9th Annual Memorial Weekend Comedy Festival 2016 Lineup
Written By SamuraiPrimz | Posted In News,Special Events,Upcoming Events

It’s about that time again! The 9TH ANNUAL MEMORIAL WEEKEND COMEDY FESTIVAL will take place at the James L Knight Center on Sunday, May 29, 2016. This year’s lineup:

  • John Witherspoon
  • Lil Duval
  • Kym Whitley
  • Steve Brown
  • Michael Colyar
  • Earthquake

Showtime at 8pm.


NEWS: Mike Epps Joins the Cast of “Being Mary Jane” | Catch Mike Epps Live in Miami, Apr. 5 #SBCF
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Top Flight Security! Mike Epps joins the cast of “Being Mary Jane” on BET. Looks like Epps will “play family man Chris Warren, a husband and father in a great marriage who Mary Jane begins to envy.” Sounds like lots of drama to MCF! Congrats to Mike Epps!

Make sure you check out Mike Epps Tomorrow Night at The Fillmore Miami Beach at 10pm. Get your tickets here:


Comedian Mo’Nique (@MoWorldwide) dishes on her Oscar, respect, motherhood
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via: Detroit Free Press

A few things have changed for comedian Mo’Nique since she accepted an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2010 for her role as an abusive mother in the movie “Precious.”

These days, the title “Oscar-winning actress” often precedes her name when she is introduced. And yes, she has one more thing in common with her “kindred spirit” Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American to win an Academy Award.

But a lot has remained the same for the star.

Getting respect (and roles) in Hollywood is still not as easy as it seems; being a mother to three children is still her most rewarding role to date; and the comedy-club stage is still that familiar place where she enjoys the freedom to express herself.

Mo’Nique’s next stage will be at Levity Live in West Nyack. On Friday and Saturday, she will entertain women who, just like her, will be celebrating Mother’s Day weekend. When we caught up with the funny lady in advance of her appearance, she didn’t need a microphone to open up about motherhood, movies and more. Here’s what she had to say.

Q: What should we expect from your standup show?

A: I always say to people, if you want to get to know me, come to a show. I talk about being on my third marriage. I talk about my life and my experience being a mom of 9-year-old twins and a 22-year-old. I speak about it all.

Q: What’s the most amusing thing about motherhood?

A: The funniest part is that there’s no handbook that says ‘this is how you do this.’ You just have to go with it as it comes as you watch these little personalities develop and become their own little people. Every day is fun.

Q: Are your children funny, as well — and would you approve if they wanted to go into comedy?

A: They are miniature comedians. It wouldn’t surprise me if they ended up in this business. I would absolutely love it. Comedy allows you freedom that most people are afraid to touch. When you are a comedian, you are able to express exactly how you feel. If you work at IBM, you can’t go into the break room and say “You know what? I want everybody to gather around. I’ve got something on my mind.” You can’t do it.

Q: You once worked as a phone operator. Did you make callers laugh every day?

A: I worked at MCI. I wasn’t the best customer- service person because I gave away too much money. Someone would call and say “My calls keep dropping and I would just say ‘Ma’am, let me give you a $50 credit for those calls dropping.’ That was my solution.

Q: Going from taking irate calls from MCI customers so many years ago to standing on stage, accepting an Academy Award for ‘Precious,’ did it ever feel surreal?

A: It wasn’t so much the Oscar. I think it was the first time I was nominated for an Image Award. It was that little girl I used to be saying ‘Wow, for real? I got nominated for an Image Award?’ (The Image Award is a big deal) in the community I grew up in. I am appreciative of any award that I’ve won, but everyone always goes to the Oscar. It’s so much more than that.

Q: After playing such a disturbing and intense role in ‘Precious,’ was it hard to go back to making people laugh?

A: We never stopped laughing! People didn’t get the chance to see the cuts and what would happen between takes. It was truly a party on that set. We kept it so very light and a lot of fun. But when they said action, we knew what we were supposed to do. The moment (director Lee Daniels) said ‘cut,’ we played house music and brought out the crab legs.

Q: Will you make your return to films any time soon?

