Day: June 13, 2013

Just For Laughs livestreams from Chicago, announces award winners for Montreal

In case you’re missing it, TBS Just For Laughs Chicago began its weeklong run with shows earlier this week — but you don’t have to be in Chicago to enjoy and experience some of the laughs with your own eyes and ears. The Dailymotion Comedy Showcases began last night and continue each night through Saturday, hosted by Andy Daly (HBO’s Eastbound & Down, the upcoming Review with Forest MacNeil for Comedy Central) at 7 p.m. Central. The sets are live in person in Chicago, and live online via Dailymotion. You can catch recaps from last night’s showcase featuring Brendon Walsh, Cameron...

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IFC renews Portlandia for seasons 4-5, recruits James Carville to “Put an Emmy on It”

IFC announced yesterday that it’ll keep Fred Armisen plenty busy for his first two years post-SNL, renewing his pre-taped sketch comedy series with Carrie Brownstein — Portlandia — for seasons four and five. The additional 10-episode seasons will air in early 2014 and 2015. “Portlandia has celebrated sustainable local agriculture, underemployment, avian crafting, gender politics, intense bicycle messengers and so much more,” said Jennifer Caserta, president and general manager of IFC.  “We can now celebrate two more seasons.” Portlandia already has won the Peabody Award and WGA honors. And just in time for Emmy ballots, which voters received this week, is...

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Erik Charles Nielsen’s stand-up TV debut on Conan

You may have seen Erik Charles Nielsen before on your TV from time to time as one of the other students at Greendale Community College on NBC’s Community, or earlier this year as a Twitter tormenter of Marc Maron on IFC’s Maron. Here’s something you hadn’t seen until now: Erik Charles Nielsen performing stand-up on the TV. Nielsen made his stand-up debut last night on Conan, and forever makes us rethink what we mean when we talk about drag queens, Donkey Kong or the 1980s song, “It’s Raining Men.” Today in much of America, it’s simply raining rain. So...

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