Month: December 2016

Review: Gabriel Iglesias “I’m Sorry For What I Said When I Was Hungry” on Netflix

Gabriel Iglesias has released his sixth stand-up comedy special, and first for Netflix. It’s called Gabriel Iglesias: I’m Sorry For What I Said While I Was Hungry, and I reviewed it for my friends at Decider. Here’s an excerpt: And he has become popular enough now that he’s the focus of celebrity death hoaxes, and he’s shared his stories with us for long enough now where his son, Frankie —long a fixture in his act— is graduating from high school. Iglesias wants Frankie to attend college, and imagines selling him on an exchange program with an African child who’d appreciate the American...

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WHAT A JOKE: Comedians organize festival of shows nationwide over Inauguration Day Weekend to support ACLU

If you think Donald J. Trump becoming President of the United States of America is a gift to comedians, well, not exactly. In fact, some comedians are rallying against Trump and raising money for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), staging a nationwide festival of shows over the Inauguration Day Weekend (Trump formally takes office on Jan. 20, 2017). They’re calling it WHAT A JOKE. Produced by Emily Winter and Jenn Welch, their mission statement is simple: “In response to our President-elect’s repeated threats on our human rights, comedians in over 20 cities are coordinating shows to raise money for...

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Episode #129: Nina Conti

Nina Conti is the only child of actors – her father, Tom, is a Tony Award winner and Oscar nominee. As for Nina, she began her career as an actress at the Royal Shakespeare Company before her mentor Ken Campbell convinced her to become a ventriloquist. Nina won the BBC New Comedy Award in 2002, best show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2008, and has performed in many British TV shows since, as well as the HBO comedy series, Family Tree, with Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Chris O’Dowd. She’s made two documentaries, Clowning Around where she...

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TBS will end 2016 with weeklong Binge-A-Thon of its five new comedy series

TBS is so happy about how the cable giant rebranded itself as a comedy station in 2016, that it’s closing out the year with a weeklong “Binge-A-Thon” of five of its new comedies. From the network’s press release: At the center of the TBS Binge-A-Thon will be a nightly primetime showcase, which will shine a spotlight on a different series each night, with a full season of episodes presented with limited commercials from 7:30 p.m. – midnight (ET/PT). The primetime showcase will kick off with the first season of The Detour on Monday, followed by Search Party on Tuesday,...

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Netflix’s 2017 comedy slate will kick off with weekly stand-up specials, Valentine’s Day variety special with Michael Bolton and friends

Netflix has been pumping out a new stand-up hour almost weekly, and they’re already set to keep up that pace to kick off 2017, announcing four upcoming specials for January, plus Michael Bolton’s Big Sexy Valentine’s Day Special to come in the first Tuesday of February. Bolton has established some comedy cred, appearing alongside The Lonely Island guys in SNL shorts and their Popstar movie. Akiva Schaffer and Scott Aukerman direct Bolton’s Valentine’s Day variety special, premiering Feb. 7, 2017, with Bolton singing and joined by Andy Samberg, Casey Wilson, Chris Parnell, Eric Andre, Jorma Taccone, Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph,...

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