Day: September 18, 2014

Just For Laughs releasing old Gala clips from Canadian TV for the rest of us to see on YouTube

Marc Maron jokingly wondered this summer if anyone ever had looked him up after seeing him on TV in Canada via one of the many comedy “Galas” produced each summer by Montreal’s Just For Laughs. Joke no more. Especially since some media reports described JFL’s new YouTube Channel as releasing “unseen clips.” Hey, Canadians have eyeballs, too! I’ve seen them! At least, I think those were eyeballs. At any rate. JFL and Maker Studios have upgraded the JFL presence on YouTube in a majorly #TBT way. The channel debuted yesterday with eight classic videos — featuring Mitch Hedberg, Dave...

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Maybe See TV? The week in pilots, script commitments and development deals (Sept. 18, 2014)

You’ll hear a lot in the trades and the trade winds from now through pilot season, which starts in earnest in January, all the way up to the cable Upfronts in the spring and the broadcast network Upfronts in May — when TV programmers present their new and returning lineups to impress and attract advertisers for 2015-2016. When a network orders a pilot to series, that’s newsworthy and vital information for you to know. Like FX yesterday greenlighting Baskets, starring Zach Galifianakis and coming from him, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel; it’ll go into production in 2015 with a launch date...

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@midnight taping week of shows in NYC for 2014 New York Comedy Festival

Comedy Central’s late-night comedy “game show” and Twitter takeover expert, @midnight, is making its first road trip, heading to New York City to tape a week’s worth of shows during the New York Comedy Festival, airing Nov. 3-6, 2014. Host Chris Hardwick and the crew will tape the four broadcasts at ABC Television Center in Manhattan. Request tickets to watch the full thing from the studio audience by heading to “Sure, we get a lot of comedians to come onto our show in Los Angeles, but we felt in order to get the choicest, juiciest comedy specimens we needed...

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First-ever Maui Comedy Festival partners with American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

If you were to ask me where to go to feel better about myself and everyone around me, Maui definitely would be near the top of my list. Heck, any of the Hawaiian islands would do the trick. Heck, there’s not even a trick to it. I even entertained a job offer many moons ago to live and work on the Big Island, and often wonder about the path I’d have traveled had I accepted it. But that was then. The path we’re on now leads us back to Maui. The first-ever Maui Comedy Festival beckons us over the...

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Darrell Hammond returns to SNL as its announcer, succeeding the late Don Pardo

Saturday Night Live‘s longest-serving cast member has returned to the fold. Darrell Hammond, 58, will belt out the names of cast members old and new when SNL kicks off its 40th anniversary season on Sept. 27, 2014. Hammond has appeared onscreen in a record 280 episodes of SNL, both as a regular cast member from 1995-2009 and also in cameo roles to reprise his impersonations of Bill Clinton, Donald Trump and others. Hammond is replacing Don Pardo, who died last month at the age of 96. Hammond had filled in for Pardo before, and had expressed interest in returning....

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