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Preview: Austin’s Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival returns with Kids in the Hall, Marc Maron, Mike Birbiglia, more!

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 22:35

The moon towers of Austin are the last of their kind in the world. Purchased secondhand from the city of Detroit in 1894, the towers were designed for no more threatening a purpose than to illuminate the city– an early example of nighttime municipal electricity. But when they first arrived at the turn of the 19th century, the result was public panic.

“The citizens were so concerned that it was going to be disruptive,” says Jim Ritts, six year Austinite. “The roosters wouldn’t know when to crow, the chickens were going to lay eggs 24 hours a day, and it was going to wreak chaos.”

But what Ritts is hinting at here goes well beyond the scope of ruffled feathers, both for humans and their befuddled livestock. And Ritts himself is no mere citizen observer – indeed, as the CEO of both Austin’s Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival, as well as sister organization the Austin Theatre Alliance, Ritts knows a little something about disturbing the peace. “Of course, we liked the notion that they created a little chaos with those moon towers 100 years before. We thought, well, our role, too, is to be disruptive and to create a little chaos in the city of Austin.”

The “we” in question are Ritts and his powerhouse team, and the chaos they’ve set out to ignite is the above mentioned Moontower comedy festival running from April 23-26. Now in its third year, Moontower is rapidly becoming a must-stop destination for comedy A-listers all over the industry. And it’s not hard to see why: despite its relative youth, the festival has already garnered a reputation for being well-organized and extremely accommodating, to both the talent and patrons in equal measure. No less a person than Marc Maron even sang praises of the fest in its first year, while performing a live taping of his podcast WTF.

According to Jim (Ritts, not Belushi), the secret to Moontower’s unprecedented success comes largely from the Austin comedy community, and indeed the city itself. As the home base to longer running festivals like South By Southwest and Austin City Limits, Austin provides a vibrant urban backdrop that has long been, in Ritts’ own estimation, very supportive of live performance. “When you’re conducting a festival like this, you have to choose a place that people will want to come back to. We know that Austin is a place that everybody really likes to come to; young people in particular like to come here.” And while the more established festivals do tend to feature some comedy stages, Moontower in particular stands out, much like the 100-foot structures that bear its name.

“SXSW is really an industry festival, as opposed to being a pure fan festival. We have a great relationship with SXSW, but from a comedy perspective, it’s very industry specific. When you come to Moontower, it’s four nights, 10 venues. It’s designed so that, if you want to just buy tickets and come see headliners, you can absolutely do that. But if you buy any of those three tiers of badges, you can come and see not only the headliners, but you can also discover people that you didn’t know you would be discovering. And that’s what we really have to offer. We’ve tried to create this festival to be as flexible as humanly possible, and that’s what it should really be about; it allows you to sample.”

This year, some of the treats offered up for fan sampling include stand-up sets from the likes of Dennis Miller, Hannibal Buress, and Maria Bamford (with literally every spectrum of performer in between). Sure, headliners at the Paramount Theatre are a major draw, but Ritts aims to encompass all aspects of modern comedy performance. “We’re going to create the heat by bringing in the Dennis Millers and the Fred Armisens and the Hannibal Buresses, but then we’re going to expose a lot of people to Matt Bearden, Maggie Maye, Michael Che and those kinds of folks. We also try to make sure that the improv and sketch side of things are represented, and that’s going to be highlighted this year with the reunion of Kids in the Hall. Our goal over time is to be the second largest in North America, behind only Just For Laughs.”

Quite a lofty goal, but if any entity truly understands reaching for the stars, it’s probably those moon towers stretching skyward over East 11th. Still standing after all this time, the towers represent staying power today as much as they did chaos in 1894. And in those two seemingly opposing concepts, we have the Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival. “While there are a number of quality but smaller comedy festivals, there really wasn’t one dedicated solely to comedy that wasn’t also part of a larger festival– you know, mixed in with music or anything else,” says Ritts. “We envisioned something of a size and scale that would elevate Austin as part of the landscape for comedy. But this planning also allowed us the opportunity to ensure that the comedy itself was on the same scale as music, or film, or digital content would be at those other festivals. We have a great group of comedians that live here, too. We are huge fans of the performing and live comedy scene here in Austin, and I’m probably most proud of the fact that these people are performing and being seen by crowds each night.”

