• Review: HBO’s ‘Talking Funny’ is primitive entertainment with plenty of laughs

    Save your $12, moviegoers: You can see Scream free every day at home on any cable-news channel, the battlefield for combative squawking heads. That said, may we suggest clicking to HBO at 9 pm EST tonight to watch four civilized and celebrated fundits, Louis C.K., Ricky Gervais, Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld, converse about comedy on Talking Funny. Professional comedians tend to turn on the joke spigot only for paying

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    Ricky Gervais Show gets a third season from HBO

    The Ricky Gervais Show, the animated interpretation of the mega-popular comedian’s podcast, has been picked up for a third season. Gervais, himself announced the news as a quick aside on his blog. In a post more about plugging his upcoming appearance on HBO’s Talking Funny, Gervais said, “Oh and by the way HBO just told me they are commissioning a 3rd season of The Ricky Gervais Show.”

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    Punchline Magazine analysis: the rise of comedian on comedian programming

    Late last week, HBO dropped a teaser for their new behind-the-curtain comedy special, Talking Funny (see video below) which features such astronomically big names as Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Louis C.K. and Ricky Gervais simply sitting in a room chatting about their craft. Stalwart comedy observers might think of Talking Funny of HBO’s answer to Showtime’s oft-praised Green Room with Paul Provenza– which is basically the same concept (except it

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