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If you thought that Gilbert Gottfried was a great guest, you'll be falling out of your seats tonight. The one and only Jay Leno is on deck to mentor our remaining comedians, and the competition is starting to get pretty tight.
Jb Smoove starts the show by trying to bust into the judges' lounge. Russell Peters has a cup of coffee in hand, as he tries to tell Jb he's not allowed in. "Judges only," Russell recites. Jb then calls him racist, and says he's going in the room for some coffee anyway. Judge Milian from The People's Court comes out for some unexplained reason, and challenges entry once again. Roseanne also spouts out a few lines, and Jb mentions that he just wants some hot cocoa. My gosh, this is a painful and unnecessary bit.
It turns out that Jay's mentoring was all pre-taped, as we're shown clips of »
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As an appetizer, the Ep unveiled a surprise guest who’ll be a “huge part of Season 3”: Raul Esparza, who played the presumed dead Dr. Frederick Chilton. (Eddie Izzard will also return in a flashback.)
“I can’t believe how much people fell in love with Chilton this season,” Esparza effused. “I love playing the part because he’s a total douchebag.”
For the main course, Fuller »
Ahoy! There’s been a change in course for Crossbones‘ final two episodes.
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NBC has announced that following this Friday’s regularly scheduled outing, the pirate drama’s final two episodes will drop anchor on a Saturday night — Aug. 2, starting at 8/7c.
Occupying Crossbones‘ Friday-at-10 pm time slot on Aug. 1 (aka my birthday, gift cards are always welcome) will be the NBC News special Hannah Anderson: Anatomy of a Kidnapping, while a second hour of Dateline will fill the void on Aug. 8.
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This week, our fearless comedians will be competing in a challenge that seems kind of easy. They'll be roasting none other than the legendary Gilbert Gottfried. I say easy, because --come on. That guy has both purposely and accidentally created so much roast material throughout his career. I seriously hope someone mentions his stint as Iago in the Aladdin films.
There are only six comics left this week, and the contestants are under pressure. Jb Smoove starts out by discussing the idea behind a roast. It's about "honoring and ribbing at the same time," he says. Then he breaks the news that the honored guest will be Gilbert. And in case the comics (and the viewing audience) are unfamiliar with Gilbert, Jb rolls a montage of memorable Gilbert moments and trivia. For over 40 years, Gilbert's squint and voice helped him "succeed in everything!" his video states. "If masturbation is a crime, »
Who is the roaster with the most-er? NBC’s Last Comic Standing asks that question this Thursday at 10/9c, and we’ve got a first look at one of the scorching sessions.
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With celebrity roastmaster general Jeff Ross serving as guest mentor, the six finalists will each take a run at comedian Gilbert Gottfried — a man not without myriad easy targets on his back. Here, Nikki Carr takes her best shots, mimicking the guest of honor’s vocal patterns to boot.
Who’s your pick to win this cycle of Last Comic? »
If you haven't seen this yet, you've got to check it out! It's been on my list of things to watch the last couple of days. I finally got around to watching it, and I wish I would have done it sooner! The video features Rob Cantor impressively singing an original song in 29 different voices. He hits each one of them perfectly, including the female voices such as Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. It's amazing to hear what this guy can pull off.
Update: This video is actually done by several other voice impersonators that Cantor lip-syncs too. Here's the full list of impersonators. I've also included a making-of video that you can watch.
Gilbert Gauthier: Frank Sinatra
Amanda Gari: Cher, Flipper
Reagan James: Gwen Stefani
Bora Karaca: Whistle
- Joey Paur
Chicago – A feature-length comedy is a daunting undertaking. But being consistently funny for 2 straight hours is like climbing Mount Everest blindfolded with no arms while taking selfies using your feet.
Special effects mean nothing in the land of comedy. It’s all about the writing and the acting (in that order). To give you a sense of who you’re working with here, I find “Anchorman” hilarious and “Burn After Reading” for a dark comedy. Seth MacFarlane’s “Ted” hits more than it misses, but his return accomplishes the reverse with “A Million Ways to Die in the West” without a reason for being.
