Christopher Guest | A.V. Club interview
in honor of Spinal Tap's 25th anniversary, Guest, McKean, and Shearer embarked on a tour April 17 dubbed "Unwigged And Unplugged"—the trio play songs from their films, acoustically, and not as characters. Before the tour kicked off, The A.V. Club snagged a few minutes with Guest, hoping to chat about the songs themselves—starting with those from Spinal Tap. But as it turns out, Guest has moved on, so the conversation turned to his filmmaking process, be-bop jazz, and his feelings on the term... [Read More]
More details on 2009's Just For Laughs Montreal | the comic's comic
The 2009 edition of Montreal's Just For Laughs festival is starting to take shape. Tickets for some shows already are on sale, with the rest available starting May 2 for the 27th annual fest, running July 16-26. Here's what we know so far... [Read More]
ABC might keep 'Scrubs' in rotation
The doctors might still be in. ABC is in talks to renew the veteran comedy "Scrubs" for a ninth season with some or all of the original cast members coming back full or part-time. The network is going over the proposed budget for next season with series producer ABC Studios. [Read More]
Odenkirk Provissiero Pair set comedy shingle | Variety
Talent manager Naomi Odenkirk has joined forces with lit manager Marc Provissiero, opening a comedy-centric rep firm. Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment officially launched this week, with an eye toward guiding the careers of up-and-coming performers, scribes, producers and directors, as well as producing original comedy material. [Read More]
NBC: Leno Top Marketing Priority | Broadcasting & Cable
Sorry, Conan O'Brien, but NBC says Jay Leno is its top marketing focus for 2009. "Leno is the single most important marketing priority of the year," says NBC Entertainment Marketing President Adam Stotsky. "We are deploying the necessary resources and bringing out the heavy creative guns." [Read More]
Amy Poehler | The New Yorker profile
Is there a more appealing performer on television than Amy Poehler? Yes, "appealing" sounds bland and unappreciative, and it's unspecific, but the radiance and the warmth that come from Poehler are general and broad in the best way, and they offer a universal welcome. There's no entrance fee of coolness or hipness for enjoying her humor, and you don't hate yourself afterward. In turn, her audience wishes her well; of all the cast members on "Saturday Night Live" in the past ten years or so (Poeh... [Read More]
LA People 2009 - Radio Guy, Jesse Thorn | LA Weekly
at 27, Jesse Thorn has already spent eight years with his own show, called the Sound of Young America, which he describes on his Web site — — as something like Conan O'Brien on public radio, or Fresh Air, but more fun." Twice a week, this program of unusual quality is produced by Thorn in his extra bedroom in Koreatown. In 2006, Salon referred to TSOYA, as it's affectionately acronymized, as "the greatest radio show you've never heard." [Read More]
Former Comic Jimmy Gilliece's Chez Nora serves up camaraderie | Cincinnati Enquirer
Fifteen years ago Jimmy Gilliece traded a career doing standup comedy in clubs across the country for life as an owner and operator of Chez Nora, a popular tavern, restaurant and nightspot in the heart of Covington's MainStrasse Village. But while Gilliece left the road after 16 years, he's still performing every day and most nights.. [Read More]
Morning Mash with Ray Romano interview | Access Atlanta
Four years removed from "Raymond," 51-year-old Romano has pocketed his (many many) millions. But the actor has had a tough time deciding what his next act would be. Atlanta-based TNT has picked up Romano's drama "Men of a Certain Age," which will hit the air January 2010. Romano talked to Access Atlanta about what to expect on his current tour with Brad Garrett. [Read More]
Why do you still do standup? | SHECKYmagazine
Why does the MSM still express surprise when a comedian continues to do standup after success in other media... or success in standup itself? (And they also like to ask those who strictly do standup why they haven't ventured into other areas!) [Read More]