Day: November 16, 2012

NYC comedy benefit shows for Cyclone/Hurricane Sandy

Several comedy benefit shows are happening in and around NYC to raise money for victims of the storm known as Sandy. Here are the ones we know about. If you know of others, please alert us to add them to the list. Thanks! Saturday, Nov. 17 Louis CK on Staten Island, two shows at St. George Theatre Sunday, Nov. 18 Hurricane Sandy Relief Benefit Show at Comic Strip Live, $50, with Jay Pharoah, Vanessa Bayer, Tim Robinson, John Mulaney, Colin Jost, Mike O’Brien, and Judah Friedlander Wednesday, Nov. 21 “Come Get Some Comedy For Hurricane Relief” at the Beacon Theatre starring...

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Comedy Headlines for 11/16/12

What’s happening in the comedy world now… Comedy Central has renewed The Burn with Jeffrey Ross for a six-episode second season, coming back on Jan. 8, 2013. “I’m delighted to be off the road for a while and back to work on ‘The Burn,’” said Ross.  “I consider it my personal mission to roast the world’s big shots, bullies, and big mouths every single week.  The network only had two demands: that I cut down my cursing by ten percent and my hair by eighty percent.” NBC has ordered four additional episodes of Guys With Kids, bringing its rookie season...

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Meet Me In New York: Jessica Kirson

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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The top 10 rated-R comedies at the box office

Seth MacFarlane’s foul-mouthed teddy bear of a movie, Ted, has earned more than $500 million in box-office receipts around the world since hitting your nearby cineplex in June, despite its R rating by the MPAA. Remarkable? Certainly. But tops in the business? Not quite. Not yet. Top 10 Rated-R comedy movies, ranked by box-office grosses United States The Hangover (2009), $277,322,503 The Hangover Part II (2011), $254,464,305 Beverly Hills Cop (1984) $234,760,478 Ted (2012) $218,665,740 Wedding Crashers (2005) $209,225,921 Pretty Woman (1990) $178,406,268 There’s Something About Mary (1998) $176,484,651 Bridesmaids (2011) $169,106,725 Scary Movie (2000) $157,019,771 Jerry Maguire (1996)...

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Russell Peters on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

For someone who is one of the biggest stand-up comedy draws in the world, Russell Peters doesn’t appear all that often on the American late-night talk show circuit. Peters recently did Jimmy Kimmel Live for the first time in seven years, and last night performed for the first time on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. In this performance, Peters jokes about how cheap his father was, the trauma of watching childbirth, then wanting his daughter to learn Spanish so she’s bilingual — unlike Peters’ Indian father, whose accent still hasn’t softened since immigrating to Canada in the 1960s. Roll...

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