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Eddie Izzard Tells 'The Green Room' That He Wants to Be a Politician (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 2nd 2011 5:13AM
Eddie Izzard, 'The Green Room with Paul Provenza'Things took a turn toward the serious with Eddie Izzard in 'The Green Room with Paul Provenza' (Thu., 11PM ET on Showtime). The comics started talking about how comedy can be used to put forth serious ideas and raise serious issues.

Izzard stunned his fellow comics by announcing that he's going to run for political office.

He said that the comedy environment that's been fostered in the US and the UK means that "you can be comic philosophers where you just put out your idea of where things should go or what things should be or whatever. I think people want to listen to a voice."

As such, he explained his decision to enter politics. He said that in 2020 he'll either run for Mayor of London, or stand for election as an MP either in the UK or the European Parliament. While most of his fellow guests agreed he could win, and might even do well at it, Jimmy Carr couldn't understand it at all.

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Tony Clifton Heckles, Is Thrown Out of 'The Green Room with Paul Provenza' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 26th 2011 6:54AM
Tony Clifton, 'The Green Room with Paul Provenza'Tony Clifton strikes again! The fictitious character was made famous by Andy Kaufman, but true to the uniqueness of Kaufman's trade, he's been played by other people and continues making appearances to this day. His most recent was on 'The Green Room with Paul Provenza' (Thu., 11PM ET on Showtime).

His schtick has always been to be obnoxious and incredibly annoying, and he was in perfect form, completely disrupting the show to the point that security came in and eventually took him down. Was it all staged? Was he really acting that way because he was as drunk as he seemed?

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Joe Rogan Talks About His Slacktivism Against the War on Drugs (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 19th 2011 7:57AM
Joe Rogan, 'The Green Room with Paul Provenza'With Tommy Chong sitting in 'The Green Room with Paul Provenza' (Thu., 11PM ET on Showtime), it was inevitable that the topic of drugs came out. The guys talked about their belief that marijuana is harmless, and the details of Chong getting busted for bongs, as opposed to actual drugs.

Joe Rogan started talking about the 'War on Drugs,' which he sees as a joke at this point, and representative of the colossal failure of government in general.

"The only way you're going to fix it is by influencing young people," he said. "Young people who are not going to be completely compromised by the system by the time they hear your message."

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Lewis Black on Why He Won't Do Jokes About Sarah Palin (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 5th 2011 5:27AM
Lewis Black, 'The Green Room with Paul Provenza'Lewis Black is never afraid to speak his mind. He usually does so in a very loud voice and with very emphatic hand gestures. It's kind of hard not to notice him. But as he explained on 'The Green Room with Paul Provenza' (Thu., 11PM ET on Showtime), he told his audiences he wouldn't make jokes about Sarah Palin, even though she "was like for me a mother lode."

It must have come as quite a shock, considering Black's very open liberal stance and left-leaning viewpoints. Why would he avoid a target that other comedians have been piling on for years? Especially as he tends to get very political and cerebral in his rants already. She's tailor-made for his point of view.

"I could not live in this world if I believed she was a real person," he explained of Palin. "And so, I have for the entire time that she's been around, treated her as a hallucination."

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Showtime Sets Summer Premiere Dates for 'Big C,' 'Real L World'

by Audrey Fine, posted Mar 18th 2010 2:00PM
Laura LinneyThis summer, Showtime, whose highly anticipated season 2 premieres of 'Nurse Jackie' and 'United States of Tara' bow next Mon., March 22, will add three new shows to its burgeoning line-up of original series.

With 'The Real L World,' fans of the cable net's long-lived "beautiful lesbians living in West Hollywood" drama, 'The L World,' will thrill to the new reality twist being taken on their cult fave. The show premieres Sun., June 20 at 10PM ET.

Also in the "reality" genre will be 'The Green Room With Paul Provenza,' a show that promises, according to the Los Angeles Times, to "give viewers unprecedented and candid access" to what goes on behind the scenes when celebrated stand-up comics like Roseanne and Bob Saget work to hone their material. Look for 'Green Room' when it premieres Sun., June 10 at 10:30PM ET.

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