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Louis C.K.’s awkward situation with Magic Wand in ‘Louie’ teaser video from FX

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 17:19

The magic of Louie returns to FX in just a few weeks! The network released this short clip from the upcoming season of comedy wunderkind Louis C.K. bewildered by an elderly woman’s misuse of a particular…women’s appliance. If this is an example of what to expect from the long-awaited fourth season of Louie, then it’s gonna get absurd in this summer! The show is returning over a year and a half after its season 3 finale. The superstar comedian has stayed busy, accepting Emmys, acting in Academy Award-nominated films, and developing new projects for FX. He even manages to still get on stage! FX asked Louis C.K. for 13 episodes for season four of his critically-acclaimed Louie. But versatile comedian said, “Here’s 14 episodes, because I like ya.” Season 4 of Louie premieres with back-to-back episodes on May 5 on FX. Check out the teaser trailer below!

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Last Comic Standing strike, 15 editors walk out, demand union contract with health benefits and pension

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 17:08

Last Comic Standing will make it’s triumphant return May 22 on NBC— unless, of course, an editors strike totally derails the network’s plans. Deadline.com is reporting that approximately 15 editors and assistant editors walked off the job today, part of a strike spearheaded by the Motion Picture Editors Guild, Local 700. “Hired by NBC Studios on a non-union basis, the editors are seeking a union contract that includes industry-standard health insurance and pension benefits,” writes Dominic Patten.

Executive producer Wanda Sykes has taken hold of the twice-cancelled stand-up comedy competition show. Comedian J.B. Smoove is set to take over hosting duties. There will be 100 comedians battling for one grand prize. Comedy icons Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Russell Peters will act as Last Comic Standing judges. Earlier this year, Laughspin reported that there would be many changes to this year of Last Comic Standing, including the omission of open calls.

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Speech Jammer Gun Review Video Hilarious! Watch YouTuber Absuperman Discuss His Beretta And Colt While Using App

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 16:28

Video of a young man reviewing a gun while using the Speech Jammer app has gone viral. The clip first appeared on YouTube last May but is now quickly gaining popularity on Reddit.

For those of you who have never used Speech Jammer, the app slows down a person’s speech to make him or her appear unintelligible. If that description doesn’t make sense, just picture how Tom Hanks sounds in the film Forrest Gump.

So YouTube user absuperman thought it would be funny to use the Speech Jammer app while reviewing two of his guns: a Beretta 92 and a Colt Ar-15. The results were priceless. And, as absuperman notes at the start of the video, the review is even funnier when you turn on the YouTube captions.

We have no idea what absuperman is saying in most of this Speech Jammer Gun Review video, but we were too busy laughing hysterically to pay attention to the exact contents of the clip, anyway.  So check it out for yourself below and see if you can decipher it.

The YouTube description for the Speech Jammer Gun Review video reveals that absuperman’s real name is Aaron Pogue. He is apparently a Mississippi native who currently works as a teacher. Many of his other videos deal with knives and guns, though he did create another Speech Jammer video last December. Appropriately, this video features Pogue performing Christmas carols while using the app. After all, who doesn’t want to hear “Jingle Bells” sung by a guy who sounds like a moron?

More Julia Louis-Dreyfus! HBO’s Veep, Silicon Valley renewed for 2015

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 15:34

HBO’s Emmy Award-winning Veep and freshman comedy Silicon Valley have both been renewed for another season. HBO Programming president Michael Lombardo made the announcement today following a recent two-season renewal of Game of Thrones. The whacky vice-presidential comedy Veep starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus will return for a fourth season. The satire opened up this year with nearly 1million total viewers, keeping it in stride with its season two finale. In addition to Louis-Dreyfus’s two Emmys for acting, the show has received two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series, as well as other guild awards.

The new Mike Judge half-hour comedy Silicon Valley about an optimistic young tech start-up has had early success, opening to 2 million total viewers. The show stars many familiar comedians including Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Kumail Nanjiani, and Martin Starr. The new series marks a comedy success for the premium cable channel since its failures with Family Tree and Hello Ladies. Its other new shows Looking and Getting On have also been renewed for second seasons.

