Month: January 2013

SiriusXM drafts a “Fantasy Comedy League” for 2013

Fantasy football leagues have become so widespread and commonly accepted as a hobby that it’s the focus of a long-running sitcom on FX, The League. Why not spin the concept out, and have a fantasy comedy league? That’s what the comedians at SiriusXM decided. Last Friday on “Fridays with Breuer,” host Jim Breuer gathered a select comedy crew to draft a Fantasy Comedy League for 2013. Team owners Breuer, Tom Papa (host of “Come to Papa” on Friday nights), Mark Says Hi! (Mark Seman, host of “Comedy By Request” weekdays at noon, as well as “The Alternative Comedy Show”), Sue...

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Review: Anthony Jeselnik, “Caligula”

It is actually quite simple to be offensive. All you have to do is figure out a mainstream value and champion the opposite. People generally like X, therefore you say Y. It is not a complicated process. However, creating an hour’s worth of stand-up that seeks to have every single joke make light of every subject that makes every person in a room wriggle in a seat takes a considerable amount of skill. Regardless of how you feel about the offensive content at hand, there is no denying that Anthony Jeselnik is a skilled joke writer. Consistently relying on...

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What’s in a name? Remembering the Gilda in Gilda’s Club

Gilda Radner fans, comedy fans and Gilda’s Club fans can breathe easier this week. The Madison chapter of Gilda’s Club in Wisconsin has reconsidered its decision back in November to change its name to the Cancer Support Community Southwest Wisconsin. The board had voiced concerns that people no longer knew who Gilda Radner — the Gilda in Gilda’s Club — was, but immediately received vocal feedback about the name change and reversed course last week. “It really struck a chord with folks and all of us agreed we want people to come to Gilda’s and get the help that...

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Comedy Headlines for 1/23/13

What’s happening in the comedy world now… ABC has pulled Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23 from its primetime schedule. Eight episodes remain unaired! New episodes of Happy Endings will air in that time slot, as well as its existing one. TBS has cancelled The Wedding Band after one season of airing at 10 p.m. Saturdays. Anyone surprised about this? Comedy Central has promoted Kent Alterman to President, Content Development & Original Programming. He’ll remain based in Santa Monica, Calif. His oversight includes development and production of original content across all platforms. HBO is developing a feature film version of...

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Meet Me In New York: Nick Turner

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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