Double entendres like “That’s horseshit!” (referring to intentionally placed manure in the middle of a statement of disdain) fall flat while a game at the fair called “Runaway Slave” is genuinely funny (and finds a way for a recently unchained man to appear for a perfect post-credits cameo). Likewise, »
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“Hell on Wheels” will get rolling again in August. AMC has set a premiere date for the fourth season of its Western drama, with the show returning on Aug. 2 at 9 p.m. See video: AMC's ‘Small Town Security': Is Gilbert Gottfried in Danger? The upcoming season has been expanded to 13 episodes. The first 10 episodes will run consecutively through Oct. 4, with the show returning on Nov. 8 following a hiatus for AMC's annual FearFest programming. The series, which stars Anson Mount, Colm Meaney and Common, averaged 3.3 million total viewers last year, after shifting to a new Saturday night »
- Tim Kenneally
Gilbert Gottfried is crashing AMC's “Small Town Security.” On the next episode of the quirky reality, Christa Stephens is out for a night on the town when she runs into the comedic actor. After a round of late night of cocktails and ribs, Christa gets the courage to ask Gottfried to be a guest host on Joan Koplan aka the Chief's Public Access TV show. The only problem is no one can find the Chief. See video: AMC's ‘Small Town Security': What Happens When Cameras Aren't Rolling? As a result, Gottfried gets a little suspicious. Find out why in TheWrap's exclusive preview above. »
- Destiny Jackson
Hln viewers will see a lot more of a few familiar faces, and should get used to two new ones as well. Lynn Berry, who had been filling in on “Weekend Express” since December has been named host of the show. Brian McFayden was named sports anchor, “Morning Express With Robin Meade,” where he's been working for several months. Ali Nejad and Yasmin Vossoughian are also joining Hln as correspondents, effective this month. See video: Gilbert Gottfried Shocks Dr. Drew With Skeezy Comments Towards Female Hln Panelists Berry joined Hln in fall 2013 and had previously served as anchor of NBC-tv's “Early Today, »
- Tony Maglio
Former Aflac duck voice Gilbert Gottfried shocked Dr. Drew when he made offensive comments on the physical appearance of his Hln panelists. Also read: Gilbert Gottfried Fired As Aflac Duck “You surround yourself with these hot pieces of ass,” Gottfried said. “And it's like–it's kind of like you have a story, someone was killed in their home, and now we're gonna talk to a bunch of girls that you'd pound like there's no tomorrow.” Also read: Gilbert Gottfried's Advice: ‘Observe Everything I Do and Do the Opposite’ Dr. Drew asked panelist Michelle Fields for comment. “I have no words, »
- James Crugnale
Jerry Seinfeld turns 60 today, a fact that blew my mind until I realized, "Oh yeah, 'Seinfeld' began in the '80s." Never mind. Right on target. Happy birthday to the comedy giant. To celebrate the big day, a critical thinking question for everybody: Who does the best impression of Seinfeld? Is it Jimmy Fallon, who has probably logged more television hours imitating Seinfeld than any other living comic? Or is it a more surprising choice. Let's compare some candidates. First, Jimmy, who is certainly dead-on. Seinfeld himself called Fallon the best Seinfeld imitator. Or is it Gilbert Gottfried, whose ability to change his voice in any way is completely shocking to me: Don't forget Frank Caliendo, who does a pretty good job imitating the entire 'Seinfeld' cast. And for the hell of it, here's Larry David's perrrrfffect impression of George Constanza. Julia Louis-Dreyfus' face is priceless. »
- Louis Virtel
In a surprising development for streaming video, Amazon Prime has obtained the rights to HBO shows. Don’t cancel your cable subscription just yet, the deal only covers older HBO shows, plus Girls and Veep episodes that are more than three years old. Still, the news is a pretty big deal. Netflix has long had older episodes of Showtime’s series (and now Hulu has a few shows), but HBO has resisted letting its shows appear anywhere but HBO Go. Game of Thrones and True Detective as well as Sex and the City (which airs in syndication) aren’t included.
