Day: January 18, 2016

Highlights from the Just For Laughs gala hosted by Howie Mandel for The CW

The CW continues its expansion into televised sketch, stand-up and improv comedy tonight with a 90-minute primetime special from last summer’s Just For Laughs Montreal gala hosted by Howie Mandel. It premieres at 8 tonight Eastern/Pacific, and also features performances by Pete Holmes, Jeff Ross, Jim Breuer, Marina Franklin, Fortune Feimster and Vladimir Caamano. Here are some highlights! Howie Mandel – Estrogen Patch Fortune Feimster: Virgin For Jesus Jeff Ross – Roasting The Audience Jim Breuer – Getting Older Marina Franklin – Getting In Shape Pete Holmes – Paper Shredder   Vladimir Caamano – Ethnic Construction...

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Triumph the Insult Comic Dog is covering the 2016 presidential campaign for Hulu

Eagle-eyed viewers of NBC News during Sunday night’s Democratic presidential candidate debate in South Carolina noticed a familiar canine puppet head bobbing behind NBC’s Chuck Todd. Triumph the Insult Comic Dog just photobombed Chuck Todd… #DemDebate — Kate Sherrill MLS (@KateSherrill) January 18, 2016 And plenty of media folks covering the debate themselves saw they’ve got a new member of their campaign armada. Yes, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog is finally on the case of the 2016 presidential campaign. The Comic’s Comic has learned that Robert Smigel, Triumph and crew not only made the trek to South Carolina,...

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An oral history of A Special Thing, the comedy message board that begat a record label and more

You’re likely familiar with the comedians who’ve released stand-up albums in recent years on AST Records: Jimmy Pardo, Karen Kilgariff, Max Silvestri, Sean O’Connor, Liam McEneaney and Dan St. Germain among them. But before comedy nerds took over the mainstream entertainment scene, a few hundred of them were touting their favorite stand-ups and even interacting with them on the message boards of A Special Thing. In fact, there were 148 users online on the AST Forums as I type this now — that’s likely spiked thanks to a new oral history of A Special Thing published over the weekend...

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Maria Bamford on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Maria Bamford is Stephen Colbert’s favorite comedian. Don’t take my word for it. Colbert said that himself when he invited Bamford onto The Late Show on Friday night to really kick off the show’s relationship with stand-up comedy and comedians. Bamford joked about being a newlywed and keeping the love magical with her husband, then joined Colbert for panel in which he got her to open up just a little bit more about mental health. “I hope I don’t embarrass you when I say that you are my favorite comedian on planet Earth,” Colbert told Bamford. Roll the...

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Judd Apatow praises Amy Schumer, rips Golden Globes and awards definitions for “comedy”

Judd Apatow enjoyed a bit of fun at the expense of Matt Damon, The Martian and J.J. Abrams having a bit of fun at the expense of Apatow and comedians everywhere when he addressed the audience at the 2016 Critics Choice Awards. Apatow first pointed out the absurdity of the “comedy” category at The Golden Globes, which went to Damon and his space drama this year, before also pointing out the year his Trainwreck star, Amy Schumer, had in 2015. “The MVP award! They made up an award to get her here,” Apatow said. “That’s how valid these awards are.”...

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