Day: February 26, 2013

TBS orders four-week trial for Pete Holmes in late-late night TV slot following Conan

Midnights will get a little more weird this fall on TBS. Stand-up comedian Pete Holmes, who you may know by voice more readily via his popular podcast, “You Made It Weird,” or his long-running stint as the talking spokebaby for E*Trade. TBS is giving him four weeks this fall in the midnight slot, Mondays-Thursdays, following Conan. Holmes told his fans via Twitter today @peteholmez: “Wow. I am over the moon! I can’t thank my writers and producers and Conan enough! Ice cream for everyone!” Holmes had taped a few test episodes in summer 2012 under the title, The Midnight Hour...

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D.L. Hughley, Andy Dick join season 16 cast of “Dancing With the Stars”

One of these seasons, a comedian will emerge as a viable candidate to win Dancing with the Stars, right? Right? After all, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence just made dancing funny and successful in the movies with Silver Linings Playbook. So how will D.L. Hughley and Andy Dick fare this spring on ABC? “i’ll see if I can learn to dance with my foot in my mouth,” Hughley joked this morning on Good Morning America, after the network revealed the full cast for season 16 of DWTS, which premieres March 18. “I’m excited. I never knew my hips was supposed to...

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Mitch Fatel’s “Candy Cane” joke is just as NSFW when it’s animated

Mitch Fatel has a new stand-up CD coming out in March called “Public Display of Perversion.” How public is his display of perversion? Perverse enough that even this “Candycane” joke cannot be made female-, feline- or family-friendly by turning it into a cartoon. Despite the snapshot above. Not Safe For Work. Roll it. If you want more, pre-order Mitch Fatel’s “Public Display of...

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In Memoriam: Phyllis Diller paid tribute to the Oscars; Oscars fail to return the favor

Phyllis Diller, who died in 2012 at the age of 95, helped blaze a trail for generations of funny women not only in stand-up comedy, but also in TV and film. “Just as people say Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did, but backward and in high heels, Phyllis Diller was the first female comedian to do everything that Jack Benny and Henny Youngman did, only she did it faster and smarter and maybe even funnier,” wrote Joan Rivers in a posthumous tribute to Diller in the Washington Post. Diller had hired Rivers as a writer, for her...

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The Onion’s Oscar Live-Tweet Fail Reminds Us That Thing X Exists, Funny Remains

Did you hear the one about the satirical publication that live-Tweeted a joke on Oscars night that won hundreds of favorites and ReTweets, only to vanish an hour later after many more voices called out said publication for being tasteless, misogynist and even racist, and then prompt an extremely rare apology from the humorous fake news organization the next afternoon? Yeah. If having to describe a joke ruins it, then having to describe an absolute failure of a joke fails absolutely. They teach that in Joke Politics 101. If you pay attention for long and close enough, you’ll also...

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