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Holy moley. Oh, man. Louis C.K. launched the season finale of Saturday Night Live with a monologue that took no prisoners and is bound to go down in SNL history as either the most infamous one-night-stand in the 40-year-old franchise’s history — or right up there in the pantheon of incendiary, taboo-busting that includes Lenny Bruce, Sarah Silverman, George Carlin and Richard Pryor. Looking loose and at ease in stained black T-shirt and jeans, the comedian began jovially… »
The first comedy club to feature holograms of late acclaimed comedians in order to entertain audiences is currently in development, Hologram USA and the National Comedy Center (Ncc) in Jamestown, New York have just announced. The unique show will be featured at the Lucy and Desi Arnez Comedy Museum, which breaks ground in August. Hologram USA, which is run by CEO Alki Dvid, will work with the estates of the late comedians that it will feature in the upcoming act, including Andy Kaufman, George Carlin, Rodney Dangerfield, Richard Pryor and Joan Rivers. The holograms will be featured in the classic comedy club atmosphere the comics built their careers in. “Of [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
Amy Schumer already provided a revelatory send-up of feminine beauty standards on TV via a very funny parody of 12 Angry Men, featuring the likes of Paul Giamatti, Jeff Goldblum, and Dennis Quaid, this week, and she's clearly not slowing down for anyone. THR reported today that Schumer is set to headline her own HBO comedy special, which will be recorded at New York City's famous Apollo Theater on May 29th. This follows a string of recent triumphs for the comedian, who recently signed on for a fourth season of Inside Amy Schumer, which already scored her a Peabody award, and is leading Judd Apatow's highly anticipated fifth feature, Trainwreck, alongside Bill Hader. Her debut on HBO puts her in the same company as George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Wanda Sykes, Ellen DeGeneres, Louis C.K., and Jerry Seinfeld, all of whom have won over audiences through their the pay-channel's specials. »
- Chris Cabin
This time, Amy Schumer is getting inside HBO.
The comedienne will headline her first comedy special for the pay cabler later this year, the network announced Thursday.
Chris Rock will direct the special, which is scheduled to tape at New York City’s Apollo Theater on May 29. Schumer will write and executive-produce alongside Mike Berkowitz and Jimmy Miller (Bad Teacher).
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Last we heard, Bill & Ted 3 was happening soon or not at all according to star Alex Winter. The actor-turned-director is still promoting his latest documentary Deep Web, which actually reunites him with his Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure co-star Keanu Reeves, who provided the narration. While we don't exactly have another update on Bill & Ted 3, Alex Winter did share some interesting early notes on the original movie.
These pages come from Ed Solomon, who wrote both Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey with Chris Matheson. They are also penning Bill & Ted 3. Here, we get to see some of the early ideas the duo had for their iconic time traveling teenagers. While the basic idea remains intact, there were a few important changes made. First off, the title was Bill and Ted's Time Van. They were still a couple of losers in a band called Wyld Stallyns, »
1980: The 1980s are usually typified by the decade’s more unfortunate trends, from the neon-spandex wardrobes to overtly shallow synth pop and hair metal to, well, Reagan. Freaks & Geeks never goes for the easy joke, never settles for the broad view of the decade. Rather, the show is built on personal memories, breaking away from headline stories of the 1980s to find a unique view of life, and popular culture. It’s essential that when Bill Haverchuck (Martin Starr) wants to have fun, he sits and watches Garry Shandling’s television stand-up material. He doesn’t watch Comic Relief, George Carlin, or Robin Williams, but rather one of those great moments of TV that, at the time, you really had to be there to know about. [caption id="attachment_434831" align="alignright" width="353"] Image via NBC[/caption] The Music: Freaks & Geeks is, like P.T. Anderson’s recent Boogie Nights, a series about a cultural transition, from the 1970s to the 1980s, »
- Chris Cabin
George Carlin — whose routines including a lengthy riff on death and dying — will still be making fans laugh from the great beyond, as his estate is planning a significant relaunch of the comedian’s website, complete with the promise of previously unreleased or rare audio recordings.
The revamped site will kick off on March 27, coinciding with the hanging of a Carlin portrait in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.
The first of the recordings featured will be from the 1972 Milwaukee Summerfest concert at which Carlin – who died in 2008, at the age of 71 – was arrested for performing his “Seven Dirty Words” routine.
Carlin’s daughter, Kelly, is currently working on a memoir about her life growing up with him, “A Carlin Home Companion,” which will be released by St. Martin’s Press. She recently performed a one-woman show predicated on the material at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank, and oversees the »
- Brian Lowry
My First R-rated Movie Or…
How I Became The 007 Of Covert Forbidden Film Viewing
By Alex Simon
For those of us who grew up in the suburbs in the pre-home video, pre-cable TV and pre-Netflix coupons 1970s and early ‘80s, there were few dangerous pleasures as heady as sneaking into an R-rated movie at the local multiplex. The multiplex cinema was a ‘70s phenomenon that made regulating children’s viewing habits infinitely more difficult than the old days of stand-alone, single screen theaters. Ironically, the new freedom that filmmakers enjoyed with the advent of the MPAA rating system in late 1968 was almost in perfect synch with the rise of multi-screen cinemas. Some things do happen for a reason.