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John Oliver on Miss America Nina Davuluri, tells Matt Lauer high school students need to ‘stop asking out supermodels’ (Video)

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 14:47

John Oliver announced his decision to leave The Daily Show with Jon Stewart five months ago, and ever since fans of the British comedian have been wondering if the move to his own HBO series Last Week Tonight would be a smart one. Well, this Sunday at 11 pm ET, Last Week Tonight premieres on HBO and we shall have an answer. Oliver visited Matt Lauer at the Today show this morning to chat a bit about his post Daily Show career, taking time to poke fun at himself after seeing his first ever billboard. “It’s horrible. That is not the face that benefits from being inflated to billboard size,” Oliver told Lauer.

Oliver also explained to Lauer what the difference between The Daily Show and Last Week Tonight is. “I think we might look more internationally. We might look slightly deeper because we have the burden of more time,” Oliver says, adding, “I’m used to the grind of doing things very quickly, working at ‘The Daily Show,’ so I’m hoping it’s going to be a good thing, not a terrible thing having more time,” Oliver told Lauer. “I’m excited and terrified. I’m the appropriate amount of terrified and excited.” Anyone who watched Oliver host The Daily Show last summer when Jon Stewart was overseas directing his first movie knows that Oliver has nothing to be terrified about. The dude is a force and an excellent host.

Lauer couldn’t help but to ask Oliver’s position on Patrick Farves, the 18-year-old Central York High School senior from Pennsylvania, who asked Miss America Nina Davuluri to prom. His school suspended him for three days for disrupting school activities. Davuluri asked the high school to reconsider punishing Farves. She couldn’t make the prom anyway, due to her travel schedule and because, she most likely didn’t want to spend an incredibly awkward five hours with a complete stranger dancing around people seven years younger than her.

“High school boys have to stop asking out supermodels on camera, and crucially, supermodels have to stop saying yes,” Oliver says. “You need to say ‘no, because you’re a child, and even if you were older, you are physically repellant to me.’ You just need to burn one child to send a message. This has to stop. One kid has to go down emotionally for everyone else to be able to continue normally.”

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DreamWorks Rihanna movie ‘Home’ with Jennifer Lopez, Jim Parsons, Steve Martin is historical! Will Rihanna become comedy star?

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 13:20

Rihanna is best known as a chart-topping pop star with hit songs like “Diamonds,” “Pour it Up” and “Umbrella” or a party gal who loves wearing mesh bodysuits with marijuana leaves to celebrate 420 or the ex girlfriend of professional scumbag Chris Brown or expert tabloid fodder who is always photographed half naked and looking incredibly hot. But in recent years, she’s attempted a foray into film, playing Petty Officer Cora ‘Weps’ Raikes in the critically panned Battleship in 2012 and playing herself in last year’s apocalyptic comedy This is the End with Seth Rogen, James Franco and company.

But now DreamWorks is putting their faith in Rihanna as a lead voice actress. She’ll be starring as Tip in DreamWorks’ upcoming 3D animated film Home. The singer will be the first black lead character in such a movie. Based on the critically acclaimed book The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex, Rihanna will play a headstrong tomboy who helps a group of aliens called Boovs – who have taken over Earth — find a new home. Jim Parsons of The Big Bang Theory plays the main Boov.

Rihanna’s mother will be played by Jennifer Lopez and comedy icon Steve Martin plays Captain Smek, the leader of the Boovs. In addition to voicing Tip, Rihanna will also sing in the film and help produce a concept album featuring songs from the DreamWorks comedy. To get a taste of what you could expect when Home debuts in theaters on Nov. 26, check out this four-minute prequel titled Almost Home.

DreamWorks has, in recent years, boasted two strong female leads in their animated features, including 2009’s Monsters Vs Aliens starring Reese Witherspoon and last year’s caveman comedy The Croods, starring Emma Stone as the adventurous and athletic Eep. DreamWorks’ most recent film is Mr. Peabody & Sherman which premiered last month in theaters.

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Burning Daylight: Comedian Jessica Watkins’ 3,000 mile walking journey filmed for documentary

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 21:18

When a comedian tells you they’re going on the road, you assume that they’ll be spending countless hours cramped in a Honda Civic downing 5-Hour Energy shots and eating gas station tuna fish sandwiches. But New York City comedian Jessica Watkins is touring the United States in a whole different way: by foot. Watkins, who, in March, quit her job as a waitress, recently began a 2,947-mile walk across country. She started her journey in Lewes, DE after camping out on the beach and will end her trek in Oceanside, CA.

