Month: February 2014

Bill Lawrence joins his “Undateable” cast of comedians on a promotional comedy tour

NBC still hasn’t announced a premiere date for midseason sitcom Undateable, but by sending out its four stand-up comedian stars (Chris D’Elia, Ron Funches, Brent Morin, Rick Glassman) on a tour that starts Sunday in New York City and hits nine major TV markets through the end of March, you’d expect to hear a primetime slot for the series opening up by April! “Since it’s so hard to launch a network comedy in this competitive landscape, we thought we would try a little grassroots marketing,” said co-creator and executive producer Adam Sztykiel. “Plus, it will be exciting to see...

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John C. Reilly returns for season 3 of “Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule” on Adult Swim

Of all the awesome and great things about Adult Swim’s late-night spoofery Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (2007-2010), perhaps the sketches that inspired the most awe came when Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim ceded the spotlight to Dr. Steve Brule, the oafish expert of nothing, curious about everything who had his own public-access show/segment on “Ch5 News” called “Check It Out!” Brule, as played by John C. Reilly, earned his own starring spin-off series with “Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule” which returns for a third, six-episode season tonight. It’s all improvised. So bless the hearts...

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Bill Watterson draws up his first pubilc cartoon since Calvin and Hobbes: The poster for “Stripped,” a new documentary about newspaper comic strips

Would you look at that?! It’s the movie poster for Stripped, a new documentary about the history of newspaper comic strips and what happens to them now that newspapers are dying. And perhaps just as symbolically important — the poster image is the first public cartoon drawn up by Bill Watterson since he retired as the creator of “Calvin and Hobbes” in 1995. Watterson previously had picked up the pen for the public’s sake three years ago at a charity fund-raiser. “It sounded like fun, and maybe something people wouldn’t expect, so I decided to give it a try,”...

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Ted Alexandro on Conan

If you haven’t yet downloaded yourself a copy of Ted Alexandro’s new stand-up special, “I Did It,” (it’s available on his site for whatever amount you want to pay him), then this five-minute sampler set he performed on Wednesday night’s Conan will whet your proverbial whistle. From coffee to wine to the sounds of classical music DJs and beyond, here is a little bit of wisdom from the mind of Ted Alexandro. Roll the...

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R.I.P. Tim Wilson (1961-2014)

Tim Wilson, a veteran “Road Dog” stand-up comedian and country musician who also co-wrote Jeff Foxworthy’s hit song, “Redneck 12 Days of Christmas,” died Wednesday from an apparent heart attack. Wilson was 52. Wilson was scheduled to headline The Comedy Club Stardome near Birmingham, Ala., this Friday and Saturday night. Club owner Bruce Ayers announced the sad news early Thursday morning on the Stardome’s Facebook page, writing: “I am very sorry to report that my dear friend Tim Wilson passed away this evening. I like the entire comedy community am shocked and saddened by this tragic news. Tim was old...

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