You never forget your first...
My first R-rated film was during Thanksgiving of 1976. We were visiting my dad’s family in Birmingham, Alabama and the men adjourned after dinner to go see Two Minute Warning, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Following the time-traveling historic epic of Excellent Adventure and the turbulent life and death of Bogus Journey, Bill and Ted must now fulfill their destiny as the inspiration for galactic harmony! How can someone hate the Wyld Stallyns as much as the evil Chuck De Nomolos? With the power of time travel, Bill and Ted set their sights on turning a young 27th-century Nomolos’ non-non-heinous attitude into something most outstanding and metal!
Greetings, my most excellent readers! This most-bodacious comic book based around the totally-excellent duo of Bill & Ted is a must-read for fans of their most-non-heinous work. It totally captures the spirit of the excellent Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and its not-overly-bogus sequel Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, though it’s not a total home run, dude. Written by word-dude Brian Lynch and art-dude Jerry Gaylord with inks and »
- Luke Owen
It’s been a long time coming, but we could be closer to seeing a third Bill & Ted movie than we think according to original star Alex Winter.
“We’re really close. We’re just about there”, Winter told Yahoo! Movie News. “In Hollywood parlance, [that] means we’ll either be shooting soon or it’s never going to happen.”
“We’re trying to get the movie made, so how could we be sick of it?” he said when asked if he was tired of being asked about the long-gestating project. “We’re producing it and we’re actively trying to get it made. We’re not tired of it, but I think for our fans, we are eager to stop talking and actually shoot the damn thing.”
See Also: Watch Bill & Ted fall to Hell for 10 minutes… bogus…
See Also: Keanu Reeves gives an update on Bill & Ted 3, talks plot »
- Luke Owen
Among his many career highlights, Simon "served as the showrunner on the sitcom 'Taxi' at the age of 23; wrote for and produced the comedies 'Cheers' and 'The Drew Carey Show'; and created a Fox series for the legendary stand-up comic George Carlin in the mid-1990s," according to The Hollywood Reporter. He most recently worked as a consultant on Charlie Sheen series "Anger Management."
But Simon was best-known for helping shepherd the creation of "The Simpsons," alongside Matt Groening and James L. Brooks. The trio worked together on "The Tracey Ullman Show," on which Bart and co. first got their start, later giving the Simpsons family its own Fox series in 1989.
"The Simpsons" is now the longest-running primetime series in television history. »
- Katie Roberts
We at Thn collectively love Keanu Reeves and have been immensely excited about his return this year in John Wick. Although not released in UK cinemas until April, Thn have been lucky enough to have already seen it and we can tell you that it is all kinds of awesome.
John Wick was so brilliant that it has awoken my long-forgotten admiration for Mr Reeves and compelled me to revisit his extensive back catalogue immediately. Post-John Wick viewing I arrived home, logged onto Amazon and purchased an alarming amount of films, including Johnny Mnemonic (don’t worry, it was only 8p!). I thought I’d gotten through the Keanu phase at secondary school but it seems that it is now back with a vengeance. It all started after seeing that little known film The Matrix which was released right in the middle of my school career. Most of my »
- Kat Smith
The comic was still a teenager when she wrote to the legendary Saturday Night Live host for advice. He wrote back, and the resulting friendship shaped her work
Liz Miele was 14 when she began writing stand-up comedy. The following year, she wrote to 40 of her favourite comics seeking advice. Two replied. Judd Apatow emailed the next day, urging her to study English. Then a week later ...
“Hi. Is Liz there? … This is George Carlin. I got your letter.”
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- Jay Richardson
If only Lenny Bruce had lived long enough to get his own Saturday-morning cartoon. At some point, it seems now, every racy comedian goes clean for the sake of family entertainment. Howie Mandel, George Carlin and Bob Saget had all mostly performed stand-up meant only for adult ears before (and sometimes during and after) getting their own kid-friendly programs, respectively Bobby's World, Shining Time Station and both Full House and America's Funniest Home Videos. And let's not forget that before Pee-wee's Playhouse and a couple movies made Pee-wee Herman seem as innocent as Mickey Mouse, the character (stage alias of Paul Reubens) did some pretty blue material, which you can see in his earlier HBO special. It shouldn't be surprising, then, that...