Recently, CBS renewed The Big Bang Theory for three seasons, which would take it to season ten. Showrunner Steve Molaro tells The Hollywood Reporter that, for now at least, he’s approaching that tenth season as the final one, which would give the show a Friends-sized run.
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- Lyle Masaki
You want to freak out your friends? Take a page from an exclusive clip from "Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman and Friends" (premiering Thurs. April 24 at midnight Et/Pt on Adult Swim). While Gelman ("Eagleheart") seems to just be inviting his fancy Hollywood pals over for a night of chit-chat, things take a turn for the weird. The really weird. What better way to introduce the next course than sobbing on the floor? In the 30-minute special, Gelman invites a roster of buddies including Dale Dickey ("Justified"), Gilbert Gottfried, Fred Melamed ("The Crazy Ones"), Alison Pill ("The Newsroom"), Lance Reddick ("American Horror Story," "Fringe"), Anthony Atamanuik ("30 Rock"), and Alex Karpovsky ("Girls") to have a formal meal with the good china and chat about who comes from where and what they like about New York before Gelman throws a wrench into all the niceties. »
- Liane Bonin Starr
Adult Swim has made a stir attracting quality guest stars for special event programs of late, including Jon Hamm, Paul Rudd, and Amy Poehler -- and that's just for Adam Scott's "The Greatest Event in Television History." Now, they'll be broadcasting their first celebrity dinner party with a late night twist. "Dinner With Friends With Brett Gelman and Friends" premieres Thursday, April 24th at midnight, and Indiewire has exclusive photos as well as the full list of cast members/dinner guests. Joining Gelman for the half-hour special he co-wrote with director Jason Woliner ("Eagleheart") are Dale Dickey ("Justified," "True Blood"), Gilbert Gottfried, Fred Melamed ("A Serious Man," "In a World..."), Alison Pill ("The Newsroom"), Lance Reddick ("The Wire," "Fringe"), Anthony Atamanuik ("30 Rock," "Broad City") and Alex Karpovsky ("Girls"). The scripted comedy special invites guests to "a lively night of dining, showbiz chit-chat, and psychological torture." Gelman, a »
- Ben Travers
Adult Swim has made a stir attracting quality guest stars for special event programs of late, including Jon Hamm, Paul Rudd, and Amy Poehler -- and that's just for Adam Scott's "The Greatest Event in Television History." Now, they'll be broadcasting their first celebrity dinner party with a late night twist. "Dinner With Friends With Brett Gelman and Friends" premieres Thursday, April 24th at midnight, and Indiewire has exclusive photos as well as the full list of cast members/dinner guests. Joining Gelman for the half-hour special he co-wrote with director Jason Woliner ("Eagleheart") are Dale Dickey ("Justified," "True Blood"), Gilbert Gottfried, Fred Melamed ("A Serious Man," "In a World..."), Alison Pill ("The Newsroom"), Lance Reddick ("The Wire," "Fringe"), Anthony Atamanuik ("30 Rock," "Broad City") and Alex Karpovsky ("Girls"). The scripted comedy special invites guests to "a lively night of dining, showbiz chit-chat, and psychological torture." Gelman, a...
- Ben Travers
The timing was coincidental, but it made a lot of sense for Howard Stern to throw his massive 60th birthday concert at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom right around the same time as the Golden Globes, the State of the Union, the Super Bowl and the Grammys. In many ways, the evening felt like a combination of all those events: It had the all-star musical collaborations of the Grammys, the random grouping of A-list celebrities eating and drinking together that you usually only see at the Golden Globes, the chants, crazily-coveted »
Look for it on February 18th via Indican Pictures.
The feature debut of Dan Fogler offers up a Hitchcockian homage mixed with fart jokes that will leave you peeing your pants from both comic laughter and horror-induced cringing.
Follow along as Strange Lenny and his merry band of misfits take a trip to the woods of Maine to visit Moon Lake. Unbeknownst to them, Moon Lake is imbued with “lunar radiation” that can unbalance any mind unfortunate enough to come near it. Of course, our nubile youngsters travel to this bed of lunacy, and surprise, surprise »
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18 items from 2014
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