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Showtime has let us know that season two of Inside Comedy will kick off on Monday, February 11th. Comics to be profiled include Drew Carey, Robert Klein, Steve Martin, Martin Mull, and Robert Schimmel.
There are 10 episodes once again and they are expected to run through April 15th.
Here's the cable channel's press release:
Showtime(R) Sets Premiere Date For Season Two Of "Inside Comedy"
New, Star-Studded Season Debuts On Monday, February 11th at 11 P.M. Et/Pt
Los Angeles, CA (December 05, 2012) - Showtime will premiere season two of its critically-acclaimed documentary series Inside Comedy on Monday, February 11th at 11 P.M. Et/Pt. The ten, half-hour episodes from comedy forces David Steinberg and Steve Carell, will expand on last year's »
If comedy is tragedy plus time, then New Yorkers might be ready to joke about Hurricane Sandy. Even if they’re not, chances are that the storm will be a hot topic at the New York Comedy Festival — a star-studded event that kicks off tonight with shows featuring Ricky Gervais and Key & Peele — concludes Sunday with a conversation between Robin Williams and David Steinberg. The Oscar winner and the prolific TV director will reportedly discuss “nothing that important.”
- Hillary Busis
By the time we know who'll be President for the next four years, the 2012 New York Comedy Festival will descend upon New York City for five days of comedy in the city's biggest venues.
The ninth annual Nycf will kick off on Nov. 7 with a live Ricky Gervais interview by John Hodgman of "The Daily Show," and the Next Big Things event at the Paley Center for Media. The weekend's biggest shows include Bill Maher performing at the Beacon Theater, Aziz Ansari playing both The Apollo and Carnegie Hall, a live conversation with Robin Williams and David Steinberg.
Most notably, comedian Kevin Hart will headline two shows at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 10. Hart joins only a handful of other comedians to have ever headlined there: Bob Hope, George Burns, Eddie Izzard, Chris Rock, Andrew “Dice” Clay and Dane Cook.
"I can't even find the words to describe what I'm feeling right now, »
- The Huffington Post
"Homeland" is Showtime's shiny new success story, but at a press event Monday, entertainment president David Nevins spent a fair amount of time talking about shows that are ending, or might be ending relatively soon.
Nevins left the door open future seasons of the serial killer drama. Season 7 of "Dexter" begins Sept. 30, and Nevins called it a "game-changing year" for the show. Showtime has commissioned an eighth season as well and Nevins acknowledged that the show is expected to go off the air after Season 8.
"That's the likely scenario," Nevins said. "I'm not making any announcements today, but plans can always change. I think everything has gotten rewired this year in a very interesting way, »
- Maureen Ryan
Over 40 years experience as a well-known, well-respected comedian, has led David Steinberg back to the subject he loves most: comedy. On the new series "Inside Comedy," Steinberg has taken over a year of his life to interview many of the top comics past and present. "The surprise to us was that everybody said yes," said Steinberg in a video chat with Gold Derby. "Putting it together was a puzzle that was pleasurable but just took a long time." Steve Carell has co-produced the 10-episode program currently airing on Showtime. In editing together the interviews, Steinberg said that it was interesting how he could pair up the various subjects even though they didn't sit down together for their chats. He would find certain topics, like performing with Frank Sinatra, Jerry Lewis, and Sammy Davis, Jr. (discussed separately by Brad Garrett, Martin Short, and Billy Crystal) or Presidential performances (discussed months apart by Jerry Seinf. »
David Steinberg sat down to talk with Kathy Griffin on "Inside Comedy" (Thu., 11 p.m. Et on Showtime) about her influences and the evolution of her career, but he discovered that it's not easy to keep her on task. Especially when celebrity names come up. In more recent years, Griffin has made quite a career out of skewering those in the pop culture spotlight.
As Steinberg pointed out, though, when she started doing this she was doing it from a point below them. In the intervening years, though, Griffin has come up quite a ways from the D-List. Steinberg said she's now more powerful than some of the people she pokes fun at.
"Not Oprah," Griffin exclaimed, then going into a monologue about how Oprah really runs this country and even selected our most recent President. "I don't know how you do it in Canada," she said to Steinberg. "But here we let Oprah pick. »
- Jason Hughes
Brooks' biggest hit was his Oscar-winning 1968 film, "The Producers."
