18 items from 2013
Football: Swansea City v Hull City | The Royal Variety Performance | MasterChef: The Professionals | Ripper Street | Liberty Of London | The Happenings | Don't Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves | Set List: Stand-Up Without A Net
Football: Swansea City v Hull City
7pm, Sky Sports 1
A battle between two Cities, though with one of those Cities soon to be Tigers, should Hull owner Assem Allam's rebranding move go ahead. Despite fan rancour over the prospective name change, on the pitch Hull look in decent nick, with Steve Bruce's side managing an impressive victory over Liverpool last weekend. Swansea, so far, have struggled to balance domestic and European duties, though they are probably better than their current middling league position suggests. Gwilym Mumford
The Royal Variety Performance
The most mainstream event in the TV schedules, the annual comedy and music show isn't without its historically interesting moments: this, after all, was where »
- Gwilym Mumford, John Robinson, Hannah Verdier, Jonathan Wright, Ben Arnold, Julia Raeside, David Stubbs
Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool indie projects that need your help to become a reality. This week, we're featuring a ridiculous new horror project influenced by slasher horror movies from the 1980s called Dude Bro Party Massacre 3. It's the first feature-length (horror) movie from the folks at 5 Second Films, who you likely know from their quick comedy videos they've been making every day for the last five years. Take a look at their pitch video below, leave a comment with your thoughts, and don't forget to donate if you can. Check it! If you're not familiar with 5 Second Films, they're a comedy troupe of 20-somethings based out of Los Angeles who have worked with awesome people like Patton Oswalt, Doug Benson, Eddie Pepitone, "Weird Al" Yankovic, and tons more. They've been featured in the pages of Wired, »
- Ben Pearson
Marc Maron's feisty felines have more clout than the average working actor. Today IFC.com released the world's first .Pod Cats. series, an all-new podcast from the perspective of Marc Maron's beloved cats. From IFC Monkey (Eddie Pepitone), Boomer (Sean Conroy) and La Fonda (Amber Kenny) lend their voices to spill the dirt on all the heavy petting of guest stars on the set of Marc's new show on IFC, being replaced by Hollywood cats and how it really feels to have Marc as your master . The remaining two "Pod Cats" will be posted on Monday, May 20 and Monday, May 27. "Pod Cats" is an EarWolf Media Productions for IFC. Also, catch a sneak peek »
- April Neale
Half successful standup comic Eddie Pepitone expands the screen from stage to life as he lives his part 24 hours a day. Proclaimed the .Bitter Budda. by his friends and followers, standup comic Eddie Pepitone is like a Rodney Dangerfield who gets no respect. No, really, he really gets no respect. Growing up in an incubator until the age of nine years in the hallowed comic streets of Brooklyn, Eddie reports that asking his father to pass the salt at the dinner table was like negotiating with Hamas for peace in the Middle East. Fat, ill dressed, unbathed and sporting teeth so bad they look like they were engineered for failure, Pepitone is gleefully disgusting, gratefully marginalized and »
- Ron Wilkinson
Eddie Pepitone is a comic’s comic, a deconstructionist stand-up comic with a scream like no other, who’s willing to put everyone, most often himself, under the microscope. Pepitone gets that treatment in the documentary film "The Bitter Buddha," directed by Steven Feinartz. It’s an engaging portrait of this man and an instant classic film about comedy that will be fascinating to comedy nerds and mainstream audiences alike. In our review, we said the film is 'a portrait of an interesting and endearing misanthrope,' and we got a chance to talk to the man himself on the day of his film’s premiere at the Cinema Village in New York City. How did you get in touch with "The Bitter Buddha" 's director, Steven Feinartz? He had seen me perform the rants on Marc Maron’s Wtf Live Shows, and Steven really liked what I did, and »
- Katie Walsh
Chicago – We live in such a cynical world that when a film critic tells you a stand-up comedian is damn funny, it might not hold as much weight as it did in a universe before everyone had an opinion on everything online. So how can I convince you that Eddie Pepitone, the subject of Stephen Feinartz’s “The Bitter Buddha,” opening this weekend at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, is damn funny? Do you like Marc Maron, Sarah Silverman, Dana Gould, or the amazing Patton Oswalt? They think he’s hilarious. And if that doesn’t do it, the movie will. Just trust us.
