Day: May 21, 2015

The Friars Club celebrated in PBS “Treasures of New York”

Enjoy this Throwback Thursday with a look back across a century of laughs and comedian-on-comedian ribbing as PBS premieres a new half-hour documentary on The Friars Club as part of the “Treasures of New York” series. The special debuts at 10 tonight on WLIW21, and 10 p.m. Friday on WNET-THIRTEEN. It arrives just as The Friars Foundation presents the national PBS broadcast Friday night of The Lincoln Awards: A Concert for Veteran’s & Military Family. Here’s a promo clip from Treasures of New York: Friars Club. After its initial broadcast tonight, it’ll be available online in full Friday night. It’s...

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Fuse orders Gabriel Iglesias and friends tour series: Fluffy Breaks Even!

Fuse is getting into the Fluffy Guy business for years to come, with a tour-based comedy series starting production today in Las Vegas with Gabriel Iglesias and his friends, plus a multi-year partnership for more series and specials. “Gabriel is the perfect example of the type of talent that is part of Fuse’s new goal of representing New Young America – the young millennial tastemakers and trendsetters who are revolutionizing today’s culture and whose influence is evident on and offline,” said Fuse President Bill Hilary. “Like our other partners, including the iconic Jennifer Lopez, Iglesias is one of the...

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Back to Beijing: The NYT Magazine profiles comedian Joe Wong’s return to China

In 2013, comedian Joe Wong returned to China after living in the United States for close to two decades — first graduating from Rice University in Houston with a doctorate in biochemistry, then moving to Boston and learning his love for the chemistry of making strangers laugh, which earned him performances on Late Show with David Letterman and Ellen. Back in Beijing, Wong goes by his Chinese name, Huang Xi, and hosts a popular variety TV show, Is It True?, on the state-sponsored CCTV2. “Hello, everybody, I’m Huang Xi,” he has told his audiences: “Huang like a cucumber, Xi like a...

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