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‘Talk Show the Game Show’ Live: Wanda Sykes Judges Nick Thune at SXSW

  • Indiewire
‘Talk Show the Game Show’ Live: Wanda Sykes Judges Nick Thune at SXSW
There’s more to South by Southwest than just the movies, whether it be ultra-rare appearances by media-shy filmmakers or live versions of soon-to-premiere game shows. In the case of the latter, SXSW Comedy presented “Talk Show the Game Show” last night with host Guy Branum, who was joined by Wanda Sykes, Casey Schreiner, Nick Thune, Bonnie McFarlane and Scott Thompson. Watch the entire “episode” below.

Read More: Terrence Malick Makes a Rare Appearance at SXSW 2017 and Digs Deep On His Process

Formerly of “Awkward” and “Chelsea Lately,” the writer/comedian/actor played ringleader during the proceedings, which introduced the show’s concept. Utilizing a point-based system — two points for a name drop, three points for flirting with the host — it’s likely the first talk show to require a scorekeeper and actively pit its host against his or her guests. (And everything is scored, including Branum’s monologue.)

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‘Talk Show the Game Show’ Live: Wanda Sykes Judges Nick Thune at SXSW

‘Talk Show the Game Show’ Live: Wanda Sykes Judges Nick Thune at SXSW
There’s more to South by Southwest than just the movies, whether it be ultra-rare appearances by media-shy filmmakers or live versions of soon-to-premiere game shows. In the case of the latter, SXSW Comedy presented “Talk Show the Game Show” last night with host Guy Branum, who was joined by Wanda Sykes, Casey Schreiner, Nick Thune, Bonnie McFarlane and Scott Thompson. Watch the entire “episode” below.

Read More: Terrence Malick Makes a Rare Appearance at SXSW 2017 and Digs Deep On His Process

Formerly of “Awkward” and “Chelsea Lately,” the writer/comedian/actor played ringleader during the proceedings, which introduced the show’s concept. Utilizing a point-based system — two points for a name drop, three points for flirting with the host — it’s likely the first talk show to require a scorekeeper and actively pit its host against his or her guests. (And everything is scored, including Branum’s monologue.)

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SXSW 2017: The Most Exciting TV Events You Can’t Miss

  • Indiewire
SXSW 2017: The Most Exciting TV Events You Can’t Miss
SXSW has diversified its interests over recent years, and the world of television is no exception to that. This year’s most exciting moments include exclusive world premieres, panel conversations, escape rooms and a pop-up chicken restaurant. If you’re not going, there’s plenty to envy — and if you will be in attendance, you owe it to the world to share as much as you can on social media.

Read More: All of IndieWire’s SXSW 2017 coverage

Screenings

Here is the schedule for the official Episodics line-up, which features six new TV series in competition alongside other SXSW selections:

American Gods” (Starz)

Vimeo Theatre

March 11, 2017

11:00am —11:59am

“The Son” (AMC)

Zach Theatre

March 12, 2017

7:00pm —8:32pm

Dear White People” (Netflix)

Zach Theatre

March 13, 2017

1:15pm —2:17pm

“Nobodies” (TV Land)

Zach Theatre

March 13, 2017

3:45pm —4:28pm

“I Love Bekka and Lucy” (Stage 13)

Alamo Ritz 1

March
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SXSW 2017: The Most Exciting TV Events You Can’t Miss

SXSW 2017: The Most Exciting TV Events You Can’t Miss
SXSW has diversified its interests over recent years, and the world of television is no exception to that. This year’s most exciting moments include exclusive world premieres, panel conversations, escape rooms and a pop-up chicken restaurant. If you’re not going, there’s plenty to envy — and if you will be in attendance, you owe it to the world to share as much as you can on social media.

