Day: August 31, 2012

Brian Regan’s 25th appearance on Letterman

David Letterman, Paul Shaffer and the gang at the Ed Sullivan Theatre celebrated 19 years with CBS on Thursday night’s edition of Late Show with David Letterman. Just as impressive — if not more so? Letterman invited stand-up comedian Brian Regan onto the anniversary program to perform for his 25th time with Dave. Twenty-five! For this set, Regan explores how a roofing company missed out on a genius naming opportunity, Boeing’s unusual advertising campaign, and corporate accountability — or lack thereof. Whatever happened to the customer is always right? Roll the...

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Comedians reminisce about The Purple Onion; iconic San Francisco club to close Oct. 1

The Purple Onion hosted the stand-up comedy debut of the late Phyllis Diller, and has played host to live CD and DVD recordings for, among others, The Smothers Brothers, Zach Galifianakis and Moshe Kasher. Woody Allen, Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor all have performed there, too. But this San Francisco comedy club in the city’s North Beach neighborhood will close at the end of September. The building housing the intimate 80-seat venue, as well as the barber shop above it, has a new owner who plans to shut both businesses down. The club originally opened in 1952, went through...

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Dominic Dierkes debuts on Conan

Dominic Dierkes would not do well in prison. Dierkes will be the first to tell you that, which he did on Thursday night’s episode of Conan. And it’s not just because he is the skinniest member of Derrick Comedy — the sketch/improv group that also includes Donald Glover and DC Pierson. In his first late-night TV appearance as a stand-up, Dierkes also revealed his foolproof method for remembering a stranger’s name, his propensity for judging people based on the slogans on their T-shirts, and how Facebook stalking isn’t really stalking at all. Is it? Dierkes was one of the...

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Official trailer: Graham Chapman, A Liar’s Autobiography

EPIX unveiled a new trailer today for the documentary film about the late Graham Chapman from Monty Python. How Chapman managed to both write in and star in a 3-D animated movie about himself is beyond your comprehension, so you’ll just have to watch A Liar’s Autobiography when it premieres on EPIX — as well as selected U.S. cineplexes — on Nov. 2, 2012. Now. Without further ado. Please enjoy the official trailer. Roll the clip!...

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Henry Phillips on adapting “Punching The Clown” into a Showtime series

While Mike Birbiglia enjoys a successful launch of his semi-autobiographical film, Sleepwalk With Me, Birbiglia’s friend, Henry Phillips (who appears in Sleepwalk) is finding continued success of his own from his 2010 film, Punching the Clown. On Thursday, Showtime announced it would develop an TV series adaptation of Punching the Clown for the pay-cable network. Director/co-writer Gregori Viens is working on the adaptation, which would revolve around Phillips as a comedian singer-songwriter who becomes an overnight star in Hollywood, and what happens once that meteoric rise then falls back down to Earth. The narrative then follows Philips as he...

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