Chris Rock's 'Good Hair' documentary headed to theaters | Reuters
Chris Rock's "Good Hair" is on its way to the big screen. Roadside Attractions and Liddell Entertainment have acquired worldwide rights to the documentary, which looks at hair culture in the black community. Rock produced and co-wrote "Hair," and Jeff Stilson directed. The film explores the way hairstyles affect the activities, pocketbooks, sexual relationships and self-esteem of black people. Ice-T, Nia Long, Paul Mooney, Raven Symone, Maya Angelou and the Rev. Al Sharpton share on-camera stori... [Read More]
Ed Helms, Joey Kern, The Goods in 'Big Ups - Doin It' Exclusive Music Video | Funny Or Die
Funny Or Die has a new exclusive clip from "The Goods" today from the upcoming comedy "The Goods" and features Ed Helms rehearsing with his grown up boy band "Big Ups." As you can probably guess from that description alone, it is funny. [Read More]
Details Are Sketchy - The Comics Comic on Montreal's Sketch Showcase | IFC
As much as Montreal's Just For Laughs festival seems to emphasize solo acts, organizers do set aside a few slots for sketch groups to show what teamwork can accomplish onstage. Sean McCarthy gives us a recap of the Fest's Sketch Comedy Showcase featuring The Birthday Boys, Two White Guys, Idiots Of Ants, and The Imponderables. [Read More]
New clip from Mike Judge's 'Extract' Online | /Film
Miramax and Apple have conspired to make available a new clip from Mike Judge's upcoming Extract. Finally, a chance to use the notes I took on the panel last weekend that somehow never got published! Extract is Judge's return to workplace comedy, and this clip is both a low-key office scene and an introduction to three of the main characters. See the clip and read or avoid some spoilers after the jump. [Read More]
Bill Scheft on writing for David Letterman (video interview) | Salon
The "Late Show With David Letterman" writer on the challenges of creating a funny show and how to write jokes about controversial topics. [Read More]
Doug Stanhope: "comfort is deadly for a comedian" | Creative Loafing Atlanta interview
Award-winning stand-up comedian Doug Stanhope doesn't just crack jokes about inflammatory topics like abortion or child pornography, he cracks funny jokes about such material. His uninhibited advocacy for drugs and booze ("Did you ever try to sleep sober? It's impossible!") can disguise his rigorous support of individual rights and willingness to attack any religion for "retardation of human intellectual progress." He performs Aug. 8 at Atlanta's Relapse Theatre, and wants the word to get out t... [Read More]
Sacha Baron Cohen to play Eurovision singer in next movie | Chortle
Sacha Baron Cohen is set to play an outrageous Eurovision singer for his next movie. He had originally planned a plot in which he entered the contest for Austria in his Bruno alter-ego. But since he has decided to put the camp creation to rest, he is now dreaming up a new character for the mockumentary. [Read More]
Andy Kaufman Award Accepting Submissions | STAGE TIME Magazine
The Andy Kaufman Memorial Trust, in partnership with famed New York comedy club, Carolines on Broadway, has announced it is accepting submissions for The Fifth Annual Andy Kaufman Award Show set for November 3 at Carolines on Broadway in New York City. Contestants must submit an entry form and a DVD recording of their performance of original material. The performance must not exceed six minutes. The deadline for entries is October 2, 2009. [Read More]
Comic TV Appearances: Mon, 8/3 - Fri, 8/7 | STAGE TIME Magazine
Comic television appearances include Joan Rivers, Don Rickles, Kevin Hart, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Doug Benson, Greg Giraldo, Rich Vos, Ken Jeong and TuRae. TV Special: Bob Saget: That Ain't Right premieres Friday, August 7 at 11pm on Comedy Central. [Read More]
Topper Carew on 'Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy" documentary | Boston Comedy interview
Topper Carew thought he might be an architect when he was younger. He even went to Howard University, and then Yale, and got his bachelors and masters in architecture. But when he started making documentary films about the subject, he found a new career. For more than twenty-five years, Carew has been writing and producing films (D.C. Cab, Talkin' Dirty After Dark, Robin Harris: We Don't Die, We Multiply) and television shows (Martin, which he co-created). He also founded Urban Neo, a label that... [Read More]