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» Chris Hardwick's "Funcomfortable" premieres on Comedy Central tonight

Apr 30, 2016 - 3:20 PM - by BillBrasky


Chris Hardwick’s newest one-hour special, “Chris Hardwick: Funcomfortable,” is weird, inappropriate, fun and premieres with limited commercial interruption on Comedy Central on Saturday, April 30th at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

The “@midnight” host makes things very funcomfortable for the packed house at The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco as he explores awkward and sometimes super creepy memories from both childhood and today. With “the energy of SpongeBob dipped in cocaine water,” Hardwick delves into dealing with anxieties, finds the humor in joining the “Dead Dad Club,” and shares deeply personal anecdotes that most people would be too embarrassed to say out loud.

The digital album of "Funcomfortable" will also be released by Comedy Central Records on Tuesday, May 3rd, on iTunes and other digital music outlets.

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» Patton Oswalt's "Talking for Clapping" available on Netflix today

Apr 22, 2016 - 6:06 AM - by BillBrasky


Patton Oswalt delivers a fresh hour (and more) of brand-new stand-up that covers everything from misery to defeat to hopelessness. It’s his most upbeat special to date. You will believe that a man is capable of: TALKING FOR CLAPPING.The new special is available today, April 22nd, on Netflix. Here's the trailer:



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» "Lopez" premieres tonight on TV Land

Mar 30, 2016 - 3:55 AM - by BillBrasky
Today we do a solid for some long-time AST favorites by promoting one of their latest projects. AST Records' own R.O. Manse (aka comedian Chip Pope) and "Who Charted?" host Howard Kremer (aka Dragon Boy Suede) are on the writing staff of a new series for TV Land called "Lopez". Starring comedian George Lopez, the show is a single-camera comedy, in the vein of "Louie" (or TV Land's own recent "The Jim Gaffigan Show") in which Lopez plays himself. "Lopez" aims to explore the real George Lopez we rarely get to see, pushed and pulled between the worlds of race, class and fame, yet always having a hard time fitting in.

The show is executive produced by John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, who were long-time writers and producers on "King of the Hill" and lately have been working on the HBO series "Silicon Valley". In addition to writing for the series, both Pope and Kremer will be making on-camera appearances on the show as well. Here is Pope playing a "Starline Tours"-type bus driver in a scene opposite Lopez:



The series premieres tonight at 10 PM EST on TV Land and will run for 12 episodes.

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» New sketch show "The Characters" is available on Netflix today

Mar 11, 2016 - 5:52 AM - by BillBrasky


Netflix unveils its first original sketch comedy series today with the release of "The Characters", an 8 episode series featuring 8 different comedians who were each given the opportunity to create their own 30-minute episode and do whatever they wanted with it. The comedians are: "Comedy Bang! Bang!"'s Lauren Lapkus (pictured above); stand-up comedian Kate Berlant ("The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail"); Dr. Brown (the alter-ego of writer/performer Phil Burgers); Paul W. Downs ("Broad City"); John Early (recently seen in "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp"); ex-SNL featured player and current writer Tim Robinson; Natasha Rothwell (also a former SNL writer); and Henry Zabrowski (Adult Swim's "Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell").

All eight episodes are available today, March 11th, on Netflix. Here's the trailer for the show:



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» SCHARPLING & WURSTER ON THE SIMPSONS 3/13/16!

Feb 25, 2016 - 12:39 PM - by sparkiepop


"Break out a fresh Maxell VHS tape because Tom and I are gonna be on "The Simpsons" March 13th. (These are our characters. On the left.)" - Jon Wurster

Paul (Tom, right) and Barry (Jon, left) are NASA scientists and that's all I know. They recorded the episode a few months ago and I cannot tell you how insanely hard it was for me to sit on this knowledge. Luckily, Tom was FINALLY able to reveal the secret on this week's Best Show (special guest: Joanh Ray!) and now you can all set your VCRs to record The Simpsons, March 13th on FOX.
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» Wyatt Cenac - Furry Dumb Fighter out 2/23/16!