A: You know what I plan on doing? Whatever the universe wants to have me do. Those are my plans. They always say if you want to make God laugh, tell him what you’re doing.

Q: You own the rights to the Hattie McDaniel story. Are you still planning to make a film about her life?

A: Oh yes, very much so. Hattie and I “talk” quite often. She said I’ll let you know when it’s time.

Q: Besides the fact that she is the first African- American to win an Oscar, why were you drawn to her story?

A: Our lives are very similar – the fight that that woman had to go through. She was criticized by both sides: her own community and the Hollywood community. When she won that Oscar, she said it cursed her career because they didn’t want to pay her the money that comes with the award. They kept her in those minimal roles. They didn’t allow her to really shine through for the amazing talent that she was. So when people ask me about that Oscar, I’ll say that not that much has changed from 1940 to 2013. That’s why Hattie and I are kindred spirits because when you read her story and you know my story, it’s so similar that it’s scary. I feel like the world needs to know the amazing woman that she was.

Q: One more thing: You look great! What is your secret to losing the weight and staying in shape?

A: My family is the secret. I’m 45 years old and I have babies. I want to have the opportunity to know their babies. Going at the rate I was going, I was going to lose that opportunity. I would be neglectful to my family because of my self neglect.

@ChrisRock contributes to New @Eminem Album?
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via: Huffington Post

Eminem’s upcoming album may feature an unexpected collaborator.

Comedian Chris Rock started rumors last week when he tweeted a photo of himself in a recording studio with an accompanying line reading, “In the studio with Em don’t sleep.” For what it’s worth the man in question is blurred enough that it may not be Eminem.

Rock was questioned about his involvement with the album after his picture. “Uh, I can’t really say,” Rock replied to Fuse TV’s inquiry about whether or not he contributed. ”Hey, hey, I was on the Kanye record — maybe I’m on the Eminem record. You never know.”

Rock was featured on Kanye West’s 2010 album “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.”

Eminem’s forthcoming album has been shrouded in mystery. The album has been hyped for a 2013 release but has yet to be announced with a set release date.

“We fully expect to be releasing a new Eminem album in 2013,” Dr. Dre said of Eminem’s next project. ”He’s been working on it for some time. It’s safe to say that it will be post-Memorial Day at some point, but we’re not exactly sure when. We’ve got some dates locked in for him to perform live in Europe in August, so we’re trying to see what else lines up.”

Comedian @IamSteveHarvey Honored With Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame
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via: Star Pulse

On Monday, Ellen DeGeneres and Samuel L. Jackson helped honor their pal Steve Harvey in Los Angeles as the comedian and TV personality received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The veteran entertainer donned a flashy yellow suit as he celebrated the achievement with friends and fans before thanking his wife Marjorie and their children for their never-ending support.

Snakes On A Plane actor Jackson was on hand to photograph the occasion, as was TV psychologist Phil McGraw, and comedienne DeGeneres delivered a few remarks, joking, “When they asked me to come and do this today, I didn’t have to think – I said yes right away, then I realized that I wasn’t getting paid and I tried to back out, but I couldn’t, it was too late. So I’m here.”

The Tony Award-winning Family Feud host admits he was overcome with emotion to be recognized for his lengthy radio and television career – telling Eonline.com, “People call it luck, but what luck actually is – luck is when hard work runs up into opportunity and people describe it as luck. I do work very hard, I kid you not – but I’m also a recipient of a lot of grace and mercy.”

Comedian @BillyCrystal returns to Broadway with 1-man show
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via: Washington Times

NEW YORK (AP) — There are apparently a few more Sundays left in Billy Crystal.

The star of “City Slickers” and “When Harry Met Sally” said Tuesday he will reprise his funny and poignant one-man autobiographical show, “700 Sundays,” on Broadway for a nine-week stand this fall.

“700 Sundays” was a Broadway success during the 2004-2005 season, playing to sold-out houses and winning a Tony Award for special theatrical experience. Mr. Crystal took it on the road, both in America and abroad.

