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Gotcha!: 12 Early Videos of (Now) Great Comedians

Article: Gotcha!: 12 Early Videos of (Now) Great Comedians

Comedians these days have it rough. In the age of iPhones and YouTube, it’s almost impossible for an up-and-comer to hone their act without someone filming every shaky premise and botched punch line. But the 80s and 90s weren’t camera-free, either. Here’s a list of famous comedians caught on film—back when they were relatively unknown.…

Sundance adds premieres by Spike Lee, Stephen Frears, and more

Article: Sundance adds premieres by Spike Lee, Stephen Frears, and more

Just about every film at Sundance is a world premiere. So why is there a “Premieres” section, and how is it different than the Competition or the Spotlight or the New Frontiers or the NEXT or…okay, I think that’s all of them. Sundance describes Premieres as “a showcase of some of the most highly anticipated…

The 10 most innovative stand-up comedy specials of all time (with video)

Article: The 10 most innovative stand-up comedy specials of all time (with video)

Stand-up comedy is one of the most beloved art forms there is, and it’s also one of the most difficult to master. For every Louis C.K., there are a hundred Jeff Dunhams. People often make lists of the best comedians of all time, or the best comedy albums, but when it comes to actual comedy…

Paul Simon Demonstrates Purity Of The Human Voice For Chris Rock And Tracy Morgan

Article: Paul Simon Demonstrates Purity Of The Human Voice For Chris Rock And Tracy Morgan

Chris Rock and Tracy Morgan gave their best Simon and Garfunkel impersonation during Comedy Central’s Night of Too Many Stars benefit for autism, but even in comfy turtlenecks (and Garfunkel wig) they couldn’t quite hack it. Parsley, sage, raspberry beret? They had to turn to Auto-Tune for help on the mic to harmonize “Scarborough Fair”…

Movie marketing in post-Obama America.

Article: Movie marketing in post-Obama America.

“Death at a Funeral,” which opens tomorrow, does not appear to be bringing out the finest in post-Obama, “post-racial” language. In an odd article at the Los Angeles Times, John Horn fixates over the tracking numbers for the film, which predict a $20 million opening weekend, “with some appeal for non-black moviegoers, although not as…

Tracy Morgan’s “Funeral” March

Article: Tracy Morgan’s “Funeral” March

If his widely perceived reputation is deserved, you never know what “30 Rock” star and former “Saturday Night Live” funnyman Tracy Morgan might say or do next. For instance, who would have guessed that his next film role would be in the ensemble cast of “Death at a Funeral,” a remake of Frank Oz’s 2007…

Chris Rock, trapped in time.

Article: Chris Rock, trapped in time.

It’s been 15 years since Chris Rock’s big cultural flash-point — 1996′s “Niggas vs. Black People” routine, which caused all kinds of trouble. His “Hey Ya” spoof “Crackers,” shot six years ago and now not-so-quietly emerging on YouTube, is a reminder of a time when people really cared what he had to say. It’s more…

Watch the Gotham Awards. Online!

Article: Watch the Gotham Awards. Online!

Didn’t get your invite to the Gotham Awards? Well, neither did we. Fortunately, the self-proclaimed start to awards season will be streaming live online tonight for the first time — you can watch them below, kicking off at 7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT. Scarfing Chinese food from the carton while leaning over your laptop may not quite…

(Almost) Everybody Loves Chris Rock

Article: (Almost) Everybody Loves Chris Rock

When Chris Rock’s young daughter asked him one day why she didn’t have “good hair,” the comedian extraordinaire began thinking about the issues surrounding African-American women and their tresses — or rather, their painstakingly and expensively straightened or even artificial hair. Directed by Rock’s Emmy-winning collaborator Jeff Stilson (“The Chris Rock Show”), the hilarious and…

C’mon, Get Unhappy

Article: C’mon, Get Unhappy

This week’s releases arrive draped in a pervasive air of dissatisfaction — Chris Rock’s daughter is unhappy with her hair, a ’70s feminist movement is unhappy with their options, and Jason Ritter and Jess Weixler are unhappy with each other. Elsewhere, British cultural icons are talked up while global corporate interests are torn down. Download…

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