Day: November 3, 2015

The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore adds Grace Parra as contributor

Congrats to Grace Parra for getting back into the late-night TV on the regular, as Comedy Central just announced hiring her as contributor for The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, starting with a piece to air tonight. Parra joins Ricky Velez, Holly Walker and Mike Yard as current contributors for Wilmore. Rory Albanese, an executive producer on the show along with Wilmore and Jon Stewart, also appears on-air regularly via segments and panels. “Grace is a smart, funny, young talent whose charisma jumps off the screen. We’re so excited to have her as part of our team on The...

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Jon Stewart follows John Oliver, Bill Simmons to HBO with new exclusive four-year production deal

For his next act, Jon Stewart’s new boss will be the same as John Oliver’s (and Bill Simmons’s, too!): HBO. The pay-cable network announced an exclusive four-year production contract with Stewart today, which will start with the former Daily Show host producing short-form digital content for HBO NOW and HBO GO, followed by first-look deals for TV shows and movies. But that’s not all… Stewart’s new shorts may be updated and refreshed daily and even within the day, thanks to “pioneering cloud graphics company OTOY Inc.,” with whom “he is developing new technology” according to the press release. “Jon Stewart led...

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Meet Me In New York: Jono Zalay

What do they say about New York City: There are eight million stories, and sometimes it seems as though eight million of the people telling them think they’re comedians? No, that’s not it. It is a fact, though, that America’s biggest city is also its biggest comedy mecca. Hollywood may be Hollywood, but New York City is where comedians are born funny, become funny or arrive to thrust their funny upon us. I think we should meet some of these people. This is a recurring feature, a mini-profile of newcomers, up-and-comers and overcomers of New York’s vibrant comedy scene....

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Washington’s NFL team cites trademark for Reformed Whores in defense of its Redskins name

The NFL franchise located in Washington, D.C., has appealed the cancellation of six trademark registrations for the Washington Redskins, “one of the most storied franchises in sports, on the ground that the Team’s name supposedly ‘disparaged’ Native Americans under § 2(a) of the Lanham Act.” That’s how the appeal starts out. Go deep in its brief filed Friday in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and you’ll find the team’s lawyer began questioning whether the U.S. government sanctioned other offensive things and groups by granting approval to their trademark registrations. This footnote on page 24 of...

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Science Fiction, Double Feature: Keeping the Rocky Horror Tradition Alive

Halloween marked the 40th anniversary of Rocky Horror Picture Show. Well, it marks the anniversary of the RHPS bombing in theaters. Originally a stage musical, put on by Richard O’Brien in 1973 upstairs in a fringe theater just off of London’s West End, it was put on for a bit of fun. O’Brien’s directorial style emphasized improvisation, often surprising the actors for authentic reactions and “dreaming up” entire musical numbers at the last possible minute. Paying homage to everything glam and absurd in 1950’s B-movies, the show was bright and colorful, and became a great success, travelling all over Europe....

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