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LAT Journo Tries to Make Sense of Dave Chappelle Show and Tell

On the front page of today’s Calendar section, Wesley Lowery pieces together some recent clues. Most notably comedian Dave Chappelle‘s recent three-day stint at the Comedy Cellar in New York and on-stage exchange with Chris Rock.

But it’s not easy to pin down Chappelle. Lowery got no response from Rock’s publicist, nor the two PR reps “known to work” with Chappelle. Other efforts were similarly unsuccessful:

Chappelle has spent much of the last seven years with his family in rural Yellow Springs, Ohio, tucked in the sparsely populated plains that lie between Dayton and Columbus. The sleepy, largely white town allows Chappelle to lead a peaceful life where he can shop for groceries, eat at restaurants and drop by the corner store for American Spirit cigarettes with relatively little attention.

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Jimmy Kimmel Tops White House and Emmys with Dave

A dream year for Jimmy Kimmel is about to get dreamier.

On top of getting the news that his show will be moving in the New Year to 11:35 p.m. and hosting major powwows on both coasts (White House Correspondents dinner, Primetime Emmys), there’s now this. Per a report by Lacey Rose in The Hollywood Reporter, Kimmel will finally be afforded the opportunity to interview his lifelong idol David Letterman:

Letterman will join Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Tracy Morgan as a guests on Jimmy Kimmel Live when the ABC host brings his late-night show to his hometown of Brooklyn for one week later this month. The move is a monumental one for Kimmel, who grew up wearing a Late Night with David Letterman jacket and would celebrate his birthday with a Late Night cake.

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Join the Brotherhood of Maxim Writers

Despite all the recent reshuffling in its staff,  Maxim remains tethered to its initial man-minded mission, featuring pieces with the brashly irreverent yet surprisingly instructive tone of an enlightened frat brother.

“I’d say the level of humor and discourse has gotten a little sharper and smarter,” said editor-in-chief Dan Bova, “but the goal is still to be that plain-spoken, witty best friend guiding you through the guy universe.”

But don’t think you’re going to break in with a pitch about yet another celebrity. ”Somebody proposing we should interview Chris Rock is not being particularly helpful. We do most of the star-wrangling ourselves,” Bova explained.

So, what type of pitches are editors looking for? Get the details in How To Pitch: Maxim

ag_logo_medium.gifThis article is one of several mediabistro.com features exclusively available to AvantGuild subscribers. If you’re not a member yet, you can register for as little as $55 a year and get access to these articles, discounts on seminars and workshops, and more.

Join the Brotherhood of Maxim Writers

Despite all the recent reshuffling in its staff,  Maxim remains tethered to its initial man-minded mission, featuring pieces with the brashly irreverent yet surprisingly instructive tone of an enlightened frat brother.

“I’d say the level of humor and discourse has gotten a little sharper and smarter,” said editor-in-chief Dan Bova, “but the goal is still to be that plain-spoken, witty best friend guiding you through the guy universe.”

But don’t think you’re going to break in with a pitch about yet another celebrity. ”Somebody proposing we should interview Chris Rock is not being particularly helpful. We do most of the star-wrangling ourselves,” Bova explained.

So, what type of pitches are editors looking for? Get the details in How To Pitch: Maxim

ag_logo_medium.gifThis article is one of several mediabistro.com features exclusively available to AvantGuild subscribers. If you’re not a member yet, you can register for as little as $55 a year and get access to these articles, discounts on seminars and workshops, and more.

This Year’s Oscar Scoop Belongs to The Humor Mill Magazine

Although Nikki Finke fanned the flames with a Saturday evening item on Deadline.com, the ultimate props for breaking the news of Eddie Murphy‘s selection as host of the 84th Annual Academy Awards belong to The Humor Mill magazine.

The five-year-old LA digital publication, which sometimes prints a run of hard copies for marketing and newsstand splash purposes, is earning well-deserved recognition today for revealing the Murphy selection Saturday afternoon. Magazine founder Frank Holder ranks the Oscar scoop right up there with a pair of previous widely picked up items about actor-comedian Katt Williams.

“The urban comedy community is really small,” Holder tells FishbowlLA via telephone. “This thing [about Murphy] has been floating around since July, I just hadn’t put it out there. My contacts asked me not to say anything until it was close to being made official. I only wish I had published the story Friday instead of Saturday.”

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Breaking: Honesty in Craigslist Writing Gigs Ad

We were half tempted to email him and find out who it is. Half.

