Day: August 3, 2012

Doug Stanhope’s “Before Turning the Gun on Himself,” CD/DVD and Showtime; plus his 2012 tour dates

Doug Stanhope is seemingly afraid of nothing. Certainly not death. Most definitely not offending anyone’s sensibilities. Showtime premieres the video version tonight of his most recently recorded hour, “Before Turning the Gun On Himself” (Roadrunner Records), with rebroadcasts throughout August 2012 on Showtime’s various pay-movie channels. Even when he starts off by claiming that the late Mitch Hedberg loved being a drug addict up until the moment he died from it — wherein Stanhope briefly hopes that Hedberg’s parents aren’t listening, before proceeding to mock their decision to host a charity golf tournament to support a rehab facility. He’s in...

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“The Babymakers” tries to mix sweet romance with juvenile humor

Jay Chandrasekhar is quick to point out that the latest film that he has directed and co-stars with Kevin Heffernan in, The Babymakers, is NOT a Broken Lizard movie. Those films, both he and Heffernan said, rely on plots that revolve around teams or squads that can include all five members — from police officers (Super Troopers) to beer-drinking teams (Beerfest). The Babymakers, they claim, is more akin to what Monty Python’s John Cleese and Michael Palin did with A Fish Called Wanda. Except comparing those two movies is like comparing a romantic-comedy caper with a movie that tries...

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Meet Me In New York: Al Jackson

What do they say about New York City: There are eight million stories, and sometimes it seems as though eight million of the people telling them think they’re comedians? No, that’s not it. It is a fact, though, that America’s biggest city is also its biggest comedy mecca. Hollywood may be Hollywood, but New York City is where comedians are born funny, become funny or arrive to thrust their funny upon us. I think we should meet some of these people. This is a recurring feature, a mini-profile of newcomers, up-and-comers and overcomers of New York’s vibrant comedy scene....

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Get your Tenacious D fix with “Senorita” on Conan; special performance with Weird Al

Do you need a little more Tenacious D in your life today? Have no fear. Jack Black and Kyle Gass are here. On your TVs, and now on your online videos, captured in separate performances on TBS for Conan (where they performed “Senorita”), and on IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang! for a special gig with Weird Al Yankovic. Ready to rock this day? Roll the clips! The new Tenacious D record, Rize of the Fenix, is available on...

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VH1 bringing back “Best Week Ever,” launching companion nostalgia show

Three years after VH1 cancelled Best Week Ever, the cable channel is reviving the weekly pop-culture headline jokey joke series in January 2013. VH1’s executive vice president for original programming and production, Jeff Olde, made the announcement today. “Fridays are when we exhale at the end of another hard week and embrace our weekends.  Our Friday night block will reflect that spirit with shows that celebrate pop culture of the past — whether it’s the past decade or the past week,” Olde said. “Best Week Ever is still revered among critics and viewers for deftly skewering and praising the pop...

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