The city girl, originally from East Nashville TN, is going out of her comfort zone setting up a tent wherever her sore feet take her. “My biggest hiking accomplishment at this point is just walking in New York a lot,” Watkins tells Laughspin. She’s spent the last couple of months studying YouTube videos and practicing her tent-building skills in the calmer sections of Brooklyn. The comedian used the crowdfunding site Kickstarter.com to raise over $15,000 towards buying proper camping equipment. But the majority of the funds will go towards a unique “crowdfilmed” documentary about her project. The plan is to collaborate with different filmmakers along the way, who will contribute to her documentary, titled Burning Daylight. The end result will be her first comedy special, filled with material inspired by her travels. “I feel like it’s going to be a very unique experience and something I want to capture, kind of my ‘coming of age’ tale.” Much of the money has gone towards a new camera and editing costs.

After a little over five years of performing stand-up comedy in New York, she hopes that this walk will help her find that ever-elusive “comedic voice.” She will meet many other voices across the country in the process, including ones she might not agree with. “In my stand-up, I feel like there’s a natural political edge that’s there and I really want to find what that voice is for me.” She shared that she’s worried about her interactions with more conservative portions of the United States, but that she welcomes the potential clash of opinions. “Part of that will just be about talking to people and learning where they get their information and learning their perspective on our political system. It’s something that I want to capture.” You can follow Watkins and her journey on Twitter @aJessicaWalking and Instagram with the hashtag #JessicaWalking. If you want to check her performance dates and see if she’ll be walking through a city near you, visit her website. For now, check out the video below to learn more about Jessica Watkins’ plans for Burning Daylight.

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Neil Patrick Harris ‘Hedwig And The Angry Inch’ Curse Shocking? Why Broadway Star Yelled At Interrupting Fan During Musical

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 17:16

Did Neil Patrick Harris really curse at a fan during Hedwig and the Angry Inch? Well, sort of.

According to Page Six, one female audience member got a bit too excited during last Saturday’s performance of the Broadway musical, which features Harris in drag as the titular character. The lady yelled out, “I love you, Neil” right in the middle of the production. The original Page Six report claimed Neil Patrick Harris responded in character by cursing out the fan.

But that is only part of the Neil Patrick Harris cursing story. Per Gossip Cop, Harris-as-Hedwig actually made light of the disruption, asking “Who’s Neil? I’m not Neil.” He then asked another character, Lena Hall’s Yitzhak, “Are you Neil? You better not be Neil.” Only then did Harris jokingly curse out the fan, telling her, “I’m doing something up here, ­motherf—er!”

A spokesman for Hedwig and the Angry Inch confirmed this version of events.

“Hedwig is a cheeky character and every night Neil interacts with the audience,” the spokesman told TheWrap. “This is totally in the spirit of the character and show and every night the audience eats it up,” he said.

And Neil Patrick Harris himself tweeted that this Hedwig improv was all in good fun.

“It seems my Hedwig improvs are making news, but one should have the full story/context,” he wrote, linking to the aforementioned Gossip Cop story.

It seems my Hedwig improvs are making news, but one should have the full story/context. Gossip Cop clarified: http://t.co/hu7dhM75Mk #thanks

— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) April 20, 2014

Indeed, the audience did appreciate Neil Patrick Harris’ ad-libbed response to the screaming fan. The star’s actions reportedly led to loud cheers from the crowd.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the fictional story of the transgender leader of a rock band. The musical first debuted Off-Broadway in 1998 and starred John Cameron Mitchell, who also co-wrote the script. Mitchell then revived the character in the 2001 film of the same name, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination. The Neil Patrick Harris production of Hedwig is currently in previews and officially opens on April 22.

Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart Newlywed Game Video Hilarious! Watch Broadway Stars Struggle To Answer Questions About Each Other

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 14:10

Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen are quickly becoming our favorite celebrity couple, and they aren’t even dating! First, the two BFFs shared adorable photos from their tour of New York City. And now, a weeks-old video of the actors playing The Newlywed Game has gone viral.

Stewart and McKellen took part in The Newlywed Game competition as part of a February interview with Buzzfeed Brews. The game required the two stars to answer questions about each other. And while the Broadway actors clearly have a strong bromance going on, they know way less about each other than we thought.

For instance,  Patrick Stewart does not know that a gorilla is Ian McKellen’s spirit animal (though, to be fair, we thought Stewart’s answer of gazelle was much more appropriate). Stewart also thinks that his pal says the phrase “Absolutely” too much, while McKellen admitted he overuses “God I’m Good.”

