Day: August 16, 2011

J. Chris Newberg owns Piers Morgan in surprise live televised roast on America’s Got Talent 2011

On Tuesday night’s “wild card” round of America’s Got Talent for 2011, comedian J. Chris Newberg decided to scrap the guitar and went with his gut, and his gut told him to surprise judge Piers Morgan with a live roast of Piers Morgan! Newberg hit Morgan right from the start with a first joke about authorizing the hacking of Sir Paul McCartney’s phone calls — News of the World! — and kept on going. He also hit upon Morgan’s dreadful ratings as the replacement for Larry King on CNN. And he even snuck in a dig involving Jay Leno....

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Phil Hartman’s handwritten letter offers advice to a young comedian

In 1997, while Phil Hartman was enjoying his post-SNL fame in primetime with NewsRadio, a 19-year-old aspiring comedian named Mike Scott wrote Hartman a letter and included an audio recording of his early routines. Amazingly, Scott not only received a reply, but also Hartman’s honest assessment of the recording. There’s more than a bit of Hartman’s letter that serves as sound advice to any young would-be comedian or artist. You can see what Scott had to say when he submitted the original letter to the site Letters of Note. You can also check out what Scott is up to...

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My Damn Channel on TIME’s Best 50 Websites of 2011!

Well, lookie here! Just a few weeks after going into business with My Damn Channel, the fine folks at TIME magazine have come to the same conclusion I had: It’s one of the magazine’s “Best 50 Websites of 2011.” Congrats! Here is what they had to say in TIME about my friends at MDC: Brevity is the soul of the wit at My Damn Channel, a video site where almost everything is entertaining and nothing runs for much more than five minutes. It features short-form sitcoms like Versailles (with Fred Willard, Patricia Heaton and William H. Macy), stuff by dependably funny people...

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Fall 2011 lineup on Comedy Central: Mark your calendars

Comedy Central has set dates for returning series and new stand-up specials to bow on the cable network this fall. Want to know what to look forward to? Mark your calendars appropriately for… “COMEDY CENTRAL Roast of Charlie Sheen” (World Premiere) Monday, September 19 at 10:00 p.m. “Tosh.0” (Fall Season Premiere) Tuesday, September 20 at 10:00 p.m. “Workaholics” (Season 2 Premiere) Tuesday, September 20 at 10:30 p.m. “Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos” (World Premiere) Sunday, September 25 at 9:00 p.m. “‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Live! – The Alpocalypse Tour” (World Premiere) Saturday, October 1 at 9:00 p.m. “South Park” Documentary (Title...

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