Day: October 6, 2014

Kevin Nealon’s “Laugh Lessons” attempts to teach comedy to children, via AOL

I believe that children are our future, too. Teach them well and let them lead the way. Can you teach children of any age how to do comedy, though? And do they even know what AOL is? One of these questions is left unanswered in the new 12-episode AOL webseries, Laugh Lessons with Kevin Nealon. Produced with Ellen DeGeneres and her studio, A Very Good Production, with sponsorship from Carnival Cruise Lines, Nealon invites his funny friends — including DeGeneres, David Spade and more — into school classrooms to see if they can pass along their #LaughLessons to the...

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SNL’s “Proud Mary” sketch bruises pride of The Groundling’s similar Tina Turner tribute

One sketch had them singing for their supper in the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif. The other stuck them on a riverboat in Nebraska. In both cases — The Groundlings this summer, and SNL this past Saturday — we saw women dolled up in 1980s-era Tina Turner wigs and red dresses, pausing between verses of “Proud Mary” to tell us how they’d come into their current predicament. Parallel thinking or joke theft? The Groundlings has a great history of providing performers to SNL, with alums including Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Nasim Pedrad, Will Forte, Ana Gasteyer, Cheri...

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My Pod Week: Week ending 10/05/14

Mike Flinn (@realmikeflinn) isn’t just a podcast producer and engineer; he’s also an avid fan of the form. “My Pod Week” recaps and reviews the many varied comedy podcasts Flinn listened to or attended live tapings of during the previous week. Enjoy! HOUND TALL DISCUSSION SERIES with MOSHE KASHER (Hound Tall #1: Harems with Jillian Lauren, Pete Holmes and Beth Stelling) “It is so difficult to begin the opening moments of a podcast’s life.” It may have taken months to find the right words, but settling on “Welcome everyone” worked perfectly. Moshe Kasher and a panel of experts, including Jillian...

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Sarah Silverman’s SNL monologue with an audience member, who wasn’t an SNL cast member or paid actress

The highlight of Sarah Silverman’s first time hosting Saturday Night Live undoubtedly came early in the show, during her monologue. Silverman not only engaged in some next-level meta fun by acknowledging her past — two decades ago as an almost-forgotten featured player in the SNL cast, relegated to roles as an audience plant to ask questions of other SNL hosts, now turning the questions onto her future self in the present here and now in 2014 — but also took advantage of live TV by walking into the audience and spontaneously engaging an unsuspecting audience member in jokes and...

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