• Tiffany Haddish, Lena Waithe give powerful speeches at Variety Power of Women Luncheon (Video)

    Variety honored funny ladies Tiffany Haddish and Lena Waithe at their 10th Annual Variety Power of Women Luncheon in Beverly Hills this past weekend. The celebration, presented by Lifetime, also honored gun control activist Emma Gonzalez, Regina King (Seven Seconds), and Natalie Portman (Thor) for their humanitarian efforts. Haddish was recognized for her work with The Unusual Suspects Theater Company, an organization that helps underprivileged kids produce original stage productions. The

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    Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch: Fortune Feimster, Cristela Alonzo, Nathan Fielder included (Videos)

    It’s that time of the year when industry leaders (and random blog) start listing their 5 or 10 or 39 up-and-coming stand-up comedians that people need to keep an eye on. One of the more illustrious lists is Variety’s annual “10 Comics To Watch” list. The trade publication announced its 10 rising comedy stars over the weekend. This year’s batch brings up the topic of diversity, but in a different

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    Variety’s 10 Comics To Watch revealed (Updated)

    One of the biggest events in the comedy world each year is Variety’s unveiling of their annual 10 Comics To Watch feature. The issue is usually released during the last week of Montreal’s Just For Laughs comedy festival, which holds a cocktail reception for the newly anointed comedians. If my memory is correct, Variety keeps the list closely guarded until the actual issue (with accompanying profiles on each comic) is

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    Zach Galifianakis, Funny Or Die to be honored for digital content

    I’m so happy that legitimate television and film stars finally realize that the Internet is a wonderful place for comedy. Especially weird, edgy comedy – no FCC restrictions from the man, you know? Needless to say, it’s great that the Producers Guild of America is recognizing the kickass nature of digital entertainment with their Digital 25 honors. Along with Variety and Digital Hollywood, the PGA is recognizing 25 individuals and

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    Variety “comic to watch” Ali Wong lands role in Chelsea Handler comedy series

    The new NBC comedy based on the life of comedian Chelsea Handler and starring former That ’70s Show star Laura Prepon Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea has added emerging funny-woman Ali Wong to its revamped cast. Wong has been confirmed to play Bianca, a child of immigrant parents and best friend of Chelsea (Prepon) from grade school, according to Deadline. This is a landmark for the San Francisco

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    Variety comic-to-watch Thomas Middleditch lands role in “Hangover” scribe’s flick

    Chicago-bred comedian Thomas Middleditch, recently named as Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch” has landed a co-starring role in an upcoming movie, written by Scot Armstrong, who penned The Hangover Part II. This is Armstrong’s directorial debut. Middleditch, a regular at the Upright Citizens Brigade known for his extensive character work, will fellow comedian B.J. Novak in the comedy flick Road to Nardo. The story centers around two friends (Middleditch and

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    Variety unveils its annual “10 Comics To Watch” list

    We know how much everyone loves lists! On the eve of Montreal’s New Faces showcase (starting tonight), Variety released its annual list of Top 10 Comics to Watch. Each year, Variety tends to be a great indicator of the industry’s best young stars in the world of comedy. So let’s take a look, shall we? Jerrod Carmichael, Los Angeles This 24-year old North Carolina native moved to LA in 2008

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    Patton Oswalt lands role in flick based on Dean Koontz books

    For years now, comedian Patton Oswalt has proven himself not only an incredibly inspiring and prolific performer onstage but also a versatile actor– playing everything from depressingly hilarious neighbor on television (King of Queens), to an animated rat in a Disney blockbuster (Ratatouille) to a sports obsessed manchild in a critically respected drama (Big Fan). And now, Variety reports the comedian has inked a deal to join the cast of

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