It followed the fortunes of two Jewish theatrical agents in New York who planned to bilk investors of their money with a sure-fire musical flop about Hitler and the Nazis. Unfortunately for Bialystock and Bloom, the musical is a smash hit.
Featuring singing and dancing Nazis and numbers like "Springtime For Hitler," it's since developed a life of its own as a hit Broadway musical and then a second film, this time of the stage version.
Why did Brooks decide to use Hitler as comedic fodder?
"The only way to get even with anybody is to ridicule them," he said. "So, the only real way I could get even with Hitler and company was »
- Catherine Lawson
Your television DVR skills need to be at their all-time high to fit everything in to your viewing schedule tonight. While most of the week has been quiet in terms of programming, Thursday brings a veritable treasure trove of comedies and dramas.
30 Rock has Kenneth join standards and practices; Parks & Recreation goes on hiatus after tonight, and returns on April 19; Jim tries to save Dwight from being fired on The Office; Awake finds Michael having to deal with grieving (in both realities); comedy legends Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner sit down with David Steinberg to talk about their careers on Inside Comedy; and much (much) more…
30 Rock – “Standards And Practices (NBC)
The Big Bang Theory – “The Weekend Vortex” (CBS)
Parks & Recreation ...
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- Anthony Ocasio
The Second Annual Comedy Awards announced its 2012 nominees on Tuesday morning, recognizing the best that comedy has offered in TV and film over the last year. The Viacom-produced event will be taped on Saturday, April 28 at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom, and will premiere on Comedy Central on May 6.
One new category this year, Best Club Comic, recognizes the best stand-up comedians who do not typically play large theaters and do not have a regular role on a TV series. Those nominees are Ted Alexandro, Hannibal Buress, Pete Holmes, Anthony Jeselnik, Moshe Kasher, John Mulaney, Kumail Nanjiani, Chelsea Peretti, Amy Schumer and Rory Scovel.
- The Huffington Post
Steinberg asked the "Jesus Is Magic" star about her early material. Was there one piece that really got her started in stand-up?
In response Silverman told one of her earliest jokes. Although she wrote it in high school, she used it in her act after she moved to New York and hit the comedy circuit.
When a friend asked if her breath smelled like tacos, Silverman inhaled and said "I don't know. Do you put sh*t in your tacos?"
"Inside Comedy" airs Thursdays at 11 p.m. Est on Showtime.
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- Catherine Lawson
David remembered one particular Friday when he was so incensed that his sketches kept being cut from that week's live show that he lost it. Having decided that enough was enough, a "disgusted" David walked up to the producers and yelled "That's it! I quit!"
However, after talking it through with his next-door neighbor, the legendary Kenny Kramer, David reconsidered his position. In the end he took Kramer's advice to just go back to the "SNL" offices on the following Monday morning and pretend like nothing had happened.
Amazingly, everyone else also acted like it had never happened and so he kept his job.
Get more insights into the great comedians on "Inside Comedy," Thursdays at 11 p.m. Est on Showtime. »
- Catherine Lawson
The veteran comic has hosted the Oscars so many times now, it should be a cake walk, right? Maybe not.
He told David Steinberg that he took a break from doing it because while he liked doing it for most of the time, it encroached on his life too much each year.
"It became months and months of work and after a while it becomes sort of a thankless job. I didn't know what else I could do with it. ... I got burnt out."
Tune in to see if Crystal does wind »
- Catherine Lawson
Many successful British television shows have crossed the pond over the years to be remade for an American audience with variable results. For every "Sanford And Son" or "Shameless," there's a "Free Agents" or "Prime Suspect."
So when plans were first announced for a U.S. version of hit comedy "The Office," many said it was doomed to mediocrity and inevitable failure.
"The odds were really against us and everyone said 'this will never work.' ... We knew we were going to be decimated by critics, fans of the original show wouldn't like it."
But Carell took the view that since the original show was so great, then a new version that was only half as good would still be "a pretty good show. »
- Catherine Lawson
Comparing the two pioneers, Rock acknowledged Cosby as "the greatest." He said that Cosby's work was of such a high caliber that no one ever attempts to copy it. Whereas, Pryor, on the other hand, "as great as Richard is, I do a little Richard, Eddie [Murphy] does a little Richard ... "
Explaining what makes Cosby's material so great, Rock said that none of it "is predicated on a reference point. Each joke is so f***ing good that it withstands the reference. Almost all of them would work today. ... And you can't say that about any other comedian."
