Month: September 2016

Jimmy Kimmel Live holding a yard sale of TV studio materials to benefit homeless youth

If you’re in or near Hollywood on Saturday (Oct. 1, 2016), then you can take advantage of a great yard sale that Jimmy Kimmel Live is throwing that includes pieces from the sets when the ABC late-night show went on the road to Austin, Texas, for SXSW, and more. You can check out all of the items up for bids and more on the Jimmy Kimmel Live eBay site. “We’re having a yard sale in our parking lot, for real,” Kimmel announced on the show earlier this week. Props, costumes and more. With proceeds going through the Uncle Frank...

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Judd Apatow helps Chris Gethard mount “Career Suicide” off-Broadway

Here’s a Funny or Die video about Career Suicide, which allows me to type two dichotomies at once! Judd Apatow lampoons his own problems in relations to those of Chris Gethard, which allows them to stumble into the inspiration to take Gethard’s gripping one-man show, “Career Suicide,” to a theater for an Off-Broadway run this fall. Meanwhile, you can listen to Chris Gethard explain his career and real-life inspirations so far to me in Episode #105 of my podcast series, The Comic’s Comic Presents Last Things First. Roll the...

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Funny or Die launches Jokes For Votes tour to register Californians before 2016 Election Day

Funny or Die has assembled a star collection of stand-up comedians to barnstorm up and down California over the next month┬áto encourage residents to register to vote in time for Election Day 2016. It’s called Jokes For Votes, and the tour, which kicked off Thursday night, includes a rotating lineup that may feature Sarah Silverman, Reggie Watts, Demetri Martin, Baron Vaughn, James Adomian, Kate Berlant and more. And by more, we mean Kumail Nanjiani and Taylor Tomlinson! They’re hitting up college campuses with free shows. Here’s the tour video promo. Roll...

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First-ever NYC Roastmasters tournament happening October 2016

Roast Battle isn’t just for The Comedy Store or for Comedy Central. For the past year, the Jeff Ross-approved offshoot in New York City called RoastMasters has taken place regularly at The Stand in Gramercy (there’s also a regular Roast Battle at nearby New York Comedy Club helmed by co-founder Rell Battle, but that’s another story for another time). And starting Oct. 4, 2016, a group of 16 regulars from RoastMasters battles past will trade barbs, insults and quips in the first-ever RoastMasters NYC tournament — with the winner taking home a championship belt in the process. Making the...

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Listen to two tracks from Anjelah Johnson’s “Not Fancy”

Anjelah Johnson’s newest stand-up comedy album,┬áNot Fancy, will go on sale wherever you buy albums online on Oct. 7, 2016, and then two weeks later as a physical CD. Johnson filmed the special in Anaheim (and you can see it still exclusively on Netflix), where she joked about learning Spanish, getting married, dealing with in-laws, and the jobs she doesn’t have. For more, listen to Johnson tell me about her life and career in Episode 86 of my podcast, Last Things First. Here are two clips you can listen to as well and feel free to post or share:...

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