Month: February 2012

Comedy Central orders eight episodes of “Mash Up” showcases hosted by T.J. Miller

Turns out Comedy Central loved Mash Up, after all. Almost a year since broadcasting the initial stand-up/film/visual comedy special from T.J. Miller and director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Comedy Central has ordered eight new half-hour episodes of Mash Up. The original special featured Hannibal Buress, Kumail Nanjiani, Matt Braunger and Kyle Kinane. I’d spoken to Vogt-Roberts two years ago when they were preparing to tape the initial showcase for Comedy Central. Congrats,...

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Stand-up For Real campaign: Andree Vermeulen for Kotex

Of all of the arguments about women in stand-up comedy, the one I never ever hear is the portrayal of female stand-up comedy in TV ad campaigns. Because it’s almost always for feminine hygiene products, showing us a woman onstage with a microphone making jokes about whatever problem the product is designed to solve. This new campaign kicked off by Kotex this week, “Stand Up For Real,” features comedian Andree Vermeulen (a frequent performer with the UCB Theatres). Roll the clip. Do you think TV commercials that portray female stand-up comedians help shape how the mainstream masses feel about...

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See who’s taping The Half Hour stand-up specials for Comedy Central in 2012

Comedy Central Presents is dead. Long live the new half-hour comedy special for the cable network, named, well, The Half Hour! And Comedy Central is heading up to Boston at the end of this month to tape them. But who will be featured in the inaugural season for 2012? Meet the dirty dozen: Joe Mande Rory Scovel Jesse Popp David O’Doherty Michael Palascak Garfunkel & Oates (Kate Micucci & Riki Lindhome) Neal Brennan Na’im Lynn Brendon Walsh Nick Vatterott Maronzio Vance Theo Von Shows will tape in pairs (per usual custom) at The Royale in Boston from Feb. 28...

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Secret Policeman’s Ball recruits all-star comedy lineup for first U.S. benefit

For its first-ever venture into the United States, Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball certainly seems intent on making a big and funny splash across the pond when it takes place March 4, 2012, at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall. The benefit’s lineup includes comedy and music from the likes of Aziz Ansari, Fred Armisen, Matt Berry, Russell Brand, Hannibal Buress, Stephen Colbert, Coldplay, David Cross, Bill Hader, Seth Meyers, Aubrey Plaza, Maya Rudolph, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Silverman, Paul Rudd, John Oliver, Chris O’Dowd, Peter Serafinowicz, David Walliams, Noel Fielding, Micky Flanagan, Jack Whitehall,  Jon Stewart, Reggie Watts, Kristen Wiig,...

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