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Chelsea Handler posts topless Instagram photo, slams sexism (NSFW)

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 21:36

Chelsea Handler, in order to poke fun at a now classic and bizarre photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has posted a topless Instagram photo of herself atop a horse. “Taking this down is sexist. I have every right to prove I have a better body than Putin,” Handler wrote alongside her photo.  Nudity goes against Instagram posting rules, which is why Instagram pulled her first attempt at this photo. “If a man posts a photo of his nipples, it’s ok, but not a woman? Are we in 1825?” Handler responded. What you see below is the second attempt. It’ll be interesting to see how quickly the social media service either removes the photo or bans Chelsea Handler altogether. Handler’s 994,000 Instagram followers would be none too pleased.

This isn’t the first time Handler has posed topless on Instagram, though it is the first time she hasn’t covered herself up. In August she posted a photo of her topless and compared herself to a Kardashian. This was around the time she was exiting her post at Chelsea Lately. “If I was going to continue working in this industry, I knew I had to do something outside the box to keep myself interested,” Handler had said. “I wanted to sit with the cool kids at lunch so I approached Netflix to make sure they were as cool as I thought they were, and when I confirmed my suspicions, like with any other future lover, I made my move. I’m more excited than I’ve been in awhile, and the team at Netflix is the most forward thinking, alert group I’ve sat down with in ages. No offense to the Shahs Of Sunset.”

Handler has just finished a huge press tour to promote her newest one-hour stand-up comedy special Uganda Be Kidding Me Live, which is streaming exclusively on Netflix. The special is part of a much larger deal with Netflix that will find Handler, the former Chelsea Lately host, hosting a new talk show of sorts and producing and starring in additional comedy specials.

 

UPDATE: Instagram pulled the above photo and Handler has re-posted it once again– this time with the message, “If Instagram takes this down again, you’re saying Vladimir Putin Has more 1st amendment rights than me. Talk to your bosses.”

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Jon Stewart blasts Daily Show advertiser (Video)

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 14:48

Daily Show host Jon Stewart finally addressed the Koch Brothers’ advertisements that have appeared on his program on Comedy Central in the only way he knows how. He tore the owners of Koch a new one. Wednesday night’s episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart was part of the fake news program’s real coverage of the midterm elections called “Democalypse 2014″. Charles and David Koch run the second-largest privately-held corporation in the country and have dumped hundreds of millions of dollars into political campaigns to support their preferred candidates, essentially influencing elections and buying politicians. Stewart holds these businessmen in contempt and after Koch bought several chunks of ad time on The Daily Show, the comedian used his authority to blast them on his time. Check out the brilliance below:

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Portlandia season 5 sneak peek: Goths love funerals (Video)

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 14:11

Just in time for Halloween, IFC has released a sneak peek for Portlandia’s fifth season, set to premiere in Janauary 2015. It’s here that we find Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein as an over-the-top Goth couple reveling in planning their respective funerals. They want something special, not just the typical ho-hum celebration of death. They want shrieks and squeaky doors. And jackals. There must be jackals. Check it out below. Oh, and if it pains you greatly to wait until January for new episodes of Portlandia you can at least take comfort in this: Season four of Portlandia hits Netflix on Nov. 1!

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‘Dumb and Dumber To’ star Jim Carrey tests David Letterman for Ebola (Video)

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 13:21

New York City is freaking out about Ebola and visitor Jim Carrey is no exception. The Dumb and Dumber To actor appeared on Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday night. In the middle of the interview, Carrey pulled out a thermometer and gave David Letterman an amateur Ebola screening. Of course, the Ebola “crisis” has been blown way out of proportion since it is fairly difficult to be infected unless you are making out with random sick people. But the gag got a good laugh with the New York crowd who has been inundated with non-stop Ebola news since Governors Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie have been quarantining people they think might have Ebola. Letterman wondered if the comedian was worried about getting sick while traveling the world promoting films. “I’ve been married a couple times,” he quipped. “It takes a lot to scare me.” Check out Carrey’s Ebola test on Late Show with David Letterman and go see Dumb and Dumber To in theaters on Nov. 14.

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Paul Reubens confirms Pee-wee Herman movie to Jimmy Fallon, Judd Apatow to produce (Video)

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:35

No one could’ve predicted the enormous influence and staying power Pee-wee’s Big Adventure would’ve had on American culture when the bizarre comedy hit theaters in 1985. But 29 years later here we are obsessing over a character Paul Reubens created while at The Groundlings years before Tim Burton would choose Pee-wee as the subject of his feature film directorial debut.

