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Patton Oswalt Vegas Maze Poster By Hillel Smith

Check out this cool maze poster by Hillel Smith for Patton Oswalt’s comedy gig at the KA Theatre at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Saturday, September 22, 2018. The maze cleverly spells out the comedian’s name!

You can purchase the print HERE for $25.

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Martin Scorsese Bringing SCTV Comedy Special To Netflix

Netflix has announced that Academy Award-winning director, producer, and screenwriter Martin Scorsese (The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street) will direct an untitled Netflix original comedy special exploring the enduring legacy of Emmy-winning sketch comedy show SCTV.

Scorsese will reunite comedy legends and former co-stars Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, and Dave Thomas in front of a live audience for An Afternoon with SCTV, moderated by Jimmy Kimmel. This special will be held at Toronto’s historic Elgin Theatre on Sunday, May 13 at 3 pm. The filming will be part of the Netflix special, which is produced by longtime SCTV producer Andrew Alexander of Second City, Emma Tillinger Koskoff of Sikelia Productions, and Lindsay Cox of Insight Productions.

SCTV (Second City Television) was a Canadian classic sketch comedy show that aired for six seasons between 1976 and 1984. It was created as an offshoot of Toronto’s Second City troupe and it quickly became one of pop culture’s touchstone comedies. The series’ stars include some of the most beloved and celebrated names in laughter, including the late John Candy and Harold Ramis.

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Showtime Presents Kevin Smith: Silent, But Deadly On May 11, 2018

On February 25, veteran comic Kevin Smith took the stage at the Alex Theater in Glendale, CA to perform the first of two planned stand-up shows. But right after the first show ended, he suffered a near-fatal heart attack. Smith cheated death, and so the special shot that fateful evening, Kevin Smith: Silent, But Deadly, will make its world premiere Friday, May 11 at 9 p.m. on Showtime.

In this hilarious set, Smith riffs on marriage, fatherhood, friends and his work (or lack thereof). Though unaware of Smith’s condition then, both he and the audience would later learn that Smith had suffered a massive heart attack caused by a 100 percent blockage of the artery known as “the widow-maker.” Lucky and happy to be alive, the award-winning comedian/filmmaker/writer/actor/podcaster now brings this death-defying special to his multitude of fans.

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The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling

When Garry Shandling passed away in 2016, he was widely remembered as a top stand-up comic and the star of two of the most innovative sitcoms in TV history. But to those who knew him, the “real” Garry Shandling was a far more complex person. Now, Judd Apatow has created a remarkable portrait of this iconic comedian in the four-and-a-half-hour documentary The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling.

Epic in scope and intimate in detail, The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling features conversations with more than 40 of Shandling’s family and friends, including James L. Brooks, Jim Carrey, Sacha Baron Cohen, David Coulier, Jon Favreau, Jay Leno, Kevin Nealon, Conan O’Brien, Bob Saget, Jerry Seinfeld and Sarah Silverman, and four decades’ worth of TV appearances, along with personal journals, private letters and candid home audio and video footage that reveal his brilliant mind and restless soul.

“Give what you didn’t get,” wrote Shandling in a journal late in his life, the mantra of a self-proclaimed “spiritual warrior” still challenging himself to transcend his own insecurities, despite achieving so much in the face of loss, betrayal and tragic twists of fate. From childhood tragedy to heartbreak, professional betrayal and unexpected physical trauma, to his emergence as a powerful teacher, friend and guiding spirit for a new generation of talent, Apatow’s documentary not only chronicles one man’s ability to survive the ups and downs of a life in show business, but also offers a profound investigation into the power of comedy to elevate the human spirit.

Part two of The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling offers an extensive examination of The Larry Sanders Show, his landmark HBO comedy series. Colleagues remember the demands of producing material that met Shandling’s high standards, while his diaries reveal an ongoing struggle with complacency and search for authenticity.

A successful gig hosting the Emmys, creating unique extras for the DVD release of The Larry Sanders Show and an appearance with his friend Jerry Seinfeld on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (where Shandling opined about death and mortality) hinted at some of the lessons he’d learned in his lifelong quest for peace.

The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling is directed and executive produced by Judd Apatow and is currently available to watch on HBO.

