Day: January 7, 2019

Episode #241: Gina Brillon

Gina Brillon was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, and already knew she wanted to be a stand-up comedian before she grew up, starting her career when she was still 17. Brillon became the first Latina winner of NBC’s Stand Up For Diversity competition in 2012, and since then has held sitcom development deals not only with NBC, but also with CBS and ABC. Brillon tours regularly with Gabriel Iglesias when she’s not headlining comedy clubs on her own, and she recently began what could be a recurring role on ABC’s hit sitcom, The Conners. There’s a lot...

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9 comedians, 2 ventriloquists competing on America’s Got Talent: The Champions

American TV audiences will finally get to hear Susan Boyle sing in primetime. Boyle is one of 50 acts from the Got Talent franchise worldwide, and the first phenomenon from it, to participate in the first-ever all-star edition for NBC, called America’s Got Talent: The Champions. The lineup also includes nine stand-up comedians and two ventriloquists (both of the ventriloquists, Darci Lynne Farmer and Paul Zerdin, are former AGT winners). The competition begins with 10 acts tonight vying for two slots in the “champions” finals. The comedians returning? Drew Lynch: Season 10 runner-upLost Voice Guy: Britain’s Got Talent winner,...

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Watch Carol Burnett accept the first Carol Burnett Award from the Golden Globes (and read her acceptance speech)

“Does this mean I get to accept it every year? But you know, my first love growing up was the movies. I’d see as many as six to eight films a week with my grandmother who raised me. And then later, when I was a teenager, we got our first television set. And then I had a new love. But regardless of the medium, what fascinated me was the way the stars on the screen could make people laugh. Or cry. Or sometimes both. And I wished. And I hoped, that maybe, just maybe someday, I could have the...

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Netflix takes down Patriot Act episode about Saudi Arabia, but leaves it up on YouTube

If you think Donald Trump’s response to Saudi Arabia has been weak, then what do you make of Netflix? The streaming giant recently capitulated to the Saudi royals, pulling an episode of Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj that questioned U.S. policy toward the Saudis after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Saudis cited its cyber-crime law, which can imprison someone for up to five years for “production, preparation, transmission, or storage of material impinging on public order, religious values, public morals, and privacy, through the information network or computers.” Questioning the wisdom and morality of Crown Prince Mohammed...

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R.I.P. Bob Einstein (1942-2019)

You knew Stewart Robert Einstein by many other names. Officer Judy. Super Dave. Marty Funkhouser. However you knew him, Bob Einstein cemented his comedy legacy as part of a rich, funny family. Einstein died Jan. 2 at the age of 76, from leukemia. Bob didn’t initially want to get into comedy, in part because of what happened when his famously funny father infamously died. Bob was just a teen when his dad, Harry Einstein (who performed in character as a Greek named Parkyakarkus) suffered a fatal heart attack at 54 just after delivering his remarks at the Friars Club Roast...

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