Day: September 23, 2014

Exclusive excerpt from “You Might Remember Me: The Life and Times of Phil Hartman,” by Mike Thomas

In his new biography of SNL legend Phil Hartman out today, “You Might Remember Me: The Life and Times of Phil Hartman,” Chicago Sun-Times newspaper reporter Mike Thomas captures the man who represented “the glue” of Saturday Night Live during what many consider its greatest cast era of the late 1980s. That’s when Thomas first started watching SNL himself. And he, much like most viewers of SNL, cites the era he grew up with the show as the pinnacle. “Nobody had really written about Phil’s life,” Thomas told The Comic’s Comic. “I knew a lot about Phil’s work, and...

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Advice from the Last Comic Standing judges as you audition online or in person at showcases nationwide this fall for Last Comic Standing 9

Last Comic Standing‘s final five finalists from this summer’s eighth season started a nationwide stand-up tour last week. Meanwhile, producers already have begun scouting potential stand-up contestants for Last Comic Standing 9 in 2015 — they looked at dozens of comedians last week in Los Angeles, last night in Boston (Laugh Boston)¬†and Nashville (Zanies Nashville), and tonight they’re doing the same in New York City (Gotham Comedy Club) and Chicago (Zanies Chicago). Last Comic remains invitation-only — no open calls at any of these cities — but the show’s producers literally are casting a much wider net this time...

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Jerrod Carmichael sponsors a PeeWee Football team to promote his HBO special

To show he’s not just man, but also human, stand-up comedian Jerrod Carmichael has sponsored a PeeWee Football team. Of course, it’s all just in jest — to promote Carmichael’s first HBO comedy special, “Love at the Store,” directed by Spike Lee and premiering on Oct. 4, 2014. For football synergy, this Funny or Die short film also features The League‘s Stephen Rannazzisi. Roll the clip! Note: Language is NSFW. And here is a more traditional teaser for Carmichael’s HBO special. Carmichael will embark on a quick cr0ss-country stand-up tour so you can see in person what everyone else...

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Michelle Buteau named new co-host for Nick Lachey on VH1’s “Big Morning Buzz Live”

Congrats to Miss Michelle Buteau, who VH1 named last night as the new co-host for Big Morning Buzz when the live TV talk show and host Nick Lachey return with new episodes next Monday (Sept. 29, 2014). Here’s Buteau herself making the announcement Monday night (click the link in the embedded Tweet for a video from Michelle! So excited to re-introduce u to our NEW @BigMorningBuzz co-host @MichelleButeau!! #VH1Buzz is BACK SEPT 29 + 9AM/8C — VH1 (@VH1) September 22, 2014 Buteau’s stand-up comedy credits include The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, @midnight, and Last Comic Standing, though...

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