TV/Movies

Was Jim Norton funny on Leno's network show?

By | September 16, 2009 at 10:46 am | 53 comments

Weeks ago, when Jay Leno announced that he had hired Jim Norton, the master of contemporary cringe comedy, to be a special correspondent on his new, presumably safe-for-the-masses variety show, I was a bit shocked. The reasons? First, I had no idea Leno had such advanced and...

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Starz documentary highlights stand-ups on the big screen

By | September 10, 2009 at 11:08 am | No comments

They say the days of success in stand-up leading to big time deals could be on the decline. However, Comics on Screen, a new documentary airing on the Starz network, tells the stories of a handful of comedians who got their lucky breaks in Hollywood through live comedy. The...

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Ellen DeGeneres named new American Idol judge

By | September 9, 2009 at 10:46 pm | 2 comments

Is one of America's sweethearts ready to go tit-for-tat with one of America's smartest asses? (Ok, so Simon Cowell is British). Fans of veteran stand-up comedian Ellen DeGeneres will find out this season, when the comedian will join American Idol as the  fourth judge....

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Mike Epps will host BET hip-hop awards

By | September 3, 2009 at 5:35 pm | One comment

The BET Hip Hop Awards has enlisted comedian, Hangover star and Def Comedy Jam stalwart to host its 2009 ceremony. The show will be taped on Oct. 10 at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center. "We are very happy to be coming back to 'The A' for the fourth go at the BET...

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Comedy Central and USO team up to distribute 'comedy kits'

By | September 2, 2009 at 3:44 pm | No comments

Comedy Central and the USO have teamed up with a new program called PVT Jokes. The program aims to deliver comedy kits to forward operating bases (FOBs) as well as U.S. military hospitals at home and overseas. These kits will feature DVD's like the Comedy Central Roasts of...

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Jay Leno promises more stand-up comedy

By | August 21, 2009 at 10:45 am | No comments

The Jay Leno Show will be an hour loaded with stand-up, rather than multiple celebrity guests. The late-night host is expected to deliver eight to twelve minutes of straight stand-up every night in his monologue. As reported, Leno will also be employing some top stand-up...

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Joy Behar to launch new show with no depressing news

By | August 19, 2009 at 1:34 pm | No comments

Who needs all that View drama, anyway? Beginning on Sept. 29, fans of stand-up comedian Joy Behar's snarky comedic style will be able to catch the fiery comedienne on her brand new show - a venture dedicated to covering, in Behar's words, "non-depressing news." "We're not going...

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Lewis Black to guest star on ‘The Big Bang Theory’

By | August 13, 2009 at 4:21 pm | No comments

Lewis Black, comedy's most famous high-blood pressure funnyman, will guest star on CBS's hit sitcom, The Big Bang Theory. In a new season that begins airing on Monday, Sept. 21, Black will play a troubled professor at the show's Caltech University who has the misfortune of...

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Greg Giraldo calls Obama out + audio editorial

By | August 13, 2009 at 11:08 am | One comment

Yesterday, I wrote about Greg Giraldo's first ever hour-long special Midlife Vices will premiere this Sunday, Aug. 16 at 10 pm EST on Comedy Central. Having seen an advanced copy of the special last night, I'd like to strongly suggest you plan your weekend around this television...

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