Comedian’s heckler combat skills suck, but that’s no reason to put him on trial | Punchline Magazine
"We obviously don’t condone the act of making fun of people based on whom they like to have sex with—especially if it’s not done with any sense of tact, art or humor. But we also don’t condone people showing up late to a comedy show, sitting in the front row and acting like complete assholes to the comedian onstage. One of the signs of a seasoned comedian is the ability to skillfully – and that sometimes includes being harsh – deal with hecklers." [Read More]
Adam Carolla's Phillipines Rant Sparks Reaction
A Philippines official angrily hit back Monday at Adam Carolla who said the nation had nothing going for it except boxing hero Manny Pacquiao and sex tours, branding him in ignorant fool. In a profanity-laced podcast, Carolla also called Pacquiao a "[expletive] idiot" who "prays to chicken bones" for refusing demands by American rival Floyd Mayweather for an Olympic-style drug test. [Read More]
Australia is Mad at Robin Williams |
During his appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman this week, Williams made a joke about how Australians are really just "English rednecks," and that if "Darwin had landed in Australia, he would have gone 'I'm wrong. I don't know what I was thinking.'" His comments have upset Australia's Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, who suggested that Williams "spend some time in Alabama" before taking shots at the Land Down Under. [Read More]
Comedian Guy Earle's lawyer wants human rights hearing quashed | CTV News
Earle's lawyer filed court notice that he plans to argue the tribunal's hearings are unconstitutional and flout a previous court ruling. Lawyer James Millar said he filed a two-pronged motion asking the B.C. Supreme Court to find the tribunal in contempt for ignoring the court's September ruling that the human-rights watchdog had to determine jurisdiction before going ahead with the hearing. He also asked the court to declare the hearing unconstitutional on grounds that the section of the B.C. H... [Read More]
Angry TSOYA Listeners Don't Want, Can't Provide For God's Pottery's "Adoption Song" | The Apiary
God's Pottery was on The Sound of Young America last week singing a reportedly uplifting song about adoption, but little did they know, the people on the other end of the radio were sitting with their arms crossed in an ice cold room, staring despondently in unshakeable horror and disbelief. [Read More]
The Vigilantes of Comedy - intellectual property experts on Joe Rogan v. Carlos Mencia | NY Times
Kal Raustiala, a Professor at UCLA Law School and the UCLA International Institute, and Chris Sprigman, a Professor at the University of Virginia Law School, are counterfeiting and intellectual property experts. They have been guest-blogging for us about copyright issues; this week they write about an alternative method of enforcing intellectual property rights. [Read More]
Comedian pokes fun at Crocodile Hunter’s daughter, outrage ensues | Punchline Magazine
Australian comic Fiona O’Loughlin is catching a ton of shit from viewers who saw her on Aussie television quiz show Spicks and Specks because she made fun of the late Steve Irwin’s 11-year-old daughter, Bindi, who has become a TV personality herself. Irwin was killed in a stingray attack in 2006. [Read More]
David Letterman Blackmailer Pleads Guilty | NPR
The TV producer who threatened to go public with embarrassing details about late-night superstar David Letterman's personal life, pleaded guilty Tuesday in exchange for a significantly shorter time behind bars. Robert Joe Halderman, a 52-year old former CBS News producer, pleaded guilty to attempted grand larceny. In return, prosecutors agreed to a six-month jail term and 1,000 hours of community service. [Read More]
Big Trouble at 11:35 - Behind the David Letterman sex scandal | Vanity Fair
Even before 48 Hours Mystery producer Joe Halderman allegedly caught David Letterman kissing his girlfriend, Late Show staffer Stephanie Birkitt, the cash-strapped veteran newsman and the multi-millionaire entertainment star were on a collision course. In the wake of Letterman’s stunning on-air confession of sex with employees, and as Halderman prepares to stand trial for attempted grand larceny, the author tracks the converging emotional sides of the explosive triangle—Birkitt’s ambition, Halde... [Read More]
The Smartest Thing Said Thus Far in Sarah Palin's War Against a Word | Comedy Central Insider
Somehow, it makes perfect sense that, in the battle of minds between Sarah Palin and the cartoon show over making fun of people with Down Syndrome, the actual winner actually turned out to be the actual person who actually has Down Syndrome… [Read More]