Hot off the release of her documentary, Women Aren’t Funny, Bonnie McFarlane visited Late Show with David Letterman last night as the guest comic. McFarlane admitted a deep dark secret to the audience… she’s vegan. Not the strictest vegan though, but still. McFarlane went on to talk about her inability to recognize faces, waiting for her husband’s death (watch out Vos), her daughter, and the pitfalls of a shopping addiction. Check it out.
Jon Stewart’s directorial debut, Rosewater is set to release on November 7th. Last summer, Stewart took a summer hiatus from The Daily Show to go direct the film. John Oliver took over TDS hosting duties in Stewart’s absence.
The movie is based on the journalist Maziar Bahiri’s book, Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity And Survival. In 2009, Bahiri was covering an intense Iranian Presidential election. Because of his reporting on the protests of the election, he was captured, tortured and interrogated by an Iranian group led by a man calling himself “Rosewater,” the name which the movie got its title. Bahiri spent 118 days in captivity away from his pregnant wife. Read More
Every Thursday, TLB participates in #TBT by scrounging around the internet for precious web gems of yore. Here’s one of our favorite videos that deserve some extra attention.
When reminiscing about catching the show Happy House at last year’s New York Comedy Festival, I remembered this great sketch, “My Roommate, My Friend (Episode 2).” Created by sketch group The Dress Up Gang, Cory Loykasek and Donny Divanian star as roommates that have more of a father/son relationship with each other. When poor Donny gets denied access to a club for wearing his favorite yellow t-shirt, good-guy Cory swoops in to cheer him up. The subtly in this sketch is amazing; from Donny’s innocent sexts, to the juxtaposition of the video’s dramatic directorial style, this sketch is just as great as I remembered.
Well this looks interesting. According to Deadline, the Fox network has bought a new comedy pilot from Psych creator Steve Franks that will be based off of Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo’s life. Entitled DeTour, the single camera comedy “centers on a thirtysomething rock star who, unable to rationalize his success and worried that he may not have the tools to repeat it, walks away from the spotlight at the height of his fame in an effort to rediscover the parts of his life he missed while he was busy becoming a massive success.”
Cuomo is a Harvard grad, having attended the Ivy League school off and on from 1995 to 2006. The pilot will be largely based his last years earning his English degree after taking a sabbatical from his music career. I wonder if Franks and Cuomo have seen The Undone Sweaters. Let’s line up some auditions for Jim Tews, Andrew Short, and Reid Faylor.
Michael Sam has been making headlines as he competes for a spot on the St.Louis Rams’ roster this season as the NFL’s first openly gay player. He sacked obnoxious Johnny Manziel last week and had a great game, but screw all that relevant sh*t, let’s talk about his… showering habits. Sadly, that’s the subject ESPN is fixating on. Enter Jon Stewart. On The Daily Show, Stewart does a wonderful job of criticizing ESPN’s coverage of Sam, while correspondent Samantha Bee sets the record straight about what’s going on in the locker room. “There’s no grab-a**, no dick-snaps, no ball-cupping. None of the locker room behavior or normal, heterosexual NFL players.”
Too offensive on stage? Houston Baptist University calls cops on comedian Samuel J Comroe during stand-up performance
Last night, comedian Samuel J. Comroe was performing stand-up at a college, something he’d done “hundreds and hundreds” of times before. But this time was a bit different for the comedian, he was a Houston Baptist University. The night appeared routine enough, Comroe arrived early and struck up a conversation with the folks in charge to talk about any restrictions they had on stand-up material. Something many comedians choose to do as a courtesy at college and corporate gigs to make sure the evening goes smooth and limit the chances of offending at such gigs.
Comroe was asked by the woman in charge (whose name he does not remember) to not curse during his act. Makes sense they’d have this request as a Baptist College. According to his statement, Comroe followed up some more topics that might be taboo including sex and he was given the green light on that topic as long as he was not extremely vulgar about it.
Comroe, has Tourettes Syndrome and it manifests itself as visual tics, it’s also something he addresses in his act. Comroe did his show and after about a half hour of performing stand-up he held a Q&A with the college audience. It was there things started to go wrong for the comedian. Read More
Friends is my personal favorite TV show of all time. It’s one of the greats. Turns out, it’s Jimmy Kimmel’s favorite show too. Like many fans, Kimmel wrote himself in to some Friends fan fiction. Playing the role of Ross, Kimmel ropes Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, and Lisa Kudrow into acting out his terrible fan fiction script on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Sadly, no Joey and Chandler in this script. They’re dead. Also, no Rachel wig… I give it an F.
The iconic Joan Rivers was rushed to a Manhattan hospital Thursday morning after she stopped breathing during an operation.
Reports state Rivers was undergoing throat surgery at a clinic on the Upper West Side when a problem occurred, she stopped breathing, and was rushed to Mount Sinai Medical Center.
The 81-year-old comedian is currently in critical condition. We will share more news as it becomes available. Read More