October 24, 2013 |
CAIRO - In these turbulent days, Egypt is a political satirist's paradise - or minefield. Bassem Youssef is about to find out which. The country's most popular comedian, whose cause was championed by Jon Stewart when Youssef's scathing stand-up humor drew the wrath of Egypt's then-Islamist government, is scheduled to return to the airwaves Friday night after a more than three-month hiatus. And Egyptians are buzzing about what his take on an authoritarian-minded new administration will be. Youssef has vowed to pull no punches and spare no punch lines.
October 17, 2013 |
Expect to see more vampires, werewolves and the undead come to life on television. In the latest sign of Hollywood's growing appetite for comic book properties, San Diego comic book company IDW Publishing is launching a television division managed by an executive producer of the hit zombie series "The Walking Dead. " IDW, also known as Idea and Design Works, already publishes a wide range of comic books and graphic novels based on film and TV titles, including "Doctor Who," "G.I.
October 16, 2013 |
For folks who can't get enough of George Wallace onstage in Las Vegas, the veteran comic will soon be providing even more laughs in his new book, “Laff It Off,” due out Monday. George Wallace , a familiar face on late-night TV, is in his ninth year headlining in the Flamingo Las Vegas showroom. He will be peddling the book after his performances; it also will be available through publisher Chaite Press . Several well-known celebrities sing the book's praises, including Jerry Seinfeld, who wrote the foreword.
October 10, 2013 |
When it comes to the darkly comic revenge western "Sweetwater," it's hard to tell if the Miller brothers - Logan (who directed) and Noah (who co-wrote with Logan) - are fans of such pictures or just their more parody-ready elements. Another bro duo once flirted with genre insincerity too, but where Joel and Ethan Coen mastered storytelling and character eccentricity, the Millers offer up a grim, wearying jumble of tones. January Jones adapts her "Mad Men" steeliness to play prostitute-turned-frontier-wife Sarah, who suffers mightily at the hands of landowning, power-hungry Prophet Josiah (Jason Isaacs)
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October 10, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - The California Coastal Commission voted unanimously Thursday to approve an expansion of the waterfront convention center here - an issue that pitted the needs of the Comic-Con convention against those of the Chargers football team. Comic-Con leaders said the expansion is vital to keep the summer pop-culture extravaganza from having to leave San Diego in search of a larger venue. But the Chargers had opposed the expansion, putting forth an alternative plan for a joint stadium-convention center expansion several blocks from the current center.
October 3, 2013 |
In two solo shows over the last four years, Devin Troy Strother has shown himself to be a wickedly funny master of cut-and-paste collage as well as a sly spinner of side-splitting stories about such loaded subjects as blood, money and sex - otherwise known as race, class and gender. At Richard Heller Gallery, the young L.A. artist bumps up the scale of his hilarious paper dolls while losing none of the goofy intelligence that has become his trademark. Cartoons may not account for everything that exists, but they provide Strother with the perfect format for his potent art. Accessible, spunky and open to just about anything you bring to them, his comical cutouts play fast and loose with traditional distinctions between painting and sculpture all the better to get art and life, fantasy and reality, fact and fiction to intermingle freely.
October 3, 2013 |
Dominic Purcell of "Prison Break" stars in "Vikingdom" as Eirick, king of Jomsborg. Exiled since his death and miraculous resurrection, Eirick is on a quest to prevent Thor (Conan Stevens) from opening the gates of Valhalla and connecting the earth with heaven and hell. Yes, that would be the same Thor character assumed by Chris Hemsworth in various Hollywood Marvel tent poles. The god of thunder turns villainous here, but that doesn't mean "Vikingdom" is any less removed from Norse mythology than is Stan Lee's take.
September 25, 2013 |
When comedian, writer and producer Dan Levy learned he would be a new father, he solicited parenting advice from an unsung group of experts: actual kids. In April, Levy collaborated with Jensen Karp, a producer and former rapper, to create "Baby Talk" - a monthly comedy show based around three to four comedians asking children between the ages of 5 and 10 questions like "What should I name my son?" (one child suggesting the name Ritzy Skittles) and "What should I do if my kid wakes up in the middle of the night and says he had a nightmare?"
September 20, 2013 |
NEW YORK - For years, Vince Sicari kept a secret from his family, friends, colleagues and clients. By day, he practiced law. By night, he practiced laughs under his stage name, Vince August, building a reputation on the comedy club circuit. Over the years, he worked his way up to regular TV appearances, including Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show" and ABC's "What Would You Do?" But Sicari this week became a victim of August's success when New Jersey's highest court ruled that he could either continue to serve in his part-time job as Municipal Court Judge Vincenzo A. Sicari or work as an on-stage comedian - but not both.
September 12, 2013 |
The Muslims are coming! The Muslims are coming! Directors Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah and a lineup of fellow Muslim American comedians hit the road in this documentary that follows their stand-up tour throughout the American Southeast and West. When they're not performing some actually pretty edgy material, they're setting up public stunts like "Ask a Muslim," "Name That Religion" and "Hug a Muslim. " Their goal is to introduce "Muzzies" - real American Muzzies, not just the scary, hateful, jihadist versions you see on TV - and help tone down some of the Islamophobic rhetoric they encounter every day. Along the way, "The Muslims Are Coming!"