This guy is right and being totally upfront – he does need writers:

STANDUP JOKE WRITER WANTED (L.A.)
Reply to: gigs-fhssg-1134352021@craigslist.org
Date: 2009-04-22, 6:07AM PDT

Nationally known standup comedian (from The Howard Stern Show & more) seeks joke writer. Send sample of jokes in vein of Def Comedy Jam, Chris Rock, Bernie Mac, Richard Pryor, Chris Tucker. Point of view is black, angry, dirty, even ghetto. Imitate, even parody Eddie Griffin and Paul Mooney.

Send one page of sample jokes. (Your next question is, how do you know I won’t steal them? Answer: because I’m not Carlos Mencia or Robin Williams. I do not steal. Also, you would see me do them on TV and sue me.)

EXAMPLE: Y’all watch UFC – Ultimate Fighting Championship? White folks love that shit. They should call it Ultimate Fighting Caucasians. Brothers hate that shit, cause we already got Ultimate Fighting Championship: its called PRISON. Same thing: they lock yo ass in a cage, some motherfucka beat yo ass to a pulp, then grab yo dick. Oh yeah, there’s some dick grabbing going on in UFC. If you watch UFC, you part fag. Guys in tights, wrestling and grabbing each other, music blasting – that shit’s like a gay nightclub. You call it UFC, I call it West Hollywood.

Saw this movie called Candy Man. Horror movie about a black man going around killing white folks. That’s my kinda movie. I like the premise: 1) he’s black and 2) he kills white folks. Genius. But how come he don’t gotta mask? Friday the 13th: Jason gotta mask. Halloween: Mike Meyer’s gotta mask: Nightmare On Elm Street: Freddy Krueger got a mask. How come the Candy Man ain’t got no mask? ‘Cause white folks think a black man scary enough just being black. What’s next? A movie called: Black Man. What’s he do, stab people? No. Chop people up? No. Hide in the bushes, jump out & do some scary shit? Nope. What’s he do? Just stand there and be black. AHHHHH! I got nightmares.

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Chris Rock on Larry King: ‘John McCain Could Lose Half His Houses and Sleep Well’

Apparently now that John McCain has solved the bailout crisis, meaning that it is in complete disarray, he’s decided that this whole debate thing actually might be a good idea. Or at least, not letting Barack Obama have the national stage might be a good idea. Really, at this point who knows what the man is thinking, though the ability to multi-task is definitely a basic presidential qualification, no? In the meantime, while we wait to see what new cliff this country manages to hurl itself off of in the next 24-48 hours, why not have a laugh. Or something. Via Radaronline comes this (very long) clip of Chris Rock on Larry King last night: “I’m proud that Barack Obama is running, if it was Flavor Flav would I be proud? No.”

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RNC ‘O8: At Times Just a Big Familiar Media Party

100gg3132.jpgSo, by this point you know that FBNY is here in St. Paul-Minneapolis for the RNC along with FishbowlDC, and TVNewser. But that is not the limit of familiar faces! Here’s a short round-up of people who we seem to be spending a lot of time with, be it at the buffet, the CNN Grill, Sammy Hagar concerts, or extended walks around the ever-shifting Xcel barricade.

  • Rachel Sklar has been interviewing media conventioners about their first convention: Laura Ingraham has some choice words about Chris Rock dating back to 1996.
  • Ana Marie Cox is doing triple duty, covering both conventions for Swampland, CQ, and (the not to be missed) Twitter (“John McCain PUT DOWN the White House!”).
  • Tim Carney, our favorite Conservative Libertarian (also the “new Robert Novak“) has posted a convention preview (Palin pick: “a high-risk/high-reward decision.”)
  • Rex Sorgatz, former Minneapolite and current FBNY direction giver, is Radaronline‘s RNC correspondent. Did you know there’s a statue of Mary Tyler Moore here…spinning!
  • HuffPo: Stars Align for Democratic Candidates

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    In case you’re a Philly transplant with a mail-in ballot and only three working brain cells, HuffPo helps you decide whom to vote for with this handy-dandy guide to which stars are endorsing which candidates.

    Obama is supported by Jennifer Aniston, Sam Jackson and Chris Rock.

    Clinton has Natalie Portman. And a lot of old people.

    ERSNews.com On Pellicano Like White On Rice

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    The fellas at ERSNews.com have been hard at work — and no that’s not a reference to their expose of scantily clad reporters. The boys have been wading into the Anthony Pellicano case, looking for whatever dirt or dead bodies float by. But don’t take our word for it. They issued a press release:

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