Day: January 23, 2015

Dane Cook on making a new comedy BFF in Jerry Lewis and advice in a post-Troublemaker career

Dane Cook has a new manager now but a very old iconic mentor in his comedy life, although Cook has never been known as quite the troublemaker as Jerry Lewis has been over the decades. That’s not why Cook’s latest stand-up special, “Troublemaker,” which premieres on Comedy Central this Sunday after an initial debut in October on Showtime (my review of Dane Cook: Troublemaker). More pressing, however, is finding out how Cook, at 42, became BFFs with the 88-year-old Lewis. They didn’t bond over birthdays or astrology as fellow Pisces (Cook turns 43 on March 18, two days after Lewis...

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Kyle Kinane raps about his new stuff in Comedy Central special, “I Liked His Old Stuff Better”

Kyle Kinane is trying to help his feature act, “my friend Shane Torres, who’s driving the Mazda 2 Snatchback,” find their way to their gig Thursday night in Hamden, Conn., as Kinane also is on the phone to speak with The Comic’s Comic. It’s that kind of multi-tasking that also finds Kinane providing the voiceover for ads on Comedy Central promoting his latest one-hour stand-up special, I Liked His Old Stuff Better, debuting tonight at midnight on the cable network. The full uncensored edition of his new material already is available for purchase now, though, so you can decide...

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Review: Dave Gorman’s PowerPoint Presentation finally fills U.S. in on who is Dave Gorman

You’re not mistaken for forgetting that you may have seen Dave Gorman in the United States before. Gorman has brought two of his one-man shows here before, both off-Broadway and to the old HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen in 2001 and 2004. A couple of years later, he served a brief six-month period as a correspondent on The Daily Show — so brief his staff bio page is vacant. But that only allows Gorman to reintroduce himself to American audiences, which is precisely what he’s attempting with a run of his show, Dave Gorman’s PowerPoint Presentation, at...

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Kevin Pollak’s Misery Loves Comedy documentary: From Kickstarter to Sundance to distribution deal!

Even before its world premiere this weekend at the Sundance Film Festival, Kevin Pollak’s TV misery (spoiler alert!) can be pushed aside for joy and gratitude as his new stand-up comedy documentary, Misery Loves Comedy, has been picked up for North American distribution by Tribeca Film. “Misery Loves Comedy is a fascinating, unparalleled look inside the minds of some of the greatest and most beloved comedians of our time. Kevin Pollak has made a ‘must watch’ on the art of comedy, for casual enthusiasts, to connoisseurs, to aspiring comedians,” Todd Green,General Manager of Tribeca Film, said today. When Pollak...

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