Day: March 8, 2018

HBO announces a title and premiere date for Wyatt Cenac’s new late-night series

Real Time meets real talk next month, as HBO has announced a Friday the 13th premiere for Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas. Airing at 11:30 p.m. Eastern Friday nights on HBO, Cenac will star in 10 weekly episodes taking him all across America to examine the real problems facing us socially, culturally, politically and financially. He already has a background in meeting the people through “documentary-style field reports” as a former correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central from 2008-2012. As HBO teases, his segments for them “will take him around the country, from suburban Minneapolis...

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Canada gets into the streaming stand-up game with CraveTV

Canadians now have another streaming platform of their own to pitch their stand-up comedy specials. CraveTV‘s first original comedy special, Darcy Michael Goes To Church, premieres Friday. It’s the first of three stand-up projects coming to CraveTV in partnership with Just For Laughs, filmed last September during the JFL42 festival in Toronto. The others star Debra DiGiovanni, and Graham Chittenden. CraveTV’s Stand-Up Comedy Collection already features many previously recorded stand-up hours from HBO’s back catalogue. More about Darcy Michael: Dominating the Canadian comedy scene for over 10 years, Darcy Michael has 10 national televised comedy galas under his belt, and appeared for two...

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Funny or Die! The Impractical Jokers are getting their own movie

truTV and Funny or Die are keeping Murr, Q, Joe and Sal in the pranking business, both on the small and big screens, for the next few years. Not only is Impractical Jokers getting an eighth season on truTV for 2019, but the fellas also will star together in their first feature-length movie, directed by Chris Henchy and produced by Funny or Die. In a joint statement, The Tenderloins — aka James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano — said:  “We’re as surprised as anyone that four dudes from Staten Island have been allowed to make a...

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Review: Gad Elmaleh, “American Dream” on Netflix

If you’re a bilingual of the French/English variety, it might be more than worth your while to watch Gad Elmaleh’s Gad Gone Wild before watching Gad Elmaleh: American Dream. They’re both on Netflix. But you can see just what kind of reach Elmaleh has by watching them in this order. Gad Gone Wild was filmed in French (with some English) in Montreal; American Dream, all in English in New York City. The second is not a verbatim translation of the first, because Elmaleh also changes things up because of the different perspectives of his audiences, too. Elmaleh came here...

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Mason Pryor, son of Richard, booed off Showtime at the Apollo

You can tell by the look on Steve Harvey’s face that things are not going well for Mason Pryor, the young son of the late comedy legend Richard Pryor, on this episode of Showtime at the Apollo. After a big buildup and an opening “hello!” from Mason, the audience loses interest in his premise about Donald Trump and his side-piece Vladimir Putin. You can watch the whole thing go down tonight on FOX. Roll the clip. And if you want to see a crowd give Mason more time onstage, check this out from a few months...

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