Day: June 12, 2014

Last Comic Standing, Season 8, “Semi-Final Day 1” RECAP

“We started with 100 of America’s funniest comedians.” Or so the voiceover guy tells us. But now we have 28 semifinalists, and tonight 14 of them battle for five spots, with guest mentors Amy Schumer (past Last Comic finalist) and Wanda Sykes (current Last Comic executive producer) giving them pointers. Point your recaps to stun! Were you stunned by the sight of the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club in Universal City? Because that’s where they’re sending semifinalists to meet their mentors. First up: Jimmy Shubert. Sykes and Schumer want to break down what Shubert had going on in his audition...

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Bounce TV renews “Off The Chain” stand-up showcase series for third season, launches live tour with host Rodney Perry

Bounce TV has renewed its stand-up comedy series, Off The Chain, and simultaneously announced a live summer tour headlined by the series host, Rodney Perry. Second-season episodes are airing this summer, with the third season premiering in the fall. Perry, the former co-host of The Mo’Nique Show and Bill Bellamy’s Who’s Got Jokes?, and “Harold” in Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family, will headline in all six cities on the tour, along with Rion Evans as MC, and two local comedians featuring in each market. The tour will double as a barnstormimg opportunity for Perry and Evans to talk up the...

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Going Hollywood: Meet Tommy Johnagin

People were going Hollywood long before Bing Crosby starred in the 1933 film musical Going Hollywood. Certainly, though, countless unknowns have packed their bags and moved to Los Angeles in the years and decades since then, hoping for show business to discover them and make them a star! New York City may be the city everyone goes to make it there before making it everywhere, but Hollywood remains the place where stars are born and made. It’s Show Business, USA. This is a recurring feature, a complementary West Coast version of Meet Me In New York, The Comic’s Comic’s...

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Irving Azoff buys half of Levity Entertainment Group, jumps fully into comedy business

When Chelsea Handler named Irving Azoff as her new manager last October, the 66-year-old was only a month into his new partnership with MSG Entertainment. Judi Brown-Marmel, partner at Levity Entertainment Group, told Billboard in May that having Azoff — a former music manager and chairman of Live Nation — in comedy is “absolutely good for the business,” adding: “Anytime somebody as reputable as he is, with the history of success he has, steps into the comedy game, it signals that this is a serious business.” Well, well, well. This week, Azoff announced he’d bought half of Levity. “We...

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Iliza Shlesinger on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

It’s a regular Last Comic Standing party up here this week. Season 6 winner Iliza Shlesinger performed on Wednesday night’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and she brought flatbread for everyone. Just kidding. Just the ladies. Just kidding. You know what she’s talking about, though. Shlesinger also jokes about planning baby showers via Pinterest and the other habits of the young white women you see in your natural habitats. Roll the clip! Shlesinger’s full hour special, War Paint, is on Netflix. You also can purchase the audio version...

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