Day: January 16, 2014

Jimmy Kimmel Live to broadcast week of shows from #SXSW 2014 in Austin

The last time Jimmy Kimmel took his late-night TV talk-show on the road, his native Brooklyn was besieged by Superstorm Sandy and his ABC program aired after midnight. What, pray tell, will happen when Jimmy Kimmel Live broadcasts five nights of shows from Austin during SXSW for the week of March 10, 2014? He’ll be up against Jimmy Fallon in the 11:35 p.m. timeslot (10:35 p.m. Central!), for one thing. For his part, Kimmel said: “Austin is one of my favorite cities and there is no place more fun than SXSW. I can’t wait for March 10. I’ll be the...

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Neal Brennan talks “Women and Black Dudes, TV pilots and more before his first Comedy Central hour special

Neal Brennan‘s first one-hour stand-up special does indeed focus squarely on his relationships with “Women and Black Dudes,” but before we get to his Comedy Central broadcast — which premieres uncensored at midnight this Saturday — let’s start at the ending. This is not a spoiler alert, insomuch as it is an awareness alert. After telling his closing joke about the origin of an infamous sexual position, Brennan trots offstage at the Civic Theater in New Orleans, where he immediately treated to as if he’d just completed a marathon. What’s the significance of that? Symbolism? Inside joke? “That is...

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Comedies at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival

The race for best little films that could of 2014 begins on the same day that the nominees are announced for the best films of all sizes from 2013. Such is the circle of life for cinema. So just as Academy Award nominations get handed out and congratulatory phone calls made in Hollywood, New York City and around the globe, so many more filmmakers are descending upon the ski town of Park City, Utah, for the start of Sundance and the annual gauntlet of independent and big-budget film festivals. For the next two weekends and the stretch of days...

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Friars Club names Larry King as its new Dean

The changing of the guard at the Friars Club is from old guard to older guard. Larry King, 80, is stepping up to replace 76-year-old Freddie Roman as Dean of the Friars Club, the New York City institution announced late Wednesday. King will sit next to 87-year-old Jerry Lewis, the Friars Club Abbot, in presiding over the Friars Club Roasts and other high functions over the next two years. The next major Friars Club Roast happens at the end of this month, toasting Boomer Esiason on Jan. 30, 2014, as part of Super Bowl Week here in NYC. King —...

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