Day: August 12, 2011

Pete and Brian think McDonald’s ad stole the idea from their 2009 video

Have you seen the new TV ad McDonald’s is running to promote its line of “premium” chicken sandwiches? Pete Karinen and Brian Sacca sure have. And they see a little too much of themselves in the commercial. Specifically, they see that McDonald’s used the same essential idea that they drew out to an even lengthier degree in this 2009 “Pete and Brian” video sketch, “Two Guys Who Spend Too Much Time Together.” Roll this one, and about a minute in, you’ll see what they’re both talking about. So is it joke theft? Well, not exactly. It’s certainly not outright theft,...

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Sneak peek inside the ready-to-open UCB East!

Guess who was spotted inside the new UCB East comedy venue last night? None other than Upright Citizens Brigade founders Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts and Matt Besser, giving a press interview in advance of tonight’s start of the 13th annual Del Close Marathon. At the DCM12 press conference, the UCB trio had announced the opening of UCB East — or UC Beast — would happen early this year. But the venue at 42 Avenue A, formerly the Two Boots Pizza cinema and video store, got mired in bureaucratic red tape and protests from neighbors about their “Hot Chicks Room”...

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“Can A Brother Get Some Love?” Lavell Crawford talks about his big breaks in comedy, Breaking Bad

Lavell Crawford has caught a few breaks over the past two decades, most notably when he finished runner-up in the 2007 season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and most recently nabbing a recurring role in this season of AMC’s Breaking Bad. But Crawford, 42, continues to tour as a stand-up comedian, and debuts his latest hour special, Lavell Crawford: Can A Brother Get Some Love, tonight on Comedy Central. In the special, Crawford tells several stories about his childhood and how his mother used to treat him. We talked a little bit about that as well as about his...

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The “Lopez Tonight” finale on TBS: George Lopez’s final words

Thursday’s episode of Lopez Tonight was supposed to feature actress Raven and stand-up comedian Auggie Smith. But after TBS announced on Wednesday that it was pulling the plug on George Lopez’s late-night show rather than grant Lopez and his crew a full third-season order, Lopez ripped up the script and invited a bunch of his friends over to celebrate, drink and celebrate some more. Slash, Sheila E. and Kevin Cronin joined the band, while Russell Peters sat in as an in-studio DJ. The “stand-up comedy” was provided by basketball player Ron Artest — excuse me, Metta World Peace —...

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This just in: Bert and Ernie from “Sesame Street” still not gay?

File this under the weirdest press releases ever. PBS put out a statement late Thursday in response to online calls by people such as this petition calling for Sesame Street‘s Bert and Ernie to get gay-married. The network said: “Bert and Ernie are best friends. They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves. Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.” The more you...

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