Mark Normand, one of the fastest rising and most versatile comedians in the country, cut his teeth at open mics, bar shows and by performing in loft apartments. Never caring where he performs, Normand has earned the respect of his fellow comedians for his work ethic and poignant punch lines. His first album Still Got It was released recently on Comedy Central Records, as well as his episode of Comedy Central's The Half Hour. I talked to Normand about producing successful shows, not being complacent, the clubhouse mentality of the indie comedy scene and much more. Check it out!
Montreal's Just For Laughs comedy festival just announced its New Faces of Comedy lineup for 2014. Each year Just For Laughs, the longest running comedy festival, chooses comedians they feel will break out in the next few years. It's one of the most anticipated set of showcases of the festival. This year's New Faces of Comedy are as follows: Alingon Mitra, Brad Wenzel, Drew Michael, Eliza Skinner, Grant Lyon, Hampton Yount, Hasan Minhaj, Jack Robichaud, Jake Weisman, Jen D’Angelo, Jesse Elias, John McKeever, Justine Marino, Kate Berlant, Matteo Lane, Michelle Wolf, Monroe Martin, Nore Davis, Randy Liedtke, Ryan O’Flanagan and Whitmer Thomas.
John Oliver has already ranted on FIFA, Dr. Oz, and net neutrality. On Sunday, the Last Week Tonight host took on the "broken" American prison system. The host riffed on everything from the privatization of jails to the "draconian" drug laws that put mild offenders behind bars and concluded the segment with a puppet musical number. This came after Oliver noted that there are so many American prisoners that Sesame Street felt compelled to create a character whose dad is in jail.
Louis C.K.'s FX comedy series Louie will return for a fifth season in Spring 2015. However, FX CEO John Landgraf announced that they've only ordered about seven episodes. New comedy Fargo was renewed for a second season.
When a man sent his wife a spreadsheet detailing her excuses for not having sex, she responded the only way she knew how. The woman posted the chart on Reddit, where it has since gone viral. So now the whole world knows about this couple's sex life.
Charlie the dog, best known for helping a mother change her daughter's dirty diaper in a viral video, is now the star of another hilarious clip. The beagle showered that same baby with gifts to apologize for stealing young Laura's toy. Some think Charlie the beagle was told to deliver the toys, but a new clip posted on the dog's Facebook page proves the clip is in fact real and not staged.
Adam Sandler, Josh Gad and Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage are on a mission to save New York from vicious aliens from outer space. You've seen it a million times, right? But here's the twist: the aliens are attacking New York because they think satellite feeds of classic video games -- think 8-bit Atari games like Centipede and Space Invaders -- are actual threats to their safety on their home planet. Aliens are so stupid, you guys! Regardless, it's time to fight!
Whose Line is it Anyway?, the popular sketch comedy show that was revived in 2013 with host Aisha Tyler, has been renewed for a third season. The CW announced today they’ve ordered 24 new episodes that will premiere in 2015. Whose Line is it Anyway? originated in the UK but became an American hit when ABC broadcast it with host Drew Carey from 1998-2004.
As someone who grew up listening, playing and worshipping metal and who has since gone on to worship the art of comedy, the fact that ex-Pantera vocalist Phil Anselmo is teaming up with musically-inclined comedian Dave Hill gives me a great big music-comedy boner. Anselmo, who has gone on to front bands like Down and Superjoint Ritural, will star in a Web series titled Metal Grasshopper, wherein Anselmo trains Hill in the art of being totally Metal. So how did Anselmo get involved you ask? Well, let me tell you.
After 25 years on television the team behind The Simpsons still know how to get its rabid fans excited about the iconic animated series. For the first time ever, the cast of The Simpsons will appear live on stage— but only for three nights (Sept. 12, 13, 14) at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Dubbed The Simpsons Take the Bowl, cast members like Hank Azaria – he voices Apu, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum and many others – Nancy Cartwright and Yeardley Smith (Bart and Lisa Simpson) as well as guest stars “Weird Al” Yankovic, Jon Lovitz and Beverly D’Angelo will stage original performances as well as scenes from some of The Simpsons 500-plus episodes.
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