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Reno 911! duo sell pilot to NBC

By | January 21, 2010 at 12:02 pm | No comments

So maybe NBC doesn't suck as bad as we all thought. On Tuesday, it was announced that Peacock Network (now thoroughly plucked, it seems) would be picking up a pilot written by Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon, the co-creators and writers of the now-canceled Reno...

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Will Ricky Gervais appear on the U.S. version of The Office?

By | January 15, 2010 at 3:05 pm | One comment

[caption id="attachment_5964" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Gervais as Office character David Brent"][/caption] Although nothing's 100 percent certain, reports are a float that Ricky Gervais is planning to reprise his iconic David Brent role for the U.S. version of...

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Eddie Izzard wants to produce outdoor comedy festival

By | January 14, 2010 at 2:21 pm | 2 comments

Eddie Izzard, always the man with the plan (even if that plan does include knee-high fishnets), is thinking of setting up his own comedy festival. Crafted in the manner of the millions of musical festivals that dot the cultural landscape, this idea was perpetuated by Izzard's...

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Ricky Gervais will play Wembley

By | January 11, 2010 at 2:04 pm | No comments

Ricky Gervais's star continues to grow, and the huge man behind the huge laughs will appropriately make a huge pit-stop on his current stand-up tour: Wembley Arena, reports Chortle, the UK's leading sourcing of comedy news. At a capacity of 12,500, these April 26 and 27 shows...

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Drew Carey pledges $1 million to Livestrong, with Twitter provisions

By | January 5, 2010 at 4:06 pm | No comments

Who knew that Drew Carey was such a philanthropist? The big guy with the goofy glasses (much missed since his proported Lasik eye surgery) has pledged to donate one million dollars (yes, you should be hearing a Dr. Evil voice when you read that) to Livestrong, should his...

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Comedy Central will not renew the Jeff Dunham Show

By | December 29, 2009 at 3:11 pm | No comments

Despite epically huge ratings and wave after wave of positive press and publicity, Comedy Central announced that it would not be renewing The Jeff Dunham Show, much to the chagrin of the show's die-hard fans and Dunham's rabid followers. This announcement presents something of...

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Live comedy DVD sales way up in the UK

By | December 29, 2009 at 12:30 pm | No comments

Comedy DVDs are hopping across the pond, as post-Xmas returns indicate that sales of live comedy films spiked way up in the UK gift-giving season. Releases from comedians like Eddie Izzard, Michael McIntyre, and Russell Howard all saw a 38% spike in sales, as relative to figures...

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Charlie Murphy’s wife passes away

By | December 15, 2009 at 4:12 pm | 3 comments

In comedy news that's anything but laugh-oriented, we're sad to report that Charlie Murphy's wife, Tisha Taylor Murphy, has passed away quietly in her home. The mother of two, Murphy succumbed after a long battle with cancer. This has got to be a devastating blow for the...

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Gervais to Golden Globe attendees: you’re in for a verbal lashing

By | December 10, 2009 at 5:36 pm | No comments

Ricky Gervais is on a roll, and the Golden Globes are only the next on the series of stopping points for the rising star. Given what we already know about Mr. Original Office, it should probably come as a surprise to no one that he plans to treat his upcoming gig as host of the...

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