Pioneers of Television: Standup to Sitcom (PBS)
"In the beginning of stand-up, it's the hardest thing in the world, because you are not good," said Ray Romano. "It takes 30 years to make a good, a great stand-up comic," Roseanne said. "And it does!" And yet it doesn't take quite that long to get the attention of network TV executives, particularl... [Read More]
Notes, quotes and a teaser trailer from NBC’s Last Comic Standing media panel for Season 8
We finally got to see the new high-profile judges for the revived eighth season of Last Comic Standing all together in public at the NBCUniversal "summer" media day today. Roseanne, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Russell Peters are this season's judges for the NBC primetime stand-up comedy competition, whi... [Read More]
Roseanne, Keenan Ivory Wayans, Russell Peters named Last Comic Standing judges
Executive producer Wanda Sykes and her team have locked up their celebrity judges and premiere date for the upcoming season of Last Comic Standing. The 13-episode eighth season premieres on May 22 for two hours at 9 pm EST, airing for one hour at 10 pm in following weeks. Comedian J.B. Smoove will t... [Read More]
Last Comic Standing 8 will premiere May 22, 2014, on NBC; JB Smoove to host, with Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Russell Peters to judge
THIS JUST IN! MARK YOUR CALENDARS! NBC is making Thursday nights must-see TV for comedy fans as of May 22, 2014, with the return of Last Comic Standing -- with new host JB Smoove and new judges Roseanne Barr and Keenen Ivory Wayans, along with international comic sensation Russell Peters - as well a... [Read More]
Roseanne Says Chuck Lorre Stole Her Joke for 'Two and a Half Men'
by Bradford Evans Over the last three days, Roseanne Barr has been tweeting up a storm about Two and a Half Men creator stealing a joke from her standup act and using it on the show, in a line delivered by Ashton Kutcher. Barr heard about how Thursday's episode of Men had Kutcher say a line about a ... [Read More]
Yes, Bitter Can Be Funny: Bitter Party Of Five
Ever been bitter? How about the time you shot a TV pilot (along with Roseanne Barr and John Goodman) and you were sure it was going to be picked up, [...]Author informationMonique MadridWest Coast Editor at Serial OptimistMonique Madrid is an LA via Chicago comedian, writer and actor. You can find h... [Read More]
Twitter Fight: Roseanne Barr Vs.Tom Arnold
A squabble about their wedding video? Shall I remind you this is through Twitter. A simple phone call would not do? [Read More]
Flying a holding pattern: Multiple sitcom pilots still up in the air for network schedules in 2014
The Walking Dead, a show about life in Georgia just after the zombie apocalypse, has emerged this year as America's most popular TV series -- not just on cable, but also beating just about anything living and breathing on the broadcast networks among viewers 18-49. As the networks watch viewers jump... [Read More]
Free speech can be messy and bloody and offensive
“If you aren’t prepared for the grossout, stay out of comedy clubs that birth comics like Sam Kinison and Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, and Bill Hicks, and stick to ones that birth comics that do Jay Leno’s show.” – Roseanne Barr in an article she wrote for Women in the W... [Read More]
Star-Spangled Banner: Three comedians who sang it straight, two fictional funnies and still only one Roseanne
When you think of "The Star-Spangled Banner," America's national anthem, you may think of sporting events and patriotic occasions both celebratory and solemn. But you probably don't think of comedians singing it. That doesn't mean funny people cannot... [Read More]