Day: June 6, 2016

Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch for 2016

Variety has announced its annual “10 Comics to Watch” list for 2016, almost two months before they’ll be feted at the end of July at Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival. Without further ado, congratulations to… James Adomian and Anthony Atamaniuk for their “Trump vs. Bernie” mock debate tour and specials for Fusion Vlad Caamano, a recent New Face who fronted a sitcom pilot this season for NBC Ronny Chieng, a correspondent for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Jermaine Fowler, former star of truTV’s Friends of the People whose own sitcom pilot for CBS, Superior Donuts, is getting reshot for possible...

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver explores our massive debt-collection dilemma, then absolves $15 million of it in record TV giveaway

“You get a car! You get a car!! You get a car!!! EVERYBODY GETS A CAR!!!!” I don’t even need to remind you those were Oprah Winfrey’s words when she gifted a brand-new car to every person in her Oprah studio audience on an episode years ago. That was nice. Also a tax hassle, as we recall the fallout afterward. Last night on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, our host devoted the bulk of his half-hour episode to America’s massive debt problem — and even more importantly, how banks buy and sell off our debt to each...

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Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s turn to Lil Dicky for new TV ad campaign

Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s have employed swimsuit and lingerie models and female webutantes to smash juicy burgers in their faces over the years, but now, they’re turning to Lil Dicky? That’s right. The comedian/rapper born David Andrew Burd, but better known as Lil Dicky with 800,ooo+ YouTube subscribers, 382,000 Instagram followers and a hit album under his belt, is earning more money where food goes into his mouth in this new ad for the fast-food chains’ $4 Real Deal. Roll the...

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Episode #95: Dick Gregory

At 83, Dick Gregory remains an active comedy legend, logging more than 200 stand-up gigs a year. Gregory changed the game in 1961 when he performed at Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Club in Chicago, and the notoriety of becoming the first black comedian to play to white crowds led him soon thereafter to become the first black performer to sit on the couch with Jack Paar when he was host of The Tonight Show on NBC. His 1963 autobiography was a best-seller, and in 1968, he received the fifth-most votes for President of the United States as a write-in candidate. He...

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