Feb 23, 2016 - 4:41 PM - by sparkiepop


Absolutely thrilled to announce the release of Wyatt Cenac’s new comedy album "Furry Dumb Fighter" out this Friday, 2/23. This is the follow up to Wyatt’s second standup special, "Brooklyn," which he also directed and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Comedy Album. "Furry Dumb Fighter" was recorded live in Madison, WI and finds Wyatt in top form as he talks subway preachers, custom hashtags, Black History Month and the stylings of the Confederate flag. Grab it now on iTunes! Limited vinyl run to follow this summer.

Listen to a couple of bits from the album right here.


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» Seeso - FREE ALL DAY TODAY!

Feb 21, 2016 - 11:21 AM - by sparkiepop


CELEBRATE THE HA-LIDAY W/ SEESO - THIS SUNDAY 2/21

We've declared Sunday, February 21, a national HA-liday... the Day of Ha. Exactly two weeks after the last NFL game of the season & one week after Valentine's Day, the Day of Ha is a celebration of all things funny. A day when people can turn their frowns upside down, drop all the notions of productivity, and spend an entire day laughing.

As a gift, we’re unlocking over 70 hours of free comedy, for one day only. THAT'S RIGHT, FREE, FOR A DAY. This Sunday, get a sneak peek at the first episode of the new Seeso Original Series Bajillion Dollar Propertie$, watch Rory Scovel and Matt Besser stand-up specials, all episodes of Seeso Originals The UCB Show and The Cyanide & Happiness Show, plus full seasons of The Kids In The Hall, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, and so much more. And Seeso is now available on Roku Players.

Celebrate the Day of Ha with us, this Sunday. We're like family. www.seeso.com

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» Paul Rust's "Love" available today on Netflix

Feb 19, 2016 - 6:07 AM - by BillBrasky
Former "Comedy Bang! Bang!" writer and "New No-Nos" creator Paul Rust has a new series he created for Netflix (along with his wife, Lesley Arfin) called "Love". Executive produced by Judd Apatow, "Love" follows Gus (Rust) and Mickey ("Community"'s Gillian Jacobs) as they navigate the exhilarations and humiliations of intimacy, commitment, and other things they were hoping to avoid. Having recently ended their respective dysfunctional relationships, Gus and Mickey meet each other by chance at a convenience store and forge a connection in the mending of their broken hearts and egos.

The series costars Brett Gelman, Claudia O'Doherty, Milana Vayntrub, and Rich Sommer, and all 10 episodes of the first season are available today on Netflix. Here's the trailer:



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» Bajillion Dollar Propertie$: Adam Scott, Nick Kroll, and Paul F. Tompkins Get Realty

Feb 12, 2016 - 1:31 PM - by sparkiepop



Will the new semi-scripted comedy series Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ succeed in doing for realty shows like Million Dollar Listing what Reno 911! did for Cops?

You can find out on Feb. 21 when the streaming channel Seeso makes the first episode available to watch as part of its so-called “Day of Ha.” (Viewers will also have the opportunity to catch the entire first seasons of current Seeso series The UCB Show, Dave & Ethan’s Lovemakers, Before The Morning After, andSammy J & Randy, without a subscription or credit card required.)

But the show’s new trailer — plus the involvement of Reno mainstays Tom Lennon and Ben Garant as executive producers, alongside Scott Aukerman (Comedy Bang! Bang!) and David Jargowsky (Funny or Die Presents) — points, encouragingly, in that direction.

Created by comedian and podcaster Kulap Vilaysack (Who Charted?), the show details the shenanigans of employees at a Los Angeles real estate firm owned by Paul F. Tompkins’ Dean Rosedragon. Tompkins’ costars include Dan Ahdoot, Tim Baltz, Ryan Gaul, Mandell Maughan, Tawny Newsome, and Drew Tarver. The show will also feature guest appearances by Adam Scott, Nick Kroll, Gillian Jacobs, Patton Oswalt, Jason Mantzoukas, and “Weird Al” Yankovic, among others.

Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ premieres on Seeso, March 17. You can exclusively see the show’s trailer above.


Source: Entertainment Weekly
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» Odenkirk's "Hooey" book now avail; catch him on his book tour!

Oct 29, 2014 - 10:10 AM - by isoS
McSweeney's has published a collection of comedic essays by our old pal Bob Odenkirk, and chances are you would enjoy reading it. If you haven't picked up a copy yet, you can do so at any number of fine booksellers (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, McSweeney's store -- although they've already run out and are printing more!), and of course it's available in ebook format. For extra comedy cred, you might want to check out the audiobook version, which features not only Bob's voice, but the voices of his Mr. Show compatriots David Cross, Jay Johnston, Jerry Minor, and Paul F. Tompkins, as well as "Parks and Recreation" writer Megan Amram (who contributed the book's forward).

More importantly, you can catch Bob reading passages of the book live on his book tour if you happen to be in or near any of the following places at the following dates and times. (For more info, visit mcsweeneys.net.)

Oct. 30th: Reading & Signing
Skylight Books, 7:30 p.m.
1818 N. Vermont

Los Angeles, CA 90027

Nov. 2nd: Reading & Signing
Vroman’s, 4 p.m.
695 E. Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101

Nov. 4th: Comedy Show
The Pabst Theater, 8 p.m.
144 E Wells St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Nov. 5th: Comedy Show
Brave New Workshop Theatre, time TBD
824 Hennepin Avenue
Mpls, MN 55403

Nov. 6-7th: Comedy Show
Up Comedy Club, 8 p.m.
230 W. North Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

Nov. 9th: Reading & Signing
McNally Jackson, 1 p.m.
52 Prince St, New York, NY 10012

November 9th: Comedy Show
Gramercy Theater, Time TBD
127 East 23rd Street
New York, NY. 10010

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» Go: Q: Live in LA feat. Zach G., Bob O., Martin Short & more tonight

Oct 16, 2014 - 3:51 PM - by isoS


Sorry for the late notice, but this is happening tonight and sounds pretty awesome, so if you can make to Santa Monica, I suggest you go!

Ticketholders must arrive at the The Broad Stage -- 1310 11th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401 -- no later than 7 p.m. PT. Important parking info toward the bottom of this post.

BUY TICKETS ONLINE
or call 1-866-811-4111


*Note: There will be a cash-only rush line the day of the show.

Along with our radio partner KPCC, we present:



  • Zach Galifianakis: The actor and comedian, undoubtedly one of the comedy kings of Hollywood, on his new film Birdman.

  • Martin Short: The famed actor and comedian on his new memoir I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend, which details his transformation from "showbiz-obsessed kid" to Hollywood funnyman.

  • Jill Soloway: The Emmy-nominated TV writer and award-winning director (Six Feet Under) on her critically celebrated series Transparent, a family drama that stars Jeffrey Tambor as a trans woman.

  • Jenny Lewis: The acclaimed singer and songwriter performs from her new album The Voyager, which has been called her most "Californian album yet".

  • Bob Odenkirk: The comedy heavyweight, one of the stars of Breaking Bad, Fargo, and the upcoming series Better Call Saul.

  • Sandra Oh: The Canadian actress extraordinaire -- a recipient of both a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award for her role as Dr. Christina Yang on Grey's Anatomy

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» Out now: Jared Logan's debut album "My Brave Battle" on AST Records

Oct 14, 2014 - 4:29 PM - by isoS


The Pride of Morgantown, West Virginia is back! And by "back," I mean "here for the first time" if you are a record store shelf. Jared Logan's debut album, "My Brave Battle," is out today on AST Records. Thanks to the magic of the Internet, you can hear five tracks from the album just by clicking a triangle inside a circle located somewhere above these words. I must warn you, though: doing so will instill a deep desire within you to hear the rest of the tracks, which are available wherever fine audio is sold. (iTunes, Amazon, etc.) Stare into the eyes of the picture on the album's cover and search your feelings. You know this is what you need right now. Listen. Laugh. Love.

Jared Logan - My Brave Battle (Audio CD)
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