For the last three years, rumors have swirled about a new movie centered on Pee-wee Herman. The rumors also spurred newfound interest of Pee-wee’s Playhouse, the television series that aired from 1986-1991. Well, last night during his appearance on The Tonight Show, Reubens confirmed to Jimmy Fallon that there will, indeed, be a new Pee-wee Herman movie. And as rumors stated, Judd Apatow is set to produce.

“There is going to be one and I was hoping I could make this huge announcement tonight but it’s a week away from being announced,” Reubens told Fallon. “But yeah, Judd Apatow is producing it. This was all leaked three years ago, so a little bit is known…We’ve hired a director; I can’t say yet. But we’re going to start in February.” The real reason, it seems, Reubens visited The Tonight Show was to plug the release of Pee-wee’s Playhouse: The Complete Series, which includes all 45 episodes plus a truckload of bonus features. Check out Reubens and Fallon below!

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Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler play Game of Thrones trivia with George R.R. Martin (Video)

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 16:08

Seth Meyers put George R.R. Martin to the test on Tuesday night in a fun Game of Thrones trivia match on last night’s Late Night with Seth Meyers. Martin appeared on the show with Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler. Meyers challenged the Game of Thrones creator to identify quotes from his epic five-book fantasy series. Game of Thrones has become a sensational award-winning drama on HBO over four seasons, with at least two more guaranteed on the way. One would expect the author to know the words of his own characters but Meyers and Poehler get tricky trying to stump Martin. Check out the Game of Thrones trivia challenge from Late Night with Seth Meyers below!

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Stephen Colbert declares war on Obama’s war on Halloween (Video)

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 15:57

Stephen Colbert is not slowing down as he approaches the end of The Colbert Report and the beginning of his tenure as David Letterman’s successor on Late Show. Colbert Report‘s passionate host goes after President Barack Obama’s administration’s alleged attack on Halloween. The federal government’s Department of Energy wants people to carve green energy symbols into their pumpkins this year. Fox News shares his sentiment, mocking the Obama administration for wanting to promote environmental awareness (trees, who needs ‘em?). Colbert wants to keep the tradition of carving pumpkins to “prove our dominance over nature” by “stab[bing] a pumpkin in the face!” Check out the clip below to see Colbert attack Obama’s Department of Energy and defend the tradition of Halloween!

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Saturday Night Live’s Michael Che street harassment ‘apologies’ draw ire from Twitter, Instagram followers

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 14:49

Michael Che, one of the newest additions to Saturday Night Live, set off a flurry of social media hatred today when he posted a mock apology on Instagram and Twitter, addressing all women for the past harassment to which he may have subjected them. “I wanna apologize to all the women that I’ve harassed with statements like “hi” or “have a nice day” or “you’re beautiful,” Che writes. “I can’t imagine what that must feel like. The closest thing I’ve experienced is maybe when a girl recognizes me from TB and they say things like, “AHHHH!! OH MY GOD!! SNL SNL SNL!! TAKE A PICTURE!! TAKE A PICTURE!! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!! WHAT’S YOUR NAME AGAIN?! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! WAIT SAY SOMETHING FUNNY!!” But even that is nothing like the harassment of having a complete stranger tell me to “smile.”

Che’s comments are in response to a recent viral video, wherein Shoshana B. Roberts is filmed in New York over the course of 10 hours in one day. In the video, viewers see many men catcalling the woman to varying degrees. It goes from simple, seemingly innocuous greetings to one man who walked beside her for more than five minutes. The video, created in conjunction with the Hollaback organization, was to prove that street harassment is a real thing and needs to be addressed. The video, seen below, was viewed more than 7 million times in one day.

After Instagram and Twitter followers expressed their digust – “You trivialized women’s struggles AND came off as a pompous douche. Way to make it about you being ‘famous,’ one woman tweeted – the Saturday Night Live Weekend Update co-anchor tweeted, “I think some of you are misunderstanding that post. I’m simply just making fun of something that is important to a lot of people.”

Cue more online vitriol aimed squarely at Michael Che, who threw more wood on the fire with yet another Instagram post. “I wanna apologize for my last apology. Sometimes I forget that I belong to all of you now, and that any thought I have should be filtered through you, and receive your approval,” Che wrote on Instagram. “It’s tough because I’m used to taking risks and finding humor in places of discomfort. But that’s all over, because I have a job on TV. And if I say the wrong thing you’ll see to it that it’s taken away. So the next time I have a silly thought, I’ll giggle to myself, keep my mouth shit and post a picture with my arm around a more famous person I met somewhere.”

