Day: September 10, 2011

Movie review: Kevin Hart’s “Laugh at My Pain”

Kevin Hart cites Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Martin Lawrence and The Kings of Comedy as his inspiration for bringing his latest stand-up effort to the big screen as a concert film. But Hart may have Louis CK as much to thank for getting Laugh at My Pain into movie theaters, as CK’s Hilarious preceded him by a year in cinemas, and as they both share the same management. Although a plaque acknowledging four million sales of Hart’s 2010 DVD, Seriously Funny, certainly gave him and his backers enough evidence that hey, what’s 4 million multiplied by the price of...

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What did you do this summer? Lenny Clarke and Carlos Mencia both lost a ton of weight

The other night, FX’s Rescue Me ended its run, and during the finale, WeightWatchers ran a commercial featuring comedian and Rescue Me co-star Lenny Clarke. Roll the clip! Looking good, Lenny! We’ll see you again on our TVs soon enough as he’ll be playing Chelsea Handler’s father on the NBC midseason sitcom Are You There Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea. In more surprising weight-loss news — as well as surprising vlogging news — Carlos Mencia reappeared on his YouTube channel a couple of weeks ago to resume his “week in review” monologues about news headlines that have piqued his interest. He...

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Jimmy Fallon’s audition and the roles of comedians from “Almost Famous”

This week, filmmaker Cameron Crowe visited Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and reminisced with Fallon about Crowe’s semi-autobiographical 2000 film, Almost Famous. Here’s a special cut of Fallon’s audition that segues from the screen test to the actual scene of him in action with the band. Roll the clip! Fallon was barely recognizable in the film with his beard and hairdo, but he was far from the only comedian to make a contribution to Almost Famous. Do you remember… Nick Swardson, who played “Insane Bowie Fan,” and screams “It’s Bowie!” when he’s spotted walking in the lobby of a Cleveland...

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