Day: March 20, 2013

Jeff Schimmel relaunches Kickstarter tribute to Robert Schimmel, this time as an eBook

Not all Kickstarters are created equal. While “The Veronica Mars Movie Project” by the TV show’s creator, Rob Thomas, and Hollywood studio Warner Bros. roped in its $2 million goal from eager private citizens within a day — and more than $3.7 million in its first week on Kickstarter from 56,777 backers and counting — other potential films from smaller and independent filmmakers weren’t so fortunate. Hitting closest to home for the comedy community: A planned documentary about the late Robert Schimmel. “Leave ‘Em Laughing” didn’t, earning only $13,133 toward its target of $350,000 by March 15. Jeff Schimmel...

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Daniel Tosh calls out his Twitter imposters on Tosh.0

At the end of Tuesday night’s episode of Tosh.0 on Comedy Central, host and star Daniel Tosh took about 140 seconds to call out his several Twitter imposters. “It’s not a parody if it’s done this poorly!” Tosh said. “100,000 of you are stupid enough to believe this hack is me?” he asked, after reading a lackluster Tweet from one of the accounts. Yes. That’s right. A fake account of a famous comedian that announces it’s a fake account still is able to have that many Twitter followers. Same is true for accounts that ARE NOT Will Ferrell or...

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So You Think You Can Roast? Amadeo Fusca wins 2013 Friars Club contest following roasts of Dennis Rodman, Padma Lakshmi, Ricky Schroder

The Friars Club wrapped up its annual “So You Think You Can Roast?” contest over the weekend with a celebrity-and-amateur roast of Dennis Rodman, and yesterday announced that actor/comedian Amadeo Fusca had the won the privilege of joining the full Friars Club Roast of Jack Black next month. Amadeo Fusca (left) said upon winning: “It is an honor to announce that I, alongside my team of collaborators have officially been selected as the winner of the 2013 Friars Club So You Think You Can Roast competition! Thanks and Congrats to Mike Smith, whom I share this honor with, but...

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Bill Cosby at 75: “I used to be you” but now he’s better in this demented Letterman clip

Some aspiring comedians think they need to start performing stand-up as soon as possible; like yesterday, even. Just watch Bill Cosby. Take notes. Cosby returned to Late Show with David Letterman last night, and at 75, he remains at the top of his game. Even when he’s pretending he isn’t, as he did in this performance which plays with the notion of dementia and is unlike most any stand-up clips you’ve probably seen of Cosby in the past 30 years. For one thing, the Cos gets out of his chair. Wait. As you let that soak in, remember this:...

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