Louis C.K. plans to hit the film fest circuit with "Hilarious" | AST
While waiting to hear back from F/X about the pilot he recently shot, Louis C.K. has been hatching a plan to take his latest stand-up special "Hilarious" into a new arena: the movie theater. [Read More]
Just For Laughs: Andy Kindler's State of the Industry Address | from the Back of the Room
The hour we wait all year for (ok, I wait for… and Elon Gold waits for…you had to be there) was finally upon us this afternoon, as Andy Kindler delivered the 14th (really?!) annual State of the Industry Address at the Hyatt. Marc Maron introduced Kindler this year, because "I, like Andy, have absolutely nothing left to lose." Some highlights…. [Read More]
Taming "Comedy's New Wild West" at Montreal's "Comedy Conference" | the comic's comic
Are you looking to become rich and famous by posting your very own Internet videos? Well, good luck with that! That's the message I could have given you before attending this afternoon's "The Web: Comedy's New Wild West" panel at Montreal's Just For Laughs Comedy Conference, and it's still the message after sitting through the hourlong chat-em-ups. [Read More]
Just for Laughs: New Faces, group 1 - July 22, 2009 review | from the Back of the Room
New Faces is relevant primarily because of its former relevance. It's a relic leftover from a past reality, when agents and managers would flock to Montreal (still happening) to hand out sitcom development deals to the first unknown to impress them (not happening). Does this one-stop-shopping show, always scheduled so it's the first thing industry people see after flying in, still need to exist in this format? [Read More]
Carl LaBove equals "Christian comedy" | Zoiks! Online
Carl LaBove describes his act in two words: "Christian comedy." He's joking, of course. After all, LaBove is an alum of The Outlaws of Comedy, the comics' group that included Sam Kinison that wreaked havoc throughout clubs during the ‘80's. And while his work still has that edge to it, there's a method behind the madness. [Read More]
John Cleese misses Montreal's Britcom Gala with last-minute illness | the comic's comic
John Cleese was forced to postpone his scheduled all-British comedy "Gala" last night at Montreal's Just For Laughs festival after being diagnosed with an inflamed prostate gland. Bruce Hills, COO for Just For Laughs, took center stage shortly after the scheduled 7 p.m. Eastern start time for the grand theatrical (and televised) production, telling fans: "John Cleese has fallen ill." Hills told the crowd that a late cancellation was so rare, "this has never happened before" in the more than quar... [Read More]
Military school didn't take for comedian Reno Collier | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
"You know how parents go, 'I'm serious! If you don't knock it off, you're going to military school!' And you say, 'Yeah, whatever.' I came home from school one day, and my stuff was in a big locker. 'Get in the car.' My mom's crying, my dad's laughing. I knew there was something jacked up going on. Before I knew it, I was in this big brick fort kind of building." [Read More]
Veterans organization wants to recognize Stephen Colbert | Air Force Times
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is trying to draft comedian and faux-conservative talk show host Stephen Colbert into its ranks. [Read More]
3rd Annual Arab American Comedy Show Seeks to Humanize the Arab American Experience
The Arab American Comedy Show has become a unique institution in the Arab American community and aims to showcase a blend of both professional and amateur local talent in an effort to humanize the Arab experience through comedy. The show is set to take place Friday and Saturday evenings, August 14-15, 2009, at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn, Michigan. [Read More]
Comedy Central announces 'Drawn Together' movie | The Live Feed
Comedy Central is working on a movie version of its cult show "Drawn Together" that is set for a 2010 video release. "The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie!" was unveiled Wednesday by Lauren Corrao, president, original programming and development, Comedy Central. [Read More]