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The Year In Funny

31 December 2010 5:47 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

year in review parts 1-7

tear-jerkers, music videos, worst films, gay characters and more... 

 

Four Lions

Michael C. from Serious Film here for a few good laughs.

Any future film historians examining the tail end of 2010 will likely mark this year as dark days for screen comedy. Comedy icons Woody Allen and James L Brooks rolled twin gutter balls, while mainstream audiences lined up around the block to watch the star of Taxi Driver do 98 minutes of boner jokes. As if to rub salt in the wound, the Golden Globes saw fit to nominate an inexplicable slate of comedies that were, with few exceptions, unfunny, unexceptional, or in some cases downright awful.

Still, if you managed to look beyond the large pile of high profile duds there were plenty of laughs to be had in 2010. So here for your consideration is the year in comedy. Not the best movies overall, »

- Michael C.

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Aron Abrams, Producer, Comedy Writer, Dies Suddenly at 50

30 December 2010 9:47 AM, PST | TheImproper.com | See recent TheImproper.com news »

Aron Abrams, 50, a television producer and writer, who co-produced hit sit-come “3rd Rock From the Sun” has been found dead in his hotel room at a posh Hawaii resort. Abrams, who also wrote for the sitcom “Everybody Hates Chris,” featuring comedian Chris Rock, was discovered at the Fairmont Orchid Hawaii hotel on the Kohala Coast of Big Island on Christmas Day. Police said they received an emergency call around 7:45 am. At the moment, no foul play is suspected, pending an autopsy. »

- kgirard@theimproper.com (Keith Girard)

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Watch: Chris Rock roasts Oprah Winfrey, coins "Oprah so rich" jokes

29 December 2010 9:32 AM, PST | Nerve | See recent Nerve news »

Last night, the annual Kennedy Center Honors paid tribute to a new batch of  entertainment superstars, including Sir Paul McCartney, and the grizzled Merle Haggard. Also being honored was a little talk show host out of Chicago you may have heard of named Oprah Winfrey. Sitting up in the VIP balcony with the leader of the free world and his wife among others, Oprah shook her head as Chris Rock sauntered onto the stage, knowing what was coming. And Rock didn't disappoint. Employing a variation on the "your mama's so fat" snaps, Rock let loose with a couple "Oprah's so rich" jokes that the Harpo head honcho gamely endured. Rock quipped, "Oprah's so rich China owes her money!" And like that, we were at a Friars Club roast. His next zinger was a little racier, and that's when [...] »

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Chris Rock Roasts Oprah: “She’s So Rich, China Owes Her Money”

29 December 2010 5:59 AM, PST | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

On the CBS broadcast of the 33rd annual Kennedy Center Honors, Oprah Winfrey was one of the honorees to receive recognition from fellow celebrities. Oprah pal John Travolta and Barbara Walters provided some harmless remarks, but luckily comedian Chris Rock arrived on the scene to offer some uncomfortably hilarious jabs at both the "most powerful person in the world" and the guy sitting next to her (Barack Obama). »

- Matt Schneider

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Jerry Seinfeld to Get One Million Pounds Sterling for a Stand-Up Show

28 December 2010 7:26 PM, PST | Celebrity Mania | See recent Celebrity Mania news »

Jerry Seinfeld is getting 1 million pounds sterling for a one-off stand-up show in London. The American comedian, best known for playing himself in TV sitcom "Seinfeld", will receive the huge sum for the 90-minute set at The O2 Arena next year.

It will be the 56-year-old comic star's first show in the U.K. capital for 12 years and tickets to see Jerry, who is the world's richest comedian, having earned 9 million pounds sterling per episode of "Seinfeld", on June 3 are on sale for up to 110 pounds sterling each. He last told jokes in London at the Palladium in 1998, with tickets for the date selling out in less than 30 minutes.

