In 2006, Nesteroff began sharing his stories on the website of New Jersey freeform station WFMU. He developed a grateful cult that included Steve Martin, Mel Brooks and Marc Maron. “I think the first article I read was about Shecky Green,” says Maron. “I was so amazed and engrossed in how he captured show business, …

[ad_1] Today, most people probably know “National Lampoon” only as a brand name affixed to a series of mediocre comedy films, a bad taste and sophomor humor. It may be surprising that the Pamphlet was once a clever, subversive, and highly regarded magazine that ignited a generation of comedy, weaved its way through multiple media …

Today, most people probably know “National Lampoon” only as a brand name affixed to a series of mediocre comedy films, an imprimatur of bad taste and sophomoric humor. It may be surprising that the Pamphlet was once a smart, subversive, and much-loved magazine that ignited a generation of comedy, wormed its way through multiple media …

[ad_1] Cell phone footage has emerged from disagreements over the set of Adam Sandler’s controversial Western parody Ridiculous Six, which prompted a dozen Native American actors to leave the set over offensive racist stereotypes. Actors, including Navajo natives, left the set last week, complaining about characters called Beaver’s Breath and Wears No Bra and a …

Sid Caesar, the versatile writer, actor and showman who profoundly influenced American comedy from the early days of television and beyond, has died. He was 91 years old. A rep for Carl Reiner, one of Caesar’s longtime aides, confirmed his death to TheWrap. Talk show host Larry King broke the news of Caesar’s death on …

[ad_1] French director Michel Hazanavicius has decided to return to the genre that won him an Oscar for The Artist for the new comedy Will. Hazanavicius told The Hollywood Reporter that the new project will be an English-language film based on a script written ten years ago but never made. “I liked the script,” he …

[ad_1] Scott Budnick (second from left) with (from left) Jimmy Wu, who spent 16 years in prison and is now a mentor; Jesse Aguiar, former gang member and now counselor; and Franky Carrillo, who was released by Project Innocence after 21 years in prison. Reed Saxon / AP hide caption toggle legend Reed Saxon / …

Scott Budnick (second from left) stands with (from left) Jimmy Wu, who served 16 years in prison and is now a mentor; Jesse Aguiar, former gang member and now councilman; and Franky Carrillo, who was released by the Innocence Project after 21 years in prison. Reed Saxon/AP hide caption toggle caption Reed Saxon/AP Scott Budnick …

[ad_1] Act II Playhouse announced that Michel donovan was officially named the theater’s in-house comedy producer. Donovan’s first public appearance in his role will be during Act II’s upcoming Stand-Up Comedy Night on August 23 at 8 p.m. ET. Donovan will host the event and actor Dennis Horan will headline it. Donovan has independently hosted …

[ad_1] In “Tammy”, Melissa McCarthy plays a real train wreck. In the first few minutes, she crashes into a deer, gets fired from her fast food job, and finds out that her husband is cheating on her. Eventually, she embarks on a tumultuous road trip through the Midwest with her alcoholic freewheeling grandmother (Susan Sarandon) …

[ad_1] By Solmarie Santiago First published: June 11, 2014 4:37 PM EDT Beverly Bonner remains a genius in one of her last productions “Casey 30 Years Later”. Writer, actor and producer, Beverly Bonner has been in show business for many years and has appeared in over 45 pieces in New York. Also famous for his …

Personalized TV programs are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download the television programs for the week of May 4 to 10, 2014 in PDF format This week’s TV movies SERIES two and a half men The long-running sitcom starring Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer is wrapping up another season. 9:01 p.m. CBS jack surviving …

The American Comedy Awards drew a wide array of comedic talent during the taping of the 2014 awards ceremony on Saturday night — and on the red carpet outside the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. The results will not be announced publicly until 9 p.m. on May 8, when the “American Comedy Award” airs …

Ghost hunters. Groundhog Day. Caddyshack. national pamphlet. Meatballs. Grooves. Writer/director/actor Harold Ramis has built a huge legacy, since roaming the Second City improv theater with names like Bill Murray, John Belushi, Dan Ackroyd and Ivan Reitman. ramis died in the night at 69, from a rare autoimmune inflammatory disease he contracted in 2010. Deeply saddened …

[ad_1] ROME – Pietro valsecchi, the producer of popular comedies from Checco Zalone, says his next project will be an English-language TV movie based on the life of Pope Francis. Valsecchi’s Taodue Film production house is best known for supporting what are now the two all-time Italian films based on domestic box office revenue, two …

Joan Adlen/Getty Because we can never have too many awards shows, an evening honoring comedy only returns to television next year. According to The Hollywood ReporterNBC chose to reboot the American Comedy Awardswhich will be released in May 2014. the Comedy Award, which originally aired from 1987 to 2001, will be produced by Don Mischer, …

NBC acquired the American Comedy Awards and will broadcast the ceremony in May 2014. The network tapped the Emmy winner Don Mischer, Charlie Haykel and Julienne Hare to serve as executive producers at the awards show honoring those who have reached new heights in film and television. The ceremony will also honor some of comedy’s …

[ad_1] The producers best known for their work with David Letterman and Jimmy kimmel are set to announce on Monday that they are creating a few YouTube channels with partners that include Sarah Silverman, Adam Carolla and others. The two channels, one called Jash and the other called Video Podcast Network, will come from HaChaCha, …

[ad_1] One of the leading figures in British television and radio comedy was killed in a traffic accident yesterday. Geoffrey Perkins, a former BBC comedy chef, had written and produced shows for comedians including Harry Enfield, Catherine Tate and Angus Deayton. The 55-year-old was struck by a flatbed truck on Marylebone High Street in central …

[ad_1] John Howard Davies, who as a child actor with a soft face and quivering lips played the title role in the 1948 David Lean film “Oliver Twist” and who went on to become a producer and director of some of British television’s most popular comedies, including “Fawlty Towers”, died Monday at his home in …

WATERTOWN, Mass. (AW)—Premiere screenings at film festivals have already created a buzz around the independent film “My Uncle Rafael,” featuring an eccentric ancient Armenian character, Uncle Rafael, played by Vahik “Vic.” Pirhamzei. Pirhamzei as Uncle Rafael and Avanesian as Linda (photo courtesy of www.Myunclerafael.com) “My Uncle Rafael” promises to be a hilarious meeting point between …

[ad_1] Geoffrey Perkins worked on Spitting Image and Father Ted The former BBC TV comedy chef has died in a road accident in London. Geoffrey Perkins, 55, worked for many years for BBC Radio, where he created the game Mornington Crescent in I’m Sorry Haven’t a Clue. He also produced The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the …