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Posts Tagged ‘Budd Friedman’

Jerry Seinfeld Does Surprise Set at The Improv

How do you stay limber ahead of stand-up performances in Redding (tomorrow) and Santa Barbara (Friday)? If you’re Jerry Seinfeld, that’s easy; you valet park the vintage wheels at Budd Friedman‘s Improv and walk on stage for an unannounced 20 minutes.

Jay Mohr was on the marquee for the early show at The Improv last night and tweeted out, with the hashtag #studygreatness, news of the Great Observational One’s drop-by. That in turn inspired this tweet from a certain Chelsea Lately regular:

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ActorsE Online Chat Show Surpasses Four Million Views

It’s not every talk show that can claim such co-hosts as a former Miss Paraguay USA (Judith Jones), a Chinese celebrity (Yi Tian) and a life empowerment coach (Jaime Kalman). But such is the case with ActorsE, a two-year-old weekday online program that has just surpassed four million views.

The show’s format is a natural for the Internet. Performers of all stripes share their personal histories, career tips and other behind-the-scenes Hollywood industry info. To producer Pepper Jay‘s credit, the roster of daily guests features a fair share of household names. Per today’s press release:

Recent ActorsE guests include YouTube sensation Lisa Nova, actress-model Candace Kita, actor Ed Asner, The Improv comedy club co-founder Budd Friedman and actor Richard Chamberlain.

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Budd Friedman Launches ‘Up Yours’ Online Comedy Competition

FishbowlLA has to hand it to Budd Friedman and Mark Lonow (pictured), co-founders of legendary Melrose Ave. stand-up comedy club The Improv. They have come up with a comedy competition name that doubles as its own punchline.

“Up Yours” doesn’t mean they want to hear exclusively from would-be Andrew Dice Clay‘s. Rather, they are exhorting undiscovered funny people to up(load) your(their) videos for judging as part of a social media-embedded competition. Per the press release:

The winner will be provided a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet with APA Talent Agency and a chance to perform on the Improv stage. The performance will be taped and shared on the comedy club website.

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