Comedy Central will host a comedy festival, not on a stage like other festivals commonly do, but on Twitter. During the five-day event which will start on Monday, April 29, comedians can tweet jokes and post videos with the recently launched video app Vine, which limits footage to 6 seconds, using the hashtag #ComedyFest.
Comedy legends such as Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner as well as young popular comics like Judd Apatow, Amy Schumer and Paul Feig are among those lined up to participate. The festival will be kicked off with an event at the Paley Center in Los Angeles in Monday. Reiner will be hosting, with Apatow trying to persuade technophobe Brooks to join Twitter.
On Tuesday, comedian Steve Agee will host a “Vine Dining” party, telling stories in six-second videos. The cast of HBO’s “Veep” and the stars of ABC’s drama series “Scandal” will also take part in the fest, sharing stories from the set.
“One of these days, we will be ambivalent about where people watch Comedy Central,” Steve Grimes, the channel’s senior vice president for programming and multiplatform strategy, told the Times. The partnership is aimed at promoting Comedy Central as an entertainment company that does not rely just on nightly television viewing.
This time, Professor Farnsworth does not have good news, everyone. Comedy Central said on Monday that it would not be ordering any additional seasons of “Futurama,” its madcap animated series about a hapless delivery boy from the year 1999 who is cryogenically frozen and awakens in the 31st century.
Comedy Central had itself previously resurrected “Futurama” from a long slumber after it was canceled by Fox. The series, from the “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, originally ran on Fox for 72 episodes between 1999 and 2003. After Comedy Central acquired syndication rights to these episodes in 2005, four direct-to-DVD “Futurama” movies were produced by the Fox studio, and when these DVDs were successful, Comedy Central commissioned new seasons of the series, and began showing them in 2010.
Comedy Central said its final season of “Futurama” would have its premiere on June 19 and conclude on Sept. 4. Mr. Groening said in a statement, “I’m very proud of the upcoming season. If this is indeed the end of ‘Futurama,’ it’s a fantastic finish to a good, long run.”
Dave Bernath, the network’s executive vice president of program strategy and multiprogramming, said in his own tongue-in-cheek statement: “Having the opportunity to bring ‘Futurama’ back for 52 episodes over these last four years has been a thrill for all of us at Comedy Central. The upcoming season promises to be the best final season of ‘Futurama’ yet.”
Maybe no one liked Brad Paisley & LL Cool J’s “Accidental Racist”, but they probably just didn’t want to admit that the song basically ended racism. At least, that’s what SNL’s LL (Kenan Thompson) and Paisely (Jason Sudeikis) seem to think.
Watch the two defend their collaboration on “Weekend Update With Seth Meyers.”
Hey everybody, good evening. Tonight’s show is a little bit different. Obviously, the news of today is so horrendous that it would seem insensitive at best to say ‘It’s a great day for America,’ so I won’t be starting the show with that tonight.
Is anyone else sick of this s***? I seem to have to say that too often. People say to me ‘Craig, your job is to make people laugh at the end of the day.’ And I think, yes, that’s true, but I’ve never professed to be any damn good at that. And, the thing is, people want their mind taken off it. And I think, well OK, if you want your mind taken off it, you know, watch a cartoon or a video or something. I understand it, it’s perfectly acceptable. I don’t think it’s a terrible thing to not want to think about it, but I can’t not think about it.
Also, I have a personal connection with the city of Boston. I have some history there. I have family there. When I became an American citizen in 2008, I spoke at Faneuil Hall on July 4, at the invitation of Tommy Menino who is the mayor of Boston, and one of the more colorful characters in American politics … I’ve been there for the Fourth of July many times and every cop in Boston looks like I’m his brother. My first stand-up special in America, I shot it in Boston. I like that town. I’m appalled by this thing and when I watch it on these streets that I know, it’s horrifying.
If I have all this inside of me, if I have all this rage and anger and distress and upset inside of me, I’m not a good enough comedian to hide all that from you.
