Day: August 27, 2012

The PIT to launch an annual New York City podcast festival

If you thought comedians had launched enough podcasts for there to be a festival just for them, then you’re thinking what the fine folks at The People’s Improv Theatre in NYC were thinking. The PIT announced Monday afternoon it would host “the first-ever, first-annual” New York City Podcast Festival, starting on or about Jan. 12, 2013, as depicted in this early promotional poster above. Announced participants so far for the first NYC PODFEST include: How Was Your Week With Julie Klausner Dave Hill’s Podcasting Incident Risk! with Kevin Allison The JeffRubinJeffRubin Show It’s That Episode with Craig Rowin Comic Book Club...

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Harry Shearer releases new album, “Can’t Take A Hint”; first video: “Celebrity Booze Endorser”

As Tropical Storm Issac threatens to hit New Orleans as a hurricane on the seventh anniversary that Hurricane Katrina devastated the city and region, it’d be wise to note that resident/satirist/musician Harry Shearer has a film you should watch, The Big Uneasy. Shearer — famous for his voice-work on The Simpsons, comedic acting in Saturday Night Live and films with Christopher Guest, videos for My Damn Channel, as well as performing with Guest and Michael McKean as Spinal Tap — also just happened to release a new CD today, “Can’t Take a Hint.” The deluxe-edition version features a digital booklet...

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Flight of the Conchords write an all-star song for New Zealand’s kids, “Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That)”

Flight of the Conchords released a brand-new single over the weekend. But “Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That)” isn’t a typically funny song from the duo of Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement. No. It’s their very own “We Are The World” gone “We Are New Zealand” effort, as FOTC corralled New Zealand’s pop and hip-hop stars together to sing this ditty — inspired by and produced for the island nation’s children. Guest singers on “Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That)” include Dave Dobbyn, Brooke Fraser, Boh Runga, Sam Scott, Luke Buda, Savage, Young Sid, Tyree, Deach, PNC, Zowie, Ruby...

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Rob Riggle replaces Frank Caliendo as funny football prognosticator on “FOX NFL Sunday”

The FOX NFL Sunday crew won’t have to face impersonations of themselves this fall. FOX announced during halftime of Sunday’s 49ers-Broncos game that Rob Riggle will take Frank Caliendo’s place on the network’s weekly pre-game show, beginning with the first Sunday of the NFL regular season on Sept. 9. Caliendo already told his fans via Twitter back on Aug. 2 that he wouldn’t be returning, writing: “To all my fans who’ve ben asking-I wont be back atFOX this season.I love those guys,but its time 4 my next venture #WillLetUKnowMoreWhenICan” On Sunday night, meanwhile, Riggle wrote to his Twitter followers:...

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Picnicface feasts upon 2012 Canadian Comedy Awards

Head east from Maine and over to Nova Scotia, and there ye shall find the funniest people in all of Canada who made TV and movies in 2011. So sayeth the 2012 Canadian Comedy Awards, which gave out six awards to Halifax-based sketch group Picnicface last night during the award ceremonies in Toronto. Although its sketch comedy series lasted only one 13-episode season on Canada’s Comedy Network, Picnicface took home trophies this year for Best TV Show, Best Writing, and Best Ensemble on Television. The group also earned three awards for its movie, Roller Town — Best Film, Best...

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