Read More: All of IndieWire’s SXSW 2017 coverage

Screenings

Here is the schedule for the official Episodics line-up, which features six new TV series in competition alongside other SXSW selections:

American Gods” (Starz)

Vimeo Theatre

March 11, 2017

11:00am —11:59am

“The Son” (AMC)

Zach Theatre

March 12, 2017

7:00pm —8:32pm

Dear White People” (Netflix)

Zach Theatre

March 13, 2017

1:15pm —2:17pm

“Nobodies” (TV Land)

Zach Theatre

March 13, 2017

3:45pm —4:28pm

“I Love Bekka and Lucy” (Stage 13)

Alamo Ritz 1

March
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This Is Not Happening: Season Four Renewal for Comedy Central Series

  • TVSeriesFinale
It's happening, all right. Ahead of tonight's season three premiere, the This Is Not Happening TV show has been renewed for a fourth season on Comedy Central. Ari Shaffir hosts the show from Cheetahs in Hollywood. It features Shaffir and his comedian friends relating true stories "of humiliation, degradation and supreme embarrassment." Watch a sneak peek, after the jump.Comedians slated to appear the third season of This Is Not Happening include: Gastor Almonte, Louie Anderson, Maria Bamford, Greg Behrendt, Lavell Crawford, Joey Diaz, Greg Fitzsimmons, Sean Flannery, Al Jackson, Bert Kreischer, Bobby Lee, Julian McCullough, Bonnie McFarlane, Big Jay Oakerson, Tom Papa, Russell Peters, Steve Rannazzisi, Brian Regan, Rory Scovel, Ali Siddiq, Steve Simeone, Doug Stanhope, Nick Thune, Liza Treyger, Sal
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This Is Not Happening: Season Three Talent Line Up Announced

[caption id="attachment_49341" align="aligncenter" width="590"] This Is Not Happening TV show on Comedy Central. Pictured: Ari Shaffir, season 2. Photo Credit: Greg Gayne./caption]

Comedy Central has announced talent slated for the third season of the This Is Not Happening TV show, hosted by Ari Shaffir. This Is Not Happening season three will feature stories from: Sofiya Alexandra, Gastor Almonte, Louie Anderson, Maria Bamford, Greg Behrendt, Lavell Crawford, Joey Diaz, Greg Fitzsimmons, and Sean Flannery.

Also coming in the third season are stories from: Al Jackson, Pete Johansson, Andy Kindler, Bert Kreischer, Joe List, Julian McCullough, Bonnie McFarlane, Big Jay Oakerson, Russell Peters, Brian Regan, Dave Ross, Rory Scovel, Scruncho, Ryan Sickler, Steve Simeone, Doug Stanhope, Dan St. Germain, Nick Thune, Liza Treyger, Sal Vulcano, Andrew W.K. and more!

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‘Community’ Creator Dan Harmon to Host IFC Comedy Pilot ‘Great Minds’

‘Community’ Creator Dan Harmon to Host IFC Comedy Pilot ‘Great Minds’
IFC has ordered a pilot presentation for a panel show hosted by “Community” creator Dan Harmon that features comedians playing notable historical figures.

“Great Minds” will feature a revolving cast of comics including Rory Albanese, Robert Smigel, Bonnie McFarlane and Seaton Smith. The series is created by “Daily Show” alum Richard Korson and exec produced by Harmon, Korson, Jay Peterson and Kara Welker. Peterson’s Matador Content is producing.

“Great Minds” is one of three unscripted pilot presentations to land orders from IFC. The AMC Networks cabler is also developing a latenight talker with Jim Norton and a female-driven newsmagazine satire “1320 Seconds” from producer Sara Schaefer.

Norton’s pilot presentation for a half-hour talk show focusing on film, TV and pop culture is also produced by Matador with Norton and Suzanne Fagel (“Totally Biased with Kamau Bell”) exec producing.

“1320 Seconds” is billed as an ensemble of women correspondents and one
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David Letterman booker fired after saying female comics 'act like men' to get laughs

  • Pop2it
The New York Post is reporting that a comedy booker for "The Late Show with David Letterman" has been fired after giving a New York Times interview in which he says too many female comics "will act like men" to get laughs.

His full quote in the piece is, "There are a lot less female comics who are authentic. I see a lot of female comics who, to please an audience, will act like men."

It's just one quote out of a lengthy interview, in which he also says that Andy Kaufman was funny, just "not in a stand-up scenario," that Bob Hope was a funny comedy actor, but Brill never "thought Bob Hope was a great stand-up comedian" and that comedy is universal, citing, "Mark Twain was as brilliant as Ricky Gervais."

