Day: September 10, 2014

Jeff Dunham talks about preparing to take six months off his global touring for Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood

Las Vegas is going to be full of even more dummies after Thanksgiving. The world’s most popular ventriloquist, Jeff Dunham, will settle in for a six-month residency at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino starting Nov. 28. Dunham’s show, “Not Playing with a Full Deck,” will go on two times a night, four nights a week, just down the strip from fellow mega-millionaire ventriloquist Terry Fator, who continues to headline weeknights at The Mirage since winning the second season of America’s Got Talent. But Dunham has been touring the world — theaters, arenas, fairs and casinos all — for the past...

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Vanessa Bayer and her brother, Jonah, share “Sound Advice” with fun.’s Jack Antonoff at 92Y

The latest episode of Sound Advice with Janessa Slater — Vanessa Bayer’s music chat show parody webseries she produces with her brother, Jonah, for Above Average — finds her misguided media coach Janessa Slater pestering Demi Lovato today. Roll the clip! At the beginning of the week, though, both Bayer siblings sat down in conversation with Jack Antonoff (fun., Bleachers) at the 92Y. We learned a little bit more about music, comedy and the existential angst of a Millennial turning 30. Speaking of all of those things, Vanessa Bayer proved to be her own best media coach when it...

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Hannibal Buress explains his larger-than-life jumpsuit face while on tour this summer and fall

If you’ve been to this summer’s Oddball Fest comedy tour, then you’ve probably seen Hannibal Buress saunter onstage sporting a jumpsuit with his face emblazoned across his chest, even larger than his real-life face. It’s even bolder than his previous move, releasing a single, “Gibberish Rap,” and bringing out a wild crew of supporting dancers. And it’s so crazy funny that Amy Schumer followed suit, literally. On Tuesday night’s Late Night with Seth Meyers, Buress wore his jumpsuit once more, but this time, with an explanation. “It wasn’t even my idea!” Buress said. Rather, it came about while preparing...

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Watch “Robin Williams Remembered:” A PBS Pioneers of Television special

The PBS documentary series, Pioneers of Television, had interviewed Robin Williams extensively just recently for its portraits of him and other groundbreaking comedians of the past 60 years. So, when Williams tragically died last month at 63, they went back through the footage with him as well as with other “Pioneers” about him, and also conducted new interviews for a one-hour special that premiered Tuesday night, Robin Williams Remembered. Watch as Williams recounts his early years, first in the theater in college and Juilliard, then in the comedy clubs, and into television and movies. The special features new interviews...

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