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Showtime Releases I’m Dying Up Here Season 2 Trailer

Showtime has released the official trailer for the second season of its comedy drama series I’m Dying Up Here, showing the trials and tribulations that come with climbing the comic stand-up ladder of LA’s ’70s comedy scene. 

I’m Dying Up Here delves into the inspired, damaged and complicated psyches of a fictional group of competitive but close-knit comedians mentored by Goldie, a brassy comedy club owner who rules over her business with an iron fist but nurtures her comedians with tough love. The series takes viewers behind the curtain of the comedy scene that birthed the careers of legends such as Richard Pryor, Robin Williams and David Letterman, showing there’s truly no such thing as an easy laugh.

The show features an ensemble cast starring Oscar-winning actress Melissa Leo (The Fighter, All the Way) and Ari Graynor (The Disaster Artist, Bad Teacher).

Rounding out the cast are Clark Duke, Michael Angarano, RJ Cyler, Andrew Santino, Erik Griffin, Al Madrigal and Jake Lacy.

Dave Felbotte created the series and serves as executive producer along with Michael Aguilar, Golden Globe winner Jim Carrey, and Christina Wayne for Endemol Shine Studios and Assembly Entertainment. It’s based on writer William Knoedelseder’s non-fiction book of the same name,

I’m Dying Up Here Season 2 premieres on May 6, 2018.

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Patton Oswalt Answers The Web’s Most Searched Questions About Himself

Patton Oswalt sat down with Wired to answer the web’s most searched questions about himself during an Autocomplete Interview.

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Fred Armisen: Standup For Drummers Trailer 

n addition to the eighth and final season of Portlandia currently airing on IFC, Fred Armisen has another comedy project coming out next month. Netflix just released the trailer of Armisen’s new special called Standup for Drummers, in which Armisen “explores a variety of topics including his inability to truly understand jazz, the subtle differences in American accents from around the country, why great photography is overrated, and of course, his love of being a drummer.” Armisen also brings back his most masterful impression ever: a time-lapse of a decomposing fox. Check out the trailer for the one-hour special.

Standup For Drummers premieres February 6. 

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Barnes & Noble At The Grove Announces Sebastian Maniscalco “Stay Hungry” Book Signing On March 13, 2018

Meet  stand-up comedian, actor, and podcast host, Sebastian Maniscalco Tuesday March 13 at Barnes and Noble at The Grove at 7pm when he joins us to celebrate his new book, “Stay Hungry”

This inspiring, honest, uproarious collection of essays traces Sebastian’s career from playing boxing rings and bowling alleys to reaching the pinnacles of comedy success. The one code that always kept him going: stay hungry, keep focused, never give up, and one day you’ll make it.

Wristbands will be issued starting at 9AM on the day of the event with purchase of feature title from this Barnes & Noble.

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Stay Hungry By Sebastian Maniscalco 

This inspiring, honest, uproarious collection of essays traces Sebastian Maniscalco’s career from playing boxing rings and bowling alleys to reaching the pinnacles of comedy success.

At twenty-four, Sebastian Maniscalco arrived in LA with a suitcase and saved up minimum wages. He knew no one and nothing about standup comedy, but he was determined to go for it anyway.

At forty-four, he’s on the Forbes’ list of highest earning comedians, sells out arenas, and has starred in four hit comedy specials including Why Would You Do That? on Showtime.

Stay Hungry tells the story of the twenty years in between. On the way from clueless rube to standup superstar, Seb was booed off stages; survived on tips and stolen food; got advice from mentors Andrew Dice Clay, Vince Vaughn, Tony Danza, and Jerry Seinfeld; fell in love; and stayed true to his Italian-immigrant roots. The one code that always kept him going: stay hungry, keep focused, never give up, and one day, you’ll make it!

The 304 page hardcover will be released on February 27, 2018.

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Watch The Gilbert Trailer

Gilbert is a wildly funny and unexpectedly poignant portrait of the life and career of one of comedy’s most iconic figures, Gilbert Gottfried.

With the help of more than a dozen fellow comics, director Neil Berkeley charts the ups and downs of Gottfried’s life, including his nearly career-ending tweets about the 2011 Japanese tsunami. We follow him to stand-up gigs and budget motels, as he travels on low-cost airlines or by bus. But we’re also offered incredible perspective on Gottfried’s private life, which includes a wife and two children and a $3 million New York City townhouse apartment.

Gilbert opens in select theaters November 3, 2017.

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