One astute Instagram follower, a woman, summed up the situation like this: “Freedom of speech means we cannot be punished or persecuted by the government for what we say. It does not mean that there are no consequence to what you say or that people are not allowed to disagree with what we say. That being said, I love @chethinks and thinks he had some valid points but is missing the larger point.”

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Kaley Cuoco’s Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony (Live video)

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 13:45

Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting has played Penny on the wildly popular CBS series The Big Bang Theory since 2007, and she’s won a Golden Globe for her work. And today she’s getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And thanks to the below video feed from Variety, you can watch the festivities live as it happens! It’s scheduled to go down at 2 pm PST. Enjoy!

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ISIS ridiculed by Middle Eastern sketch comedy…are these the bravest comedians ever? (Videos)

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:29

When you think of some of the best line-crossing, politically incorrect comedians in America, your mind likely travels to the likes of Bill Burr, Doug Stanhope or Jim Norton. And while they continuously push boundaries at the peril of losing an audience, I’d submit that their lives are rarely in danger because of their comedy. But there’s a group of Middle Eastern comedians whose lives are very much in danger—and that’s because the subject of their ridicule is ISIS, the fundamentalist Islamic group based in Iraq that have been beheading prisoners and releasing videos to prove it the last few months.

Veteran comedian and writer Dean Obeidallah today published a piece for The Daily Beast titled “Middle East Goes Monty Python on ISIS,” in which he details the rising of Iraqi based television and Internet comedians who lambaste ISIS despite the fact that if ISIS ever finds them, they’ll likely be murdered.

“No one doubts that these comedians will be killed if ISIS captures them. ISIS doesn’t want to be laughed at, they want to be feared,” Obeidallah writes. “In fact, just a few months ago, ISIS threatened to cut the tongue out of anyone who referred to them as “Daesh,” which is the Arabic acronym for ISIS. Why? Because ISIS learned that many Arabs use that term as an insult, because Daesh in Arabic also can mean “a bigot who imposes his view on others.”

Below you’ll find ISIS parodies that aired on Iraqi television. And we highly suggest you read Obeidallah’s piece.

And here’s the trailer of a new sketch comedy series State of Myths that’s currently airing in Iraq.

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Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart join for live Rosewater event

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 00:14

Stephen Colbert will interview Jon Stewart live in front of a New York City audience on Nov. 13 at 7:30 pm EST. Luckily for those of you outside of New York, the event will be broadcast throughout select movie theaters across the country. The conversation will be pegged to Stewart’s film Rosewater, which he wrote, directed and produced. The film will be screened first and followed by the Colbert conversation with Stewart. Viewers will be able to submit comments and questions on Twitter using the hashtag #RosewaterLive, according to USA Today.

Last year, Jon Stewart took his first leave of absence from hosting The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to make his directorial debut with Rosewater. The film, bought by Open Road Films, will finally be released in theates on Nov. 14. Rosewater is based on the true story of BBC journalist Maziar Bahari, who travelled to Iran to interview presidential hopeful Mir-Hossein Moussavi in 2009.

Moussavi at the time was running against incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Bahari was arrested by the Revolutionary Guard police after selling footage of post-election riots. He was then tortured and interrogated by a group led by a man calling himself “Rosewater.” Bahari then wrote a book about his trials, Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity And Survival, on which Stewart based the script for Rosewater. Check out the trailer introduced by Jon Stewart below.

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Bob Odenkirk reveals Better Call Saul details: It’s 85 percent drama, 15 percent comedy

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 16:42

Ever since September of 2013 when AMC announced the pickup of a Breaking Bad spinoff titled Better Call Saul, starring comedian Bob Odenkirk, many have wondered just what the exact genre in which the series would fit. After all, Odenkirk supplied a lot of comic relief portraying his lawyer Saul character on the otherwise dark Breaking Bad. Odenkirk is also one of the most celebrated and well-respected writers, actors and creators in the world of comedy. He can currently be seen on the second season of IFC’s The Birthday Boys, a sketch series he also produces and he was the co-creator (alongside David Cross) of cult favorite Mr. Show.

In the end, Odenkirk says the hour-long Better Call Saul is a lot like Breaking Bad in tone. It’s total drama, man, Odenkirk told The Hollywood Reporter, before specifying, “It’s 85 percent drama, 15 percent comedy.” When Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould began writing the Better Call Saul, it seemed it would be a 30-minute comedy but that changed rather quickly.

Odenkirk also confirmed that while Better Call Saul will take place in 2002 – that’s before Breaking Bad’s storyline – the series will also skip around in time. Better Call Saul is set to premiere in February of 2015 on AMC. And it seems AMC already wants a second season. Also starring and recurring in the series is Michael McKean, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian and Michael Mando. Check out the show’s official site for more details.

