Month: February 2015

Jim Gaffigan’s chili is contagious; live tour planned for summer 2015

Jim Gaffigan wanted to make an important announcement today about chili, so let’s hear it for Jim! OK, so maybe it was about more than just a good bowl of chili. Turns out Gaffigan — who’s currently in production on the first season of The Jim Gaffigan Show for a summer premiere on both TV Land and Comedy Central — also plans a summer tour of his latest stand-up material. Tickets go on pre-sale Tuesday, March 3. The tour itself kicks off July 16, 2015, in Seattle. Other dates on Jim Gaffigan’s Contagious tour include theaters and outdoor amphitheaters...

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Eddie Izzard’s “Force Majeure” world tour returns to U.S. for spring/summer 2015

Americans who live west of the Mississippi River will get a chance to see global comedian Eddie Izzard this spring and summer as Izzard’s “Force Majeure World Tour” returns to the U.S. for a run of theater dates from May 19 through July 1, 2015. Among the gigs is a June 6 date at Hollywood Bowl, wherein Izzard will host a special pre-show Q&A — but only for fans with tickets in sections Q, R, S, T, U, V, W and X — so those in the back shall be front and center for an audience with the comedian....

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The best network TV comedy programming blocks of all time

With the series finale wrapped for Parks and Recreation, and at 10:59 p.m. on a Tuesday at that, NBC no longer has any claim on Thursday nights — or any night, really — as Must-See TV for sitcoms. The only network with a successful comedy programming block, as the definition of “successful” continues to slide under the weight of increasing competition from scripted and unscripted series on cable and streaming networks, is ABC’s Wednesday-night lineup of family comedies. The Middle remains an underrated and underappreciated anchor, with its sixth season kicking off the night at 8 p.m. ET/PT (7...

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Greg Gutfield leaving “Red Eye” to host weekend primetime FOX News hour; stand-up comics to guest host late-night talker

FOX News announced late Thursday that Greg Gutfield, the former lad mag editor who launched the cable network’s late-night talker, Red Eye, in 2007, would leave the program to develop a new one-hour weekend show in primetime for the Republican-leaning news/opinion channel. Gutfield already also is a co-host on weekday talker, The Five. “We are confident that Gutfeld’s distinct perspective and knack for humor will start a valuable dialogue and be a refreshing addition to the weekend lineup,” said Bill Shine, senior exec VP of programming for Fox News Channel, in a prepared statement. Rotating hosts will anchor Red...

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Scenes from a 1995 TV pilot starring Del Close, Amy Poehler and Matt Dwyer: RVTV

Before Parks and Recreation, before SNL, before the Upright Citizens Brigade set up shop in New York City, Amy Poehler was a fresh-faced college grad studying with the rogue improv mastermind Del Close and performing with The Second City. In 1995, Poehler and Close starred together in a pilot called RVTV, along with fellow Second City performer Matt Dwyer. The Second City archives unearthed these scenes from the previously unreleased pilot earlier this week. Dwyer, who now hosts the podcast, “Conversations with Matt Dwyer,” on the Feral Audio podcast network, told Splitsider (which then showed up as an addendum...

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