The Post reports that Brill will continue to warm up the audience prior to "Letterman" tapings, but
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Bonnie McFarlane comes to Late Show comedy booker Eddie Brill's defense

In response to this morning.s firing of Eddie Brill from the Late Show with David Letterman, comedian Bonnie McFarlane, the director of the forthcoming movie .Women Aren.t Funny. defends Brill's comments in a recent article for the New York Times. McFarlane has worked professionally as a comedian for over 15 years. Among her credits include specials on HBO, Comedy Central and the CBC. She was a finalist on season 2 of NBC.s Last Comic Standing and has appeared on both the Late Show with David Letterman and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Her forthcoming documentary .Women Aren.t Funny. is scheduled to release later this year. "People need to stop taking exception every time someone makes a slight towards
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Bonnie McFarlane Teams Up With Cringe Humor For New Web Series

Cringe Humor Entertainment announces that it is teaming up with comedian Bonnie McFarlane for a new web series covering the Who, What, When, Where, & Why of the comedy works. The W5 is a unique look into Bonnie's world of stand up comedy, shot from her own perspective. Each episode will include video footage shot by Bonnie at various comedy related events. From interviewing other comedians she works with, to covering special events she is a part of, Bonnie shares her vision of being a stand up comedian in each edition. "If you are looking for in depth analysis on all things comedy than this isn't it, but it's still kinda funny," Bonnie said. Patrick Milligan, CEO, Cringe
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Good Game: Halo Reach and Civ V Triumph, Blade Kitten Charms, Red Dead Dlc Delivers, and Pocket Frogs Makes a Splash

  • The Backlot
Good Game is a weekly column about the latest news in video games and casual gaming.

New Releases

Halo: Reach (Xbox) — The much-anticipated Fps racked up a whopping $210 million in sales on its first day. I'm not a big Halo fan myself, but the game has received almost universal praise from reviewers and gamers — including my 15-year-old niece, who stood in line for 3 hours at a local Gamestop with hundreds of other people to purchase the game at midnight on its release date. (She was one of the few girls in line, and the only one smart enough to have pizza delivered.)

If you're a Halo fan, check out this video debunking the top myths about the game.

Sid Meier's Civilization V (PC) — Another big hit with gamers and reviewers, this turn-based strategy game is just plain awesome.

Blade Kitten (Xbla/Psn/PC) — I'm not usually a fan of platform arcade games,
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Red Dead Redemption Review

  • GameRant
Short Version: Red Dead Redemption delivers an eye-popping visual experience with great character dynamics. Every aspect of this game fits like a well-made puzzle.

Game Rant’s Alex Sanderson reviews Red Dead Redemption

In February of last year, Rockstar Games announced Red Dead Redemption, the spiritual sequel to the 2004 hit Red Dead Revolver. Over the past year and a half, we have been teased with screenshots and videos of the latest open world western. We’ve taken a quick look and shared our first impressions of Red Dead Redemption already, and now we’ve finished the full game. Does it live up to all the hype? In short – Yes.

Story

The game takes place in New Austin, a savage and unforgiving land on the border of Mexico, that is torn between the old ways of the West and the new political methods of the civilized world. It’s 1911, and John Marston
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"Red Dead Redemption" is More Than Just "Grand Theft Alamo"

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More than any other game developers working today, Rockstar Games mines the cinema for their inspirations. The heavy hand of Scorcese (and I'd argue Michael Mann, too) hovers over the Grand Theft Auto series. The Houser Bros. don't talk much to the media, but when they do, it becomes clear that their sensibilities are more filmic than gamer.

Some years ago they took a big risk and turned Walter Hill's cult gang drama "The Warriors" into a big budget video game, which further attests to their film-love. When "Red Dead Redemption" was announced a few years back, it seemed that players would be getting a highly, stylized playable version of Sergio Leone's spaghetti gunfighter oeuvre.

But, with Rdr, Rockstar's doing more than reconstituting the DNA of their favorite cinematic influences in playable form. "Red Dead Redemption" reconfigures expectations as to what an open-world game -- which generally have
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