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Daily Show’s Samantha Bee, Jason Jones land pilot deal with TBS

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 15:18

Longtime Daily Show with Jon Stewart favorites Samantha Bee and Jason Jones have landed a deal with TBS to write and star in an upcoming pilot based on their real-life married couple and parents-to-three-children status. “The comedy series will follow a family as they take a road trip to Key West. Jason Jones is set to play hopeful dad Nate, who hops in the car with his wife and two young kids for a 24-hour adventure to the Keys,” TBS said in a statement released today. “This comedy will prove that no matter how much close proximity can lead a family to get on each other’s nerves, precarious situations and interactions with strangers can bring them together again. Should this project get a series greenlight, plans call for each season of the show to chronicle a different trip.”

“As we continue to move TBS in new and exciting directions, we believe that comedies like this will truly resonate with our target audience of young adults,” said Brett Weitz, senior vice president of scripted development for TBS and TNT. “We’re thrilled to be working with Jason & Sam Bee, two of The Daily Show’s breakout stars and two of the funniest writers in the business.”

If TBS greenlights the pilot to series, the show will be part of an increasingly large roster of original comedies for TBS. Current comedy shows include Cougar TownAmerican Dad, Ground Floor, Sullivan & Son, and of course, Conan. TBS also boasts syndicated hits like Seinfeld, Big Bang Theory and Friends. and  Jones has been on The Daily Show since September of 2005 while Bee started on The Daily Show in July of 2003. To celebrate this stellar news, let’s check out Jason Jones and Samantha Bee appearing on The Daily Show together earlier this month when Jon Stewart was out sick.

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Jon Stewart blasts Chris Christie for Ebola quarantine, Kaci Hickox treatment (Video)

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 12:53

Jon Stewart had some strong feelings about New Jersey Governer Chris Christie’s mandatory 21-day home quarantine for anybody arriving in New Jersey from West Africa, even if they don’t have Ebola symptoms. At the heart of the matter today is a nurse Kaci Hickox who returned from Sierra Leone who’s protesting her quarantine—a quarantine, in fact, that requires her to live in a sealed tent and go to the bathroom in a box.

After protests from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, her lawyer and some members of the Obama administration, Hickox was discharged from a Newark hospital after three days in isolation and was allowed to return to her home in Maine. “Her civil rights were violated,” Hickox’s lawyer says. “At a minimum, she could bring an action for damages. But I think her goal is to try to revise the current policies with regard to, for example, mandatory quarantines.”

We’re trying to be careful here,” Christie says. “This is common sense, and … the American public believes it is common sense. And we’re not moving an inch. Our policy hasn’t changed, and our policy will not change.”

“Why does Christie have to be such a dick about everything?” Jon Stewart said on last night’s Daily Show on Comedy Central. “He can’t just quarantine someone. He’s got to be like, ‘Hey, you’re a doctor without borders? Not anymore! Get in the f—king room! You self-sacrificing angel of mercy piece of s—t. I got you altruism right here!’”

Check out the full segment, in which Stewart invokes The Twilight Zone to help make his point.

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Lucas Brothers talk Friends of the People, marijuana, importance of Urkel (Laughspin interview)

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:15

If the Lucas Brothers look familiar, it’s probably because you saw their hilarious cameo in 22 Jump Street, or their animated series, Lucas Bros Moving Co. Season 2 starts in 2015 (!!). But the brothers have a lot more in store for the comedy world. Starting tonight, you can see Keith and Kenny on their sketch comedy show Friends of the People every Tuesday at 10:30 pm ET on TruTV. They’re also developing their own live action series with Fox.

So what’s all the hype about? Let me put it to you this way, the Lucas Brothers are like if Hannibal Buress and Daria had a baby; two funny, chill babies. I was fortunate enough to catch up with Keith and Kenny between their many projects to talk about comedy, weed and the importance of Steve Urkel.

Lucas Bros Moving Company is hilarious. What made you want to get into animation?
KEITH: We had been doing stand-up really hard, so we didn’t really have a plan of action to get into animation. Nick Weidenfeld saw our set on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and he asked if we had any ideas. That week, we started coming up with a lot of ideas and sent them over to him. He loved them, and we started from there.

Are there any cartoons that inspired the look or feel of Lucas Bros Moving Company?
KENNY: It was definitely early 90’s Nickelodeon cartoons. Doug, Rocco’s Modern Life, and Ren and Stimpy. Also Clone High, Beavis and Butthead, The Simpsons, King of the Hill,and Life and Times of Tim. Daria was certainly an influence.