Ian McKellen was just as bad at The Newlywed Game. For some reason, he thought Stewart could not live without French fries, seemingly forgetting that his friend was from the home of Yorkshire pudding. And while McKellen thought Stewart would sing country western tunes at karaoke in honor of the latter’s wife, the X Men star revealed that he actually preferred “Yesterday,” which is neither country nor western. Sadly, Stewart refused to give the crowd a snippet of his Beatles karaoke skills.

Things got really funny when The Newlywed Game moderator asked Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart what their dreams roles would be. Stewart thought McKellen would want to revive his current role of Spooner in Broadway’s No Man’s Land. But McKellen actually wanted to play Aladdin’s mother, Widow Twankey.

“I saw his Widow Twankey,”  Stewart retorted. “And that is not a loaded remark.”

McKellen, for the record, thought Stewart wanted to revive his role in the British play Yonadab, while Stewart actually wanted to play the famed Shakespeare character Falstaff.

Thankfully, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart’s struggles at The Newlywed Game did not harm their bromance. McKellen gushed about his longtime pal during an interview with England’s Independent this week.

“He’s a pussy cat,” McKellen said of Stewart. “Very, very close to the surface he’s a pussy cat but the exterior is so magisterial. He’s irresistible. I love Patrick. I’ve just been working with him on Broadway on two plays and how could you not love Patrick?”

Watch the full video of Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart playing The Newlywed Game below.

Woody Allen, John Turturro star in ‘Fading Gigilo,’ opening this weekend (Video)

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 23:54

It’s rare to see Woody Allen starring in a film not his own. But John Turturro convinced Allen to star in Turturro’s upcoming Fading Gigolo, including fellow cast members Sharon Stone, Vanessa Paradis, Sofia Vergara and Liev Schreiber. Written and directed by Tuturro, Woody Allen should feel comfortable and at home playing a neurotic, blundering older man, with a younger love interest. His character is a struggling rare-books dealer who convinces his likewise struggling best friend (Turturro) to let him pimp him out to his lonely dermatologist (Stone) for some frisky business, a ménage a trios, involving Vergara’s bored, married female character.

All of which takes place in a dreamy like New York City beautifully shot by Marco Pontecorvo. Turturro has not had widespread success as a director thus far, but having Woody Allen play a pimp named “Dan Bongo” along with a star-studded cast bodes well for Fading Gigolo which opens Friday.

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Joan Rivers and Tracy Morgan reenact Colin Farrell’s sex tape for Andy Cohen (Video)

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 22:54

Tracy Morgan and Joan Rivers couldn’t stop making Andy Cohen laugh last night on his Bravo show Watch What Happens Live. Morgan, looking round and happy, was promoting his upcoming Comedy Central stand-up special Tracy Morgan: Bona Fide which airs Sunday. Joan Rivers, the comedy legend, appeared to promote her years of relentless plastic surgery.

Hilarious bits included Rivers and Morgan acting out the Colin Farrell sex tape. Rivers played Colin and Morgan played the girl, wearing a wig and acting like Star Jones. Rivers quotind Farrell incredulously said, “I’m putting this in there.” Morgan acting like Star Jones said “I’m a lawyer but I’ve gotta have bed head first.” It all ended with Tracy Morgan’s orgasmic interpretation. You can see the video below.

Morgan also helped Cohen learn how to show his stomach gut in public, a trademark of Morgan’s on red carpets. Rivers pointed out in Cohen’s game “Gay or Nay?” that Judy Garland was gayer than Liza Minnelli and sconces more so than track lighting. She also pointed out that Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street both look like lesbians and “Cher’s daughters.” The joke of the night, however, may have been about Cohen’s guest tonight, Lindsay Lohan. Rivers said if you have anything white on, Lohan will sniff it. Ouch.

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Chelsea Clinton’s pregnancy perfect excuse to watch her Daily Show with Jon Stewart appearance (Video)

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 17:02

Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, announced she’s pregnant, revealing that she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expecting their first child later this year. Clinton made the announcement during an event today for the “No Ceilings: The Full Participation” project, which is part of the Clinton Foundation. “I have one more thing to say very quickly,” Clinton said, according to NBC News. “I just want to thank all of you for being such an inspiration to us and to me in particular. Marc and I are very excited that we have our first child arriving later this year. And I certainly feel all the better, whether it’s a girl or a boy, that she or he will grow up in a world with so many strong, young female leaders.”

