2009 Writers Guild Awards, TV comedy nominees
A year ago, we couldn't really celebrate our funny TV writers, because they were on strike, but this past Monday, no such strike, so we can celebrate once again. And here are your 2009 Writers Guild Award nominees in the comedy categories. Winners will be announced Feb. 7, 2009, simultaneously in ceremonies in New York City and Los Angeles. [Read More]
Louis C.K. in Toronto: a non-review from the Back of the Room
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when Louis C.K. became big in this country. My first time seeing him live was in Montreal at the 2007 edition of Just For Laughs, and I remember being startled by the audience’s (very vocal) devotion to the man during his set. I spoke to a few people at the show in Toronto who were also pleasantly stunned by the demand for tickets and the excitement among the crowd as showtime approached. Louis CK fans up here don’t realize how many of us there ... [Read More]
Where Is Leno Going? To Prime Time, on NBC - NYTimes.com
NBC will keep Jay Leno five nights a week, but in prime time, competing not with David Letterman, but with shows like “CSI: Miami.” The network will announce Tuesday that Mr. Leno’s new show will appear at 10 o’clock each weeknight in a format similar to “The Tonight Show,” which he has hosted since 1993. Five years ago NBC announced that it would hand the job of host of that franchise show to Conan O’Brien in May 2009. Since then the network has mane... [Read More]
Russell Brand wins British Comedy Award
Russell Brand's controversial exit from the BBC seems to have done the comedian no lasting harm -- the showman was voted best live standup act at the British Comedy Awards Friday night. Brand, who quit his BBC radio show after he and TV anchor Jonathan Ross broadcast lewd phone messages to "Fawlty Towers" actor Andrew Sachs, dedicated his award to Ross, whom he described as "the king-maker." Brand, who is filming in LA, sent a video message of himself accepting the award from Adam Sandler. Ot... [Read More]
"Last Comic" vet Rob Cantrell's offbeat humor in tune with rock venue - BostonHerald.com
"I didn't have a good, clean pair of pants," he said. "I was wearing jeans every day, and they were ratty. I need something fit for national television. It was a huge transition going from local clubs to prime-time television. I did get very hot very fast, and I was approached by a lot of different people. But it wasn't the route I wanted. I wanted to put more emphasis on the writing and become a higher-level comic." Cantrell passed on offers - including one from Dane Cook's manager - to inst... [Read More]
Maria Bamford, John Mulaney, more added to Comedy Central Records roster
As 2008 winds down and Comedy Central Records enjoys the success of another strong year of record sales, we hear that 2009 is going to find the comedy giants releasing another crop of huge names and rising stars. We can report that Comedy Central’s tentative list of albums for next year includes CDs by John Mulaney, Bo Burnham as well as a digital album by Greg Warren. Christopher Titus and Jim Gaffigan will release new albums in February and March respectively and will be followed in Apr... [Read More]
The Comedy Death Ray 2009 Calendar
The world's greatest comedy show is coming to a wall near you! This gorgeous, hand-numbered, collector's piece is not only informative, containing the correct dates for 2009, but features your favorite CDR stars in unique theme photos taken exclusively for this collection! With photos of: SARAH SILVERMAN, ZACH GALIFIANAKIS, PATTON OSWALT, BOB ODENKIRK, PAUL F. TOMPKINS, HUMAN GIANT, JIMMY PARDO, BRIAN POSEHN, DOUG BENSON, HARD 'N' PHIRM, MATT BESSER, THE FUN BUNCH, TODD GLASS, JAMES ADOMIAN, NI... [Read More]
Jerry Seinfeld Los Angeles Times Interview: "Takes One to Know One"
Comedian David Steinberg continues in his role as “ear”â€"that is, a sounding boardâ€"to some of the funniest people working today. David Steinberg: Thank you for doing this. Jerry Seinfeld: This is one of my favorite things. The greatest thing about being a comedian is knowing other comedians. And you get to talk to them. It’s the most fun. DS: I was watching Comedian, your documentary about going on the road. Did you enjoy doing that? JS: When you’re in comedy,... [Read More]
51st Annual Grammy Award nominations (comedy)
For the 51st annual Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy went with a live, primetime announcement/mini-concert. But you want to know who got nominated, don't you? While putting American Idol's star judge Simon Cowell up for Record of the Year (he produced "Bleeding Love" for Leona Lewis along with Clive Davis and Ryan "Alias" Tedder) certainly contains some comedic value because you wonder if he'll show up in a tight black V-neck or a tight black tuxedo, we do have some other actual comedy honor... [Read More]