Month: August 2016

Remembering Matt Villines, half of comedy directing duo Matt & Oz

Matt Villines died in July after a two-year battle with kidney cancer. Villines was only 39, still approaching the heights of his career as a comedy director. As half of the directing duo, Matt & Oz, he was responsible for many of your favorite short films that have aired on Saturday Night Live since 2012, made even more hilarious shorts for Funny or Die, and marked his big-screen directorial debut with Brother Nature, which just released its first trailer on Thursday (starring SNL cast members Taran Killam and Bobby Moynihan, with Gillian Jacobs and more, it comes out Sept. 9...

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Anniversary of Lucille Ball’s birthday greeted with new statue, all-star comedy fest and prep for a national comedy museum in her New York hometown

Lucille Ball would have turned 105 today. To celebrate, Ball’s hometown of Celeron, N.Y., unveiled a brand-new statue of the iconic TV comedy legend today — sculpted by Carolyn D. Palmer, chosen from a nationwide search after the previous sculpture of Ball was deemed more scary than lovable. “I not only wanted to portray the playful, animated and spontaneous Lucy, but also the glamorous Hollywood icon,” Palmer said. “I just hope that all the Lucy fans are pleased and that Lucille Ball herself would have enjoyed this image of her.” In neighboring Jamestown, N.Y., the annual Lucy Comedy Fest...

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Mark Normand on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Mark Normand owns a suit! A nice summer suit at that! I joke because for years, Normand always wore the same lucky track jacket in live shows, stand-up performances on TV, and even his album cover. For his debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, however, he cleaned up his look — if not also his stand-up material. Bleep! Normand himself teased the performance by saying on Twitter earlier Friday: “It’s a dicey set.” CBS censors did allow Normand to joke about the differences between how we use the word “douchebag” vs. the actual item, how women’s looks...

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Review: David Cross, “Making America Great Again!” (Netflix)

David Cross has been mocking Trump both in his material and in the title of his stand-up comedy tour throughout 2016, but he couldn’t have picked a better time to release his tour performance as a Netflix special than now. If it weren’t for all of the profanity and the button-pushing when it comes to guns and religion, you almost could have imagined Cross delivering Making America Great Again! as a speech at last week’s Democratic National Convention. Then again, perhaps that’s for the best. As I noted in my review of David Cross: Making America Great Again! for...

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Hannibal Buress’s Hannibal Montanabal Experience 2016 stand-up comedy tour

As he starts appearing for the fourth season as Eric Andre’s talk-show sidekick on Adult Swim, and makes select appearances on the fourth annual Oddball festival of outdoor amphitheaters for Funny or Die, Hannibal Buress also is launching a new solo stand-up comedy theater tour of his own. Tickets went on sale today for the Hannibal Montanabal Experience. All tickets are available at www.hannibalburess.com. Here are the dates and locations! THE HANNIBAL MONTANABAL EXPERIENCE STAND-UP COMEDY TOUR DATES: Aug. 10-11  Wilbur Theatre, Boston Aug. 13: Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, Hampton Beach, NH Sept. 14: Chicago Theatre, Chicago         ...

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