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Donald Trump is not going to think this is funny at all. In a new video sponsored by Save the Day, the Joss Whedon-created voter registration Pac behind the viral, star-jammed hit “Important” (below), Keegan-Michael Key plays the hippest meteorologist since George Carlin’s hippy-dippy weatherman. In the short titled, naturally enough, “Weather,” Key’s anti-Donald meteorologist predicts what will happen if Trump makes it to the White House November 8: Scattered… »
At their best, comedians serve as modern-day philosophers, shaping the culture by reflecting it back at audiences with just the right balance of truth and humor. It’s why the work of people like George Carlin and Richard Pryor has sustained such lasting appeal for decades. Their comedy isn’t so much a series of jokes as it is a social commentary on issues like sex, politics, and religion, all of which are at the very core of who we are as individuals and as a society. However, not all comedians aim for such lofty goals with their material, opting instead for a more observational, story-based approach. This is precisely what moviegoers are in for with Kevin Hart: What Now?
While Hart’s comedy might not dig as deep as his aforementioned forefathers, this new concert film – the comedian’s third such big-screen release after 2011’s Laugh at My »
- Robert Yaniz Jr.
It’s almost the last day of summer and Kevin Hart is finally off to Hawaii. But if you think that the biggest comedy star in the world is taking a well-deserved vacation to decompress from his hectic work schedule and latest record-breaking stand-up tour, you’d be wrong.
With his aptly-titled “What Now?” tour juggernaut and its stunning statistics — it’s the best-selling comedy tour of all time, grossing over $100 million on five continents and 15 countries, with 1.3 million tickets sold — still in the rear-view mirror, Hart is already hard at work on his next project. That would be Sony’s “Jumanji,” a reboot of the 1995 Robin Williams hit, which is shooting in Honolulu and co-stars Hart’s “Central Intelligence” partner Dwayne Johnson — the pair also exhibited great chemistry co-hosting the MTV Movie Awards. In between Hart is to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Oct. »
- Iain Blair
Maria Bamford Moore Theatre, Seattle, Wa September 16, 2016
The last decade and a half has seen an interesting shift in popular stand up comedy styles. While all styles of stand up offer at least some representatives every decade, even the unfortunate genres of prop and insult comedy, there are particularly popular styles and tones that can define a generation. All through the nineteen seventies almost up to the end of the last millennium, many of our legendary comics like Richard Pryor, George Carlin, & Bill Hicks were filled with righteous indignation, poignantly attacking society's ills in an aggressive, outward manner from their own personal perspectives. Many of today's popular comics continue to speak out against those same human and societal flaws, but the manner of attack has shifted: instead of pointing the finger of blame outward, they partially point it at themselves.
They have been labeled Alternative Comedians but are so popular »
- C. Jefferson Thom
You can tell Halloween is right around the corner, as September 27th has over 20 different horror and sci-fi home entertainment releases looking to put a dent in your wallet. As far as new movies go, The Shallows, The Neon Demon, and Warcraft are all coming home on Tuesday, and for all you classic horror fans, there are new releases of An American Werewolf in London, Blood Diner, Chopping Mall, Lady in White, Slugs, and the 30th anniversary Blu-ray for Highlander.
Re-discover one of the most gripping horror films of all time with the cult classic An American Werewolf in London Restored Edition. Blending the macabre with a wicked sense of humor, »
- Heather Wixson
The tagline for Miracle Mattress’ ad was, “We’ll never forget,” but they’re probably hoping for a case of memory loss right now. The Texas-based mattress company found itself under heavy criticism for an ad promoting its sale leading up to the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001. The ad features a woman flanked by two men, standing in front of two towers of mattresses. No, really. Also Read: Hear George Carlin's Skit Cheering Mass Death That Was Shelved After 9/11 (Audio) When the woman informs viewers that all of their mattresses will be on sale for the price of a twin mattress, »
- Tim Kenneally
George Carlin is regarded as one of the most influential stand-up comedians of all time, best known for his thoughts on politics, speaking his mind and pushing the boundaries on controversial issues. Fifteen years ago, one of his routines, a special taped on September 10, 2001 titled “I Kinda Like It When a Lotta People Die,” was shelved by HBO after it was deemed too inappropriate following the death of thousands of people during 9/11.
