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Legends and Groundbreakers Honoree Louie Anderson Reflects on His Long Comedy Career

21 July 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Louie Anderson got his start in comedy on a dare.

As a young man in Minnesota in the late 1970s, Anderson went to a comedy club with some friends. He wasn’t impressed.

“It was my fault because I said the comedians who were up there weren’t very funny,” he recalls. “That backfired on me. People said, ‘Why don’t you go up there?’ I said, ‘Ok, I will.’”

Within a week Anderson was performing on open mic night.

“I remember I wrote these jokes all week and I’d ask people if they thought they were funny,” Anderson says. “They were mostly about being a fat kid growing up. I was terrible with the mic technique, I was way too close.”

But almost instantly, Anderson, who is being honored by Variety as part of their “Legends and Groundbreakers” series at the Just for Laughs fest, started getting attention. A »

- Geoff Berkshire

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25 years ago today: ‘Boyz n the Hood’ opened in theaters

12 July 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Boyz n the Hood was a history-maker. It made John Singleton the youngest person ever nominated for a Best Director Oscar and the first African-American honored in the category. If those celebrating that landmark had gotten a peek into America 25 years after Boyz n the Hood’s release, they’d probably be rather disappointed — probably some mix of horrified and furious too. As Black Lives Matter protests make headlines following the deaths of Philander Castile and Alton Sterling, and as the Academy recovers from a season marked by the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite (though, on the other hand, Broadway got #TonysSoBlack trending), today marks a quarter century since Boyz n the Hood opened in theaters. Though the 1992 Oscar nominations announcement came with the notable milestone for Singleton, the release of the movie in July 1991 was marked by tragedy: Despite the film’s concluding words, “Increase the Peace,” the movie’s opening weekend »

- Emily Rome

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Match Game vs. $100,000 Pyramid: Which ABC Reboot Is Most Faithful?

27 June 2016 8:03 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

With this Sunday’s simultaneous launch of $100,000 Pyramid and Match Game, ABC has upped its retro game show reboot roster to a full four shows, if one lumps in (Celebrity) Family Feud with the recently premiered To Tell the Truth.

RelatedSummer TV Schedule: 110+ Dates to Save in June and July

Celebrity Family Feud is now in its second season (and the “civilian” flavor has been in and out of syndicated TV), so there’s nothing much to discuss on that front — save for Kelli Pickler seemingly thinking the final round poses essay questions. To Tell the Truth meanwhile revived an oldie but goodie, »

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Alec Baldwin-Hosted ‘Match Game’ to Cap ABC’s Sunday Summer Gameshow Lineup

28 April 2016 9:50 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

ABC is betting big on gameshows this summer, on Thursday adding a revival of “The Match Game” hosted by Alec Baldwin to its slate.

Sundays in particular will be heavy on classic game reboots, with the network creatings what it’s calling a “Sunday Fun & Games Block.” Following encores of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” ABC’s Sunday lineup starting June 26 will feature the Steve Harvey-hosted “Celebrity Family Feud” at 8 p.m., the Michael Strahan-fronted “$100,000 Pyramid” at 9 and now “Match Game” at 10.

Match Game,” produced by FremantleMedia North America, is a panel gameshow that features two contestants as they attempt to match the answers of six celebrities in a game of fill-in the missing blank. It will be executive produced by Alec Baldwin and Fmna’s Jennifer Mullin. ABC ordered 10 hourlong installments.

“I am beyond grateful to ABC and FremantleMedia for the chance to host a summer series of the legendary ‘Match Game, »

- Rick Kissell

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One of the Best Family Feud Fails in the History of Everything

23 January 2016 10:00 AM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

If you’ve ever watched Family Feud I’m sure you know the kinds of blunders families have had over the years. From sexual undertones to answers that simply boggle the mind, the show has had it’s fair share of memorable moments.  But that’s the whole point right?  The pressure of time makes a human being answer questions in a way that they’re not used to thus making some of the things that roll off their tongues quite funny. Since the show’s inception we’ve seen the likes of Richard Dawson harass the women, Louie Anderson be loud and annoying, that Ray guy

One of the Best Family Feud Fails in the History of Everything »

- Nat Berman

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