Eddie Pepitone is a comedian’s comedian, a guy who other funny people know and respect but who simply hasn’t broken out beyond the critical and comedic communities. Someone compares the record sales of Reo Speedwagon to that of Elvis Costello, noting that »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The comedy series starring podcasting comedian Marc Maron as himself will finally see the light of your television on May 3 at 10 p.m. Et, IFC announced today.
Based on Maron’s life and career, which includes his popular Wtf podcast, the scripted Maron will depict “his day-to-day struggle to maintain relationships other than the ones with his podcast audience and his beloved trio of cats.” More specifically, the comedian will be seen “dating a dominatrix, sponsoring a recently sober ex-con, tracking down an internet troll who blasts him on Twitter.”
The 10-episode series will be chock full of celebrity guests such as Adam Scott, »
- Dan Snierson
Comedian, podcaster, bon vivant, and all-around personality Eddie Pepitone has been one of the comedy world’s most unexpected success stories of the past few years. In a pop-culture world obsessed with youth, Pepitone has emerged as the Grandma Moses of comedy, a late-bloomer whose career only took off after he passed 50. Pepitone has been ubiquitous as of late, popping up on Community and 2 Broke Girls, turning up regularly on Conan (as a belligerent heckler) and live episodes of Wtf, and appearing alongside Sean Conroy, Jamie Flam, and Amber Kenny on The Long Shot Podcast. Now the story »
Eddie Pepitone is a comedian of dualisms. At 52, he's the next big thing. He's a meditating vegan with rage issues. He enjoys swearing at La drivers as much as he likes to feed squirrels in the park. This duality of character is what Steven Feinartz's documentary "The Bitter Buddha" (the title an oxymoron itself) attempts to convey about Pepitone, a man who is as delightful as he is loud, as incongruous as he is familiar, as buddha-like in nature and stature as he isn't. Pepitone is a stand up comedian in La, a comic's comic, as the slew of comedians interviewed attest to in our introduction to the man (testimony is given by Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifianakis, Jen Kirkman, B.J. Novak, Paul Provenza, Dana Gould, Scott Aukerman, Andy Kindler, Sarah Silverman, and more). And yet, he's still under the radar, still trying for that big break. His signature scream »
- Katie Walsh
Real-life stories don’t get much more remarkable than that of William Kamkwamaba, a young Malawian who rescued his family from famine by constructing a power-generating windmill from junk parts. Kamkwamaba related his story in the 2009 bestseller The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and he is now the subject of the SXSW-screening documentary William and the Windmill from director Ben Nabors, which details both his original story and his subsequent brush with fame.
The film has been gifted a beautiful new poster, which you can exclusively see above, from designer Jim Pascoe and Paul Pope, the acclaimed writer-artist whose credits »
- Clark Collis
Were you to ask 100 passers-by to list their favorite stand-ups it is unlikely any of them would mention the name Eddie Pepitone. But were you to ask any random group of comedians the same question it might be a different matter. The New Yorker has long been a fixture on the L.A. comedy scene and his rage-fueled rants are beloved by the likes of Sarah Silverman, Marc Maron, and Patton Oswalt, all of whom appear in the new documentary about Pepitone, The Bitter Buddha.
Below, Bitter Buddha director Steven Feinartz talks about Pepitone and his film, which is currently »
- Clark Collis
"I know we are at war with each other. How could you not be in this crazy, upside-down world? A world where on one corner you can get gourmet coffee, and in an apartment right above that someone's being raped for the last thirty years. How do you reconcile that? Unless the coffee is horrible …" –Eddie Pepitone
Greetings from the apocalypse! So, February … Is this almost over? Seriously, Unicef needs to airdrop a good movies aid package on us pronto before our entertainment-emaciated minds starve to the point where a Dwayne Johnson flick actually seems like a good call. Speaking of which …
Friday, February 22
Ever had to kill a bunch of drug cartel bad guys in order to get your son out of jail? Dwayne Johnson has, at least in his new flick "Snitch" out today in theaters. The wrestler sometimes known under his weightier stage name The Rock, Johnson »
- Max Evry
South By Southwest announced its official Comedy line-up Thursday afternoon, and as expected, the Austin-based festival has a strong mix of seasoned performers, up and coming acts and longtime South By favorites.