According to The New York Times, the content seemed “in bad taste” since Carlin joked about an airplane exploding by passing gas, mass killings, natural disasters and “rooting for a high death toll.” Now, Sirius Xm has the audio to the special and will be releasing it as a download, CD and vinyl on September 16 at Amazon and iTunes, among other outlets.
Read More: ‘Mary + Jane’: Why the Writer/Directors of ‘Josie and the Pussycats’ Turned to »
- Liz Calvario
Comic George Carlin is regarded as one of the most influential standup comedians of our times, best known for his thoughts on politics, speaking his mind and pushing the boundaries on various controversial issues.
Fifteen years ago one of his routines, a special taped on September 10, 2001 titled “I Kinda Like It When a Lotta People Die,” was shelved by HBO after it was deemed too inappropriate following the death of thousands of people during 9/11.
According to the New York Times, the content seemed “in bad taste” since Carlin joked about an airplane exploding by passing gas, mass killings, natural disasters and “rooting for a high death toll.” Now, Sirius Xm has the audio to the special and will be releasing it as a download, CD and vinyl on September 16 at Amazon and iTunes, among other outlets.
Read More: ‘Mary + Jane’: Why the Writer/Directors of ‘Josie and the Pussycats »
- Liz Calvario
Comic legend George Carlin was never one to be bound by political correctness. This is the guy, after all, that turned the words you can't say on TV into one of the most praised comedy routines of all time.
But at least one of his routines was too outré for the times: a special he'd taped on Sept.
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- Malcolm Venable
George Carlin is no longer with us, but that doesn’t mean he can’t gift us new material. SiriusXM has released a previously unheard clip from a Carlin set recorded just before Sept. 11, 2001. The new material titled “Rats & Squealers,” first posted by Vulture, is astonishingly relevant, given that it was recorded 15 years ago. Carlin riffs on police brutality and corruption, a blistering indictment of crooked cops. “When I was a kid and we went to the movies, we rooted against the police and for the crooks — and I still do,” he starts out. “They’ll plant fake evidence, they’ll put a. »
- Oriana Schwindt
There are few comedians, or entertainers of any kind really, that get the amount of love that Bill Murray does from people of all ages. He has had a massive impact on comedy for more than three decades, and he is about to receive a very big honor for his accomplishments. The Ghostbusters actor and former Saturday Night Live cast member will be receiving the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor this year, becoming the 19th recipient of the award.
The Kennedy Center recently made the announcement that Murray will be this year's recipient of the award, which is meant to honor people who have made a significant impact on American society, through the medium of comedy. Murray will be receiving the award during a ceremony at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on October 23, which will feature a lineup of entertainers to salute him and his accomplishments. Murray responded to »
Like they say, comedy is tragedy plus time. A skit recorded by George Carlin the day before the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 will finally be released 15 years later on a posthumous album. The title of the skit, “I Kinda Like it When a Lotta People Die,” should give a pretty good indication of why the routine was shelved. Also Read: Give George Carlin His Emmy Now! In the routine, Carlin offers such cherry observations as, “I’m always rooting for a really high death toll.” Carlin goes on to share the joy of natural disasters: “To me, you can never have too many dead people. »
- Tim Kenneally
The recent box office success of The Boss firmly establishes Melissa McCarthy as the current queen of movie comedies (Amy Schumer could be a new contender after an impressive debut last Summer with Trainwreck), but let us think back about those other funny ladies of filmdom. So while we’re enjoying the female reboot/re-imagining of Ghostbusters and those Bad Moms, here’s a top ten list that will hopefully inspire lots of laughter and cause you to search out some classic comedies. It’s tough to narrow them down to ten, but we’ll do our best, beginning with… 10. Eve Arden The droll Ms. Arden represents the comic sidekicks who will attempt to puncture the pomposity of the leading ladies with a well-placed wisecrack (see also the great Thelma Ritter in Rear Window). Her career began in the early 1930’s with great bit roles in Stage Door and Dancing Lady. »
- Jim Batts
Mike Birbiglia is pulling back the curtain on the feuds and resentments that consume comedians when one of their own hits it big.
In his second feature, “Don’t Think Twice,” Birbiglia depicts a tight-knit improv troop that starts to unravel when one of its members gets cast on a popular comedy program that seems a lot like “Saturday Night Live.”It’s an opportunity for the stand-up comic to explore the nature of success, the fear of failure, and the way that people in their thirties began to grapple with the realization that they may not make it after all.
