Day: October 11, 2012

Meet Me In New York: Jesse Joyce

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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Frank Caliendo joins ESPN Sunday NFL Countdown

That was fast. Not much more than a month after FOX NFL Sunday replaced him with Rob Riggle, comedian Frank Caliendo has found a new home for his John Madden impersonation. Caliendo will join the cast and crew of ESPN Sunday NFL Countdown this Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012. “As a sports fan, ESPN has always been the place to be,” Caliendo told ESPN’s Front Row blog. “This network is why I graduated (from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) with a broadcasting degree in the first place — and now I finally get to use my degree!” Most of Caliendo’s appearances...

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Laura Kightlinger and Mary Lynn Rajskub in “Drunk & Disorderly”

Laura Kightlinger and David Punch have created and written a pilot episode about two cops — one (Kightlinger), an alcoholic; the other (Mary Lynn Rajskub), a hot-tempered outcast from Chicago — who are paired up in Oakland to patrol the streets. It’s called Drunk & Disorderly. Patton Oswalt and Phill Lewis appear briefly in the pilot as fellow and superior officers on the Oakland P.D. force. Roll it! Note: Language and subject matter are Not Safe For Work. OK. Now roll...

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Music videos, political spoofs and a bar full of UCB/SNL sidekicks get the “Above Average” treatment

Lorne Michaels has several TV productions in addition to his mainstay, his bread and butter, his original creation, Saturday Night Live. 30 Rock. Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Up All Night. Portlandia. What’s left? The Web. Broadway Video, Michaels’ production company, debuted its Above Average channel on YouTube this summer. The first wave of series featured talent directly from SNL such as Bill Hader, as well as those who sometimes spend more time behind the scenes such as John Lutz (“The Front Desk”). Other webseries have included “Cool Kids’ Table,” “Belle and Bernice” (Sue Galloway and Neil Casey), “I Wanna...

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Comedy Headlines for 10/11/12

What’s happening in the comedy world now… Jeff Dunham’s new ventriloquism special, Minding The Monsters, played to 5.02 million viewers when it premiered Sunday night on Comedy Central. Comedians Daniel Sloss and Sam Morril have signed with New Wave Entertainment’s Maureen Talan for management. They join Gary Gulman and Andrew Norelli in repping up with NWE recently. Adult Swim has renewed Eagleheart for a third season, its star Chris Elliott announced on Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday night. The late-night programming arm of Cartoon Network earlier had ordered up a fifth season of the Emmy-winning Childrens Hospital, as...

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