Get more comedic insights on "Inside Comedy, Thursdays at 11 p.m. Est on Showtime.
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- Catherine Lawson
Michel Hazanavicius, 2011 DGA winner Tom Hooper (The King's Speech), DGA Awards Outstanding Directorial Achievement In Feature Film * Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris David Fincher, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Alexander Payne, The Descendants Martin Scorsese, Hugo Documentary Film * James Marsh, Project Nim Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory Steve James,The Interrupters Richard Press, Bill Cunningham New York Martin Scorsese, George Harrison: Living in the Material World Movies For Television And Mini-series * Jon Cassar, The Kennedys (Reelz Channel) Jeff Bleckner, Hallmark Hall of Fame, Beyond the Blackboard (CBS) Stephen Gyllenhaal, Girl Fight (Lifetime) Demi Moore, Jennifer Aniston, Penelope Spheeris, Alicia Keys, Patty Jenkins, Five (Lifetime) Michael Stevens, Thurgood (HBO) Dramatic Series * Patty Jenkins, The Killing, “Pilot” (AMC) Michael Cuesta, Homeland, “Pilot” (Showtime) Vince Gilligan, Breaking Bad, “Face Off” (AMC) Tim Van Patten, Game of Thrones, “Winter is Coming” (Pilot) (HBO) Michael Waxman, Friday Night Lights, »
- Steve Montgomery
Michel Hazanavicius was the big winner at the 64th annual Directors Guild of America Awards. The director of the fantastic black-and-white silent film "The Artist" took home the award for the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film category. Jon Cassar of "The Kennedys" received the 2012 DGA Award for the category of Movies for Television and Mini-Series.
Hosted by Kelsey Grammer, the DGA also honored Ed Sherin with the 2012 Honorary Life Member Award, Katy Garretson with the 2012 Frank Capra Achievement Award, and Dennis Mazzocco with the 2012 Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award.
It is now safe to bet that Hazanavicius will win the Best Director Award Oscar!
Here's the complete list of winners and nominees of the 2012 Directors Guild of America Awards (to check winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, visit our Awards Avenue coverage right here)
Outstanding Directorial Achievement In Feature Film
Comedy is a hard thing to define. Everyone has their own specific sense of humor. But what most people can agree on is who some of the legends of the industry are. And the new Showtime program "Inside Comedy" will provide viewers with unique access to these people with stories of their early days, influences and favorite moments.
The series is produced by a couple people who know something about the industry - Steve Carell and David Steinberg. Carell is, of course, a household name from his work on "The Daily Show" and "The Office." Steinberg earned most of his kudos working behind the camera, directing famed sitcoms like "Seinfeld," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Mad About You" and "Designing Women." But on "Inside Comedy," Steinberg steps in front of the lens to talk with comic forces like Don Rickles, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Larry David and others.
While the show may »
Ask veteran comedian David Steinberg what he finds funny these days, and he's quick with an answer: "the Republic debates," he deadpans during an interview tied to his latest television effort, Inside Comedy. The program, which premieres on Showtime this evening, is a collaboration between Steinberg and funnyman Steve Carell. On a weekly basis, Inside Comedy will feature Steinberg sitting down for in depth interviews with an enviable array of top notch comedians, from Larry David to Chris Rock to Don Rickles. Photos: 17 New Shows Premiering in 2012 Steinberg, who was one of the most frequent guests on Johnny
- Lacey Rose
A new documentary/interview series debuts on Showtime tonight, featuring comedians talking about themselves and their comedy with comedian David Steinberg. The premiere episode features Jerry Seinfeld and Don Rickles, while future episodes will include Chris Rock, Jane Lynch, Martin Short, Kathy Griffin, Steve Carell, Sarah Silverman, Robin Williams, Steven Wright, and others. The show is similar to the TV Land series Sit Down Comedy with David Steinberg, except there's no audience, just conversation. Here's a »
- Andy Dehnart
On TV this Thursday: NBC 30 Rocks extra-hard, The Finder gets looped into a Cinderella story, Showtime goes Inside Comedy with Seinfeld and Rickles, and more. Here are nine programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm American Idol (Fox) | The judges hear another round of good, bad and outrageous tryouts, this time in Galveston, Tex. (Read Michael Slezak’s Night 4/Aspen recap.)
8 pm The Big Bang Theory (CBS) | Leonard and Penny experiment with dating, »
- Alyse Whitney
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