We here at Laughspin obviously aren’t super political — publicly, anyway — but we’re also not heartless. We’re pleased to hear Chelsea, 34, is totally knocked up and that Hillary will have a grandson or granddaughter to carry around while she’s campaigning for President of the United States in 2016. It could only help her chances of winning and thus give the middle class a few weeks of thinking there is actually hope for them. Anyway, we thought now would be a great time to re-watch Chelsea Clinton’s appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart from Sept. 13, 2013. Enjoy! We have to figure out what we’re buying for baby Clinton in the meantime.

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Dave Chappelle proves you could be buff and still love smoking (Photo)

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 16:43

Everyone knows Dave Chappelle is hilarious, but a weight lifter? Seems so. The popular comedian, 40, was spotted in Los Angeles earlier this week sporting a significantly bigger build and huge biceps. Perhaps gearing up for his summer performance at Radio City Music Hall in New York? Or maybe buffing up for a new role. Fear not though Chappelle fans, he still seems to love smoking cigarettes despite the new look. We pity the next crowd that heckles Chappelle. In July of last year, Chappelle was scheduled to perform one show at Montreal’s Just For Laughs comedy festival. Since tickets were sold out in mere minutes, nine additional Chappelle shows were added; the veteran performer sold them all out. By the end of Chappelle’s run, he sold 14,221 tickets, breaking Just For Laugh’s 31-year-old record for most tickets sold during the festival.

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David Letterman, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Kimmel to honor Don Rickles during Spike TV’s ‘One Night Only’

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 16:00

Don Rickles will get the Don Rickles treatment from fellow comedians on May 28 on Spike TV during One Night Only: an All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles with David Letterman, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Kimmel and Bob Newhart entertaining and celebrating the comedy icon. The only thing not announced is how quickly the celebration will turn into a roast of the 87-year old insult comic. Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Tracy Morgan, John Stamos, Regis Philbin, Ray Romano and Brad Garrett will also attend the event to honor Rickles’s legendary career. “The genius of Rickles is in danger, nobody is safe, and what you can expect is a night of comedy from these superstars worthy of a legend,” said Casey Patterson, Executive Vice President of Event Production & Talent Development at Viacom. “It truly will be One Night Only.” The 90-minute special will tape at the historic Apollo Theater in New York City only two days before the comedian’s 88th birthday. One Night Only will air on Wednesday, May 28 at 9 pm ET on Spike TV. This time, not even Don Rickles will escape the jabs.

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Jennifer Love Hewitt guest stars on Hot in Cleveland with Chris Elliott, Dave Foley and Larry Miller (Video)

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 15:34

Jennifer Love Hewitt will guest star on an all-new episode of TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland, alongside comedy nerd heroes Chris Elliott, Dave Foley and Larry Miller! “On the eve of Victoria’s (Wendie Malick) big movie premiere, Emmy (Jennifer Love Hewitt) visits with some surprising news while Elka (Betty White) announces she’s taken a younger lover (Chris Elliott),” reads TV Land’s official logline. Hot in Cleveland also stars Valerie Bertinelli and Jane Leeves. The Jennifer Love Hewitt episode will premiere on Wednesday, April 23 at 10 pm ET. Hewitt stars in The Client List on the Lifetime network and recently gave birth to her first child, daughter Autumn. The versatile actress also just launched her own line of maternity wear for Destination Maternity. She’s married to her Client List co-star Brian Hallisay. Check out a preview of the episode below. You’ll notice Chris Elliott has a little more hair than usual.

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Spike TV renews Adam Carolla’s ‘Catch A Contractor’ for second season (Video)

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 14:25

Podcasting pioneer and comedian Adam Carolla’s new Spike TV gig hosting Catch A Contractor seems to be working out well. The network has renewed the show for a 10-episode second season. Catch A Contractor follows Carolla, who worked as a carpenter before his Man Show days, helping homeowners who have been cheated by shady construction contractors. He catches people who financially take advantage of clients or leave homes totally unfinished. Think Extreme Makeover: Home Edition meets To Catch A Predator. Along with contractor Skip Bedell and his wife, investigator Alison Bedell (pictured), Carolla hunts down these scammers and makes them finish the job right. Catch A Contractor has averaged 1.2 million viewers after seven episodes. Spike TV has also extended the show from a half-hour to a full hour program. His last home improvement show, The Adam Carolla Project, only lasted one season on TLC in 2005 and The Car Show aired for just one year on Speed TV back in 2011. When not confronting sketchy contractors, the 49-year old continues to host The Adam Carolla Show podcast, one of the most downloaded podcasts of all time. Check out a clip from Catch A Contractor below and be sure to tune this Sunday for two new episodes starting at 10 pm ET on Spike TV.

