Day: April 1, 2012

Jo Koy talks “Lights Out” and making it in Vegas vs. making it in L.A.

Jo Koy’s new stand-up special, “Lights Out,” debuts on Comedy Central tonight, and becomes available as a longer CD or DVD on Tuesday. Koy also took some time in this past week to talk to The Comic’s Comic about what it’s like to start your comedy career in Las Vegas, how forging his own path outside the casino/resort system helped him build a following even while working three different day jobs, and his relationships with his mother and as well as with Chelsea Handler. But first, a clip from “Lights Out,” in which Koy talks about bad advice his mother...

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Joe Wong’s return to the Late Show with David Letterman

Joe Wong recently scored his third fourth (?) fifth (??) appearance on Late Show with David Letterman, and as in past performances on the show, he reminds the viewing audience that he is an immigrant to America (although he ponders why immigrants also are called aliens), as well as more realistic bumper stickers and a delivers list of one-liners he’s tabbed “Things I Believe in.” Roll...

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Cartoon Network orders teen sketch comedy created by Nick Cannon

Nick Cannon is supposed to be easing up on his workload for his own personal health, but that hasn’t stopped him from selling a teen sketch comedy series to the Cartoon Network. Yes. The Cartoon Network. Not Nickelodeon, which had one of its earliest hits with You Can’t Do That on Television (and also gave Cannon his big break as a teen-aged sketch comedian with All That), but the Cartoon Network has signed on for a live-action sketch comedy series starring kids/teens. It’s not titled yet. But it does have a cast assembled, including Jeremy Shada, Shameik Moore, Brandon Soo Hoo,...

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Byron Allen reunites Marla Gibbs, Jackee Harry in new syndicated “First Family” sitcom

Byron Allen certainly likes doing show business on his own terms, and his production company’s first sitcom is no different. After shooting a pilot for First Family at his own studios in Southern California, Allen went ahead and ordered 104 episodes — despite not having a network or syndication buyer for the series yet. The comedy — which follows an African-American family that occupies the White House but is not meant to be the Obamas specifically or satirically — does reunite 227‘s Marla Gibbs and Jackee Harry, though. The cast also includes John Witherspoon as the president’s father, comedian...

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