TV/Movies

Nick Thune and Seinfeld writer join forces for NBC project

By | November 15, 2010 at 2:37 pm | 2 comments

It looks like rising comedian Nick Thune made a good impression with the suits at NBC after appearing as a recurring correspondent on The Jay Leno Show—not to be confused with the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Regardless, the sometimes guitar-wielding comic has joined forces...

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Punching the Clown: Henry Phillips film shows uncomfortable side of comedy

By | November 15, 2010 at 11:17 am | One comment

[caption id="attachment_16324" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Henry Phillips in Punching the Clown"][/caption] When I went to watch Punching the Clown, a new film from folk musician, comedian Henry Phillips, there was plenty to distract me from enjoying the it. The...

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Scarlett Johansson proves her range on Saturday Night Live, but fails to help with laughs

By | November 15, 2010 at 10:36 am | No comments

It’s difficult when I have to write not-so-nice things about someone for whom I have a lot of professional respect. But this week’s Saturday Night Live, hosted by excellent actress Scarlett Johansson, was simply boring. Her acting skills were certainly present, as she...

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D.L. Hughley cast in comedy pilot for TNT

By | November 12, 2010 at 1:34 pm | No comments

Judging by the wealth of new shows, it would seem that Ted Turner and company have been more than busy lately. TNT has reunited D.L. Hughley (formerly of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip) and Steven Weber for a new pilot written by Allan Loeb. The untitled series will feature...

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Russell Peters lands NBC sitcom deal

By | November 11, 2010 at 3:51 pm | 3 comments

Stand-up comedy giant Russell Peters landed a deal to work on a half-hour sitcom for NBC. The show, according to Variety, will be loosely based on Peters’ life. The comedian, who grew up in Brampton, Canada with his parents who immigrated there from India, is working with...

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Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Louis CK, Ricky Gervais join forces for HBO special

By | November 11, 2010 at 11:08 am | No comments

That’s right. It sounds too good to be true – or at least, too famous to be true. But according to the UK’s Chortle, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Louis CK and Ricky Gervais have all signed on to tape Talking Funny, a one-time-only special covering an epic jaw sesh on the...

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Sesame Street celebrates 41 years today; we celebrate Ernie, a comic genius

By | November 10, 2010 at 12:26 pm | One comment

Sesame Street is celebrating its 41st anniversary today. I know what you're thinking: Why are we writing about that? So, I'll tell you why. Although the show is an educational one for children, throughout its history, its used comedy to drive its lessons home and to keep parents...

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Tina Fey wins Mark Twain award, anwers fan questions; PBS will air event Sunday

By | November 10, 2010 at 11:50 am | No comments

Last night, comedy queen Tina Fey joined the ranks of Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin and Bill Cosby as she was honored with the Mark Twain Prize in American Humor. As you could guess from the partial list of past recipients, Fey is the youngest -- she's 40 -- to snag the award; and...

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Kevin Pollak will host ‘million dollar’ game show for Fox

By | November 9, 2010 at 3:32 pm | No comments

From the people who brought you Deal or No Deal comes Fox’s new game show, Million Dollar Money Drop. Like its predecessor, the new show will also feature a stand-up comedian as host, Kevin Pollak. Taking on his new role as game show host comes in addition to his already...

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