Month: July 2019

Spinal Tap’s Derek Smalls announces “solo” tour, reveals full biography

Are you ready for one-third of Spinal Tap?! Ready or not, here comes Harry Shearer. Er, I mean, Derek Smalls! Smalls, the bassist from Spinal Tap, is embarking on a “solo” tour featuring special guests and a full symphony orchestra? His Lukewarm Water Live! tour kicks off Nov. 6, 2019, at The Wiltern in Los Angeles. Fans caught a preview of the tour earlier this year at a Los Angeles concert which featured Steve Vai, Steve Lukather, Dweezil Zappa, Paul Shaffer and Tenacious D (Jack Black, Kyle Gass) as well as live link-ups with Donald Fagen, Jane Lynch, The Snarky...

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Lights Out with David Spade will feature comedian panels!

I’ve heard that Comedy Central’s newest late-night talk show might not be what you’re expecting. So expect this: Lights Out with David Spade will include trios of comedians each weeknight. Here’s the first week of panelists: July 29: Neal Brennan, Whitney Cummings, Erik GriffinJuly 30: Jen Kirkman, Theo Von, Amy Schumer, Nick SwardsonJuly 31: Steve Byrne, Kaley Cuoco, Jim JefferiesAugust 1: Dana Carvey,  Al Madrigal, Sarah Tiana What else? You’ll get a topical monologue of sorts, plus sketches and field segments. Lights Out with David Spade premieres tonight, July 29 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT, following The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Monday...

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Avalon inks deal with Amazon for six British-based Prime Video stand-up specials in 2019

Amazon’s Prime Video push into branding its own stand-up comedy specials continues with a massive launch-month effort. Adding to what’s already coming in August, Amazon now will premiere four new hours from British comedy acts, thanks to a deal with Avalon. Amazon Originals from Chris Ramsey, Ed Gamble, Flo & Joan and Paul Chowdhry launching Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. Later in 2019, Amazon also will premiere exclusive new stand-up specials from Rob Delaney (who’s American but living abroad, where he co-created and co-starred in Catastrophe for Amazon) and Jayde Adams. You can watch teasers for the four British specials...

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Jacqueline Novak, “Get On Your Knees,” at the Cherry Lane Theatre

“My only intent is to delight. I’m a nightclub act.” So says the stand-up comedian Jacqueline Novak, nearing the climax of her first off-Broadway show. But Get On Your Knees is so much more than a comedy performance, more even than a one-person theatrical production. Of which the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City’s West Village has incubated several greats in recent memory (see the eventual Netflix specials and/or Broadway runs for Colin Quinn, Hasan Minhaj, John Mulaney and Nick Kroll, and Mike Birbligia, among them). Birbiglia executive produces Novak’s run at Cherry Lane, and Mike Lavoie produces...

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