Kevin Hart isn’t laughing about this. The California Highway Patrol confirms to E! News that the comedian was arrested under suspicion of DUI around 4:30 a.m. Sunday after officers spotted Hart driving erratically at a high rate of speed and witnessed him almost colliding with a gas tanker truck. He was pulled over after failing a field sobriety test and was arrested.
“On some real s—….drinking &driving is not a game or a laughing matter. People have lost lives because of stupid s— this! This is a wake up call for me, I have to be smarter &last night I wasn’t….everything happens for a reason….”
The actor was held at Van Nuys jail on $5,000 bond but was subsequently released and took to Twitter to discuss the incident.
“I’m officially a thug, I spent 6hrs in jail last night…I got pulled over 3blocks from my house by a d— head cop,” he tweeted. “This cop was the worst, he knew who I was &wanted to make a example out of me….”
Hart continued, “I did 6,000 push ups &13,000 sit ups while I was in the pin….shout out to my celly ‘Mark’ we exchanged war stories LMFAO… When the cop asked me to take the sobriety test I said ‘WHY WASTE OUR TIME…I’M DRUNK MAN’ ….. #TrueStory”
Regardless of cracking jokes on the situation, the comedian said, “On some real s—….drinking &driving is not a game or a laughing matter. People have lost lives because of stupid s— this! This is a wake up call for me, I have to be smarter &last night I wasn’t….everything happens for a reason….”
Jonathan Winters, who helped to make improvisation a major part of mainstream American comedy, died today at his home in California at age 87. Though he has been less visible in recent years, the great master of voices and characters never fully retired; his voice will be heard this summer in Smurfs 2, a full 60 years after he first moved to New York City to make it big.
Winters supposedly came to the big city with just $56.46 in his pocket, after getting his start in radio and local TV in his native Ohio. He moved in with friends in Greenwich Village, and by 1956 he had a 15-minute variety program on NBC, The Jonathan Winters Show, which aired every Tuesday and consisted of an opening monologue, a musical act, and then a closing sketch.
Rob Delaney is a comedian, actor, father — and can now add “Funniest Person on Twitter” to the list. (Talk about a #humblebrag.)
The comedian was awarded the title Sunday night during the airing of the Comedy Awards on Comedy Central.
Delaney is known in the comedy world for becoming a household name on Twitter, which led to other endeavors like a television deal on Comedy Central. Today, the comedian has nearly 400,000 people following him on Twitter.
The award was viewers’ choice, and Delaney was on the list among humorous heavyweights like Steve Martin, Aziz Ansari and Stephen Colbert, to name a few. Voters were able to select their favorite up to the airing of the show.
This is one of many digital categories included in the Comedy Awards this year. Other categories included “Best Remix, Mash-Up or Supercut,” “Best Comedy App,” “Best Comedy Podcast” and “Best Viral Original.”
Social media has become an important tool for comedians, whether it’s for marketing or experimenting with content — or just to have fun. Twitter was a big topic of discussion at the taping of the Comedy Awards.
But when advising how to crush it on Twitter, Delaney says you can’t spend too much time thinking about it.
“Don’t work too hard on a tweet,” says Delaney. “When you see people trying to, for example, synthesize two current news stories into one ‘clever’ tweet, it can get pretty clunky and their labor is obvious, rendering their tweet unfunny.”
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Here is a clip of T.I. & Tiny’s reality show, and what we found amazing was that Big Boi of Power 106 collapsed while filming, and had a seizure! I don’t think anyone outside of the Power 106 Family even knew he was having health issues! Check out the clip below;
Move over “Jingle Bells.” Garfunkel and Oates have the newest Christmas song that will sure to be a favorite at the office holiday party! The musical duo put out their latest hit, “Scary Fucked Up Christmas.” It’s an instructional ditty or sorts, wherein they extol the virtues of marijuana and its effect on calming their nerves when their families gather for Christmas.
I’m not sure what kind of weed they’re smoking that causes hallucinations of the apocalypse and makes you want to make out with your cousins, but both of those things are better than having to deal with your family totally sober. Check out “Scary Fucked Up Christmas,” featuring comedian Doug Benson as Stoner Santa!