The married father-of-three, who claims he is preparing for his routine by drinking "lots and lots of rocket fuel Stumptown coffee", is looking forward to performing at the venue where so many of his comedy peers have performed. He quipped, "The »

- celebrity-mania.com

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‘The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway’ Coming to HBO

21 December 2010 2:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Unless you live in New York or Los Angeles, chances are you weren't able to see Pee-wee Herman return to the theater. No, not That theater. "The theater" as in Broadway. Paul Reubens brought back his famous Pee-wee character in 2010 for The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway, which premiered last January in Los Angeles and will conclude its New York Broadway run on January 2. HBO announced Tuesday that, immediately following the end of the run, they'll shoot the production to air sometime in 2011. So if you weren't able to go out and see Pee-wee, Miss Yvonne, Cowboy Curtis, Chairy, Jambi and the rest, you'll soon get your chance. Check out a montage from the show, read the press release and more after the break. Here's what Nancy Geller, senior vice president of HBO Original Programming, said in a press release. Before his hit series and movies, HBO introduced Paul Reubens »

- Germain Lussier

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Jerry Seinfeld announces first UK gig since 1998

16 December 2010 4:22 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Us comedian will play one night at the O2 arena in London

Jerry Seinfeld, arguably the leading light of modern American comedy, announced today he is to play his first show in the UK since 1998.

Asked to explain the long stay away, Seinfeld told the Guardian: "Well it's not because of the food. I like the food, I'm a big fan of brown things. I've been very busy here in the States and I just wasn't even aware that there was an audience [in the UK] that really wanted me to come back until we spoke to a promoter who was very confident."

He will play one night at London's 20,000-capacity O2 Arena on 3 June next year. Tickets are on sale from 9am tomorrow. His only other European date is in Oslo.

Seinfeld became one of America's most recognised comedy figures in the early 90s when the eponymous sitcom he co-created with Larry David »

- Will Dean

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Morning Links - JoAnna Garcia and Nick Swisher Marry!

13 December 2010 8:15 AM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

See JoAnna's gown in her and Nick's first official wedding photo! - People Liz Hurley and husband separate, with cricketer Shane Warne in the middle - Huffington Post Why did Nicolas Cage have a screaming match outside a Romanian club? - Lainey Gossip Susan Sarandon's daughter Eva Amurri engaged - PopEater Miley makes a public appearance after her bong snafu - TMZ Dina says Lindsay is still sad about Gwyneth's Glee jokes - Us Weekly Chris Rock does a good deed at the mall - Wonderwall Is Katie Holmes pissed about Anne Hathaway's SNL impression? - Celebitchy Emily Blunt is a fan of royal-to-be Kate Middleton - Hollywood Life Did Carrie Fisher out John Travolta? - Icydk Justin Timberlake back to work on Now after injury - Lifeline Live »

- PopSugar

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Chris Rock Calms a Pregnant Woman in Labor at Mall

11 December 2010 11:45 AM, PST | Essence | See recent Essence news »

Laughter can be a cure-all and if you're Chris Rock, you can even help a woman in labor calm her nerves. The comedian recently rescued a mom-to-be who went into labor while shopping in New Jersey. Rock, who has two kids with wife Malaak, was shopping at Neiman Marcus in the Garden State Plaza mall when the woman's water broke a few feet away from him »

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Chris Rock Rescues Pregnant Woman in Labor at Mall

11 December 2010 11:10 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Laughter really is the best medicine! Just ask funnyman Chris Rock, who administered a double dose of his comedic skills when a pregnant woman in a New Jersey mall went into labor... According to Us, Rock was shopping at Neiman Marcus at the Garden State Plaza Mall when a mommy-to-be got a surprise as she was about to step onto the escalator—her water broke. The comedian, a father of two, was quick to crack some jokes in order to keep the woman, along with passersby, calm until the ambulance arrived. "He was making the crowd and the woman in labor laugh," an eyewitness told Us. "She recognized who he was immediately and he stayed there until the paramedics took her »

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Rock Rescues Pregnant Woman

11 December 2010 6:01 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Chris Rock came to the rescue of a pregnant woman who went into labour at a shopping mall in New Jersey on Friday.

