Month: January 2018

Kellen Erskine on Conan

Kellen Erskine is in favor of self-driving cars, because his own response time is dwindling, as he revealed on Monday’s Conan. Erskine also jokingly made arguments for new policies toward shopping carts and bike locks. Maybe he should also have one on baby monitors? Roll the...

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There will be a second annual Comedy Central Clusterfest in San Francisco

As the annual SF Sketchfest closes the books on another successful January celebrating comedy by the Bay, Comedy Central has announced it, too, will continue its own comedy festival as an annual tradition this June. Clusterfest will return June 1-3, 2018. Pre-sale tickets available this Feb. 1. I was there last June for the first Comedy Central Presents Clusterfest, the three-day comedy and music festival that took over San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza and Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Those fun times in 2017 included performances from Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart, Bill Burr, Sarah Silverman, Ice Cube, Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson...

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NBC sending Leslie Jones to Korea to cover the Winter Olympics

During the 2016 Summer Olympics, Saturday Night Live‘s Leslie Jones live-tweeted the action with such patriotic fervor that NBC realized they needed to bring Jones to Rio to enhance the network’s coverage. This February, NBC isn’t going to wait so long. Jones is heading to Korea. NBC’s live coverage of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games begins Feb. 8 in PyeongChang, South Korea. “Experiencing the Olympics through the lens of Leslie is unlike anything else,” said Jim Bell, President, NBC Olympics Production and Programming. “Her passion for Team USA is contagious, and her adventures in South Korea should be fascinating.”...

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Adult Swim schedules midnight specials for Jena Friedman, Eric Andre

As Sunday, Feb. 18, becomes Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, Adult Swim is getting especially weird, thanks to two new short-form comedy specials from Jena Friedman and Eric Andre. Soft Focus with Jena Friedman will premiere at midnight ET/PT. The network describes her special as “a live-action comedic human-interest program where fact and fiction blend in a harmonious union of what the f***.” Friedman talked to me a little bit about it for my podcast, Last Things First. And I can alert you to the fact that some of what she captures on camera is truly bonkers, in a style...

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Episode #191: Matt Jones

You probably recognize Matt Jones from the critically acclaimed AMC series, Breaking Bad, where he played Badger. But Jones has an extensive comedy background, starting in Southern California, where he performed improv in high school, then eventually to Boom Chicago in Amsterdam, and back to Hollywood for multiple TV roles in sitcoms and sketch shows the likes of Reno 911, Community, The Office, and the pilot episode of Key and Peele. He has co-starred more recently as a regular on the CBS sitcom, Mom, and stars in the new Pop series where he runs an aerobics studio, Let’s Get Physical. We get into competitive...

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