Rivalry between Skyline Comedy Cafe and Comedy Quarter spills into courts | Appleton Post-Crescent
Cliff Diedrick (owner of the Skyline Comedy Cafe) filed the lawsuit against Pat Szalanski (who co-owns Comedy Quarter) in Outagamie County in June alleging that his former partner used Skyline's database of customer information as well as an advertising image to benefit his new business. Szalanski was prohibited from taking anything from Skyline as a condition of selling his share, according to court documents. Diedrick was granted a restraining order prohibiting Szalanski from using the materia... [Read More]
Ron White Could Face ND Charge for smoking cigar during show
A Bismarck, ND Police report states Ron White could face charges of smoking in prohibited public places. White's comedy routine includes him holding a glass in one hand and a lit cigar in the other. A Bismarck resident sent a letter to the police department informing them of the routine. An offier dressed in street clothes documented "the incident" during White's routine on April 30th. The police report indicates White came on stage puffing the cigar. The charges have been sent to the City Attor... [Read More]
Jimmy Carr takes picture of courthouse sign saying it's a criminal act to take photos in courthouse | Punchline Magazine
Ever the wiseass, British comedian Jimmy Carr created some controversy when he took a picture of a sign in a courthouse, which stated that it's a criminal act to take photos inside the courthouse. [Read More]
Is improv a lesser form of comedy than stand-up? | Punchline Magazine
On Spark Minute, former stand-up comedian and current radio and podcast host, David Spark posits that improv is terrible; or in his words: "Improv is pure audience torture." [Read More]
Doug Benson Apologizes to Canadians for Offensive Remarks After Comedy Club Cancels Shows
Doug Benson apologized on CTV last week for mocking the Canadian military on FOX News' Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld. The Super High Me star was scheduled to perform at The Comic Strip in Edmonton April 2-5, but the owner canceled Benson's shows after the club received threatening phone calls and emails due to the comedian's offensive comments. [Read More]
NBC Had To Pull Misleading Promo For 'Outsourced' | Deadline
The most recent promo for NBC's new comedy series Outsourced aired last night during the network's Sunday Night Football and featured an NBC press release's quote disguised as a critic's praise. It turns out this was a mistake by the NBC department that cut the promo and pulled the quote without verifying its source. Now the promo has been shelved and will not air again. [Read More]
Man in Letterman blackmail plot - Robert "Joe" Halderman freed from NY jail | AP
The former television producer who tried to blackmail David Letterman over the comedian's office affairs has been freed from a New York City jail. City Department of Correction records show Robert "Joe" Halderman was released Thursday. He served four months of his six-month sentence and got time off for good behavior. [Read More]
Brazilian supreme court blocks ban on satirizing politicians
Brazil's supreme court has suspended a controversial ban on broadcast media satirizing candidates campaigning for the presidency, saying it infringed on free speech. The ruling issued late Thursday blocks a prohibition that had outraged comedians and commentators alike in Brazil, several of whom said had held protests saying it smacked of media restrictions dating back to the country's 1964-1985 military regime. [Read More]
Brazil comedians challenge ban on ridiculing presidential candidates
Brazilian TV and radio broadcasters are legally forbidden from making fun of candidates ahead of the nation's Oct. 3 election and a possible second-round runoff on Oct. 31. With the first wave of on-air political ads starting Tuesday, Brazil's comedians and satirists are planning to fight for their right to ridicule with protests in Rio de Janeiro and other cities Sunday. [Read More]
NBC pulls Jimmy Fallon's Mad Men spoof after Emmy competitor complains | The A.V. Club
NBC has been forced to pull a video featuring Emmy host Jimmy Fallon spoofing Don Draper (opposite a guest appearance from Christina Hendricks), after an unnamed network with a competing show in the Best Drama slot complained. [Read More]