Is there anything you want to animate that would be too insane for live action?
KEITH: We actually have an episode of Lucas Bros Moving Company dedicated to Jay Z. That’s stuff that we can’t do in real life. We also have an episode where we go into Jaleel White’s consciousness. That was pretty cool.

Who would you choose to be your cartoon girlfriend?
KENNY: I have to go with Jessica Rabbit.
KEITH: I’m going with Daria.

I could see you with Daria.
KEITH: She’s actually in one of our episodes. It’s the “Pizza Pizza” episode where we go back in time to 1995.

Your show, Friends of the People premieres this week. Have you heard people compare it to any other shows?
KEITH: Well, we did an Urkel sketch. Key and Peele did an Urkel sketch, so we’ve been getting that comparison.
KENNY: A lot of people were saying In Living Color before because we have a predominantly black cast, but it’s totally different.

It’s funny that your Family Matters sketch came out around the same time as Key and Peele’s. Why do you think people are so enamored by Family Matters and Urkel?
KEITH: Urkel was a cultural phenomenon and a megastar. When I was growing up he was so popular and so pivotal that a lot of us were just influenced by him.
KENNY: As you get older and read up on the history of Family Matters you realize, wow, they were going to get canceled and then they introduced new characters and it became a cultural thing. It was huge. I don’t know if something like that show could ever happen again. It was a time when the sitcom was evolving a little bit more and becoming more absurd. They were at the beginning of it. And now that other shows have come out and pushed the absurdity level, you can’t really do what they did anymore. It was so groundbreaking, especially with a black character. It was a black sitcom too, so for them to really be a science fiction show. It was science fiction, but it masqueraded as a family sitcom. It was great.

If you could be on an episode of Family Matters, who would your characters be?
KEITH: I think we’d be Urkel’s long lost cousins.
KENNY: Yeah, we’ll be his cousins and then we’ll clone ourselves 1,000 times over and try to take over the city of Chicago. Then Urkel has to stop us.

You do a sketch on Friends of the People called “Squabblin’ and Quarrelin” where you discuss everything from cookies to drone strikes. Do you fight like this in real life?
KENNY: (laughs) Yeah, we fight. We fight a lot…not a lot but when we do, sometimes it gets pretty vicious. We don’t really hold back from each other.
KEITH: We say whatever we have to say. Once you’ve spent like 30 years with a person, you know everything about them so, anything I say isn’t gonna hurt him. It’s all I’ve got, I don’t have any other ammunition.
KENNY: That’s kind of like the basis of “Squabblin’ and Quarrelin.” Our arguments are meaningless.
KEITH: Yeah, they have no meaning. We’ll always be brothers no matter how much we fight, so arguing is a waste of time.

Have you ever gotten into a physical fight?
KEITH: We’ve gotten into a few. I’d say we’ve been in four fights. We haven’t fought in awhile. It was sort when we were younger. We were a lot more emotional. We’ve been very subdued the last couple years because of marijuana.
KENNY: I think we’re more reasonable. Fighting is primitive.

Smoking weed helped your relationship?
KEITH: Yeah. Weed was certainly the thing that made us a little more at ease. Before we started smoking marijuana, we were very neurotic.

Were you guys both in law school at one point?
KEITH: Yeah, Kenny went to NYU and I went to Duke. I think going into law school somehow we thought we’d work together but, that’s not really practical.
KENNY: I mean, it was impossible.

If you decide to write a lawyer based TV show, you’ve got a great premise already. You guys could have your own law firm.
KEITH: Yeah, that would be awesome. I mean, I gotta get my degree first.

You don’t need a degree to be a TV lawyer.
KEITH: Oh yeah, you’re right!
KENNY: We’d work together at “Lucas and Lucas” as criminal lawyers. We’d work exclusively in the Williamsburg/Bushwick area. That wouldn’t be bad.
But you’d only deal with minor crimes.
KEITH: Yeah, you don’t want to take it too far. Maybe like Matlock.

Did you watch Matlock?
KEITH: Oh, I loved Matlock. That was one of my favorite shows. That was the show that encouraged me to go to law school. I loved Matlock so much, I wanted to become a lawyer.
KENNY: Keith was a little more adamant about law school than me.