- Christopher Campbell
The ratings story for NBC’s “Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special” got even brighter on Friday, with updated Nielsen estimates showing that last Sunday’s special registered the net’s top adults 18-49 rating for a primetime entertainment program (excluding Super Bowl nights) in more than 10 years.
When NBC first issued ratings highlights on Monday, the “SNL” special (7.8 in 18-49) rated as the net’s top telecast in the demo since the “Will & Grace” finale in 2006. But the additional viewers garnered from three days’ worth of DVR playback elevated it to a 9.2 demo rating — the Peacock’s best since a November 2004 episode of “ER” (9.4).
Among all broadcast networks, no primetime entertainment telecast (outside of Super Bowl nights and major awards shows) has rated higher in 18-49 since Ashton Kutcher’s premiere on CBS’ “Two and a Half Men” in September 2011 (12.1).
In total viewers, “SNL 40th Anniversary Special” grew from 23.14 million viewers to about 26.5 million, »
- Rick Kissell
To kick off “Saturday Night Live’s” 40th anniversary special Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake sang and danced their way through the cold open, highlighting some of the top catchphrases and skits from the show’s history.
In a number complete with top hats and canes, the duo rapped, tapped and clapped their way through a list that hit favorite quotes, skits and impersonations including “Jane, you ignorant slut,” Bill Hader’s Stefon, Schweddy Balls, The Ambiguously Gay Duo, The Californians and many more.
Rachael Dratch and Molly Shannon dropped in as well.
Steve Martin, given the task of delivering the show’s monologue, compared the special to a high school reunion for a school “that is almost all white.” He added that the show would not only entertain, but pay tribute to “SNL” members who are no longer with us, including John Belushi, Gilda Radner and Jon Lovitz, who »
- Shelli Weinstein
Directed by Bobcat Goldthwait
Comedian and activist Barry Crimmins is a very simple man. He has but two humble objectives in his life; “Overthrow the United States government and close the Catholic Church.” Bobcat Goldthwait’s assured documentary, Call Me Lucky, spends half its running time paying homage to Crimmins’ invectives and the other half illuminating their painful source. It’s hilarious, heartbreaking, and life-affirming stuff from a director who continues his evolution into a serious filmmaker.
Like Lenny Bruce and George Carlin before him, Barry Crimmins wasn’t afraid to add some substance to his stand-up comedy routine. He championed the Boston-area comedy boom in the ‘80s, leading to an increased awareness of stand-up comedians that continues to this day. Perhaps it’s not a stretch to say there would be no Seinfeld or Louie without Crimmins’ efforts back in the day. A ferocious performer »
- J.R. Kinnard
Human life finds away amongst a delicate, intricately woven web of customs, cultures and traditions, and the sad part is that it only makes sense because so much time and effort is spent forcing it to.
In reality, your life is usually chaotic, bizarre and generally confusing. It is often only when doing something utterly ridiculous that the chaos and rampant silliness inherent to it finally shines through, which is invariably when you catch yourself doing something astonishingly stupid as if it was nothing in the world.
In that respect, legendary Us comedian and free thinker George Carlin was 100% right: society tries to break us down along invisible barriers like class, race, sex, sexual orientation, pay grade, politics and more besides, but the reality is really quite different and our similarities Far outnumber our differences. Unfortunately that also means in those stupid quirks and unifying moments of numb-headedness that creep into everyday existence. »
- Chris Quicksilver
Kevin Pollak's documentary "Misery Loves Comedy" has a cute pun of a title that also draws attention to the film's primary flaw. Had Pollak just called his first directing foray "My Friends Talk About Comedy" or "White Comedians Love Misery," I probably could have just felt that this was one person polling a bunch of chums on a subject of mutual interest and accepted its limitations. But "Misery Loves Comedy" spends its entire runtime on a series of talking-head interviews with various comedians and on grand pronouncement after another, different variably famous stand-ups keep saying what "comedians" are like and what "comedy" is about. And given the composition of Pollak's panel of experts, I'm afraid that's ludicrous. With dozens of comics participating, the total number of African-American comics featured in the entire documentary? One. Whoopi Goldberg is brought in to summarize one Richard Pryor routine. She does that and nothing more. »
- Daniel Fienberg
It was American humorist Erma Bombeck who is credited is saying that “there is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt.” In the documentary program of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, this is a topic oft explored. From the quite literal exploration in Kevin Pollak’s Misery Loves Comedy to the less overt themes in Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon, there were many instances of both pain and laughter, especially in the creation of great comedy. It is through these docs that Sundance explored the minds and eccentricities behind what makes us laugh. Let’s explore. Misery Loves Comedy In what began as a Kickstarter project for Kevin Pollak, the actor, comedian, filmmaker, podcaster and everyman of entertainment struggles to keep himself unheard as he interviews many of his most revered contemporaries about their lives in comedy. Though we don’t mind, as »
- Neil Miller
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