• Marlon Wayans in talks to play Richard Pryor

    Comedian Marlon Wayans is in discussions to portray Richard Pryor in an upcoming biopic about the legendary stand-up. Eddie Murphy, who was previously linked to the project, has reportedly dropped out. News outlets have confirmed that Wayans wowed director Bill Condon with a thirteen-minute screentest, during which he “transforms into Pryor”. Though Wayans is best-known for his comedic roles in films like Scary Movie and White Chicks, he did earn

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    Comedians join to create iPhone apps

    Award-winning writer and creator of VH1’s Best Week Ever Fred Graver has created a new company, iLarious. The company’s goal is to enable a team of comedy pros to deliver top-notch humor content right to your iPhone. “Our initial business plan came down to three words,” Graver says. “F**k the Man.” The idea for iLarious first developed during the most recent writer’s strike when comedy writers began coming up with

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    Bill Bellamy returns this week on Who’s Got Jokes?

    Comedian Bill Bellamy is back on television this week, with the new season of the TV One series Bill Bellamy’s Who’s Got Jokes? The original comedy-competition, starting Oct. 10, series will feature celebrity guest judges each episode including Ray J, Evander Holyfield and comedian George Wallace. “Season 4 is by far our best effort,” said Bellamy, who serves as the show’s host and executive producer. “Amazing impromptu moments, celebrity judges,

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    Kyle Cease comedy bootcamp adds comedic star power

    The Stand-up Bootcamp with Kyle Cease, a 60-hour intensive comedy workshop, opened enrollment this week. What makes this bootcamp unique is the group of established comics that have agreed to join Kyle Cease’s project. Louie Anderson, Jon Lovitz, Steve Byrne, Alonzo Bodden and John Heffron are just some of the stand-ups that will be involved. The workshop will help amateur comics with their stage presence and writing, and will give

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    Rooftop Comedy strikes airline deal

    Rooftop Media just announced a distribution deal with digEcor, a major in-flight entertainment provider, to bring the Rooftop Comedy Channel to commercial flights. Rooftop Comedy, which tapes live stand-up comedy shows every night, will have their content available on Hawaiian Airlines, Alaska Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch, and others that feature the digEplayer. “While flying, passengers often don’t have enough time to invest in a movie or television show, so short

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    Stand-up comedy thrives in Africa

    Stand-up comedy is alive and well in Africa. The only full-time comedy club in the continent — Parker’s —recently held a comedy festival and contest. The Nando’s Jozi Comedy Festival in South Africa featured a handful of promising amateurs. The winner, Nqoba Ngcobo, will now perform at the UN Comedy Show Finale with such big-name American-based comics as Dean Edwards and Ahmed Ahmed at the end of the month. These

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    Spinal Tap movie on iTunes today

    A new short film, Stonehenge: ‘Tis a Magic Place, has been released on iTunes in honor of the 25th anniversary of This is Spinal Tap. The seven-minute short film follows the rock parody act making a pilgrimage to the ancient site of Stonehenge. “We all jumped at the opportunity to participate in a novel and ground-breaking way with Spinal Tap,” said Robb McDaniels, President and Chief Executive Officer, INgrooves, who

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    Hasan Minhaj: Giving comedy the college try

    At just 23 years old, Hasan Minhaj is clearly ahead of the comedy curve. Only two years removed from graduating UC-Davis — where he founded the stand-up/sketch comedy group Gridiron Gang — Hasan is starting to make a name for himself on the national stage. Last year, he won the Wild 94.9 “Best Comic Standing” contest, giving him the chance to open for such headliners as Katt Williams, Gabriel Iglesias,

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    Jay Leno promises more stand-up comedy

    The Jay Leno Show will be an hour loaded with stand-up, rather than multiple celebrity guests. The late-night host is expected to deliver eight to twelve minutes of straight stand-up every night in his monologue. As reported, Leno will also be employing some top stand-up comics–including Jim Norton and D.L. Hughley–as correspondents who will be doing pre-taped segments. “In the last 10-15 years on all the talk-shows, [stand-up] doesn’t snap

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    Artie Lange to become mayor?

    A Howard Stern fan has started a write-in campaign mayorartie.com to elect Artie Lange as the next mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey. A special election will be held in November to replace Mayor Peter Cammarano, who served only 30 days before he was arrested in a major corruption scandal. Lange, who has been a Hoboken resident since 2001, “doesn’t know shit” about politics, according to the campaign site. But with

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    Comedy becomes more viable work option in recession

    It seems that during this recession there has been an increased number of amateurs in entering the world of stand-up comedy. With high unemployment rates  and therefore less financial risk for some, more and more wannabe comics are choosing to enter the fray. “If you’re bringing home a nice paycheck, and you’ve got a nice executive position and you announce to your wife or your parents that you’re giving it

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    Woman is first to earn stand-up comedy degree

    Hannah George has become the first woman to graduate with a degree in stand-up comedy. George studied at Southampton Solent University in the South of England, the only university in the world to offer a degree in stand-up. The three-year-old program covers the history of comedy, scriptwriting, and ethics within comedy. “The course teaches that comedy isn’t just about sitting around telling jokes. There’s a whole history of performance that

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    Chris Rock documentary will hit theaters

    Roadside Attractions and Liddell Entertainment have acquired the rights to Chris Rock’s new comedic film, Good Hair a documentary that examines hair culture in the black community. The comedian travels all over the country—and even to India—to explore the ways in which the $9 billion a year black hair industry affects the relationships and activities of African Americans, women particularly. Rock interviewed Paul Mooney, Al Sharpton, Maya Angelou, and many

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    Are free tickets the answer for comedy clubs during the recession?

    While some comedy clubs have been forced to switch formats or even close due to the economic downturn, Stanford and Sons Comedy Club in Kansas City continues to thrive. The club continues to have packed crowds for its shows, drawing audiences at pre-recession levels. Their reason for success: most tickets are given away for free. “I could just sell tickets,” club owner Craig Glazer told The Atlantic. “But the three

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    Michael Moore plans comedy festival

    Filmmaker Michael Moore announced plans to organize a comedy festival in Traverse City, Michigan, where he lives. Moore will co-organize the event with comedian Jeff Garlin, star of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” The Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival will take place over a weekend and feature stand-up, sketch comedy, and comedic films. A date has not yet been finalized. “We’ve actually talked to some great people — I don’t want

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