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Comic fulfills dream to appear on Letterman's show

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 7th 2009 3:00PM
I watched this stand-up performance by comic Steve Mazan the other night on The Late Show. I thought he was very funny and he went over well with the crowd. Only today did I realize he has inoperable cancer and his life's dream was to appear on the show.

He's making a documentary of his quest, Dying To Do Letterman. I can't imagine the emotions that were going through him as he did his set.

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Jennifer Love Hewitt's new comic book whispers in November

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Aug 28th 2009 6:03PM
Music Box, Jennifer Love Hewitt's new comic arrives in November.Jennifer Love Hewitt is dead serious about her new gig as a comic book creator, and her first title is set for release in November.

Jennifer Love Hewitt's The Music Box from IDW Publishing is a 10-issue anthology series involving a mysterious music box that causes strange occurrences for the people who possess it. It's not necessarily the most novel concept, as cursed objects passing from one person to another is as old as The Monkey's Paw. It's all in the execution.

And, Hewitt will have a role to play in that, too, as the issues will be co-written by Hewitt and veteran comic scribe Scott Lobdell. The first issue will showcase painted art by Michael Gaydos. Other issues will feature artists such as Casey Maloney (G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra), Adam Archer (Friday the 13th), and Joe Rubenstein.

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Dave apologizes to Bill Hicks' mom - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 31st 2009 2:01PM
Late Show logoOn The Late Show with David Letterman last night, Dave finally showed the infamous 1993 appearance by comic Bill Hicks that Letterman thought was too controversial at the time and decided not to air. The routine itself is probably a little tame compared to a lot of the stuff we see today, 15 years later, though I don't think it's without it's blunt edginess. Hicks talks about having a TV show where you hunt and kill certain celebrities, pro-gay textbooks, and religion. It's a rather sad video, in a way, because you can tell Hicks was sick and you know that this never aired and Hicks was heartbroken. He died only five months later.

But Dave did more than show the routine. He also had Hicks' mom on to apologize to her and help introduce the video. Letterman took responsibility for not airing the routine (though it's not clear who actually pulled it, Letterman, his producers, or CBS) and said he doesn't even understand why he pulled it because there is nothing wrong with it. They had a very nice talk, and you can tell that she doesn't have a showbiz bone in her body, just a down-to-earth mom who was upset that Letterman hurt her son. She accepted the apology and you can see they genuinely like each other, but you can also clearly see that Letterman's decision in 1993 really hurt the family.

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This Friday on Letterman: Bill Hicks?!

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 28th 2009 1:11PM
Bill HicksBill Hicks was only 32 years old when he died of cancer in 1994. If you've never heard of him, or heard of him but didn't get a chance to see any of his work, tune into The Late Show with David Letterman this Friday night.

One of Letterman's guests will be Hicks' mom (the show was taped earlier this week). She'll be there to mark the 15th anniversary of Hicks' death. Now, this may seem like an odd thing for a talk show to do, have the mom of a deceased comic on, but there's special meaning behind this appearance. Just five months before his death, Hicks appeared on The Late Show and did a scathing stand-up routine (the kind he usually did) which attacked everything from religion to politics. Unfortunately, it was too hot for the show and the performance was never shown, and this really hurt Hicks. On Friday, Letterman is finally going to show the performance.

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Catch a glimpse of the new Tek Jansen comic

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 2nd 2007 3:41PM

tek jansenWe've mentioned a couple of times that an actual comic book was being developed based on the fictional Tek Jansen character created by the fictional Stephen Colbert, played by the real-life Stephen Colbert.

Tek Jansen is the hero of Colbert's science fiction novel, Stephen Colbert's Alpha Squad 7: Lady Nocturne: A Tek Jansen Adventure. The comic series, created by Oni Press, will consist of five issues, with two stories in each issue (one of which is a continuing story stretching through all five issues). Entertainment Weekly has a look at the first "secondary" story, "Horn Like Me!" in which our hero disguises himself as a horn-headed Rombaron, a race of aliens who rule over the plain-headed Rombarons. The story, naturally, is a spoof of John Howard Griffin's book Black Like Me, though Jim Massey also points out the story owes a debt to The Sneetches, the Dr. Seuss story.

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Louis C.K. talks to the AV Club

by Adam Finley, posted May 24th 2007 4:18PM

lucky louieComedian and actor Louis C.K. recently spoke with the AV Club about his career, including his latest stand-up special for HBO, and his short-lived HBO sitcom, Lucky Louie, an uncensored and often uncomfortably candid series shot like a basic sitcom, but without the restrictions of network TV.

I liked Lucky Louie. I didn't think it was perfect, but those moments I didn't like (stiff dialogue, some moments felt a little too forced) are common for all new shows as they work out the kinks and improve in subsequent seasons.

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In case you missed Rickles on the Daily Show - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted May 17th 2007 4:02PM

don ricklesAs Annie mentioned in her review, Don Rickles was on The Daily Show last night. I typically don't watch The Daily Show until the day after, because, at the old age of 30, I'm out like a light by 8:00 p.m., barely able to finish my bowl of oatmeal.

I usually skip over the interview segments of the show, but today I actual watched the segment with Rickles. I may be a fan of a lot of today's "alternative" comics (a term as meaningless as "alternative music"), but I also have a lot of respect and admiration for older comics such as Rickles. And it's genuine respect, not that fake respect you exude because they're old and society demands it from you. No, Rickles is a very funny and amicable gentleman, and even at the age of 81 the man is still as sharp as he ever was.

