and her commitment. Sarah Silverman is raunchy and brilliant, and people call her out for saying fucked-up stuff  that they wouldn’t have a problem with a man saying. How dare she? Who else? Tina Fey. She’s a genius. I actually just finished reading Bossypants. GQ: That was good, I thought. Mila Kunis: No! Not good, brilliant. I love Tina...

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J. Chris Newberg’s exit interview and debriefing from America’s Got Talent 2011

On last night’s episode of America’s Got Talent, musical comedian J Chris Newberg did not get one of the four spots in the semifinals. Spoiler alert? Although if they’re doing four out of 12 in each of the quarterfinals, you’d suspect that there might be a special episode later in which the judges get to advance a few of their own favorites…hmmm. In the meantime, Newberg gave this interview on a red carpet outside of the show last night. Following the clip, Newberg recounts his experiences in his own words… Okay, since October, I have been on the ride that was America’s Got Talent. It was fun, and I have no regrets. I have had the opportunity for a ridiculous amount of national exposure and have gained literally thousands of new fans. I am blessed and fortunate. That said, I need to respond to some things that have bothered me. I don’t feel for one second that anything I did was inappropriate for children, animals, America or anyone truly with a brain that takes the opportunity to think. In my preshow segment, they had me on a tree, in a bathtub and calling Piers Morgan a “Jerkface.” Favorite comments I have received: “Footage of Chris in the bathtub in the pre-performance segment creeped me out,” “Really, in a park on a tree, where kids are?! creepy!,” “How could he...

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Artie Lange tells TMZ about possible full-time return to radio, with or without Howard Stern

Looks like the one-night pairing of Nick DiPaolo and Artie Lange on FOX Sports Radio was enough of a success that the duo is looking to make it a full-time deal. caught up with Lange and DiPaolo yesterday and asked what’s up. TMZ says the duo is in talks with FOX Sports Radio and DirecTV for their own show. Lange’s reply: “We’re definitely going to be having some chicken parmesan in 10 minutes, but we don’t know about the air yet.” Asked what Howard Stern would make of this, Lange added: “Howard’s the greatest guy in the world. He’s been supportive of everything that’s happened and he’s been a good man to me, so hopefully he’ll be supportive of this, but you never...

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