Previews of its return engagement will begin Nov. 5 at the Imperial Theatre, with an opening night set for Nov. 13. The final performance is scheduled for Jan. 5.

In a statement, the New York-bred Mr. Crystal said the show — which makes its first return to New York since its Broadway debut — will mark its final performances.

“I’ve now decided to tell this story one last time in my own backyard, where it all took place,” he said. “It is a privilege to return to Broadway to say goodbye to one of the greatest thrills of my life.”

Loss triggers the stories in “700 Sundays,” the centerpiece being the death of Mr. Crystal’s father, Jack, who died of a heart attack at age 54 when his son, Billy, was 15.

The show’s title comes from a calculation by Mr. Crystal that father and son spent that many Sundays together before Jack Crystal died. Sunday was the one day of the week the two had to enjoy each other’s company since the elder Crystal always held two or three jobs.

Other relatives from Mr. Crystal’s suburban Long Island childhood pop up, too, in “700 Sundays”: Uncle Milt, who founded the legendary Commodore Records; Uncle Berns and Aunt Sheila; and others.

The show, written with good friend Alan Zweibel, will also feature its original director, Des McAnuff. It became the highest grossing nonmusical in Broadway’s history.

In 2009, Mr. Crystal reprised the show with engagements in six major cities, including Philadelphia, Dallas, Miami, Atlanta and Washington. The work was also turned into a book.

Mr. Crystal forged his comedy career in such diverse television shows as “Soap” and “Saturday Night Live” and movies such as ” Deconstructing Harry” and “Analyze This,” as well as gigs on the Academy Awards.

MUSIC VIDEO: “Dead Giveaway” by Hero Charles Ramsey
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Batman and Superman were a bit busy…so Charles Ramsey came to save the day! All jokes aside, if you aren’t familiar with the story, peep it below. He’s a genuinely a GREAT GUY!

@SarahKSilverman to film her first @HBO comedy special (via @patrickkevinday)
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Sarah Silverman is about to follow in the footsteps of Louis C.K. and Wanda Sykes. She’s taping a comedy special for HBO.

Given HBO’s long history of comedy specials, it’s a little surprising that this will be Silverman’s first. But it’s true: though Silverman pops up on productions such as “Talking Dead” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” her last full-length comedy performance was the 2005 theatrical release, “Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic.”

Silverman’s special, “Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles” will tape in Los Angeles in May and debut on HBO in the fall, presented in association with Funny or Die.

It may be her first comedy special, but it’s not the first time Silverman has done HBO comedy. She appeared as a performer on the HBO sketch comedy series “Mr. Show” from 1995 to 1997. She also appeared in three episodes of the comedy series “The Larry Sanders Show” and guested on “Real Time With Bill Maher.”

Written by: Patrick Kevin Day

via: LA Times

@Nerdist Chris Hardwick will Host show Co-Produced by @FunnyOrDie on @ComedyCentral
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Comedy Central just scribbled another line onto Chris Hardwick’s jam-packed dance card.

The 41-year-old comedian, who got his start hosting MTV’s dating show Singled Out in the mid ’90s, already produces his weekly Nerdist podcast, hosts AMC’s Walking Dead companion talk show Talking Dead, hosts a weekly Nerdist chat show on BBC America, runs Los Angeles’s Nerdist Theater, and voices one of the title characters on Nickelodeon’s upcoming cartoon Sanjay and Craig. And later this year, he’ll add another line to his resume: EW has confirmed that Comedy Central will launch a Hardwick-hosted late night show to air after The Colbert Report four nights a week, starting this fall. Deadline first reported the news.

The yet-untitled show will be executive produced by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, the team behind Comedy Central’s Reno 911! and the Night at the Museum movies. It’s being billed as a “comedic panel show that will have a heavy social-media presence integrated throughout.” (Hey, sort of like Talking Dead!) Bad news for comedy lovers with limited DVR space: That midnight time slot will put Hardwick in direct competition with fellow comedian Pete Holmes, who’s getting his own late-night cable program on TBS this fall.

Via: EW

@Sing2Bucks Presents: Badass News Reporter Rejects 2 Bitches
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Shout Out: Sing2Bucks