Day: February 18, 2019

Episode #247: Dane Cook

In 2019, Dane Cook is heading out for his first full national tour in six years, and he’s calling it his Tell It Like It Is tour, playing venues such as the Wang Theater in his hometown of Boston and Radio City Music Hall in New York City. How is it now for Dane Cook? Cook sat down with me in The Comedy Store’s podcast studio this month to talk through his comedy and personal demons, as well as go back with me to his historic and pioneering rise through social media in the mid 2000s, culminating in HBO specials, double-platinum...

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Comedy winners at the 2019 Writers Guild Awards

Congrats to Bo Burnham and the rest of this year’s WGA winners from the Writers Guild, announced Sunday night. Burnham jokingly pointed out in his acceptance speech that all the “losers” in his category would just have to go and have fun at next weekend’s Academy Awards without him. Chelsea Peretti hosted on the west coast (the WGA hosts joint award ceremonies in both New York City and Los Angeles each year). Here’s her opening monologue! Winners included: ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Eighth Grade, Written by Bo Burnham; A24ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty, Based on the...

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Garry Shandling’s estate donates $15.2 million to UCLA for medical research

The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. announced this month that the estate of the late Garry Shandling has bequeathed $15.2 million to the med school. Shandling, the comedian, actor, director, writer and producer who died in March 2016, earmarked the funds to benefit three units — the division of endocrinology, diabetes and hypertension; the division of infectious diseases; and the UCLA Agi Hirshberg Center for Pancreatic Diseases — as well as general medical research at the David Geffen School of Medicine, establishing a meaningful philanthropic legacy. His gift will establish and endow the Garry Shandling Endocrine Surgery Research Fund,...

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Comedy Central bringing back David Spade and Crank Yankers!

Back in the mid-2000s, Comedy Central boasted weekly episodes of The Showbiz Show with David Spade and Crank Yankers. Is it 2005 again? Both Spade and the prank phone-call puppets are returning to Comedy Central in 2019. This time, though, Spade will take over nightly duties in the 11:30 p.m. slot following The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Spade’s new comedy commentary series has no formal title yet, but it will include a rotating group of Spade’s comedian and celebrity friends, while also incorporating field segments that mirror his popular Instagram stories. It’s executive produced by Spade, Alex Murray and Marc...

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