Day: August 23, 2013

Jim Norton speaks his dirty little mind as an “American Degenerate” on EPIX, releases “Please Be Offended” on CD

Jim Norton hopes you watch his new EPIX stand-up special, American Degenerate, but as the title of his 2012 special for the cable channel went, Please Be Offended. Please don’t waste your time writing on Facebook, Tumblr or whatever blogging/social media platform you use to let Norton and us know if you were offended. Norton notes three-fourths of the way into American Degenerate, which debuts tonight on EPIX: “I fucking hate people who blog about being upset. When I hear about people blogging because they were upset at a joke, I am suddenly for predator drones killing American citizens....

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Pizza, bagels and hot dogs, oh my! Michael Ian Black’s NYC food tour with Comedy Bang! Bang!’s Scott Aukerman and Reggie Watts

How do you like your pizza? With bagels and hot dogs on top? Perfect! Then you’ll love this New York City food tour that Michael Ian Black leads Scott Aukerman and Reggie Watts on for this sketch in tonight’s episode of Comedy Bang! Bang! on IFC. Those facial expressions would say it all, but then you wouldn’t have the full enjoyment of watching what happened leading up to, and then after they made the faces seen above and captured for Internet posterity. So. Roll the clip! This episode also features Andy Richter and a nice turn from SNL’s Aidy...

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Start the SNL rumor mill! Meet John Milhiser, Noel Wells, Kyle Mooney and Beck Bennett

The second I saw this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine piece about former Saturday Night Live stars recalling their SNL auditions, I knew we’d be off and running with the rumors about who passed their auditions and final interview tests with Lorne Michaels. And before I could type, “Whoa, Nellie,” Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva was first to hit her buzzer with four potential new cast member names: John Milhiser, Noel Wells, Kyle Mooney and Beck Bennett. The wording of Andreeva’s post last night was precisely vague enough — “emerged as top candidates” and “heavily rumored to land the coveted SNL...

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Sean Donnelly’s network TV debut on Late Show with David Letterman

“I’m in a suit! This is big time for me!” That’s how Sean Donnelly opened his network TV debut last night on Late Show with David Letterman. Just a month ago, Donnelly was one of the New Faces at Montreal’s Just For Laughs comedy festival. Of course, two other New Faces this summer also recently made their Letterman debuts (Adam Newman, Chris Distefano), so who woulda thunk Letterman would become once more the place for newcomers to make their big splashes! For Donnelly’s set, he jokes about being the King of Old Navy, his Netflix viewing habits, his discussions...

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Aziz Ansari sells book on modern romance, technology for reported $3.5 million

If you’ve seen Aziz Ansari perform live anytime in the past year, you’ve likely heard him ask audience members about their experiences in dating and technology. It’s made for some fun crowd work in what Ansari has turned a running dialogue with the audience about what’s appropriate and not in a world where texting and social media has changed your perceptions and expectations about romance and relationships. And now the comedian is turning that dialogue into a book, which he sold for a reported advance of $3.5 million, according to Publishers Weekly. Penguin Group announced it’d bought Ansari’s first...

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