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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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Chris Hardwick’s ID10T Festival

Chris Hardwick has decided to create and host a new music, comedy and comic book festival called ID10T. The festival will take place at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Silicon Valley, June 24-25.

With bands like Weezer, Ok Go, Car Seat Headrest, Girl Talk, and TV on the Radio on the music side and comedians like Demetri Martin, Michael Ian Black, Nikki Glaser, Garfunkel and Oates, and Michael Che on the comedy side, this event is going to be packed with a ton of talented people.

There will also be a Mad Decent dance tent featuring people like Madeon, Zeds Dead, and Troyboi to keep the party going.

Of course, what makes a great festival isn’t just great acts. It’s creating a holistic experience for guests, mixing the festival spirit with a bit of Comic-Con indebted convention fun. So not only is cosplay encouraged for ID10T, but you can expect to see exhibitors like Boom! Studios, Oni Press, Valiant Comics, and Insight Editions, among others. The event is also still accepting exhibitor applicants, so that list will definitely continue to grow.

ID10T will be a fantastic marriage of all the things you love about concerts, live comedy, with a dash of Comic-Con.

Click HERE for more information.

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Jim Gaffigan’s One-Hour Standup Special Cinco Now Streaming On Netflix

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Cinco will join the comedian’s four previous comedy specials, (Obsessed, Mr. Universe, King Baby, and Beyond The Pale) presently available on the streaming service. In an unprecedented move, Netflix exclusively has the rights to the entire Gaffigan comedy special library worldwide.

Cinco captures Gaffigan’s recent Fully Dressed Tour, which included a sold-out performance at The Madison Square Garden Arena in New York, and smashed a Salt Lake City record with 29,000 tickets sold. Dubbed the “King of Clean Comedy” by The Wall Street Journal, Gaffigan opened for Pope Francis on his first visit to the United States. As of June 2016, Gaffigan was the most popular comic on all of Pandora with over 647 million spins.

The multi-Grammy nominated comedian and New York Times best selling author (“Dad is Fat” and “Food: A Love Story”) recently pulled the plug on his critically acclaimed television show, “The Jim Gaffigan Show,” so he and his writing/producing partner and wife, Jeannie Gaffigan, could spend more time with their five young children. Mrs. Gaffigan co-wrote and directed Cinco.

Gaffigan will appear in season 3 of FX’s “Fargo” with Ewan McGregor. Additionally the comedian/actor is scheduled to appear in six motion pictures in 2017 including Chappaquidick (Jason Clarke, Kate Mara), The Bleeder (Liev Schrieber, Naomi Watts) Guardian Brothers (Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman).

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Sebastian Maniscalco’s Third Showtime Comedy Special “Why Would You Do That?” To Air October 1, 2106

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Chicago-born-and-bred, Sebastian Maniscalco has tapped Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre as the backdrop for his third Showtime stand-up comedy event Why Would You Do That?, which was filmed in front of a live audience on May 7th – one of the seven sold out shows at the theatre – to air on the network October 1, 2016 on-air, online, on demand and over the internet. Directed by Joe Demaio, Maniscalco will deliver his unique brand of physical and quick-witted observational comedy in a new hour of highly anticipated skepticism, all while asking Why Would You Do That??

“Coming up in this business over the years has taught me to look for folks that are in it for the same reasons I am,” said Maniscalco. “I knew we had found a great partner in Showtime on my last special, and I am happy we are continuing that relationship. Through their platform, I’ve been able to expose my stand-up to a broader audience and am looking forward to continuing to ask the hard questions like Why Would You Do That? when we returned to the Beacon Theatre this summer.”

The 2014 American Comedy Award nominee for Best Club Comedian, Maniscalco is one of comedy’s fastest rising new stars. Born and raised in a working-class Chicago neighborhood, he moved to Los Angeles in 1998 to pursue his comedy career. There, he employed the work ethic his father instilled in him to build his name – simultaneously working as a waiter at the Four Seasons Hotel – and eventually drew the attention of actor Vince Vaughn, who cast him in Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show.

For more information, please visit SHO.com, www.SebastianLive.com and follow @SebastianComedy on Twitter and Instagram.

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Amy Schumer’s The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo To Be Released On August 16, 2016

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Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, will publish Amy Schumer’s The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo by Emmy-winning actress, director, and comedian Amy Schumer on August 16, 2016.

From award-winning comedian, writer, producer, and actress Amy Schumer comes The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, a thoughtful, honest, and hysterical collection of (very) personal essays. Never one to shy away from the uproarious, challenging, and remarkable moments that make up life, this exceptionally candid book will have readers wincing with recognition, nodding their head in solidarity, and laughing out loud. Written with Amy’s signature candor, she reflects on her often raucous childhood antics, her hard won and incomparable rise to comedic stardom, and the courage it takes to approach the world with astounding honesty every single day.

Surely the most anticipated collection of the year, Amy shines bright as a friend, daughter, and sister, unforgettable comedian, and most notably, a masterful (and always entertaining) storyteller.

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Patton Oswalt: Talking For Clapping

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Patton Oswalt delivers a fresh hour plus of stand-up, covering everything from misery to defeat to hopelessness. It’s his most upbeat special to date. Patton Oswalt: Talking For Clapping is only on Netflix beginning April 22, 2016.

