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Aziz Ansari scores movie deal with Judd Apatow

By | November 24, 2009 at 3:45 pm | No comments

Bromancers everywhere, rejoice! It was recently announced that Judd "Juggernaut" Apatow and Universal Pictures have picked up three movie pitches from press-friendly comedian Aziz Ansari and Jason Woliner, the shysters behind MTV's cult hit Human Giant. The films include plots...

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Jimmy Pardo’s ‘Never Not Funny’ plans nine-hour broadcast for charity

By | November 19, 2009 at 4:27 pm | No comments

Fans of Never Not Funny, rejoice! The high-profile podcast in its fourth year, hosted by comedian Jimmy Pardo, will be running a staggering nine hour live "Pardcast-a-thon" on Friday, Nov. 27 from 9pm to 6am Pacific time. But this isn't just rambling - indeed, the marathon...

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Oprah looking for the next comedy sensation

By | November 17, 2009 at 3:28 pm | 3 comments

Being touched by the hand of Oprah is no small thing; in fact, it's not too far removed from clutching the hem of Christ's robe. And now, the queen of the bookstore is turning her attention to the world of stand-up comedy, in the hopes of discovering comedy's next big...

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Michael Ian Black, Greg Giraldo film pilot for NBC, get tickets

By | November 11, 2009 at 4:23 pm | No comments

The Brits have done it again! The wildly popular island nation that offered up fabulous originals for fabulous Yank rip-offs like The Office, The Weakest Link, and Coupling (okay, maybe not Coupling) have now given us Have I Got News For You, a quiz show chock-full of...

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Stand-up comedy being used as the best medicine

By | November 11, 2009 at 11:21 am | No comments

It's been said, time after time, that laughter is the best medicine. Indeed, one would be hard pressed to find a skillful comedic wordsmith without his or her share of personal insecurities and biographical traumas. (See: Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, et al). But now, one...

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Nick Swardson was born to be a star

By | November 10, 2009 at 5:40 pm | No comments

Well, at least that's what the title of his first starring feature, Born to be a Star, would have you believe. Set for release on Labor Day of 2010, the film will unfold a plot line that plays along the lines of "Napoleon Dynamite meets Boogie Nights" according to Swardson's...

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Amman to host second annual comedy festival

By | November 4, 2009 at 11:08 am | No comments

Between Dec. 4 and 10, members of the Arab comedy world (yes, they do exist) will gather for the second annual Amman Stand-up Comedy Festival 2009. It's a Orbit Showtime/New York Arab American Comedy Festival joint, and, according to Mr. Omar Maani, Amman's esteemed mayor, it...

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Comedy Central picks up Nick Swardson sketch show

By | October 29, 2009 at 12:05 pm | No comments

The fine folks over at Comedy Central announced today that Nick Swardson - he of the cherub-faced/devilish-eye gleam comedy dichotomy - will be premiering a brand new sketch series with the network, to debut in 2010. Having already had success with both his stand-up specials...

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Ricky Gervais tapped to host Golden Globes

By | October 28, 2009 at 10:52 am | No comments

In the wake of a few recent box office disappointments (didn't take The Invention of Lying long to go the way of the cotton gin, did it?), Ricky Gervais will be adding a more surefire endeavor to his resume: Golden Globes host. In a press statement, the head-honcho of the...

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