Truth in advertising? Robin Williams Robin Williams - "Weapons of Self-Destruction" review | the comic's comic
After reading David Itzkoff's recent New York Times profile on Robin Williams, the comedian's latest HBO stand-up special, Weapons of Self-Destruction, came off as a bit of a letdown when it debuted last night. I wished Williams had left in more of the darker, personal material that Itzkoff saw on his tour. Instead, after the first few minutes onstage at DAR Constitution Hall in D.C., in which Williams opened with topical material (Oprah "quitting" her talk-show) and crowd work with latecomers i... [Read More]
HBO renews "Real Time With Bill Maher" for 8th season | Variety
HBO has given an eighth season renewal to venerable political talkshow "Real Time With Bill Maher." [Read More]
Flight Of The Conchords may be grounded | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Flight Of The Conchords star Jemaine Clement says his offbeat HBO comedy series may not continue for a third season because it requires so much work. Clement told Reuters that he needs to discuss the future of the show with his co-star Bret McKenzie and with director James Bobin. "It very likely might not [return for a third season]," he said. [Read More]
No Holds Barred For Jim Jefferies | home media magazine
Stand-up comedian Jim Jefferies doesn't always want to be best-known for getting attacked on stage. He's hoping the DVD release of his HBO special, Jim Jefferies: I Swear to God, changes that. [Read More]
Review - Wanda Sykes - "I'ma Be Me" on HBO | the comic's comic
Perhaps Sykes has figured from her past TV gigs that she has to tiptoe around the edges of social comedy with easier, safer punchlines before diving back into the material with real authority. Here's hoping her weekly chat show on FOX (which goes up against SNL) will give her that opportunity, and that she'll take advantage of it. [Read More]
Bored to Death a new HBO comedy starring Galifianakis, Danson, Schwartzman
Bored to Death is a promising new HBO comedy series set to debut on September 20, 2009 at 9:30 PM ET. The story follows the misadventures of a fictional Jonathan Ames as pursues his quixotic dream of emulating heroes from classic private detective novels. Bored to Death stars Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis. [Read More]
Paul Mecurio - When comedy and sports collide | Punchline Magazine
Comedian Paul Mecurio isn't much of an athlete, but he knows where to find the humor in pro ballers, fighters and beyond. Turns out, you don't have to look too far. The proof is in his new HBO web series Got No Game with Paul Mecurio. As a founding writer for The Daily Show, Paul Mecurio has skewered presidential candidates, mainstream media and greedy members of the medical profession, winning Emmys and a Peabody award in the process. As a stand-up comic, he's a stage veteran who's covered pret... [Read More]
Paul Mecurio's "Got No Game," an HBO online sports comedy series | the comic's comic
Every Friday from now through Sept. 4, Paul Mecurio will be wading into the murky waters of sport and satirizing it weekly online for HBO in his new series, Got No Game. Today's premiere sends Mecurio to Las Vegas for a behind-the-scenes look at boxing, talking to cutmen, famed ring announcer Michael Buffer, and ringside commentator Jim Lampley. Future episodes will include a look at football referees, and a spoof about an "Interracial Summit on Athletics" in which the races divvy up the sports.... [Read More]
Robins Williams lined up for HBO comedy special | The Associated Press
Robin Williams is bringing his standup act back to HBO. The cable network says a special of Williams performing in Washington will air in December. The show is part of the 57-year-old actor-comedian's "Weapons of Self-Destruction" tour. Williams has done four solo specials on HBO. The most recent, which aired in 2002, received five Emmy nominations. His relationship with HBO dates back to his appearance on a "Young Comedians" show in 1977. [Read More]
Ricky Gervais podcasts get animated for HBO | Chortle
Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant are to make an animated series for America's HBO network, based on their record-breaking podcasts. The 13 half-hour episodes, due to air next year, could make an unlikely star of sidekick Karl Pilkington, whose strange opinions they mercilessly mock. ‘Karl is a man who believes that a sea lion is a cross between a fish and a dog,' the pair told Hollywood trade paper Variety. ‘Hopefully, Karl will enter the pantheon of animated greats.' [Read More]