How did Friends of the People come about?
KENNY: We were at the Montreal Comedy Festival in 2012 doing the New Faces of Comedy with Jermaine Fowler. We drove up to Montreal with him and then drove back to New York with him. During the drives, we started throwing ideas out about a show that would be pretty cool and weird. Jermaine was good friends with Kevin Barnett and Josh Rabinowitz, so he brought those guys along. Then he talked to Jennifer Bartels and Lil Rel Howery from the In Living Color reboot. We all had the same manager at the time, so he put it all together and told us to come up with some sort of pilot with sketch ideas we could pitch around town. We came up with some really underdeveloped sketches and we pitched them to various networks. Comedy Central bought it. We shot the pilot, but everything was bad about it. It was horrible, so Comedy Central said no, as they should have. TruTV gave us another chance to reshoot the pilot, but we learned a lot from the failures. We took a different approach and it just came out so much better.

Did you take inspiration from other shows when coming up with Friends of the People?
KENNY: Yeah. Chappelle’s Show, Human Giant, and Derrick Comedy. Prerecorded sketches are pretty much all we do so it’s hard to draw inspiration from shows like In Living Color and Saturday Night Live because they do live shows. We don’t do that.

Is the writing process for Friends of the People mostly collaborative or do people write any sketches individually?
KEITH: It’s very collaborative. The castmates write on the show. We also have three additional writers that help with scripting, plus our showrunner. We all pitch ideas, and whatever we collectively think is the funniest we move forward with. We try to leave the scripting to the more advanced writers, but everyone’s involved. It’s all very organic, a very collaborative process. Everyone’s pitching ideas and punching them up.
KENNY: Working all together helps us generate way more ideas in a short period of time.

When it comes to your stand-up, do you always write material together or work on stuff individually?
KEITH: It’s a little bit of both. I mean, we talk a lot, so it’s really hard for me to figure out what idea I’ve come up with and what Kenny’s come up with. We talk so much about the bits we’re working on. Most of the ideas come about from our conversations and then separately, we’ll think about ways to punch them up. The punch-ups are generally independent, but the overall idea of what we want to explore is something we collaborate on. There are times when we come up with independent jokes, but I don’t think we’ve come up with an independent joke just sitting down and writing. We come up with ideas and then we’ll talk it out. We’ll make it into a fully fleshed out joke.

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Does weed increase or decrease the level of your creativity when you’re writing sketches?
KEITH: I used to think maybe marijuana would have an adverse effect on being able to produce but, no it’s been beneficial to my writing. It helps me think on another level. I feel like I think about things differently when I’m high. When I’m not stoned, I don’t know, you just…
KENNY: Let your mind flow.
KEITH: Yeah when you’re stoned, you let it flow, especially writing for a show like Lucas Bros Moving Co.

Animation is a great platform to experiment with drug hallucinations. There’s an episode of Lucas Bros Moving Co. where you guys trip on mushrooms. It’s insane.
KENNY: Absolutely. I mean I think that you’re consuming colors, visualizations, and sounds, all of that plays a role in Lucas Bros Moving Co. A lot of that comes from being under the influence of marijuana.

Ghostbusters is being rebooted. Is there any movie or TV show that you’d want to reboot?
KEITH: I would love to see Revenge of the Nerds rebooted. In this day and age with bullying, I think you could still capture what they captured in the 80s, but now you’re also touching on something that they couldn’t talk about, like cyber bullying.

Who would you cast to be in the Revenge of the Nerds reboot?
KEITH: I’d probably cast all my friends. Pete Davidson, Jerrod Carmichael, and Eric Andre. It would take place at a black college. That would give it a different vibe.

What is the dumbest question you can ask identical twins?
KENNY: “Are you guys brothers?”

Someone actually asked you that?
KENNY: Yup. We’ve been asked that question multiple times. It’s perplexing. It’s such a weird question to ask.
KEITH: “Can we read each other’s minds” is science fiction.

Would you ever want to switch places with each other?
KEITH: Yeah. If Kenny was the mayor of a city, I would ask him to switch with me for a week or so.
What would you do for a week as mayor of New York City?
KEITH: I would go crazy, I would legalize marijuana. I would make it mandatory for everybody to eat coleslaw every Tuesday.

Why?
KEITH: I don’t know, just to make weird choices.

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Aaron Lewis Flubs National Anthem At World Series Game 5! Watch Video of Staind Singer’s Failure Three Years After He Slammed Christina Aguilera For Messing Up ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Lyrics

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 19:49

What’s the only thing worse than screwing up the national anthem at a baseball game? Messing up the “Star-Spangled Banner” at a nationally-televised World Series game, of course! Staind’s Aaron Lewis learned that the hard way, as video of his epic fail during Sunday’s Game 5 is going viral.

Aaron Lewis botched the national anthem right at the start, confusing the second line of “The Star-Spangled Banner” with lyrics later in the song.  So instead of singing, “at the twilight’s last gleaming,” he sang, “were so gallantly streaming.”

