Ricky Gervais claims to have launched Louis C.K.'s career during an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers. The two comedians are both nominated for the Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy. Gervais is nominated for Netflix series Derek and C.K. for his hit FX comedy Louie.
Just a few hours ago, comedian Jim Norton finished delivering , they keynote address at the ComedyPro conference at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal. We're working on getting the proper audio from the mixing board, but in the meantime, we wanted to post the raw audio. That's how excited we are about Norton's speech. So, skip over the comments about how the audio isn't perfect and just enjoy Norton's brutal honesty and wisdom.
My Man is a Loser, starring John Stamos, Bryan Callen, Michael Rapaport and Tika Sumpter hits theaters and will be available on Video on Demand services tomorrow, July 25! And to celebrate, Laughspin (that's us) will be hosting a live Twitter chat with Bryan Callen. Along with Michael Rapaport, Callen plays one of two married friends of playboy Mike (John Stamos). While the trio are the best of friends, it seems the married portion of the group are starting to lose touch with their spouses. In an effort to help his stammering friends, Stamos imparts his woman-pleasing methods.
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld launched a new Crackle web series, Single Shots. Tina Fey, Sarah Silverman, Alec Baldwin and Brian Regan feature on the first episode of the new series, which will release weekly mini-sodes every Thursday until the return of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee this Fall.
The Hangover's Zach Galifianakis and Ted Dansen teamed up in this hilarious Funny or Die video to adapt Tom Berninger's documentary about The Nationals into a stage play. Mistaken for Strangers has gained critical acclaim all year at various film festivals.
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.
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