The full line-up can be found on SXSW's official blog, but some highlights of the programming include performances and/or panels from James Adomian, Fred Armisen, Scott Aukerman, W. Kamau Bell, Matt Besser, Matt Braunger, Michael Cera, Jon Dore, Andres du Bouchet, Josh Fadem, Brett Gelman, Chris Gethard, Tim & Eric, Emily Heller, Moshe Kasher, Robert Kelly, Kyle Kinane, Rob Huebel, Natasha Leggero, Gabe Liedman, Ken Marino, Marc Maron, Eugene Mirman, Eddie Pepitone, Kevin Pollak, Rory Scovel, Sarah Silverman, Jenny Slate, Nick Turner, Aisha Tyler and Reggie Watts. As always, the lineup is subject to change.
Comedy at SXSW spans the entire duration of the festival, from March 9-16. However, the majority of the shows will take place between March 9 and 12.
This year, »
- The Huffington Post
The ragey Eddie Pepitone has been in the comedy business for decades, but for many stand-up nerds he seemed to emerge out of the aether on Marc Maron's Wtf podcast in 2009. Steven Feinartz's frequently hilarious documentary The Bitter Buddha focuses on these past few years, as Pepitone's star has risen in spite of the fact that, as friend and fan Patton Oswalt recalls a CAA agent saying, Pepitone's "bookable years are over." The movie follows Pepitone as he goes on about his life of obsessively cleaning his house, dominating Twitter, killing at live gigs, feeding squirrels in the park (much to Oswalt's bemusement), and learning to enjoy his late-in-life career surge while making pe »
Title: The Bitter Buddha Director: Steven Feinartz Featuring: Eddie Pepitone, Patton Oswalt, Dana Gould, Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis, Marc Maron, Bj Novak, Paul Provenza, Andy Kindler, Jen Kirkman Forget the tears of a clown as it pertains to the inner psychology of a comedian – what about the rage of a clown? That’s the principal focus of “The Bitter Buddha,” a documentary portrait of middle-aged stand-up Eddie Pepitone that surfs along the edge of his angry but self-aware shtick and celebrates his standing among fellow comedians, but all without fully and insightfully digging into the deep-seated emotion that informs his existential angst. Praised as the sort of comedian whom other comedians love [ Read More ]
The post The Bitter Buddha Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
Several Sundance documentaries found a distribution deal this weekend: Radius-twc picked up Twenty Feet from Stardom, a documentary about the back up singers to the world’s greatest industry legends. Read Matt's review here. Sundance Selects acquired Dirty Wars, which "follows investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill on an unexpected journey as he chasesdown the truth behind America’s covert wars." HBO Documentary Films made a deal for Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer, about the feminist band Pussy Riot, who was arrested after they performed a "punk prayer" inside Russia's main cathedral. Gravitas Ventures picked up two documentaries. The Bitter Buddah centers on "comic's comic" Eddie Pepitone and features original animation and interviews with admiring peers like Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman, and Zach Galifianakis. Wild in the Streets chronicles Shrovetide Football, a truly unique 8-hour sports game that two small towns in England compete in each year. Gravitas also acquired Michael Urie »
- Brendan Bettinger
Gravitas Ventures has acquired two documentaries and a comedy from Slamdance, the distributor announced on Monday. Steven Feinartz's documentary "The Bitter Buddha," Michael Urie's comedy "He's Way More Famous Than You" and Peter Baxter's documentary "Wild in the Streets" will be released on video on demand in the next three months in more than 100 million homes in North America. "The Bitter Buddha," which profiles alt-comic Eddie Pepitone's quirky lifestyle and imprint on the comedy world, will debut in select theaters Feb. 15 and go to VOD four days later. Baxter's "Wild in »
- Alexander C. Kaufman
Gravitas Ventures announced today the acquisitions of three raucous Slamdance films: Steven Feinartz’s documentary The Bitter Buddha, Michael Urie’s comedy He’s Way More Famous Than You and Peter Baxter’s documentary Wild In The Streets. As part of the arrangement, each film will be released in the next three months in over 100 million North American Video On Demand homes. First up debuting in select theatres on February 15, 2013 and on VOD on February 19th is The Bitter Buddha, Steven Feinartz’s perceptive look at alt-comic genius Eddie Pepitone. Though often revered as a “comic’s comic”, Eddie Pepitone is a man at war with himself. And he has the scars to prove it. The Bitter Buddha takes the viewer backstage in the alternative comedy scene to reveal one of its most undervalued treasures. This portrait of a comedian looks at Pepitone’s off beat humor and lifestyle as »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
18 items from 2013
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