Donnell Rawlings - Go Hard Or Go Home
Donnell Rawlings is one of the most important voices in American comedy. A native of Virginia, Rawlings was a cast member on Chapelle Show, a benchmark in sketch television. Rawlings is also a dramatic actor, with a resume that includes a recurring role on HBO's The Wire. But Rawlings' current passion is Bootleg Comedy, a grass roots approach to comedy with a DVD due soon. He also has a new series, The Show In The Hall set to debut on Howard Stern's Howard TV. Rawlings phoned for some Talk Is Ch... [Read More]
Seth Rogen to write and star in Simpsons episode
Since Knocked Up consummated his celebrity in 2007, Seth Rogen has continued his ascent to the kind of built-in comedy stardom that accompanies names like Will Ferrell and Adam Sandler. Now he's poised to take a stab at one of the most prolific comedy powerhouses of all: The Simpsons. [Read More]
New Flight of the Conchords songs to hit iTunes
Brand new songs from Kiwi comedy duo Flight of the Conchords will appear on iTunes just a day after screening on US television, says Billboard.com. The tunes will be followed by a 15-track album on April 14, the follow-up to last year's highly acclaimed self-titled debut. [Read More]
Write this! Comedian Chris Rock has a book deal
Chris Rock is making a comeback, as an author. Grand Central Publishing says Rock's new book — not yet titled — will be full of "comedic observations." It's tentatively scheduled for release next year. His "Rock This!" was published in 1997. [Read More]
Chelsea Handler's show makes waves by zinging pop culture
As ringmaster for the organized comedy chaos of her E! Network weeknight chat show "Chelsea Lately," Handler has become the talk sensation of cable. She has one of the highest-rated shows on the cable network in an 11:30 p.m. time slot that puts her in direct competition with Jay Leno and David Letterman. E! execs already have extended the run of the show through 2009. [Read More]
Comedy Central Going HD
Sometimes the humor is in the details. That may be what Comedy Central is hoping when it launches a high definition version of the network. Comedy Central HD will be going live on Cablevision, DirecTV and Cox later this month, with additional carriers expected to be added throughout the year. [Read More]
Mike Birbiglia on "Sleepwalk with Me", interview on The Sound of Young America
Last time comedian Mike Birbiglia was on The Sound of Young America, he talked about developing the narratives in his work, and leaving behind the joke-joke-joke repetitions that are standard in standup comedy. He recently premiered his first theatrical performance, "Sleepwalk with Me," at the Bleeker Street Theater off-Broadway, to rave reviews. It chronicles his struggles with sleepwalking, and in a long-term romantic relationship. [Read More]
Kevin James: "Stand-Up Made Me Fat"
Funnyman KEVIN JAMES blames his stand-up comedy career for his larger-than-life physique - insisting years of late nights and lie-ins has ruined his metabolism. The actor, currently promoting new movie Paul Blart: Mall Cop, insists he was once slim, svelte and fit, until pursuing his stage ambition. [Read More]
Improv at Pechanga changes to Comedy Club
The laughs are staying at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, but they will be under a different name. On Wednesday, the resort opens the Comedy Club at Pechanga, replacing the Improv at Pechanga, which opened in March 2007. [Read More]
Obama a questionable comedy target? Not for Lisa Lampanelli.
Lisa Lampanelli says she is not afraid to mock U.S. President-elect Barack Obama during an upcoming comedy event in Miami Beach, FL. Lampanelli said while most TV comedy writers appear hesitant to poke fun at the incoming head of state, she and her fellow stand-up comedians are fully prepared to dish Obama dirt at the South Beach Comedy Festival this month [Read More]