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  • Just For Laughs 2014 New Faces of Comedy lineup announced


    New Faces 2013Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival just revealed who it’s New Faces of Comedy will be for the 2014 season. Each year the festival selects a handful of up-and-coming comics that the world should keep an eye on. The selections are broken down into a few different categories – Repped, Unrepped, and Characters. While the first two are fairly explainable, the third is for those in the improv world.

    For the comedy industry, New Faces is one of the biggest draws of the festival and the 2014 selections include Alingon Mitra, Brad Wenzel, Drew Michael, Eliza Skinner, Grant Lyon, Hampton Yount, Hasan Minhaj, Jack Robichaud, Jake Weisman, Jen D’Angelo, Jesse Elias, John McKeever, Justine Marino, Kate Berlant, Matteo Lane, Michelle Wolf, Monroe Martin, Nore Davis, Randy Liedtke, Ryan O’Flanagan and Whitmer Thomas.

    In the Characters category the following comedians have been picked including Beth Hoyt, Chelsea Davison, Greg Tuculescu, Holly Laurent, John Reynolds, LaKendra Tookes, Mary Holland, Michael Antonucci and Michael Lehrer.

    As of right now, there’s no word on the Unrepped names but we’ll update that info once we learn the names.

    In the Unrepped category the comics selected are Alex Stone, Brendan Eyre, Brian Frange, Cody Hustak, Jason Saenz, Liza Treyger, Noah Gardenswatrz, Richard Bain, Sam Evans, Troy Walker, and Zainab Johnson.

    New Faces showcases run multiple times a night beginning Wednesday you can check the showcase dates/times here.

    Robert Kelly’s “Live At The Village Underground” was accepted at The Rhode Island International Film Festival


    Robert Kelly, Bobcat GoldthwaitA few weeks back we had the pleasure of attending the taping of Robert Kelly’s new stand-up special recording live at NYC’s Comedy Cellar at the Village Underground which, as luck would have it, is also the name of the special. Today news broke that that Kelly’s special has been accepted into the Rhode Island International Film Festival. RIFF is a one of a handful of qualifying fests for the Academy Awards. Robert Kelly: Live at the Village Underground will premiere at the festival between August 5-10th.

    We’ve had many conversations with Kelly about how he wanted to record this special, from the get-go, he had the desire to recreate the intimate setting of a comedy club rather than a big theater stage setup. Which makes sense as it’s this setting where comedians work night after night – close and intimate with a small crowd, making them laugh. Read More

    Noel Wells and John Milhiser are also leaving “Saturday Night Live”


    The entertainment biz can be a cruel place sometimes.

    Less than a day after the news that Brooks Wheelan would not be returning to Saturday Night Live, two more featured players from his class are not reporting for their sophomore year as well. Deadline reports that freshman Noel Wells and John Milhiser too did not have their 1-year contracts renewed. This brings the count down to 3 of the season 39 featured players who did not make the cut.

    Also rumored is Michael O’Brien, who served as a writer on the show for 4 years before moving on screen during season 39, might make the move back to a member on the writing staff and no longer be a featured player.

    Cast cut count: 3.5 – Brooks Wheelan, Noel Wells, John Milhiser, Nasim Pedrad (pretty much yeah, likely).

    Brooks Wheelan is not returning to “Saturday Night Live”


    Brooks WheelanWell, we knew this was coming. Lorne Michaels stated there would be shakeups.

    Last month, Saturday Night Live mastermind Lorne Michaels stated there’d be some changes made for season 40 of the iconic sketch comedy show. It’s constantly reinventing itself, and with the cast swelling to 18 members in season 39, the idea of trimming those numbers down isn’t surprising. Usher in some new folks, maybe try to help some of the old heads out and on their way.

    The first casualty of the season 40 slimdown is featured player Brooks Wheelan who will not return for his sophomore year. The comedian made the announcement via Twitter Monday night. Read More

    Tracy Morgan files lawsuit against Walmart over deadly limo crash


    Tracy MorganTracy Morgan is suing Walmart over the deadly June 7th limo bus crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that left him, Ardie Fuqua, and Jeff Milliea critically injured and killed James “Jimmy Mack” McNair. The complaint was filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court in New Jersey.

    Morgan, suffered broken ribs, a broken nose and a broken leg in the crash and was in the ICU for over a week when Walmart tractor trailer driver Kevin Roper failed to pay attention the slowing traffic in front of him and rear-ended Morgan’s limo bus that was taking the comedians back from a stand-up show in Delaware.

    According to a preliminary report by the NTSB, Roper was traveling 20 mph over the speed limit and nearing his time limit of allotted hours on the road before truckers are required to stop and rest.

    According to the complaint filed by lawyers acting for Morgan and three others, “The defendants’ negligence was a substantial contributing factor in causing plaintiffs’ injuries,” the complaint states.

    Roper, from Jonesboro, Georgia, pleaded not guilty last month to criminal charges that include vehicular homicide and assault by auto.

    Anthony Cumia to launch new internet-based show from his home after SiriusXM firing


    Anthony CumiaWell, we now know the next move that Anthony Cumia plans to make.

    The former host of The Opie & Anthony Show has revealed that his next move with be the launch of a new internet-based radio show. Cumia, who was fired from SiriusXM radio over the Fourth of July holiday weekend plans to re-launch his Live From the Compound Show which will originate from his Roslyn Heights, NY home. Cumia stated to The Atlantic Wire in a phone interview, “I’m getting the ‘Live From the Compound Show’ up and running, handling some logistics stuff and getting the stuff together.” Cumia plans to launch the new show by the beginning of August, “In the meantime, I’ll be putting out a couple promos. I’m definitely ready.”

    Since Cumia’s firing from the show, O&A fans have voiced their frustration about the situation online, using the hashtags #StandWithAnt and #CancelSiriusXM to organize everything from memes, images, icons and photos of them canceling their subscriptions to the satellite provider. Many of them also stated that they’d be happy to pay Cumia directly for a new show or podcast. Read More

    Anthony Cumia fired from “The Opie & Anthony Show” over Twitter rant


    Anthony Cumia is out of a job for being assaulted?

    Just moments ago the SiriusXM DJ and co-host of The Opie & Anthony Show announced that the satellite radio company had fired him over an incident that didn’t even happen while on the job. As we reported yesterday, Cumia went on a scathing Twitter rant after being attacked in Times Square by an anonymous woman while taking pictures.

    Cumia announced the news this morning via the same Twitter account that started the controversy in the first place. Read More

    Is Nick Cannon lined up to portray Richard Pryor in a movie biopic?


    Nick Cannon is feeding the rumor mill with the possible chance of playing the legendary Richard Pryor in an upcoming movie. The America’s Got Talent host stated that director Lee Daniels, who will be directing the movie, has sat down with Cannon to discuss future preparations for the role. Cannon has also stated that he’d been prepping for the role like growing out his hair and taking up smoking.

    Cannon went as far as sharing two photos on his Instagram account that that would imply he’s at least being heavily considered, posting a current a side-by-side of him and Pryor. Read More