Day: December 5, 2016

Review: Pete Holmes, “Faces and Sounds” on HBO

If you haven’t yet watched the new Pete Holmes stand-up hour, Faces and Sounds, it debuted Saturday night on HBO and delivers — and not just because of his many titular faces and sounds! Here’s an excerpt from my review in Decider: HBO’s audience may not be as familiar with Pete Holmes as you are. After all, despite filming an hour stand-up comedy special for Comedy Central in 2013, followed immediately by two seasons of hosting The Pete Holmes Show in late-night after Conan on TBS, Holmes hasn’t yet established himself as a household name or face. His upcoming sitcom, Crashing, likely...

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Here are your comedy writers nominated for 2017 WGA Awards

Congrats to my friends and all of the other comedy writers nominated today for the 2017 Writers Guild Association (WGA) Awards. Awards will be handed out in separate ceremonies held the same night, Feb. 19, 2017, in New York City (hosted by Lewis Black) and Los Angeles (hosted by Patton Oswalt). COMEDY SERIES Atlanta, Written by Donald Glover, Stephen Glover, Stefani Robinson, Paul Simms; FX Silicon Valley, Written by Megan Amram, Alec Berg, Donick Cary, Adam Countee, Jonathan Dotan, Mike Judge, Carrie Kemper, John Levenstein, Dan Lyons, Carson Mell, Dan O’Keefe, Clay Tarver, Ron Weiner; HBO Transparent, Written by...

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Jimmy Kimmel to host 2017 Academy Awards live on ABC

For years, Jimmy Kimmel has hosted a live edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars, cashing in on all of the Academy Award nominees and winners celebrating just across the street. In 2017, Kimmel will join them for the big show in primetime. He’ll host the 2017 Academy Awards live on ABC in February, after also hosting the Emmys this past September. Yes, I am hosting the Oscars. This is not a prank. And if it is, my revenge on @TheAcademy will be terrible & sweet. Thx to @alsformalwear — Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) December 5, 2016 Here’s a...

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Episode #127: Kevin McDonald

Kevin McDonald is one of the original founders of The Kids in the Hall, the legendary sketch comedy troupe that started in Toronto, then became internationally famous over five seasons in the late 1980s and early 1990s thanks to HBO and later CBS. McDonald’s recurring characters included The King of Empty Promises, and Sir Simon Milligan, the host of the horror-themed TV show, The Pit of Ultimate Darkness. McDonald has guest-starred in many actual TV shows over the past two decades, reunited with Kids in the Hall for multiple tours (most recently in 2014), toured as a duo act...

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Comedian Mo Amer’s TransAtlantic flight with Eric Trump

“Sometimes God just sends you the material.” — Mo Amer How stand-up comedian Mo Amer initially described his encounter with Eric Trump to his Facebook friends last Wednesday. Amer found himself sitting next to President-elect Donald J. Trump’s son, Eric Trump, on a flight last week from New York City to Scotland, where Amer was heading to kick off a stand-up tour of the U.K. Amer is part of a 25-city tour, performing on a bill with Aamer Rahman, Imran Yusuf, Guz Khan, Aatif Nawaz, Nabil AbdulRashid, and Tez Ilyas, raising money for Human Appeal. Amer regularly opens for Dave Chappelle...

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