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Watch: Orange is the New Black season 2 trailer is here, we’re excited to binge watch June 6

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 13:09

Orange is the New Black is one of the few shows that deserve the hype it has received ever since it debuted last July on Netflix. Based on Piper Kerman’s memoir, Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, the series pretty much has it all: amazingly complex characters, twisty-turny plotlines, drama, outstanding performances and, of course, comedy.

Taylor Schilling plays Piper Kerman, the pretty blonde suburbanite whose past as a drugrunner for her dealer girlfriend, Alex (Laura Prepon) catches up with her and, during her engagement to her fiancé, Larry (Jason Biggs) gets thrown in a federal prison for women for 15 months. And today, Netflix finally released the first official trailer for season 2!

It seems all of our favorite characters are back. Suzanne, aka “Crazy Eyes” makes friends (or more?) with a new inmate (who just happens to be Red’s old enemy), Lorna Morello wears a dress (for her upcoming nuptials?), former druggie Nicky (Natasha Lyonne) tokes up (oh no, a relapse?) and Piper, it seems, is tough as nails now. We don’t get to see who’s she addressing in the trailer, but at one point she has this to say: “I am a lone wolf, and a vicious one. Don’t make me rip your throat out.”

This all amounts to us binge-watching Orange is the New Black on June 6 when it returns to Netflix. Check out the full trailer below!

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Robin Williams’ Mrs. Doubtfire sequel very possible says Fox 2000

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:40

Robin Williams will return as Mrs. Doubtfire– if Fox 2000 has anything to say about it. The studio announced that it is developing a sequel to the hit 1993 Robin Williams comedy Mrs. Doubtfire. It’s actually been in development hell since the original came out nearly 21 years ago, but new talent recently signed on to the project have offered the studio a fresh take. Elf screenwriter David Berenbaum will take a crack at the movie, which has been requested by fans for the last 20 years. Williams is attached to reprise his role as the desperate divorced dad in drag with Chris Columbus attached to direct. The original film starred the Crazy Ones actor as a father who dons prosthetics to become the titular nanny in order to secretly spend more time with his kids.

It’s not a mystery as to why Fox wants to make the sequel: the original grossed over $200 million in domestic box office revenue and over $200 million more overseas. Williams has always wanted to do a follow-up film, commenting during a Reddit AMA, “Mrs. Doubtfire 2 will happen if they could ever crack the script, to come up with a really interesting idea for her to come back!” The comedian also shared a kinky production story from the early 90s filming. While in full make-up, he walked into a sex shop in San Francisco and tried to buy a double-headed dildo. He almost pulled off the prank until the guy at the store realized it was Robin Williams “and not an older Scottish woman coming in to look for a very large dildo and a jar of lube.” He might have more time on his hands to shoot movies now since his CBS sitcom The Crazy Ones still hasn’t been renewed and will likely not return for a second season.

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Seth Rogen snubs Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Zac Efron doesn’t help (Video)

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 14:02

Seth Rogen puts his foot in his mouth in an ESPN commercial promoting his upcoming movie Neighbors with Zac Efron. The two co-stars walk into the gym to find Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers working out. Rogen embarrassingly recognizes him as “the State Farm guy” instead of as one of the top players in the NFL. When Efron tries to correct his error, it only gets worse. “Wait, you went from being a guy in commercials to being a quarterback?! That’s incredible!” Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to win Super Bowl XLV and was named the 2010 season Most Valuable Player. He’s also, apparently, a huge Seth Rogen fan and is “pumped” for Neighbors. The Rogen-Efron comedy pits a couple with a newborn baby against Efron’s fraternity house that moves in next door. Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin), Jake Johnson, and stand-up comedian Hannibal Buress also appear. The movie is due in theaters May 9. Until then? Watch the special ESPN trailer below!

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