The funnyman was browsing the aisles of the Neiman Marcus department store at the Westfield Garden State Plaza mall when he saw the mother-to-be's waters break in the middle of the shop.

Rock rushed over to help and stayed by her side until medics arrived, according to Us Weekly.

A source tells the publication, "He was making the crowd and the woman in labour laugh. She recognised who he was immediately and he stayed there until the paramedics took her away." »

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Kevin James and Adam Sandler are the New ‘Valet Guys’

9 December 2010 1:00 PM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

It looks like new found best friends, Adam Sandler and Kevin James, are reuniting yet again for a new comedy called Valet Guys after pitching the idea to Sony Pictures Entertainment resulting in a “preemptive deal.”

Deadline reported that the story will be about two “veteran valet parking guys at a South Beach hotel who witness a murder and find themselves running for their lives.”  Long time partners Kevin James and Nick Bakay will be penning the script for the film.

You may not exactly know Bakay’s name but he is the guy who has been collaborating with James since his rise to stardom with The King of Queens along with the films like Paul Blart: Mall Cop and his soon to be released film, Zookeeper.

You can probably make a bet that somewhere in the film you may see Rob Schneider, Chris Rock and maybe even David Spade »

- Alex DiGiovanna

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Ricky Gervais Reveals Upcoming Special With Louis C.K. & ‘An Idiot Abroad 2′

8 December 2010 1:03 PM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Today, loveable comedian Ricky Gervais took park in a conference call to promote The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards. While many of questions dealt with The Golden Globes, Gervais’ amazing career and Karl Pilkington, the eccentric comedic genius did reveal some upcoming projects he has in the pipeline.

Most recently, Gervais noted that he had just finished filming and is currently editing a special with Louis C.K., Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld for an eventual television special in the same tone as his previous Ricky Meets… series.

While no anticipated airdate or network location was revealed, Gervais did say that the special consisted of him sitting down with the other famous comedians to discuss what their first jokes were, what their approach is to comedy and just general thoughts about the hilarious occupation.

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Naked Rock To Serve Hargitay Breakfast In Bed

8 December 2010 8:11 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Chris Rock is set to strip off to bring Mariska Hargitay breakfast in bed - the actress bid $25,000 (£16,600) at a charity auction to have the comic serve her in the nude.

The Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star was among the guests attending the Children's Defense Fund benefit in New York City on Monday night.

Rock helped raise money by offering to serve a winning bidder breakfast, and when auctioneer Ali Wentworth failed to secure a huge donation for the prize, the clever saleswoman upped the odds by insisting he carry out the task naked.

According to the New York Daily News, she told the crowd, "Okay, if you donate $25,000, Chris Rock will bring you breakfast in bed. Chris Rock will deliver breakfast in bed naked if you donate $25,000."

The risque offer received the backing of Rock's wife and board member Malaak Compton-Rock, who shouted out, "He'll do it!"

The lot was finally sold to Hargitay, with Wentworth warning the absent funnyman, "Chris, get ready to get naked for Mariska Hargitay!" »

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Robert Townsend’s Web Projects Make a Difference

7 December 2010 1:53 PM, PST | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

For three years Robert Townsend has been working as one of the more prolific and successful web series directors around, trying to do good with a number of projects with socially progressive non-profit One Economy. With over 30 years in the industry, Townsend is an understated but respected player in black Hollywood. Perhaps best known for his sitcom The Parent ’Hood and film Meteor Man – at least to me! – Townsend continues to work, making documentaries and films, most recently directing and producing a number of successful web series, including Diary of a Single Mom and the upcoming Los Americans. “It’s for the web but we’re trying something different,” Townsend said in an interview. For Townsend, these series, targeted at multicultural audiences, are not just a job but a philosophy. Diary, whose third season premiered last week, tells the story of a single mother, Ocean (Monica Calhoun, The Best Man, »

- Aymar Jean Christian

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'The View's' Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Kathy Griffin 'bullying' Bristol Palin

7 December 2010 8:35 AM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

On Sunday's VH1 Divas Support the Troops special, comedian Kathy Griffin made a joke about Bristol Palin's apparent lack of weight loss while participating on "Dancing With the Stars." Bristol responded that she hoped people didn't have to pay money for Kathy's routine.

