- Dane Cook will voice the main character in the next Pixar film, Planes. [Film School Rejects]
- The Best of SNL’s Celebrity Jeopardy. [Warming Glow]
- 30 Rock meets Game of Thrones. [The Lemon in Winterfell]
- Want to see what How I Met Your Mother’s Ted Mosby apartment looks like. [The Daily What]
- The Death Star was an inside job. A Loose Change parody. [Boing Boing]
- Sarah Silverman to star as a prostitute in an upcoming Seth MacFarlane Western. [THR Feed]
- Ricky Gervais is bringing the original The Office UK to youtube. [Fast Company]
- Erik Schaeffer is launching a new web series on My Damn Channel. [Hollywood Reporter]
- Vince Vaughn and Melissa McCarthy will both host Saturday Night Live for the second time each in April. [Examiner]
It’s nuts to think it’s been over a year since the untimely passing of Patrice O’Neal. Like it often happens in these situations, the lore of the comedian has grown since. Thus leaving many to learn about the comedian through his few stand-up specials and video clips that populate the web.
One Youtube fan, under the moniker Mischief Makers have put together a 47 minute “found footage” documentary about O’Neal that pieces together many of this TV and movie appearances and specials to tell the comedian’s story. It also utilizes many of his comic friends’ testimonials about him. Many seeming to centralize around The Opie & Anthony Show which friend and fellow comedian Jim Norton is a co-host of.
The documentary features some comedy heavyweights talking about the comedic mind of Patrice including Bill Burr, Louis C.K., Colin Quinn, Dane Cook, Norton, Robert Kelly, and Jim Florentine.
They discuss everything from the Comedy Cellar’s infamous comedian tables which spawned the show Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn where O’Neal was prominently featured moving into his various stand-up sets, talk show and late night appearances, up until his last televised appearance on The Comedy Central Roast Of Charlie Sheen. The underlying theme of the entire documentary shows O’Neal’s desire to make it on his own terms and always be true to himself. Read the rest of this entry
Dane Cook’s new sitcom is no more. NBC pulled the plug on Cook’s series, Next Caller before it even premiered.
The network ordered the show to series for 6 episodes to premiere midseason. The show was four episodes into filming when the the axe came down. Next Caller starred Cook as a radio talk show host who butted heads with his co-host and co-workers played by Collette Wolf, Jeffrey Tambor, and Joy Osmanski.
We can’t but think one of the reasons for the dropping of the show is the decision of the network to Read the rest of this entry
What are your classic comedy bits? You know, the ones you’ll reference in twenty years when sitting around a table discussing comedy with your friends? What are those comedians and bits that come to mind whether they be influential, hilarious, or just stuck with you because of subject matter.
It’s a tough question to answer as comedy is completely subjective. But this doesn’t keep us from trying!
We locked ourselves in a room and just started naming instant classic comedy specials from the last decade or so. Albums with bits that people will repeat years from now.
After yelling matches, many tears and near fistfights we came up with our list of 10 modern comedy specials that can already be considered classic. It’s true, we couldn’t get the list down to exactly 10. So we made some room for honorable mentions. Regardless, there’s still going to be people that disagree with us but that’s what the comments section is for. Read the rest of this entry
This weekend Dane Cook will appear in the stage production of Mel Brook’s play, The Producers as Franz Liebkind.
The platinum-selling comic has certainly experienced his share of backlash. Will he be able to sing and dance his way to a new level of creativity? Here are 5 reasons to catch Cook in the play. Read the rest of this entry
Season 3 of Louie premieres this week! Who is psyched? Trick question, you all should be. So before you hear the “Louie! Louie! Louie! Louieee!” intro song, we figured we’d find our favorite moments of the first two seasons. Read the rest of this entry
Dane Cook is going to take advantage of his years of stage experience, but in a slightly different way. Deadline reports Cook joined Hollywood Bowl’s upcoming production of The Producers marking his theater debut.
Cook will play Franz Liebkind in the Mel Brooks musical. For those familiar with the play, Leibkind is the Nazi character who pens the Springtime for Hitler play within the musical. It’s also a role portrayed by another funnyman, Will Ferrell in the 2005 film remake. There will be three performances at the Hollywood Bowl on July 27, 28 and 29. Dane joins Richard Kind, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Roger Bart, Gary Beach, and Rebecca Romijn for the musical.
Cook isn’t the first comedian to take the stage, in fact many comedians recently found success on the stage including Jim Gaffigan, Colin Quinn, Chris Rock, and David Alan Grier.
We’ll also see Cook in this upcoming TV season with his new sitcom, Next Caller.
Dane Cook, Tom Green, and Bob Sagat & More Performing at The Laugh Factory Benefit for Mike MacDonald
Laughter may be the best medicine, but when you’re in need of an organ transplant, a more serious side-splitter is required. Comedian Mike MacDonald was diagnosed with Hepatitis C in March of 2011, and due to complications is in urgent need of a new liver. In MacDonald’s words, “devastating news. I was told the recent infection was so severe I couldn’t wait two years for a liver transplant.”
After announcing on his Facebook page that he would need to take a hiatus from his comedy career to rest up and bide his time for the life saving surgery, there was an overwhelming outpouring of support and several fundraisers have already been organized. “I was hoping a few people would respond,” says MacDonald, “but I had no idea that this would happen in my wildest dreams.” Jamie Masada, owner of legendary California venue The Laugh Factory, along with many prominent members of the comedy community put together a special fundraiser to help raise money for MacDonald’s surgery. The epic lineup including Dave Foley, Tom Green, Kevin Nealon, Harland Williams, Bobby Slayton, Paul Rodriguez, Dom Irrera, Dane Cook, Chris D’Elia, Bob Sagat and Ian Edwards, “Laugh & Liver” is sure to provide some comic relief to the ailing comedian. Read the rest of this entry