Watch Aaron Lewis’ national anthem from Game 5 of the 2014 World Series.

He recovered  nicely from there, but all anyone  talked about was his massive “Star-Spangled Banner” screw-up. Later on Sunday, Aaron Lewis released a statement apologizing for messing up the national anthem.

“All I can say is I’m sorry and ask for the Nation’s forgiveness,” Aaron Lewis said about his national anthem screw-up. “My nerves got the best of me and I am completely torn up about what happened. America is the greatest country in the world. ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ means so much to so many, including myself. I hope everyone can understand the intensity of the situation and my true intent of this performance. I hope that the Nation, Major League Baseball and the many fans of our national pastime can forgive me.”

Of course, Aaron Lewis is not the first person to botch the national anthem at a sporting event. But his screw-up might be the most ironic. Back in 2011, he called out Christina Aguilera when she famously messed up the lyrics while performing “Star-Spangled Banner” at the Super Bowl (she also later apologized).  Video evidence of Lewis’ slam is below.

“I guess I just don’t understand how people that sing the national anthem can be so f–king self-absorbed that they would try to change that f–king song,” Lewis said in February of that year. “If there is a single song in the history of this country that deserves no creative interpretation, it’s that one.”

The pregame festivities before Sunday’s World Series matchup also made headlines for a different reason. The children of Robin Williams, a noted San Francisco Giants fan, honored their late father by throwing the ceremonial first pitch to Williams’ pal Billy Crystal. Check out video of the touching moment below.

Comedy Central to release Cristela Alonzo, Nick Vatterott debut albums

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 18:38

Comedy Central Records is releasing comedy albums from two stellar stand-up comedians. Cristela Alonzo, creator and star of the new ABC series Cristela, will see her debut comedy record Some of the Hits become available on iTunes and Amazon on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Alonzo has impressed thus far on her sitcom which is being touted for bringing an original, fresh voice leading a minority-led cast.

Comedy powerhouse Nick Vatterott will also release his first comedy album through Comedy Central Records next month. For Amusement Only will also be available on iTunes and Amazon on Nov. 4. Vatterott will host an album release party on Friday, Nov. 7 at 10 pm at The Stand (239 Third Ave.) following his New York Comedy Festival show. The Andy Kaufman Award-winner has been a unique talent who bends the rules of stand-up to fit his comedy, and not the other way around. He’s been seen doing stand-up on a variety of shows including Conan and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Click here to pre-order Cristela Alonzo’s Some of the Hits on iTunes. Click here to pre-order Nick Vatterott’s For Amusement Only on iTunes.

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Actress Barbara Bowman: Bill Cosby raped me

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 17:36

On the heels of Hannibal Buress calling Bill Cosby a serial rapist at a recent Philadelphia stand-up comedy show, an alleged victim at the hands of Cosby, actress Barbara Bowman has come forward, alleging in great detail that Cosby carried on a years-long emotionally, physically and sexually abusive relationship with her. “I was drugged and raped by that man,’ Bowman told The Mail in an exclusive interview. “He is a monster. He came at me like a monster. My hope is that others who have experienced sexual abuse will not be intimidated into silence by the famous, rich and powerful. If I can help one victim, then I’ve done my job.” The Mail‘s interview follows Newsweek‘s interview of Bowman from earlier this month.

The Denver-raised Bowman was an aspiring model by the age of 13. In 1985 when she was 17 years old, she landed a private meeting with Cosby, while he was at the height of his popularity. “The first thing Mr. Cosby said when he met me in the conference room was, ‘I want you to go in the bathroom and wet your hair…then sit in this chair, shut your eyes and do an improvisation exercise with me.’” she told The Mail. “He wanted me to act completely drunk, wasted, while he stood behind me and stroked my neck and upper chest. He didn’t touch me beyond that, on that day, but that’s where it certainly started.”

What followed was years of manipulation, Bowman claims. This included, she says, flying her all over the country first class, Cosby meeting her family – “my mother totally trusted him,” Bowman says – and multiple incidents of forced sexual conduct. In 1986, Bowman claims, she vomited after she masturbated Cosby because she found it “invasive” and “humiliating.”

Bowman recalled another time in which she ate dinner at Cosby’s New York City home:

We ate in the kitchen. I had one glass of red wine with dinner. My next recollection is me, coming to, slumped over the toilet bowl, throwing up. I was wearing a man’s white t-shirt and my panties. The t-shirt was not mine. Bill was standing over me, holding my hair out of my face as I threw up. I had no idea how I’d gotten there. I’d had one glass of wine with dinner. He was trying to soothe me with his words, “It will be okay. It’s okay.”

