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  • Happy Harassment Day! Patrice O’Neal breaks it down

    There’s a big holiday happening this week! No, not Thanksgiving. Not Black Friday. Not even Wednesday, the biggest club night of the year. I’m talking about today, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, known as Harassment Day.

    What is Harassment Day you ask? Well, it’s the brainchild of the late, great Patrice O’Neal. O’Neal introduced the concept to the world on his special, Elephant In The Room. A special that we watch every year on this day. It’s just a tradition we as comedy fans must keep alive. And with that, we will let Patrice explain the particulars.

    No, but seriously, if you haven’t watched Elephant In The Room at least 5 times you cannot consider yourself a comedy fan.

    Nick Offerman to release “American Ham” on Netflix December 12th

    Nick OffermanAmerica’s Sweetheart Nick Offerman is quite possibly the greatest man in the history of man. Why? Because in addition to this, this, this, or even this; he has the greatest headshot pic an actor has ever had.

    It could also be because, in addition to dispelling great wisdom upon us both as real man or as Ron Swanson he’s also a great entertainer. So, it’s with great excitement we announce the news that Offerman will finally see a release date for his stand-up special American Ham, based on the tour he launched in the Spring of 2013. At the end of the tour, Offerman taped his special in March of 2013 but until now it had not been given a release date. Read More

    The Rumor Mill: “Last Comic Standing” cancelled by NBC

    Last Comic StandingWe’re hearing rumblings from sources that NBC has axed the summer reality comedy series Last Comic Standing… again.

    The comedy competition show had new life injected into it this past summer when Wanda Sykes and her production team revived the show for an 8th season hosted by JB Smoove with judges Russell Peters, Roseanne Barr, and Keenan Ivory Wayans. The rebooted show was met to mixed reviews from people who criticized the application process in which producers hand-selected comedians to audition for the show. Once it aired, response was fairly well from the comedians involved and community in general. Read More

    Cameron Diaz hosted “Saturday Night Live”: Turkey time in New York City

    Cameron Diaz was the host of Saturday Night Live and Mystical was a drop in musical guest. Yes, you read those words and its not 2002. Diaz is hosting the show to promote her starring in the upcoming Annie movie, so there’s a guarantee we’ll see a spoof sketch of that. But, if there would be a sketch of her wearing Ben Stiller’s “hair gel,” now that’s something that would surprise me.

    As for the show itself, it appeared the writers had already checked out for the long holiday weekend, because this night brought as few laughs as an episode could get. There wasn’t much to the evening really, the cold open was a simple, “how ’bout we throw Kenan down some steps?” joke, then Diaz opened the monologue with a clunky Thanksgiving joke and things didn’t really move more from them.

    Aside from a fun revisiting of the all girl song, “Back Home Baller,” there wasn’t much that really hit on the episode. The monologue was a bit half-assed and that was the best we got throughout the entire evening. A far cry of the classic vintage episode NBC ran earlier that same evening. Let’s run it down. Read More

    Nore Davis to release debut stand-up album, “Home Game” on November 28th

    Nore Davis - Home GameNore Davis is a fantastic NYC comedian. Haven’t heard of him yet? You will.

    A few weeks back, Davis taped his new stand-up special and it’s coming out next week, right as the biggest shopping day of the holiday season commences. On November 28th, Rooftop Comedy Productions will release Davis’ album, Home Game. The special was taped at the Comic Strip Live in NYC. A stage Davis is more than familiar with as he’s gotten many hours of time on stage. Home Game covers the topics of life that touch us all, from health and wealth, to friends, and family, in a style of wit that connects with audiences of all ages.

    So there you have it, Friday November 28th, Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year. So when you start putting together the list of early morning door busters and what size TV you’d like to trample the person next to you to get, take solace in knowing you can point your web browser over to any respectable web download site you can think of – iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, etc.- and you’ll get Nore Davis’new album.

    Amy Schumer pays tribute to Joan Rivers at Glamour Women of The Year event

    Amy Schumer was recently at the Glamour Women Of The Year event where she took the opportunity to pay tribute to the late Joan Rivers. Schumer, who admittedly only met Rivers briefly told a story about how she was fighting TV censors about a joke, only to realize that Rivers had done something similar decades before. “I’m not going to say how big of balls she had to say that joke on the air, because she has taught us time and time again that having balls has nothing to do with it,” stated Schumer.

    TBS cancels “Sullivan & Son” after three seasons

    Sullivan & SonSullivan & Son, the show based loosely on the life of comedian Steve Byrne will not have a forth season. The show stared Byrne in the title role as well as fellow comedians Owen Benjamin, Ahmed Ahmed, and Roy Wood Jr and revolved around Byrne’s character quitting his high power job as an attorney to return to his Pittsburgh hometown and work in his parent’s bar.

    TBS is currently going through back end stage changes resulting in them giving the axe Sullivan and much of its original programming shows. The other scripted series Men At Work had the plug pulled on it earlier this year. Sullivan was the first TV show to be produced by Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Television. Read More

    NBC scraps plans for Bill Cosby sitcom

    Bill CosbyThings have gone from bad to worse for Bill Cosby. Hot on the heels of Netflix’s decision to postpone the release of Bill Cosby’s new stand-up special, NBC has followed suit and scraped plans for a new family based sitcom with the comedian set for 2015.

    The untitled NBC sitcom had Cosby starring front and center as the family patriarch patriarch and father of three married daughters with children. NBC committed earlier this year and already lined up Mike Sikowitz (Rules of Engagement) and Mike O’Malley (Glee, Shameless) to write and produce the sitcom. O’Malley was also set to co-star.

    We feel like a broken record repeating this story but NBC’s comes on the heels of decades-old rape allegations resurfacing for Cosby which lead to accusers to come forth publicly, a bad NPR interview which he refused to answer questions, the cancellation of TV appearances, and now Netflix and NBC severing ties with the comedian.

    John Mulaney explains why he didn’t replace Seth Meyers on the SNL “Weekend Update” chair

    John MulaneyJohn Mulaney is the latest guest on Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast in addition to lengthy conversations about his alcoholic past, past drug use, and some of his favorite Saturday Night Live guests. The two also discussed Mulaney’s sitcom, which the young comedian stated that he is aware the show is in trouble ratings-wise and honestly unsure if it will be cancelled or not. Mulaney did joke that if the show was canceled and Lorne Michaels asked him to return to SNL, he’d be “in no position to turn down work.”

    While on the topic of Saturday Night Live Maron asked Mulaney about taking over for Seth Meyers as anchor at the Weekend Update desk. As the rumor was Mulaney was to replace Meyers. “There are no heirs apparent in show business,” Mulaney said. But he would’ve loved to have gotten the job but it was never offered. Read More