Now Tuesday morning (Dec. 7), the ladies of "The View" have weighed in on the subject during their Hot Topics segment.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck says, "I think it's something that she needs to cut out ... How is that not bullying in a way? It's pathetic, but it's bullying."

Barbara Walters says that Chris Rock made some Sarah Palin jokes at the Kennedy Center Honors, but Sherri Shepherd is quick to differentiate between mocking the mama bear and mocking the baby bear.

Joy Behar, interestingly enough, says that even though "thou shalt not bad mouth another comedian," she agrees with Hasselbeck and also points out that Griffin should have known her audience better. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Oprah Winfrey Has Been Given Her Kennedy Center Honors

6 December 2010 8:35 PM, PST | Celebrity Mania | See recent Celebrity Mania news »

Oprah Winfrey received an award at the 33rd Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday night, December 5. The chat show host was one of five celebrities, along with Paul McCartney, country singer Merle Haggard, Broadway composer Jerry Herman and dancer Bill T. Jones, honored at the event held at the White House in Washington DC.

Oprah, who was accompanied by her long-term partner Stedman Graham, and Paul held hands on stage as U.S. President Barack Obama addressed the crowd, saying the recipients had "given the nation the extraordinary gift of the arts".

He added, "Although the honorees on this stage each possess a staggering amount of talent, the truth is, they aren't being recognized tonight simply because of their careers as great lyricists or songwriters or dancers or entertainers."

"Instead, they're being honored for their unique ability to bring us closer together and to capture something larger about who we are - not just as Americans, »

- celebrity-mania.com

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Oprah Winfrey Weathers Comical Jabs at Kennedy Center Tribute

6 December 2010 9:40 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

She's a Good Samaritan - and a good sport. Oprah Winfrey endured some good-natured jokes about her wealth, influence and humanitarian work from the likes of Chris Rock, John Travolta and others at Sunday night's Kennedy Center Honors gala. Travolta told the audience that he'd been "used" by the talk-show queen, 56, in a nefarious plot to help victims of Hurricane Katrina - telling him to fill his private plane with food and medicine and meet her in New Orleans. Immediately. "Take note, world - that's how you use people," Travolta said. "You do the right thing. You do the Oprah thing. »

- Wendy Grossman

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McCartney, Winfrey honoured at Kennedy Center

6 December 2010 7:47 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Paul McCartney and Oprah Winfrey have both received Kennedy Center Honours for their lifetime contributions to the entertainment industry. The two stars were honoured alongside country singer Merle Haggard, composer Jerry Herman and choreography Bill T. Jones when the prizes were handed out in Washington DC on Sunday, Reuters reports. McCartney received a special tribute from Us President Barack Obama, who suggested that it was the "thrill of a lifetime" when the singer crooned the Beatles classic 'Michelle' to the first lady at a White House event earlier in the year. In his ode to Winfrey, comedian Chris Rock joked that the talkshow (more) »

- By Justin Harp

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Ice-t Wants Chris Rock To Appear on “Law & Order: Svu”

3 December 2010 1:54 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

In an interview he recently did with TvSquad.com, Ice-t sounded off on a few things regarding his character Detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola on Law & Order: Svu. “I would like to find out where I live,” he said. The actor and former rapper has appeared on the series since 2000 but acknowledged his character’s life remains a mystery. “I don’t have a car.”

Overall, he stated “…I’m happy with Fin, I’m happy” but he would like to see a romantic relationship develop. “Every time a girl gets in my sights — it seems like I have a love interest that never works. They had a reporter show up once and I kind of flirted with her, but she disappeared. Then we had the new Ada [played by Paula Patton] show up one episode and we kind of had a moment, and [Patton] actually left to go work on Mission Impossible.”

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- Cynthia

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