By the time I came to, the staff was gone. No one in the house but us. And as the fogginess lifted, he escorted me to the couch where I recovered. I then got dressed and he called me a cab. I was mystified. It was a sick pit in my stomach, knowing that I was out of control over the last undetermined amount of time. And that I was undressed, while he was in a white robe, and how had I gotten there.

Bowman believes she was drugged and raped by Cosby.

“I know for sure he forced himself multiple times upon me and since he needed to create an environment in which I could not fight him, I can’t in all honesty say that I recall penetration because at that time I was in a vacant state of mind, as I was often drugged and brainwashed,” she tells The Mail. “Whatever drug he gave me, didn’t allow me to think clearly when it was over and done with. It didn’t register that I should be panicking. It was like amnesia almost. It was like what a lobotomy would do to you. I couldn’t even think clearly when I was awake. I was vacant.”

Cosby hasn’t responded to Bowman’s allegations.

At least 13 other women have claimed Cosby had sexually assaulted them.

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Jim Carrey’s Matthew McConaughey Spoof Hilarious! ‘SNL’ Video Shows Comedian Mocking Lincoln Car Commercials

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 16:56

It seems you can’t turn on the television nowadays without seeing Matthew McConaughey’s commercials for Lincoln. So it was likely only a matter of time before Saturday Night Live tackled these bizarre ads with its trademark humor. That moment occurred this weekend, when host Jim Carrey starred in three brilliant spoofs.

Matthew McConaughey channeled his True Detective character in the original Lincoln ads, which feature the actor philosophizing while behind the wheel. In case you somehow missed these commercials, on television over the past few months, you can check out one of them below.

The first Jim Carrey Saturday Night Live spoof directly took some of the dialogue from the above Matthew McConaughey ad, particularly the part about looking back to go forward. But Carrey turned this into a hilarious riff on the irony of McConaughey doing a commercial after winning an

Academy Award.

“Sometimes you’ve got to go back to actually move forward, and I don’t mean go back and reminisce or chase ghosts, I mean take a big step back like go from winning an Oscar to doing a car commercial,” Jim Carrey said in his Matthew McConaughey spoof. “My agent was like, ‘I could understand if you did this right after The Lincoln Lawyer. That would have made sense. But you don’t buy a Lincoln ’cause it makes sense. You do it ’cause you love it — or ’cause you’re an Uber driver.”

The laughs continued from there: ““I feel safe in here to drive around, all night long, contemplating the important questions in life,” Jim Carrey continued in his SNL spoof of Matthew McConaughey. “Who am I? Why am I here? When I’m done rolling up this booger, should I eat it or throw it out the window.”

The second Jim Carrey spoof of Matthew McConaughey featured the comedian discussing why he drives a Lincoln in the first place. But just as he was talking about “extinguish[ing] mankind like the pathetic match that it is,” kids in the backseat ask him if he is okay. They also wondered why he was driving just five miles per hour. Carrey then noted that this is “good for a Lincoln” and asked himself whose kids were in his car.

But the third and final SNL spoof of Matthew McConaughey might have been the funniest. It began with Kenan Thompson channeling Dennis Haysbert in the Allstate Insurance commercials. But just as he was riffing about deductibles, Jim Carrey and his Lincoln hilariously ran Thompson over. And what was Carrey doing while Thompson was flailing around on the Lincoln’s windshield? Thinking about who made the Moon, of course.

Watch all three of Jim Carrey’s SNL spoofs of Matthew McConaughey’s Lincoln ads below.

Hannibal Buress, The Lucas Brothers really want you to vote during Midterm elections (Video)

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 16:34

Comedians Hannibal Buress and The Lucas Brothers really want you to vote during Midterm elections on Nov. 4. How do we know they really want you to vote? Well, we don’t really know they actually care if you vote or not, but it seems they do based on the pair of videos below. In the first, we find Buress man-on-the-street-ing a handful of youngsters dressed as a adults who totally don’t want to vote. In the second video The Lucas Brothers – Keith and Kenny – find that since they decided not to vote, the world is a lot less delicious.

While entertaining, we’re not sure this will change the minds of young people who are too lazy to vote or who already know how there’s no hope for the Middle Class thanks to corporate interests, lobbyists, illogical bi-partisanship, et al. Or put more succinctly and artfully by the late, great George Carlin: “On Election Day, I stay home…Voting is meaningless; this country was bought and paid for a long time ago. That empty shit they shuffle around and repackage every four years doesn’t mean a thing.” Either way, let’s have a peep, shall we?

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