Birbiglia not only directs, he wrote the film, produced it, and stars alongside Keegan-Michael Key and Gillian Jacobs. Best known for his stand-up comedy and one-man shows, he previously directed 2012’s “Sleepwalk With Me,” an autobiographical look at his sleepwalking disorder. “Don’t Think Twice” opened in a single »
- Brent Lang
Over the past two decades, Pixar has left an indelible mark on film history. At its peak, it was hitting home run after home run, creating classic films with memorable characters. Now they are returning to their past glory with sequels to films like “Finding Dory” and “The Incredibles,” which leads us to ask: who is Pixar’s greatest character? Read on to find out who we picked. 39.) Fillmore — A bit character in “Cars” elevated by George Carlin, who brought back his famous hippie routine one last time to play the character. 38.) Anger — Sometimes, typecasting can do wonders »
- Jeremy Fuster
Handwritten journals, scrapbooks, set notes, awards, letters and arrest records from comedian George Carlin’s 50-plus year career will soon be displayed at the National Comedy Center, a new museum opening in Jamestown, N.Y., next year. The organization has acquired Carlin’s personal archive, and as part of the announcement, released one of the performer’s previously unheard routines.
“George Carlin helped redefine the art form of stand-up comedy and we are honored to help steward his legacy in this way,” Journey Gunderson, executive director of the National Comedy Center, said. “With this incredible archive we can provide a window into his creative process for generations to come.”
The National Comedy Center is an expansion of the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Center for Comedy, also based in Ball’s hometown of Jamestown, N.Y. An exhibit of Carlin’s personal effects, curated by Kliph Nesteroff, author of “The Comedians: Drunks, »
- Katie Van-Syckle
Fans have been hoping and praying for years that the long-awaited Bill & Ted 3 will get off the ground some day, with original Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure stars Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter set to return as the title characters. We've known for quite some time that the script by Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson has already been written, with Alex Winter teasing earlier this month that production may either begin at the end of 2016 or the beginning of 2017. Today we have a report from Metro.uk, with an unidentified source claiming that the story brings the Wyld Stallyns to London.
"The script is already written for the third film and much of it is set in the UK. The whole film is going to have a huge British feel. They'll time-travel through London and meet historical figures, meaning the Queen and Winston Churchill could get cameos."
Keanu Reeves teased »
Who are the funniest, wackiest, cleverest, wittiest comic actors in the history of film and television? Take a look at our list and see who we came up with.
The top 25 laugh-getters…
#25…George Carlin: Probably the best stand-up comedian of all-time. He brilliantly satirized American culture, mixing his liberal social commentary with an often unapologetically coarse and dirty style of language. His penchant for obscenities was most evident in his trademark routine “Seven words you can never say on television”. No one was better at mocking the excesses of American culture than Carlin.
#24…Robin Williams: He had a manic energy and great improvisational skills. His hyper, free-form style inspired many comedians to follow, such as Jim Carrey. He shot to fame in the TV series Mork & Mindy, before breaking away to very successful movie career, appearing in films like Good Morning Vietnam, The World According to Garp, Mrs. Doubtfire and Popeye. »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
Later this year, Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, the follow-up to the 1989 time travel classic Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, celebrates its 25th anniversary, and for most fans, the perfect anniversary gift would be confirmation that Bill & Ted 3 is actually moving forward. The sequel has been in development for years, with Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) signing on to direct back in 2012 from a script by Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson, who wrote the first two movies. Forbes caught up with Bill S. Preston Esquire himself, Alex Winter, who confirms, once again, that Keanu Reeves is on board to play Ted Theodore Logan.
"How the **** would we make it if he wasn't on board? People always ask if Keanu's doing it and I'm like, 'No, I'm making a Bill movie.' Of course he's in it. I can't make a Bill & Ted movie without Keanu."
Last March, Alex Winter hinted that »
Garry Shandling recognized his talent for making people laugh back when he was in middle school, but it wasn't until a near fatal car crash later in life that he decided to start taking comedy seriously. The comedy legend, who died Thursday of a heart attack at 66, first began writing jokes to escape the boredom of an accounting class during his senior at the University of Arizona. When George Carlin, one of Shandling's stand up heroes, offered him some encouragement after a post-concert meeting in 1972, he headed for Hollywood and found some early success as a sitcom writer for Sanford and Son and Welcome Back, »
- Michael Miller, @write_miller
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