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Inside Bill Hader & Fred Armisen’s Soft-Rock Supergroup, Blue Jean Commitee

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They sold out arenas thanks to era-defining ditties like “Freeway,” “Walkin’ Shoes” and “Mama You’re a Dancer.” The grainy, faded footage of them in concert in L.A. circa 1974 testifies that no one worked a country-tinged, AM-radio groove better. Cameron Crowe, Daryl Hall and the ladies of Haim are all diehard fans. “Every song was a single, and every single was great,” claims Chuck Klosterman, in reference to the chart-topping album Catalina Breeze. “I was completely blown away by that record,” says Kenny Loggins. “We all tried to capture that thing, but they really got it. That was the quintessential California record.” They were called the Blue Jeans Committee, the kings of the early Seventies soft-rock scene and the most influential band of their day. And, also, they are not real.

If you’ve been watching Documentary Now!, Fred Armisen and Bill Hader’s brilliant TV show on IFC that sends up nonfiction filmmaking, you’ve seen the duo affectionately skewer everything from Vice’s gonzo-hipster journalism to the Maysles brothers’ classic Grey Gardens. But with “Gentle & Soft: The Story of the Blue Jean Committee,” a two-part episode that takes on both music docs and the Me Decade’s peaceful, easy feelings, they’ve come up with a fake band assembled, Frankenstein-style, from the spare parts of Steely Dan, America and the Eagles — a loving parody that looks and sounds so authentic that you’d swear you grew up hearing these songs on long road trips and in dentists’ waiting rooms.

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Armisen and musician Jon Spurney quickly came up with 10 songs that mimic the tinkling keyboard parts, feather-light drums and the Malibu-meets-Memphis country twang of the era’s soft-rock hits. (Should you feel the urge to spin such BJC classics as “Mr. Fix-It” or “Hibiscus” on your hi-fi, you can purchase the Blue Jean Committee’s actual fake-band album in its entirety, courtesy of Drag City.

Read more HERE.

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Gallery 1988 Announces Is This Thing On? # 4 Opening On February 20, 2015

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Join Gallery 1988 on Friday February 20, 2015 at G1988 (West) for an annual tradition returning to the gallery, Is This Thing On?

The show will feature artwork inspired by some of our favorite funny people, from stand-up comedians to actors & actresses, all created by some of your favorite G1988 regulars, and new names. Paintings, prints, sculptures and one-of-a-kind will adorn the walls, with legends like Robin Williams, Louis CK, John Belushi and many, many more depicted. This has always been a popular show, and this year will not disappoint.

This show will run through March 14th.

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Silver Screen Fiend By Patton Oswalt Due On January 6, 2015

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Between 1995 and 1999, Patton Oswalt lived with an unshakeable addiction. It wasn’t drugs, alcohol or sex. It was film. After moving to L.A., Oswalt became a huge film buff, absorbing classics and new releases at least three nights a week at the New Beverly Cinema. Silver screen celluloid became Patton’s life schoolbook, informing his notions of acting, writing, comedy, and relationships. Set in the nascent days of the alternative comedy scene, Oswalt’s memoir chronicles his journey from fledgling stand-up comedian to self-assured sitcom actor, with the colorful New Beverly collective supporting him all along the way.

Ideally timed for awards season, when everyone’s mind is on Hollywood, Silver Screen Fiend follows up on the terrific reception of Oswalt’s New York Times bestselling debut, Zombie Spaceship Wasteland. Already a beloved fixture on the comedy stage, on television, and in film—not to mention his 1.1 million Twitter followers—Oswalt announces, with this second book, that he’s also here to stay on the page.

Here is what Patton had to say about his second book:

“I wrote another book. I’m very happy with my first one, Zombie Spaceship Wasteland, but it had lots of flaws. My lack of confidence in simple memoir being the biggest. I hid behind too much cleverness – abstract comedic concepts, short, gimmicky chapters and zippy graphics. The parts that popped ended up being the parts where I simply poured out memories on paper. Working at a movie theater. A nightmare stand-up tour in Surrey, British Columbia. My schizophrenic Uncle Pete. 

So this new one – Silver Screen Fiend – is looser but better structured. It’s about a very specific period of my life. May 20th, 1995 to May 20th, 1999. Those four years when I’d just moved to Los Angeles. Alternative comedy rooms like The Un-Cabaret, The Largo, and dozens of other gone-forever spaces where I could go onstage, sometimes two or three times a night, and develop as a comedian at nitro speed. 

And helping – and often hindering – my development was The New Beverly Cinema (and a lot of other gone-forever rep theaters like Tales Cafe and The Four Star) where I became addicted to cinema. And not in a refined way. Not as a connoisseur. I had a meth addict’s appetite. Four, five movies a day. In theaters. 

How did I keep my job at MAD TV for two seasons on three hours sleep a night? How did a photo of me in drag wind up on a Tool tour T-shirt the night before I shot the King of Queens pilot? Why did I have a two hour crying jag in Amsterdam in 1997? Why does my movie debut involve me walking off of a submerged submarine? Why did Jerry Lewis threaten me with a lawsuit – or did he? Why was I ultimately wrong in my contempt for George Lucas? 

Find out the answers to these and even more un-important questions when you read Silver Screen Fiend. There will be a book signing/stand-up tour that will go with it. Those dates are going to be announced soon. A lot of cities – West Coast, East Coast, Deep South and right in the goddamned heartland of America – are going to be very happy.”

The 256 page hardcover book will be released on January 6, 2015.

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