Day: July 10, 2019

Who advanced out of the premiere episode of NBC’s “Bring The Funny,” and what does it all mean

Bring The Funny is no Last Comic Standing. Nor is it America’s Got Talent. So what is Bring The Funny? The newest NBC talent competition is open to all sorts of funny people, from solo acts to groups, from stand-ups to characters to musical duos to prop acts to ventriloquists to sketch groups. “There’s only one simple rule: You need to bring the funny,” says host Amanda Seales. No audition rounds, so nobody gets buzzed nor heckled nor hooked off stage. We just jump right into night one of four weeks of rounds called “The Open Mic,” in which...

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Beth Stelling on Jimmy Kimmel Live

This is an interesting development. Beth Stelling performed on Tuesday’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, but the footage came from Jimmy Kimmel’s new comedy club in Las Vegas, where Stelling had headlined last month. Could this mean more stand-up on JKL in the weeks and months to come? Let’s hope so. Roll the...

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R.I.P. Rip Torn (1931-2019)

Rip Torn was not a comedian, per se. Torn was a Texan, though, true and through. Born Elmore Rual Torn, Jr. on Feb. 6, 1931 in Temple, Texas, by Thelma Mary (Spacek) and Elmore Rual Torn, Sr., who gave their son the nickname of “Rip,” which was his daddy’s nickname, as well as his uncle’s, and his cousin’s. Young Rip didn’t quite follow into the family business, preferring to study acting over agriculture at Texas A&M and the University of Texas. He ventured to Hollywood at first, but wound up in New York City studying with Lee Strasburg at...

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Becky Lucas on Conan

Kudos to Team Coco for bringing some of the talent they saw in Australia back to Burbank for proper stand-up comedy appearances on U.S. television. And props to Becky Lucas for incorporating Conan O’Brien into her act as crowd work. Great, funny stuff. Roll the...

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FOX-owned TV affiliates taking second summer run at late-night “Punchline” comedian joke-off

Two summers ago, FOX gave a trial run to a late-night almost live joke-off among comedians called Punchline. It was kind of like Comedy Central’s @midnight, but simpler. Comedians really were riffing off the top of their heads on Punchline. FOX is giving Punchline a second chance this summer. But with a new host in Melissa Peterman. And some other changes, according to the showrunners. “We loved this summer test when we did it two years ago, and now with a few tweaks and a new superstar, comic host Melissa Peterman, we think we have a fresh summertime hit...

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