Day: September 17, 2015

Up for auction: Jerry Seinfeld’s handwritten corrections to his 1989 PR bio

“’I’m a hookless act. I have absolutely no hook. There’s nothing physically odd about me, no screaming or profanity, no props, nothing ethnic, no strange clothes—and my name isn’t catchy either. If I don’t have the jokes, I’m dead’…With an intelligent and subtle style, Jerry Seinfeld has gone against the trend of stand-up comedians who favor style over substance. Instead, Seinfeld has chosen to concentrate on his material, and by using that deceptively simple approach to comedy has quietly become one of America’s top salaried night club performers.” That’s how Jerry Seinfeld directed Jonas Public Relations to pitch his...

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History orders up Join or Die with Craig Ferguson series

Craig Ferguson’s next TV series will be near and dear to his heart, and already is tattooed in ink along his right arm. The History Channel has ordered 16 half-hour episodes of Join or Die with Craig Ferguson. Ferguson, Scottish-born but has since become a U.S. citizen, will debate topics of American history with celebrity guests and historians alike. Among the topics: What was the biggest presidential campaign flop; who was the greatest founding father; or which invention was history’s greatest game changer. “Join or Die” was a famous slogan and cartoon from Benjamin Franklin that rallied the American...

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Amy Schumer opens for, twerks for Madonna at MSG; will headline own stand-up arena show in June 2016

Amy Schumer closed her first of three opening sets with Madonna on Wednesday night by announcing that Schumer would headline her own comedy show at Madison Square Garden in June 2016. “Who better to open for Madonna than me? The answer: literally, any band,” Schumer joked Wednesday. She’ll also open for Madonna at MSG on Thursday, then at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Saturday. Madonna later brought Schumer onstage to dance with and for her during her performance of “Unapologetic Bitch.” Did you absolutely love @amyschumer tonight? Don't miss your chance to see her headline MSG this June 23rd! Tix on...

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Episode #18: Eugene Mirman

Eugene Mirman is known for making his own path to success, all while maintaining a lovably absurd childlike view of the world, which serves him well as the voice of Gene on the Emmy-winning animated series, Bob’s Burgers, returning this September for a sixth season on FOX. You’ve seen Eugene previously on HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Adult Swim’s Delocated, two comedy specials on Comedy Central and Netflix, and heard him as a frequent co-host of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s science show Star Talk. His fifth comedy album, I’m Sorry (You’re Welcome), is coming out in October via Sub Pop Records as a nine-volume...

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British ventriloquist Paul Zerdin wins Season 10 of America’s Got Talent

Did a comedian win season 10 of America’s Got Talent? Do you consider ventriloquists comedians? Then yes, and yes again. Because Paul Zerdin became the second ventriloquist to win the $1 million grand prize and a headlining gig in Las Vegas when NBC’s AGT host Nick Cannon announced his name at the end of Wednesday night’s finale. Zerdin edged out stuttering stand-up comedian Drew Lynch, who became the third stand-up to finish runner-up on AGT (Tom Cotter and Taylor Williamson previously earned second-place finishes in seasons 7-8, respectively). Terry Fator, who won season 2 of AGT, joined Zerdin onstage...

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