Bobby Tisdale, the brains behind the long-running stand-up comedy show Invite Them Up anchored this year’s of The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. We caught up with Tisdale backstage to get a brief history on the show’s origin, the young comedic talent that performed, musicians that dropped in, and the legacy of the show.
There were winners and losers at the Primetime Emmy Awards last night. Hosted by the more than capable, Jimmy Kimmel.
Some dark horses picked up statue gold and well, then there was Modern Family and Louis C.K.. Both of came up big in their categories. With Modern Family beating Louis C.K. head to head but shouldn’t have dampened the comedian’s night as he proved he was able to pull off a big win not only for his show, Louie but for his self-released stand-up special, Live At The Beacon Theater.
Here’s the list of the winners and losers. Read More
- The sitcom Full House turned 25. The entire cast reunited. [John Stamos Facebook]
- If you are going to be racist, you should learn how to spell. [Huffington Post]
- Louis C.K. will help release Tig Notaro’s “I Have Cancer” set. [Team Coco]
- What are you going to do with your Emmy? Tom Hanks has the right idea. [College Humor]
- Would you be able to call Sam Kinison if he gave you his number? [Twitter]
Let’s kick off this week’s discussion by asking the question, “how important is the musical guest to SNL?” Sometimes it’s really nothing, other times it can save the episode. Case in point this weekend Mumford & Sons saved the day. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a bonafide great actor, person, and hey, I’ll say it, good lookin’ guy. You’d think this was something to be worked with and Levitt kicked the show off with a ton of enthusiasm with a dance number in homage to the movie Magic Mike. The problem is, things fizzled soon and this high energy was gone by the time midnight came. What is going to happen for the next hour? Well, that’s pretty much where it became the Mumford show for the highlight reel.
Mumford took the edge, raised the energy and rode the waves of the night through ’til the end. While Levitt was just kinda hanging around to eat up the minutes in between. JGL shoulda had a better night. As when Will Ferrell last hosted, we had high hoped but the result was just a pretty mediocre showing. Let’s check the tape shall we? Read More
Sarah Silverman recorded a PSA for the website www.letmypeoplevote2012.com in an effort to raise awareness about the new voter registration laws that were passed in states all across the country and will effect millions of Americans this election season.
Silverman goes into more detail about the laws in the clip. Bottom line, figure yourself out so you can get out there and vote for your candidate of choice this November. Yes, voting for a President is a bit more involved than voting for an American Idol but it’s way more important since Adam Lambert doesn’t shape any laws or policy, he just rocks.
Usually before I drift off into sleepytime land at night I catch Craig Ferguson’s cold open and monologue. He’s usually a great way to end the night with a final laugh at something silly. Last night during the cold open, which can be anything from a lip dub musical number, embarrassment of an audience member, or in this case last night, something totally random.
The randomness was supplied by Jeff Garlin who just so happened to drop in to promote a movie he’s not in. That movie, Mike Birbiglia’s Sleepwalk With Me. If things hadn’t been weird enough for you they played the clip which featured Marc Maron, who is only in the film for a very brief time. Read More
Earlier this week, young comedian (20) Max Rice appeared on the Fox News channel earlier this week and basically punked morning show anchor Gretchen Carlson on Fox & Friends. Rice responded to a friend’s text earlier in the month stating the show was looking for Obama voters that have were now supporting Romney. Rice, who was not of legal voting age at the last election took the opportunity to strike. Since the ordeal happened Rice has been a bit elusive until this new interview which just hit the web. Read More
The red band (that means NSFW folks) trailer for the forthcoming Patton Oswalt and Johnny Knoxville movie is now live. By far the most compelling thing about the movie is that it features the late Patrice O’Neal in the last movie he ever appeared in.
The movie was screened earlier this year at SXSW and though it relieved mixed reviews, it’s still bittersweet to see O’Neal interacting with some very funny people like Oswalt, Rob Riggle, and Darrell Hammond. Read More
Ricky Gervais has struck a deal with Netflix for the rights to bring his UK comedy series Derek to US
airwaves internet waves. The show will not be available until 2013, after the series finishes it’s run on British television.
Derek stars Gervais as the title character, simple and naive man who works in a nursing home. The series also features Gervias’ comedy muse Karl Pilkington. Gervais caught a bit of controversy with this series because when it was first launched many thought it was a mockery of the mentally disabled.
But with a great comedy pedigree as The Office, Extras, Life’s Too Short, and An Idiot Abroad we’re sure there will be droves of Gervais fans that turn out to watch this one.
George Lopez has made a living of highlighting what he’s found funny about his life growing up Hispanic and the actions of his family. It’s taken him to the greatest heights of success.
This past summer, Lopez aired a live HBO comedy special, It’s Not Me, It’s You. On September 25th, Lopez will release the special on CD via Comedy Central Records. It’s the 7th album for the comedian whose been nominated for Grammy Awards for his last two stand-up albums. Notice a trend here? Read More