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Seinfeld returns to NBC (sort of)

by Adam Finley, posted May 16th 2007 9:29AM

bee movieIn order to promote his upcoming animated feature, Bee Movie, Jerry Seinfeld is creating twenty "minisodes" to be shown on both NBC and NBC.com.

Live-action spots for the film have already been made, but it's not clear if these "minisodes" will be more of the same or something completely different. I've placed one of the movie spots at the end of this post.

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Flight of the Conchords preview in LA tomorrow - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted May 14th 2007 4:02PM

flight of the conchords

UPDATE: This event is invite-only. Sorry to burst any bubbles.

Do you live in Los Angeles and have the ability to see and hear? Also, do you like musical comedy? Good, then you should see about getting yourself some tickets to see a live preview of the upcoming HBO series Flight of the Conchords, featuring the comedic musicality of New Zealand's finest folksy music parodists. You can see a preview of the new series here. It kicks off June 17 at 10:30 on HBO.

Oh, wait, they also have live previews coming up in Philly and New York-y. Cool.

Flight of the Conchords (Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement) bill themselves as "New Zealand's fourth most popular folk-parody duo." Their new series will focus on the two men as they try to make it big in New York City.

I've stuck HBO's promo for the series below.

Previously: Flight Of The Conchords Update - VIDEO

[via The Coming]

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Did Heroes curse The Watchmen?

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 28th 2007 2:22PM

Heroes

If you're a fan of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' seminal comic book The Watchmen and also a fan of NBC's Heroes, you may have noticed a recent climax on the popular series was very similar to the end of The Watchmen. The NY Post has more information, though I must admit I didn't read the entire article because I've seen neither Heroes nor The Watchmen and I might want to catch the show or read that comic sometime. Unlike Isabelle, I like to be surprised.

Before he gets to the spoiler part of the article, Post writer Stephen Lynch says Heroes' use of the The Watchmen ending (I'll let you fans argue over how much of a "rip-off" it really was) may have cursed the making of the feature film, an idea that's been stuck in development hell for some time.

So, fans, have at it in the comments. I'll be sitting over here with my fingers in my ears and not paying attention to you.

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Hear a snippet from Joe Rogan's new comedy album

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 7th 2007 12:02PM

joe roganThis link is NOT SAFE FOR WORK. Notice I didn't use the standard internet abbreviation "NSFW," because I didn't want some benighted person in an office thinking, "'Not Suitable For Winger?' That has nothing to do with me, I was never in that band, and I don't even like the song 'Seventeen.' Everything about that acronym tells me to click that link."

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Ricky Gervais makes his American stand-up debut in New York in May

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 2nd 2007 3:21PM

ricky gervaisRicky Gervais is a funny man, but you guys already know that. If you want to see him perform his stand up live, he'll be at the High Line Festival in New York City in May, so get your tickets. It looks as if they range in price from $46.00 to $66.00, which really isn't too bad.

This year's festival is curated by David Bowie and also features bands including Deerhoof, Arcade Fire, Air, and others. So if you like funny British people and hip indie bands you'll want to find the nearest car, knock out the owner, and drive that stolen car straight to New York City. Just don't drive too far or you'll end up in the ocean. Or something.

If you can't make it to see Gervais perform, you can always watch the hilarious clip I placed below from Gervais' stage show in which he explains Creationism to his audience. It's both funny and enlightening.

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Sanford and Son could be heading to the big screen

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 2nd 2007 3:01PM

sanford and sonDoes this really surprise anyone? Sanford and Son, Redd Foxx's sitcom from the 1970s, might be made into a feature film with Bernie Mac taking on the role of Fred Sanford popularized by the late Foxx. The film has been kicking around the studios for a few years now, and is currently at Sony. Nick Cannon is also slated to play Lamont Sanford, Fred's son.

I'm not a big fan of TV to movie adaptations, but I do recognize that sometimes they can work. The movie Charlie's Angels, which I found rather insipid, was at least based on three crime-fighting chicks, a concept that lends itself to a full-length movie. I'm just not sure how Sanford and Son could be stretched beyond half an hour, taking into consideration the show was essentially built around Foxx and his comedy. The show could have taken place in a bicycle repair shop and I don't think it would have made much difference. Unless some filmmaker out there has something truly amazing in mind for this flick, it seems better to just let it go.

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What to do (and not do) when you meet your idols: a free lesson - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 17th 2007 9:01AM

patton oswaltI understand, I really do. You have a favorite actor, comedian, musician, porn star or whatever, and one night you actually find yourself face to face with them. Maybe it's after a show, maybe it's an autograph signing, or maybe you both happen to be looking at cookbooks at Target. You don't want to pass up this opportunity to meet someone who has provided you with years of entertainment, so what do you do?

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Jeni's family says death was probably a suicide

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 14th 2007 3:01PM

richard jeniI have to admit I hadn't paid much attention to the work of comedian Richard Jeni over the last few years, but when I was in middle school and his specials aired on Showtime, I thought he was one of the most hysterical comedians I had ever seen. This equation of his is one I still quote from time to time:

'God is love. Love is blind. Therefore, Ray Charles is God.'

That makes perfect sense to me, but what's always a little more difficult to figure out is why a person would take their own life. According to Jeni's family, who released a statement saying Jeni's career was going fine and that they believe his death was probably a suicide, spurred by Jeni's having been "diagnosed with severe clinical depression coupled with bouts of psychotic paranoia." No official announcement from the autopsy has been made yet.

You can read the full statement on Jeni's official site.

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