JFL Comedy Conference, Day 2: Secrets, Cartoons, Reality, & Variety's List | from the Back of the Room
A recap of the following Just for Laughs conferences - PRODUCING GREAT COMEDY: THE SECRET SAUCE, BREAKING NEW GROUND: ADULT ANIMATION GROWS UP, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS OF SHOW: TAKING COMEDY GLOBAL, and 2009 VARIETY'S "10 COMICS TO WATCH" panels. [Read More]
Seth Rogen on Meeting Adam Sandler: 'I Don't Think I Said One Word' | NJ
"Doing the movie, I would actually think about how I felt the first time I met him when I was like 17 or 18. I went out to dinner with Adam, Jim Carrey and Garry Shandling, and then we all went to go see Gladiator. I don't think I said one word the entire night. I just kind of had this goofy look on my face and I tried to just put myself back in that position while we were filming. Actually, it was reflected in some of the conversations about Adam I had with the other actors like Jonah Hill. We ... [Read More]
Terror group threatens 'Bruno' comedian Sacha Baron Cohen
The British comedian behind Bruno has tightened his security after a Middle Eastern terror group issued a hostile threat against him. The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades is "very upset" over its portrayal in Sacha Baron Cohen's film, in which he plays an Austrian homosexual fashion journalist. The Palestinian-based terrorists said they would "respond in a suitable way", according to a statement published online. [Read More]
'The Simpsons': Sarah Silverman, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill among season 21 guests | EW
Sarah Silverman plays Bart's new girlfriend, who "alternately loves him and hates him for no reason," says Jean. Meanwhile, season 20 guest star Anne Hathaway returns, this time as a princess character that the producers of Krusty the Clown's show bring onto the series in hopes that more young girls will tune in. (Even though she upstages Krusty, the two wind up as a couple.) Other guest voices this season include Seth Rogen (who penned the season premiere), Jonah Hill, [Read More]
'Hot Tub Time Machine' Trailer: Yes It's Really Happening (video) | io9
The red band Hot Tub Time Machine trailer is out, featuring drug-addled John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Clark Duke and Craig Robinson freaking out, because their hot tub took the foursome back into the past. [Read More]
The Redhead Gay - The State's Kevin Allison interview | The Advocate
Kevin Allison, the lone gay of the '90s sketch group The State, dishes on the group's formation, their fallout with Les Moonves, and bouncing back after hitting bottom. [Read More]
Comedy Death Ray graphic novel coming from Odenkirk, Silverman, Oswalt, Cross, Garofalo, Galifianakis | Variety
American Original has assembled a lineup of established comics to produce the graphic novel series "Comedy Death Ray." Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt, B.J. Novak, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Paul Scheer and Zach Galifianakis are among some of the first to contribute to the anthology, for which each comedian will create a comicbook. The goal is to see individual books in the "Comedy Death Ray" series, shepherded by Scott Aukerman, generate spinoffs for TV or film that would be pr... [Read More]
Aziz Ansari is trying to keep RAAAAAAAANDY a secret from his parents | Huffington Post interview
"They haven't seen RAAAAAAAANDY yet. RAAAAAAAANDY might be something that I keep secret from my parents for as long as I can. They'd be like, 'What is this thing about you eating pussy in a hot tub, what is that?' RAAAAAAAANDY is pretty bad. We'll see what happens." [Read More]
Preview a San Francisco comedy miniseries: "Welcome to the Stage" | the comic's comic
Over the course of eight to 12 episodes, each running close to 20 minutes, we'll get to follow four Bay Area comedians as they perform at a variety of venues, from open mics at laundromats to clubs such as The Purple Onion and the Punchline. "The show features me, Janine Brito, Dana LoVecchio and Marcella Arguello, and is based on an idea I had at an open mic one night to share the awful comedy OF the comedy world, so to speak," Pamela Ames told me. [Read More]
JFL Comedy Conference, Day 1, part 2: Writers, the Web, & Awards | from the Back of the Room
Best advice for young writers? From Dan Sterling: "Become a director." No, seriously. Put your own stuff online, he says, because people are more inclined to watch a Youtube video than read your Office spec script. [Read More]