Comedian Mark Malkoff fights flying fears by spending a month in the air
A US comedian scared of flying is spending a month living on AirTran planes. Mark Malkoff, 33, boarded his first flight, from New York to Atlanta, on 1 June, and is taking between five and a dozen flights a day with the low-cost airline, until 30 June. The comedian and filmmaker, who professes to have an acute fear of flying, is promoting the airline's new onboard Wi-Fi internet services, and is keeping fans up to date via Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and his blog www.MarkOnAirTran.com. [Read More]
Just For Laughs plans further expansion | London Free Press
When Just For Laughs raises the curtain Wednesday on its new Chicago edition, it'll be another extension of the comedy festival's international reach. Even as comedians are flinging jokes in the Windy City, the Montreal-based comedy empire is negotiating to set up mini-festivals in Calgary, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, and Sydney, Australia. [Read More]
Triumph the Insult Comic Dog skewers Bonnaroo | Penticton Herald
Robert Smigel is riding around Bonnaroo, looking for targets. To the 49-year-old comedian behind Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, the hordes at this Tennessee music festival and the 100-plus bands performing here are ripe for parody. Smigel has come to Bonnaroo to perform as his most famous character, Triumph, the dog puppet with a Borscht Belt schtick that has won over countless fans since first appearing on Conan O'Brien's "Late Night." Smigel performed four sets as Triumph at Bonnaroo, which ann... [Read More]
Letterman apologizes again for 'bad' Palin joke | AP
David Letterman said his joke about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's daughter was a lousy joke, no matter how you cut it, and he's sorry. But the late-night host insisted that what's got people really riled is the misconception over which Palin daughter the joke was about. [Read More]
It's full speed ahead for David Cross | Los Angeles Times interview
David Cross appears in "Year One," which opens Friday, with Jack Black and Michael Cera. He is dating Amber Tamblyn, late of ABC's recently canceled "The Unusuals." We met at his East Village apartment, where he keeps his truly awesome dog. [Read More]
Amy Poehler sets 'Lunch' date | Hollywood Reporter
Universal has picked up "Lunch Lady," a children's graphic novel series written and illustrated by Jarrett Krosoczka, with Amy Poehler attached to star. Poehler will executive produce along with the Gotham Group's Ellen Goldsmith-Vein set to produce. Sarah Haskins and Emily Halpern are penning the adaptation. [Read More]
Ousted gov tries new role: Rod Blagojevich Superstar | NY Daily News
Standing on a chair with his arms raised as if he were being crucified, ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich opened a comedy show Saturday evening lampooning the rise and fall of his own political career. Blagojevich, who has pleaded not guilty to wide-ranging federal corruption charges, made what one cast member described as a "surreal" guest appearance on The Second City's "Rod Blagojevich Superstar." [Read More]
A 'Delirious' comedy turning point | Los Angeles Times
Shirtless and dressed in red leather pants and matching jacket unzipped to his navel, Eddie Murphy sauntered onto the stage of Washington, D.C.'s, Constitution Hall one night in 1983 and changed the face of stand-up comedy forever. [Read More]
British Film Institute to restore vintage comedy films | BBC NEWS
Rare films featuring early performances from comedians like Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan are being restored by the British Film Institute (BFI). The 30 reels of film donated to the BFI National Archive had lain in a north London garage for more than 50 years. They were donated by the granddaughter of the man who set up London-based company Adelphi Films in 1939. Two of the films, Let's Go Crazy and Penny Points to Paradise, will be shown at the BFI, in London, next month. The low-budget film... [Read More]
Dana Carvey and Robert Smigel interview | A.V. Club
In spite of its early demise, the show managed to develop a cult following, and it kick-started an ensemble's worth of careers, thanks to a cast and writing staff that included Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Louis C.K., and Charlie Kaufman. The Dana Carvey Show has finally re-emerged in the form of a DVD box set, which includes plenty of deleted scenes, and even an unaired eighth episode. The A.V. Club recently chatted with Carvey and Smigel about Carvey's decision to jump out of the limelight, ... [Read More]